Ryan defends budget in face of Catholic critics
April 26th, 2012
03:31 PM ET
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Ryan defends budget in face of Catholic critics

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., defended his proposed federal budget on Thursday against criticism from some Catholics, who say it violates their tradition’s teaching by putting an undue burden on the poor.

Ryan, a Catholic who chairs the House Budget Committee, told students and faculty at Georgetown University, a Jesuit school, that his budget was in line with his understanding of his faith, though some Georgetown faculty are organizing opposition to his proposal.

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  1. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatrolls: Christians of convenience.

    April 26, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Independant Texan

    Hot air.........

    April 26, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    OK, let the leftists start their ranting and raving about the seperation of church and state..... hahahahaha!!!

    April 26, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. rs

    Ryan's budget- that is a virtual attack on the young, the poor and the elderly simply proves neither he or the rest of the "pathetic" GOP are no more Christains than my cat-.

    April 26, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    The GOBP don't care about the poor at all. The prrof of that is paul Ryan's budget. I'm not Catholic, but I am Christian. I know one thing for sure and that's that Paul Ryan's budget is not aligned with Jesus' teachings of looking out for the least among us. If Ryan is a Catholic, why is he proposing a budget that would put a heavy burden on the poor? I'm all for keeping religion out of politics, but when you have one party claiming to be holier than thou, then they should practice what they preach. Amen!

    April 26, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    I believe the official definition of "poor" in the USA is the lack of a flat screen TV, lack of the latest Iphone and only basic cable.

    I've seen so many people gaming the government for money it is ridiculous. 99 week unemployment = 2 year paid vacation was just one of the scams compliments of Obama.

    April 26, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    The work Paul Ryan has done can help the poor Americans much more than what the Democrats are doing. How about Obama's plan? That's right, Obama has no plan. Ignoring the fact that Medicare and Social Security funding run dry soon does not help the poor or the middle class. Paul Ryan did the work to plan for the future. Our government owes that to it's citizens. All of them.

    April 26, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Another dumb dumb from party of hell no!!! Somebody else who wants to do awaynwith the middle class and poor!!!

    April 26, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. the Situation

    Ryan needs to back off with that crap. Even the Hoyas don't like you and for what you stand.

    April 26, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How much precious valuable time and taxpayers money have Ryan and the GOP used studying ways to destroy Americans.

    April 26, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.) a catholic who thinks he is "helping" the American people by hurting them. This is why we MUST keep these people where they belong and that is OUT of our lives forever.

    Obama 2012

    April 26, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    @Four and The Door – You forgot to mention how Ryan's plan help the poor??? I come here to learn and you have failed me.

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    April 26, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic idiots of GOP...

    April 26, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would like the teavangelicals to know that my Jesus can beat up their Jesus.

    April 26, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Admit it, Paul Ryan is smarter than a meth head.

    April 26, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Stop the Charade

    Of all the defenses to his scorched earth budget, to say that it is based on his "religion" is almost obscene. This country is failing because of the decline of individual chacacter and an abandonment of the ethic that everyone should pull their own wieght, not only in being productive, but also in being responible for the public good by paying their fair share. There are too many people gaming the system, at both ends of the spectrum, by taking advantage of social programs when they should be out looking for a job or hiding behind ridiclulous union work rules that defy logic and hinder productivity and by the powerful and influential who, through tax loopholes, lobbying etc., end up with far more than they deserve. We need to put our political affiliations aside and ask ourselves if we are doing our share or are we letting down America and our children.

    April 26, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    $15 TRILLION later in the "war on poverty" and there are almost the same number of poor people. Spending more and more money does not solve the problem. Very poor personal decisions send people into poverty and there is nothing the government is going to do about that.

    Girls, you want to avoid poverty? Stay in school, stay away from drugs and don't get pregnant. Stay married if you have kids, if you can.

    Boys, pretty much the same deal but keep your zipper up and don't do stupid things like get arrested or join gangs and oh yeah, get your butt off the couch and get a job as soon as you can. Learn how to work and hold a job.

    April 26, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Tony Endres

    So when conservatives try to talk about abortion restrictions, or don't want to require catholic organizations to fund things against their conscience – "Seperation of church and state – don't push your values on me!!!" Yet, when it comes down to the right to private property, and one's responsibility to provide for THEMSELVES, then it's "What would Jesus do, you're selfish", etc So liberals have no problem with the government moralizing, even to the extent that they'll include religion. But they want to set the parameters of when government can moralize and when it cannot. You don't get to have it both ways – if you want to invoke Christ in tax policy, be prepared for abortion legislation, anti gay marriage legislation, and you'll shut the **ck up and take it, because those policies are also what Jesus would want.

    April 26, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    T'sah from Virginia
    @Four and The Door – You forgot to mention how Ryan's plan help the poor??? I come here to learn and you have failed me.
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    The poor need Medicare and Social Security too, right? Even better, they need jobs and the Ryan Plan encourages economic growth and job creation. The poor need opportunity more than the wealthy, don't you think? Obama's policies seem to have done a good job of keeping the poor poor and the wealthy wealthy. He's all talk and no results. Americans gave him every chance and he fell flat.

    April 26, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. sonny chapman

    The Repub. answer to the complex problem of poverty sounds like the military logic during the Vietnam War; " We had to burn the village in order to save it".

    April 26, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door:

    The poor need Medicare and Social Security too, right? Even better, they need jobs and the Ryan Plan encourages economic growth and job creation.
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    Oh, puh-lease. Don't rattle off that false religion to us. When has it ever created jobs. All that trickle down has done is create prosperity for the wealthy. The Bush Tax policies killed jobs growth. That is a fact. The Ryan Plan is more of the same. That is a fact, too.

    April 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Debra from Georgia

    @fpir amd tje door, it was your Republicans in congress that fell, these people were suppose to go to Washington to create jobs. No, they went to Washington to tear down the President, outlaw abortions and the pill. Your best bet is to vote for Obama, because they are going to do worst if they get the presidency.

    April 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. n

    Ryan budget only help the rich but bad for rest of America. Oh I forgot Republican are only for rich people America wake up these politicians need to be kicked out of Congress before they being down America

    April 26, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Ilya

    So many vitriolic comments on here by so many liberals that obviously have not even bothered to read Ryan's plan. No wonder the reputation of liberals is a lack of comprehension and reading skills.

    April 26, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Willis

    We, the middle class, goona be all up in da soup kitchens if Team Romney / Ryan get elected. Trade in your ground round for ground ramen. It is definitly the Middle Class & unions vs The Rich, Richer & Richie Rich Romney come Nov.

    April 26, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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