He claimed, “Our budget
- Cuts government spending to protect hardworking taxpayers;
- Put[s] an end to special-interest favoritism and corporate welfare;
- Reverses the President’s policies that drive up gas prices….
- Strengthens health and retirement security … [and]
- Reforms our broken tax code to spur job creation and economic opportunity by lowering rates, closing loopholes, and putting hardworking taxpayers ahead of special interests.”
The federal government can help provide a strong safety net for Americans who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times…
Over the past century, the American people have sought to furnish a strong and stable base of health and retirement security for working families.… Such protection provides insurance against the vagaries of life.And then, to guarantee that his budget had no intention whatever of threatening the welfare state, he quoted President Lyndon Johnson, who, when he signed Medicare into law, said: “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine…. No longer will young families see their own incomes, and their own hopes, eaten away simply because they are carrying out their deep moral obligations to their parents, and to their uncles and their aunts.” Those “deep moral obligations” now belong irrevocably and eternally to the federal government. Added Ryan: "To fulfill Johnson’s pledge in the 21st century, America’s generations-old health and retirement security programs must be saved and strengthened."
He then presents a “contrast in visions,” comparing his budget with the President’s, showing only that Ryan’s plan is slightly less socialistic than Obama’s:
- His bill cuts spending a little more when compared to Obama’s;
- His deficits will be slightly lower than Obama’s;
- National debt won’t grow quite as fast when compared to Obama’s;
- Government will grow too, but not by as much as under Obama;