Paul Ryan won't back down
May 16th, 2011
12:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul Ryan won't back down

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Republican budget guru Paul Ryan is not backing down.

The House Budget Committee chairman will mount a defense of his controversial plan for federal spending in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago Monday afternoon.


Filed under: Budget • Congress • Paul Ryan • Republicans
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Wasted1

    He's a really, really bad joke. He should go back to bussing tables...

    May 16, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. SayWhat

    Yes, let the insurance companies have a chance to rake in billions in premiums and then cap benefits and refuse to cover the very ill. That way they get to pay dividends and pay themslves multi-million dollar bonuses instead of caring about healthcare for seniors. Great plan, if you own stock in Aetna or Cigna.

    May 16, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Ryan has no choice but to defend it. He's the committee chairman. How would it look for the chairman to draft something and then be forced to withdraw it because it came under fire? "Not good" is how it would look. The legislation speaks for itself, and the American poeple have heard it quack. It's a sitting duck for criticism.

    May 16, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'd rather he didn't back down. It makes it so much easier for the *new* GOPers to be kicked right back to where they came from in Nov. 2010. Seems as if that GOPer *voter mandate overreach thingy* isn't working according to plan. Boo hoo.

    May 16, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. anagram_kid

    He cannot back down. The Republican philosophy is such that being wrong is never a problem, admitting you were wrong is a cardinal sin. When faced with this most Republicans simply double down and try to lie there way out of it – i.e. ‘Not intended to be factually accurate’. I expect nothing less from Ryan on this.

    May 16, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. michaelam

    This egotistical maniac does not get that WE, the People have rejected his "Pathway to Poverty." No, the plan is NOT misunderstood, in fact, quite the contrary. The Sleep Giant has awoke(the Middle-Class) and we are on to you, Paul Ryan and your merry band of thieves (Teahadists) that want to transform this country into a third world nation!

    2012 will sure be a better vintage!

    May 16, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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