Ryan making the budget sales pitch
April 5th, 2011
09:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Ryan making the budget sales pitch

(CNN) - On the same day he is set to unveil a budget proposal that calls for slashing the debt by $4.4 trillion over the next 10 years, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is making his sales pitch in a new web video.

The three-minute YouTube video posted by the House Budget Committee features Ryan walking through the most pressing budget problems, including the fact that in 2013 it is projected 68 cents of every tax dollar will go toward paying for health and retirement entitlements as well as paying interest on preexisting debt.

The video comes the same day President Barack Obama has invited congressional leaders for a meeting Tuesday to try to push through a budget deal three days before the deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Ryan, considered a rising star in the party, is chairman of the House Budget Committee.


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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    From the sound of things, this is just shifting who pays for the medical expenses; mostly to the older Americans that may not be able to afford it. Is there any talk or plans to reduce fraud and increase the number of investigators? That would certainly help.

    April 5, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. John

    Freaking Libs do nothing, avoid putting a budget on the table now and when they were in control. Look at the comments from the Libs here. Got to love it. The hate speach and talking down to folks.
    You folks must feel great now that BO has finally decided, what Bush decided 4 years ago on Gitmo, was right. Not to mention the cry baby Holder – "they made us do it".

    April 5, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Hmmph. They always campaign on gloom, doom, and destruction. Supposedly, once elected, they will fix everything and will be right in the world. All you have to do avert world destruction is to vote for them.

    Yikes. Vote GOP. The world as we know it has been saved. No, it hasn't. The elected officials are still predicting gloom, doom, and destruction. These guys are in office and still making the same predictions.

    Yikes. Vote GOP again. The world as we know it has been saved. Yes, we will be saved because the GOP is in the White House and has complete control of Congress. They go to work saving us from ourselves.

    Yikes. I voted GOP. The world as we know it has not been saved. Gloom, doom, and desruction are not in the future, but in the here and now. The economy has fallen into a recession. The price of gas is up. Unemployment is up. I change my vote.

    Yikes. I the voted GOP out of office. The world as we know it has not been saved, even after I voted the Democrats in. The GOP candidates are once again predicting gloom, doom, and destruction will rain down upon us all. What are we going to do?

    Vote GOP. That's what you do.

    April 5, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Tony in Maine

    Madison, WI – April 5, 2012 – Former Representative Ryan and former Governor Old What's His Name were denied unemployment comensation today. Both whined – a lot.

    April 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Party Politics Must Go

    The REAL answer is not so easy. Yes there must be an increase in revenue from taxes, but there also must be cuts and reform. Tort reform, insurance reform, and entitlement reform. The tax code needs to be overhauled. There is a BIG difference between someone who makes 2M/year and 50M/year, and even 500M/year, so why are they in the same tax bracket? the tax brackets need to be micro-segmented and take into account the differences between 1M and 2M/year incomes. THEN, we also need to be a bit nationalistic and produce "stick" approach to our existing Carrot and Stick trade policies. There is no harm in being slightly nationalistic, look at China. We can place a VAT type tax on good manufactured outside of the US, the worse that will happen is that the price of flat-screen tvs will increase by $20. There are common sense answers to our budget problems, we just need to employ members of both parties that are brave enough to break with their party platforms and NEGOTIATE for real.

    April 5, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. AudreyinGa

    Ryan should show America how much he really cares and cut his own salary and benefits. We dare him to show us what
    survival of the fittest looks like. If you want others to sacrifice, start with yourself first.

    April 5, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. k

    A couple of questions: Is the pre 2011 peak the Reagan years? And how is the dip after that peak calculated? (If it is based on revenue versus actual cost cutting-as stated by others looking to sell this plan-then his graph should reflect the influx of the Gen Y into the work force which will increase the overall tax revenue and add fuel to the economy, housing sector, etc.

    April 5, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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