Behind the scenes: How the GOP is selling its budget plan to itself
March 18th, 2011
09:41 AM ET
12 years ago

Behind the scenes: How the GOP is selling its budget plan to itself

Washington (CNN) - In a small conference room deep inside the Capitol, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan could be mistaken for a traveling salesman at a business meeting.

Using a PowerPoint presentation with alarming charts and frightening graphs, the Wisconsin Republican is trying to sell the need to tackle the politically explosive parts of the budget that have driven America's deep debt - entitlements.


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  1. gatordave

    "By the time my kids are my age, just those three programs – Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare –will consume all federal revenues."
    Yeah. That's because you keep cutting our revenues to help the wealthy and corporations who don't need it.

    March 18, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Bessy

    These people just live and breathe trying to sell the country their " scare tactics ". Once everyone realizes that is their game, then that is the time this country will settle down and know these Republican thugs for what they really are.
    This country has money. More money than we the people realize. Yes, we have to curtail spending but not by " scare tactics " by always telling the people that our children and grand children will suffer.

    March 18, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Notice the GOP excludes entitlements to the fat cats like large farming agribusiness, oil companies, drug companies, financial institutions, and tax write offs for millionaires/billionaires.

    March 18, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Emerson

    And where were Paul Ryan and the rest of the lap dogs of Wall Street while previous Republican administarations rolled up record deficits. Yes, let's privatize Social Security so that Wall Street can scoop it all up and leave American's hanging in the wind. Mr Ryan, why aren't you and the rest of your new GOP zealots doing what you were electd to do – fix the economy? The issue is not the deficit, the issue is revenue. Look up Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression and add that to your power point presentation.

    March 18, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    How's that TEA working out for ya GO-BP?

    March 18, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Susan Gallagher

    When Politicians talk about social security just exactly what are they looking at. Every payday, every working american has social security removed from their salary. We do not get to say how much or we don't want to pay, so explain to me how social security is an entitlement. Please stop thinking all americans are stupid. If government has been dipping into the social security which was set up to be untouchable then it was a loan from that fund and must be paid back. Payments to individuals are based on what they have paid into the system and that money should have been in a safe account to be paid out at eligibility. If they are talking about SSI that is not social security but a fund set up by the Federal Government and given to the social security department to handle. It does not, or was not suppose to be paid out from the social security funds and if that was done I believe charges should be brought against people for misappropriation of funds. Medicare and Medicade also seem to be paid out every payday and I know that they subtract it from both social security and SSI recipents, so again how are these entitlements when government demands and sets amounts. Something is wrong

    March 18, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. jannett

    Ryan can't wait until he convinces people that Social Security needs fixning now. He and the rest of the republicans can't wait to get their greedy little hands on the Social Security money. First convince them that it is broke and they aren't acutually taking the money. The money is there and the repubs. want to get at it to redistribute it to their corp.

    March 18, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    GOP's selling, but no one is buying...

    Bashing Obama for playing golf (once every couple of weeks) and bashing Obama for just breathing is not a policy, where are your ideas GOP???

    Where are the jobs, LOL???

    What is your plan, besides bashing Obama 24/7???


    nothing, absolutely nothing....

    2 and the door, that is if they don't recall you sooner, hahahahahahahahahaha

    March 18, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ryan will not get elected to his district near Janesville in 2012. Through his anti worker efforts, he has awakened the democrats who voted for Reagan, and they will defeat him.

    March 18, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Four and The Door

    "Why are we proposing to do real budget reforms and to address drivers of our debt, and do it now on our terms? Because the longer we delay, the worse it gets," Ryan said.
    The country's debt crisis is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with responsibly now when it is possible rather than later when it will turn into a much more drastic crisis for the country. I applaud Paul Ryan's efforts. They are sincere, honest and exactly what is needed right now. With leadership like his, we can turn the corner and begin dealing with this true threat to our way of life. The Republicans and even a few Democrats in congress are now making efforts to get us going in the right direction.

    March 18, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |