Paul Ryan is bad for
He's anti-choice, and would give big tax cuts for millionaires, while raising taxes
on the middle-class. He's a Tea Party favorite who takes donations from the billionaire
Koch brothers, and he introduced one of harshest and most inhumane budgets in recent
history. His ideological hero for many years called selfishness a virtue and charity
But most people don't know just how bad Paul Ryan is.
So we made this list of 10 things to know about Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential
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10 Things to know about Paul Ryan
His economic plan would cost
1 million jobs in the first year. America
Ryan's proposed budget would cripple the economy. He'd slash spending deeply, which
would not only slow job growth, but shock the economy and cost 1 million of us our
jobs in 2013 alone and kill more than 4 million jobs by the end of 2014.
2. He'd kill Medicare.
He'd replace Medicare with vouchers for retirees to purchase insurance, eliminating
the guarantee of health care for seniors and putting them at the mercy of the private
insurance industry. That could amount to a cost increase of more than $5,900 by 2050,
leaving many seniors broke or without the health care they need. He'd also raise
the age of eligibility to 67.
He'd pickpocket the middle class to line the pockets of the rich.
His tax plan is Robin Hood in reverse. He wants to cut taxes by $4.6 trillion over
the next decade, but only for corporations and the rich, like giving families earning
more than $1 million a year a $300,000 tax cut. And to pay for them, he'd raise taxes
on middle- and lower-income households and butcher social service programs that help
middle- and working-class Americans.
4. He's an anti-choice extremist.
Ryan co-sponsored an extremist anti-choice bill, nicknamed the 'Let Women Die Act,'
that would have allowed hospitals to deny women emergency abortion care even if their
lives were at risk. And he co-sponsored another bill that would criminalize some
forms of birth control, all abortions, and in vitro fertilization.
5. He'd dismantle Social Security.
Ironically, Ryan used the Social Security Survivors benefit to help pay for college,
but he wants to take that possibility away from future generations. He agrees with
Rick Perry's view that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" and he supported George
W. Bush's disastrous proposal to privatize Social Security.
He'd eliminate Pell grants for more than 1 million low-income students.
His budget plan cuts the Pell Grant program by $200 billion, which could mean a
loss of educational funding for 1 million low-income students.
7. He'd give $40 billion in subsidies to Big Oil.
His budget includes oil tax breaks worth $40 billion, while cutting "billions of
dollars from investments to develop alternative fuels and clean energy technologies
that would serve as substitutes for oil."
8. He's another Koch-head politician.
Not surprisingly, the billionaire oil-baron Koch brothers are some of Ryan's biggest
political contributors. And their company, Koch industries, is Ryan's biggest energy-related
donor. The company's PAC and affiliated individuals have given him $65,500 in donations.
9. He opposes gay rights.
Ryan has an abysmal voting record on gay rights. He's voted to ban adoption by gay
couples, against same-sex marriage, and against repealing "don't ask, don't tell."
He also voted against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Obama signed
into law in 2009.
He thinks an "I got mine, who cares if you're okay" philosophy is admirable.
For many years, Paul Ryan devoted himself to Ayn Rand's philosophy of selfishness
as a virtue. It has shaped his entire ethic about whom he serves in public office.
He even went as far as making his interns read her work.
If there was ever any doubt that Mitt Romney's got a disastrous plan for
made himself 100% clear when he picked right-wing extremist Paul Ryan as his running
Paul Ryan is bad for
, but we can't beat him if Americans don't know everything America
he stands for.
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Running Mate," NARAL, August 11, 2012
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Progress, August 11, 2012
"Ayn Rand would have HATED Paul Ryan," Daily Kos, August 12, 2012
6. "Pell Grants For Poor Students Lose $170 Billion In Ryan Budget," Huffington Post,
March 27, 2012
7. "Ryan Budget Pads Big Oil's Pockets with Senseless Subsidies," Center for American
Progress, March 20, 2012
8. "Koch brothers have Paul Ryan's back," Politico, August 11, 2012
9. "Paul Ryan as VP Matches Mitt Romney on Homophobia,"
The Advocate, August 11, 2012
10."Paul Ryan And Ayn Rand", The New Republic
, December 28, 2010