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Memo to Editorial Boards on the GOP Budget

Memo to Editorial Boards on the GOP Budget

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MEMORANDUMTO
: EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS
FROM
: SPEAKER BOEHNER’S PRESS OFFICE
DATE
: APRIL 28, 2011
RE
: THE PATH TO PROSPERITYOn April 15, 2011, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives adopted a budget – authored by ChairmanPaul Ryan (R-WI) and entitled “The Path to Prosperity” – that will help boost our economy and create new jobs, lift the crushing burden of debt that threatens our future, and preserve critical health and retirementprograms for America’s seniors.Despite the onslaught of misleading attacks from the Democratic Party, the most recent USA Today/Gallupsurvey says “Republicans hold a 12-percentage-point edge over Democrats as the party better able to handlethe budget, and a five-point edge on the economy in general.”
 The reason is simple: Republicans have putforth a credible budget that honestly addresses the economic and fiscal challenges our country faces. Incontrast, President Obama put forth a budget in February that was widely-panned as not serious, and gave aspeech several weeks ago that again failed to fully address our nation’s problems.Here is a quick comparison between the GOP budget(H. Con. Res. 34)
 and the plans outlined by PresidentObama:
THE GOP BUDGET WILL BOOST OUR ECONOMY & HELP CREATE NEW AMERICAN JOBS
: The GOP budget isfocused on helping end the uncertainty facing job creators so they can start hiring again by cutting spending,eliminating $800 billion in tax increases imposed by President Obama’s health care law, and preventing the$1.5 trillion tax hike proposed in his budget. It creates a simpler, less burdensome tax code and lowers ratesfor families and small businesses by “weeding from the tax code numerous tax breaks and loopholes,”according to the 
.
 It also repeals the president’s health care law (and all of its tax hikes,mandates, and excessive regulations) and removes barriers to energy production that will help lower gas pricesand create new jobs.
 
The president’s budget would destroy jobs and create more uncertainty by imposing dramatic tax hikes on job creators. James Pethokoukis with
Reuters
says the president’s proposed tax hikes amount to “$2trillion in new taxes over 12 years.”
 
Analysis by the House Budget Committee found the White House “included the new tax increasesassociated with the health care bill” in its budget.
Diana Furchtgott-RothEconomist says the health care law’s tax hikes and penalties discourage small businesses from hiring. She says, “Firms with fewer than 50workers won't want to grow, and firms with around 60 to 70 workers will be trying to shrink to 50 workersto cut costs. Low-skill workers will be the worst affected.”
 
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In testimony before the House Budget Committee, former Director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Douglas Holtz-Eakin said “cutting spending is a pro-growth policy move,” and that“controlling federal spending growth” is essential to help create new jobs.
 
When it comes to helping the economy, a Democratic polling firm found that independents prefer“reducing the deficit through spending cuts” to tax hikes by a margin of 50 – 39 percent.
 
THE GOP BUDGET WILL CUT SPENDING & PUT US ON A PATH TO PAY DOWN OUR DEBT
: The Path toProsperity cuts government spending by $6.2 trillion over the next decade. The nonpartisan CongressionalBudget Office (CBO) confirms that the GOP plan balances the budget and puts us on a path to pay down ourdebt over time.
 It also eliminates hundreds of duplicative government programs, maintains the Republicanban on pork-barrel earmarks, and ends the taxpayer bailouts of financial institutions (including Fannie Mae andFreddie Mac, the government mortgage giants at the heart of our economic crisis).
 
Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles  – co-chairmen of President Obama’s deficit commission – said the GOPbudget “incorporates many of the proposals included in the Commission report,” and “is a serious, honest,straightforward approach to addressing our nation's enormous fiscal challenges.”
 
The president’s budget locks in the failed “stimulus” spending binge and adds more than $9 trillion to thedebt over the next 10 years. Stanford economist John B. Taylor says federal spending was 18.2% of GDP in the year 2000 and 19.6% in 2007. “But in the three years since 2009 it's jumped to an average of 24.4%,”and the president's budget “proposed to make that spending binge permanent.”
 
President Obama has also asked Congress to raise the debt limit without serious spending cuts or budgetreforms. A new survey by Resurgent Republic found that “voters overwhelmingly oppose increasing the debt limit unless strong conditions” and “substantial spending cuts” are attached.
 
A recent CNN survey shows that – when “dealing with the tough choices involved both in cutting programs to reduce the budget deficit and still maintaining needed federal programs” – independents prefer theRepublican approach by a margin of 49 – 34 percent.
THE GOP BUDGET WILL PROTECT & PRESERVE CRITICAL HEALTH & RETIREMENT PROGRAMS
: Under The Pathto Prosperity, there will be no changes and no disruptions to benefits for Americans over the age of 55, andfuture beneficiaries will have access to the same kinds of options as Members of Congress. The GOP budgetensures that lower-income Americans get more support and that the costs of junk lawsuits are not passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices. It stops Washington from raiding Medicare to pay for other costlyprograms and eliminates the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a “rationing board” created byObamaCare. It also ends the one-size-fits-all approach of Medicaid and gives states more flexibility to meet theneeds of their residents. Bottom line: this plan saves programs like Medicare for current and futuregenerations of Americans.
 
The president’s budget does nothing, guaranteeing benefit cuts for seniors. FactCheck.org reported that “if  nothing is done, when those trust funds are exhausted, benefits would have to be cut by 22 percent in
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