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Paul Ryan More Of a ‘Glass Half Full’ Kind Of Guy When It Comes To GOP Budget Projections

Asked how he proposes to cut $770 billion out of Medicare without impacting any benefits, Paul Ryan admits the entire Republican budget is based on the assumption that Obamacare will be repealed.

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Are you confused as to how the Republican budget proposes to cut $770 billion out of Medicare in the next 10 years without impacting any benefits? Then your judgment has obviously been skewed by years and years of reality, because according to former vice-presidential candidate but eternal optimist Paul Ryan (R-WI), the GOP budget numbers make perfect sense if one simply starts with a set of wildly implausible premises.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday with an incredulous Chris Wallace, Ryan explained:

WALLACE: Are you saying that as part of your budget … you assume the repeal of Obamacare?

RYAN:  Yes.

WALLACE:  Well, that’s not going to happen.

RYAN:  Well, we believe it should…

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In other words, the Republican budget only makes sense if one assumes: (a.) Republicans will be able to repeal Obamacare even though they already tried and failed to do so previously and the Democrats actually gained seats in both the House and Senate during the 2012 election; and (b.) the repeal of Obamacare would be beneficial to the budget, even though the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that a repeal would cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2013–2022 period.

Politics can be a pretty cynical business, so we have to say, it’s refreshing to see a little optimism around Washington.

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4 Responses to Paul Ryan More Of a ‘Glass Half Full’ Kind Of Guy When It Comes To GOP Budget Projections

  1. It's so comforting to know that Ryan is considered to be the "brains" of the GOP.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

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      He SOUNDS smart. That's the same thing as actually being smart, isn't it?

    • Gary McCobb

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      He's also the anus, although there isn't much difference in the GOP: Both are used to expel sh*t.

  2. 503me

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    Wouldn't it be nice if even just once the GOP talked about jobs bills? YOu know all the jobs bills that they refused to sign in last congress and now not once has there been any mention of jobs bills.