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Mitt Romney Would Pay 0.82 Percent in Taxes Under Paul Ryan's Plan

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Because Mitt Romney feels that paying 13% taxes is too much for people like him who only earn through capital gains and dividends.

Let the working people pay all the taxes. That's the Paul Ryan way.

To pay for his windfall to the super-rich and the corporations, Paul Ryan proposes cutting food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that benefit the poor, the old, and the infirmed.


If the American voters don't understand that then we have a much bigger problem.

Paul Ryan shirtless is the #2 Paul Ryan-related Google search.

Yes. Paul Ryan shirtless.

We have a much bigger problem.

Oh, America!

"That the desire to see Ryan half-naked trumped other things like, say, his budget proposal (“budget” was the fourth most common search term connected to Ryan, right behind “wiki”) tells you all you need to know about how the average person consumes politics."

So wrong. So wrong.


So it's not just Lolo Jones? ;)

I read the title and I laughed. There is just a certain amount of people born into privilege who will never understand how hard it is for those who were not born into privilege. I was born into a fair community, not poor, but not wealthy, and it took working with families and youth in the inner city for a couple years to truly appreciate how much advantage one has even being born in a middle-class community.

Those who have never suffered nor experienced poverty (e.g. Meeting and living and working with people without means) will never understand.

Paul Ryan fitness -- he has 8% body fat!

If you want to see scary, read the comments on the original article. A lot of voters simply have no clue. They vote for people who put them in this financial bind and complain about programs that actually help them because they listen to the rhetoric.

I think the disagreement is that those programs are short term fixes and not long term fixes. A never-ending stream of short term fixes is a recipe for disaster.

I don't see how Medicare and Medicaid are "short-term fixes". Ryan is also not offering to "fix" anything. He's looking to cut them, which passes the problem onto the people who needed the solution in the beginning.

If someone has a better plan, put it on the table.

Rep. Al Green has a great analysis of the Republican's Health Care alternative here:

I think there's a lot of speculatory projection in that analysis.

Look, the ACA's goal was to cover more people. They try to offset the hard costs of doing that by eliminating fraud--which everyone agrees with--and amortizing costs across everyone in a "we're all in this together" type of way. Taking money out of Medicare and Medicaid in exchange for future cost savings that might never show up is extremely risky. Essentially it made both those programs insolvent and dependent on future cuts and decisions.

The alternate proposals were to reduce costs and eliminate benefits where they weren't needed in order for those programs to remain solvent.

It's a pretty black and white approach.

Nobody has a better plan because nobody has guts to make a plan.

Because a plan reveals either that they want to cut too much, or they don't want to cut enough.

I think you pegged it for me. I think it took a lot of guts to actually propose a plan. Hopefully that pushes things in the right direction.

He's got guts.

Plus everyone knows in Politics you start with the most extreme position and then make concessions.

Can't start in the middle or you have nothing to give when you "compromise".

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