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American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book

American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book


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Ryan’s “Roadmap For America’s Future” Aimed To Erase The Federal Debt By 2063, Simplify The Tax Code, And
Alter Medicare And Social Security. According to the New York Times, “In this highly charged election season with both
houses of Congress at stake, not a lot of politicians are lining up publicly behind Mr. Ryan. He is, nonetheless, suddenly a
rising star in some corners. And like many other politicians whose ideas were once considered extreme, only to later be
mainstream -- like Ronald Reagan -- Mr. Ryan is seen as on the leading edge of something. Why? His ‘Roadmap for America’s
Future,’ an elaborate (critics say drastic) plan that aims to erase the federal debt by 2063, simplify the tax code and significantly
alter (his critics say eviscerate) Medicare and Social Security. When asked to handicap the 2012 Republican presidential field,
Sarah Palin called Mr. Ryan “sharp.” Newt Gingrich dubbed him ‘extraordinarily formidable.’ And, in a column, George Will
imagined him as vice president to a President Mitch Daniels (now the Republican governor of Indiana).” [New York Times,

In 2010, Only 13 GOP Representatives Endorsed Ryan’s Budget Plan. According to TheStreet.com, “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-
Wis.), is a conservative favorite, brimming with outside-the-box ideas to help revive the economy. While Ryan’s colleagues
love him, only 13 GOP House members have dared to endorse his agenda, which includes partial privatization (and some
potential benefit cuts) for Social Security. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) made the mistake earlier this
summer of stating the obvious -- that eventually Social Security will have to be reformed. But Boehner and Ryan generated
disapproval from many of their colleagues, who worry that Democrats are poised to pounce on the issue. Most Republicans
question why they should declare now -- before the election -- that Social Security should be reformed. Most politicians want
cover, so they prefer to wait until the Deficit Commission issues its report in early December; Social Security reform almost
certainly will be a key recommendation.” [TheStreet.com, 8/11/10]

Many Republicans Were Hesitant To Embrace Ryan’s “Roadmap” As “Political People” Told His Colleagues It
Was Controversial, 13 Out Of The 178 Congressional Republicans Were Co-Sponsors. According to the Washington
Post, “Political people always tell their candidates to stay away from controversy,’ said Ryan, 40. ‘They say, ‘Don’t propose
anything new or bold because the other side will use it against you.’ ‘While he does not name the ‘political people,’ they no
doubt include many Republican colleagues, who, even as they praise Ryan for his doggedness, privately consider the Roadmap
a path to electoral disaster. Unlike most politicians of either party, he doesn’t speak generically about reducing spending, but
he does acknowledge the very real cuts in popular programs that will be required to bring down the debt. His ideas are


provocative, to say the least. They include putting Medicare and Medicaid recipients in private insurance plans that could cost
the government less but potentially offer fewer benefits; gradually raising the retirement age to 70; and reducing future Social
Security benefits for wealthy retirees. Of the 178 Republicans in the House, 13 have signed on with Ryan as co-sponsors.”
Washington Post, 8/2/10]

Ryan Unveiled His “Roadmap For America’s Future” In 2008 And Revised In The Winter Of 2010, It Reformed
Entitlements, Lower Taxes, And Tame Medical Inflation By Ending Tax Preferences. According to the National
Review, “A key exception to Republican fecklessness has been Paul Ryan, ranking Republican member on the House Budget
Committee. His ‘Roadmap for America’s Future,’ presented in 2008 and revised this winter, proposes entitlement, health-care,
and tax reforms in order to make the federal budget sustainable on tax revenues equaling 19 percent of GDP, a rate close to
the post-war average. Ryan gets three fundamental points right: We must reform entitlements (especially Medicare) by slowing
their rate of growth and raising retirement ages; we must tame medical inflation by, among other things, ending damaging tax
preferences that encourage overspending on health care; and we must broaden the tax base while lowering marginal rates in
order to spur investment. In recent months, the Ryan plan has come under both criticism and self-serving praise from the left.
When President Obama fielded questions at the House Republicans’ late-January retreat, he went out of his way to call the
roadmap ‘a serious proposal,’ and other progressives have similarly praised it as worthy of review -- probably because they
expect that the proposals to cut Medicare and Social Security will be unpopular and will undermine the Republicans who
attacked the health-care bill for cutting entitlements.” [National Review, 4/19/10]

Ryan Said That The “Roadmap” Was Not An Alternative To Obama But A Long-Term Solution To “Address The
Country’s Pressing Needs, It Was Not A GOP Bill But His Plan. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Ryan
has been pushing his own plan, called ‘A Roadmap for America’s Future.’ The detailed proposal, first unveiled two years ago
during the Bush presidency and tweaked since, has captured national attention of late in the pages of the Wall Street Journal
and Washington Post, and on various cable and network television shows. As the ranking member of the House Budget
Committee, Ryan says his plan will ensure health and retirement security for all, address the country’s rising debt and promote
a market-driven competitiveness in the economy. Ryan said his plan is not the Republican alternative to President Barack
Obama’s budget plan. Rather, he said, it is a long-term plan to address the country’s pressing financial needs. ‘This is not a
GOP bill. This is my plan,’ he said.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/6/10]

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