Carney slams GOP budget
April 12th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Carney slams GOP budget

Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the fiscal year 2012 blueprint put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, "fails the test of balance, and balance is essential."

Ryan's plan puts the burden of balancing the budget on seniors, the middle class and the disabled while failing to ask for more from the richest Americans, Carney said.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give a speech Wednesday outlining his new deficit reduction plan.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. wiredWeirdinSF

    How nice of the inept, incompetent, failure of a president to finally address the sham of a budget he and his incompetent, inept advisors already presented. Now he is going to give us a "real" one which fails to address the 50% of Americans (Obama voters) who don't pay taxes and put more of the burden on those of us who are not drug addicts, welfare frauds or corrupt union members. I told ya all a long time ago, anybody who works for a living in this country will end up in worse shape under this corrupt sham, Kenyan village idiot.

    April 12, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    You forgot to point out a whole lot of stuff. Like the insidious plan to convert Medicare into a voucher program to purchase private insureance. Force seniors to buy insurance from carriers who drop them or deny offering coverage if they had their way with the Health Care Reform Bill.

    The GOT Party plan for Medicare totally ignores why the program exists in the first place. It exists to guarantee health insurance to our seniors; those Americans most likely to get sick, those Americans most likely to require the most expensive care, those Americans most likely to have pre-existing conditions, those who are most vulnerable and most likely to be denied coverage by the private industry.

    April 12, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Well said Mr. Carney. Paul "Privatize: Ryan's budget extreme and dangerous! #thatisall

    April 12, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    But it's the rich who create jobs ! Look how many jobs the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy created–none, compared to the 2 MILLION jobs that Bill Clinton created under those old"Job Killing" tax rates !

    April 12, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Our President should apologize to Americans for extending the Bush tax cuts and further cutting Social Security withholding rates. We would be having a totally different conversation now if the cuts expired. The choice was between growth or faster rising debt; he would be attacked either way; but the dems would be in a better bargaining position if the tax rates were back to the Clinton levels, when we last had a balanced budget.

    Imagine America trying to start a Space Program, or build an Interstate Highway system, with the repugs' notion of: "It's your money; you know best how to spend it". It takes funds to have a Great Country! We are going downhill fast.

    April 12, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. michaelam

    Paul Ryan:
    The middle-class, poor, elderly, women, children, and minorities will no longer foot the bill for your rich puppet masters! We are finished with flood up economics that benefit only 2% of our nation’s populace. I know this doesn’t bode well for your re-election campaign in 2012 because the Koch brothers will not contribute as much, but too freaking bad! It’s about time people like the Koch’s pay their fare share and feel the same pain that rest of 98%ers have experienced since the day the SCOTUS swore in St. Ronnie!

    Why do Republicans/Teahadists hate American, the American worker, and family so much?????

    April 12, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. terry,va

    We don't need your class warfare and spread the wealth BS Obummie. Nothing changes on the seniors. Other people get the healthcare congress gets. Taxes on the middle class don't raise. More BS from the biggest divider that this country has had. 2012 can't come quick enough.

    April 12, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. lefty avenger

    Republicans want to destroy the working class and send 100% of america to the aristocratic oligarchy.

    April 12, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Ken

    As I read the comment about which groups wiLl carry the burden of the proposed budget, I stand here as a middle-classed senior with an adult dependant who is disabled. And I fear having to pay an income tax "penalty" tho I believe some fat cats will pay none because they know and can sqeeze thru the loopholes.

    April 12, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Ooh. Sounds like "game on" to me. Too bad Democrats don't stand a chance winning the national conversation. They're too busy figuring out this round, playing it by ear, instead preparing for the next round.

    April 12, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. the real ib

    Same ole line from the democrats but excuse Mr. Carney but didn't Obamacare cut $500 million from Medicare and unless I'm mistaken that was passed by the democrats. Oh I know it's still Bush's fault and the dirty ole republicans sneeked that in Obamacare just to get at the seniors.

    April 12, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Frank

    People of the United States of America.
    Do not believe any of the BS coming out of the White House,the President speaks out of both sides of his mouth, in his speak over the weekend he said basically cutting the deficit is of critical importance and in the negoiatons we were told by Democrats that the President held fast against spending cuts.which is it?
    Do we have a Bi-Polar President or just a LIAR!

