In The Worst Part of Paul Ryan’s Budget, Derek Thompson writes:
[Paul Ryan’s] long-term budget… would cut 91 percent from these and all other non-defense programs. Ninety-one percent. [Under this plan] we’re forced to let our highways rot, while the unemployed go bankrupt and our veterans go homeless.
This is so silly, and yet cute. It’s like when a dog gets scared of thunderstorms. Rotting highways, oh my! Homeless veterans, gasp!
Meanwhile, let’s see What Paul Ryan’s budget actually cuts — and by how much.
Paul Ryan’s plan spends:
- 16 percent less on “income security” programs for the poor
- 25 percent less on transportation
- 13 percent less on veterans
- 6 percent less on “General science, space, and basic technology.”
- 33 percent less for “Education, training, employment, and social services.”
Sure sounds like letting our highways rot, while the unemployed go bankrupt and our veterans go homeless to me. This blatant fear mongering leads me to wonder what part of unsustainable spending writers like Derek Thompson can’t understand.