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No, Paul Ryan's Budget Doesn't Maintain the Obamacare Tax Hikes

rickmcq Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 2:49 PM
Paul Ryan on Education Rep. Ryan went along with the Bush Administration in supporting more federal involvement in education. This is contrary to the traditional Republican position, which included support for abolition of the Department of Education and decreasing federal involvement in education. Voted YES on No Child Left Behind Act (2001) Paul Ryan on Civil Liberties Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005) Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005) Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006) Paul Ryan on War and Intervention Abroad Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)

Some of the primary criticisms of Paul Ryan's new budget pertain to its treatment of Obamacare and healthcare generally.  For instance, some observers point out that the plan relies on full repeal, which is improbable in the extreme, while others upbraid Ryan for including  Obamacare's Medicare cuts, which the Romney/Ryan ticket ran against last year.  I addressed these critiques on Tuesday:

Ryan's critics will therefore criticize his plan as an unrealistic waste of time. This is unfair. Budgets are intended to reflect the values and priorities of its supporters. The Republican Party remains in...