    April 12, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Dean

    Idiot. Ryan's plan calls for lowering the top tax rates and closing loopholes. This will generate more tax revenue from the 'rich' and corporations.

    Here's another proposed spending cut...get rid of the White House Press Secretary.

    April 12, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    It's about time someone in this administration grew a pair!

    April 12, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. SayWhat

    Why doesn't the President shine a light on the real issues, e.g. there is no mechanism is this magical budget for reduction in healthcare costs which is one of the key elements of the Healthcare reform Act that the GOP feels they can just disregard, the vouchers that seniors will get to buy insurance from "a list of selecteded companies" will get smaller while the premiums get larger because there is no incentive for big insurance companies to contain costs, so some senior will be able to afford insurance while many will no,t which is a real "death panel" situation, there is no reduction in bloated defense spending, there is no elimination of oil company welfare and agribusiness welfare, etc. The GOP seems sery content with driving itself off the cliff. I say let them go.

    April 12, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    To: wiredWeirdinSF
    Right wing extremest babble. Obama is a thousand times more intellegent than you could ever imagine being. You can't graduate with honors from Harvard Law unless you are close to genius level.

    April 12, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Suzanne


    "Doesn't that mean EVERYBODY will have to sacrifice for the good of the country?"

    No, not everyone. Only the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. The rich get off scott-free.

    April 12, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. lh2010

    Does anyone find it interesting that no one is pressuring this administration on Libya. Weren't we supposed to be out in a couple of days? How much are we continuing to spend there? Why are the Repus and MSM not pressuring Odumbo on this?

    April 12, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Ryan's budget and the RyanCare under it are both manifestly retarded. Even prominent conservative economists are talking about how patently ridiculous some of the underlying assumptions and the end-game conclusions are. But that's have to know and understand that he and the rest of them aren't being serious about it whatsoever. It's the extremist opening move in negotiations in order to shift the appearance of where the center lies in hopes that the resulting "compromise" is thereby forced further toward the right. They now have to own it and fight for it for that to happen. So, OWN IT...the GOP wants to abolish Medicare, attenuate health care services to senior citizens (not the current crop though of course...they won't start screwing seniors for 10 years because they need the current crop's votes again) because once you retire you're no longer part of the cheap, rights-less labor force the GOP wants to create and are therefore nothing more than a burden, do away witht he agency that gave us clean air, clean water, lead paint regulations, etc., obliterate any sense of objective truths or national moral responsibility for educating the next generations so that individual states can start worknig hard to indoctrinate the next generation of conservatgives (and facts, evidence, science, historical record, etc., be d-mned), continue using our military as the long arm of a hungry-hungry-hippos game to snatch up control over natural resources around the world, flatten the tax rate so that the wealth re-distribution upwards is accelerated, etc. etc. etc. OWN IT GOPers. It's YOURS and unless you can hard sell more misinformation than you managed during the health care reform battle, this one's going to backfire. Better get on the phone with the Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads GPS, stat.

    April 12, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Sniffit


    Where? Why simple: it's in the poverty, squalor and relative disadvantage and learned helplessness in which they and their communities live, all so that the people earning millions and billions by paying their employees just enough to service their consumer debt products, and who are paying astroturf morons around the country to message about how evil and unfair it is to be atxed instead of living below the poverty line...THAT'S where the sacrifice is. You see, Captain TalkingPoint, THOSE PEOPLE ARE THE SACRIFICE, at least as far as the rich, coroprations and the GOP/conservatives are they don't have to make one, so much as BE one.

    April 12, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Ryan's plan does not cut tax loop holes. It promises to "look" at them. His plan calls for lowering tax rates (reducing revenue, which increases deficits), which he does not count as "spending".

    Health Care Reform cut $500B in Medicare cost by eliminating the private insurance middle men introduced by the Bush overhauls. It actually increased the amount of funds going for their defined purpose, health care. That entire Medicare supplement insurance industry created by Bush's overhauls is toast under the Health Care Reform Act.

    Ryan's plan doesn't balance the budget for 3 decades. It only increases deficits for the next 30-40 years. His own numbers. Numbers that are based upon unemployment projected to drop below 3%. 3%. Can anyone remember the last time this nation saw unemployment below 4%? And if we do not hit that mark, then his estimate to balance the budget in 30-40 years goes out the window.


    April 12, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |