How Are The GOP Going to Make Up for Massive Tax Cuts to the Rich? Yep, Cuts to Medicaid and Welfare

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Isn’t it just like the GOP to run out here an issue the trashiest tax bill in the history of tax bills, a tax bill that is literally cutting taxes for the top 1% and when asked how they are going to stop driving up the national deficit—remember the Republican Party is supposed to be the party of tightening up the deficit—well, now they plan to bleed the poor dry.


Although President Trump campaigned on a promise never to cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, well, that like most of the president’s campaign promises was bullshit.

On Wednesday, during an interview with the Ross Kaminsky’s talk radio show, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI.) noted that of course there will be cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security because where else were they going to make up for these massive tax cuts to the rich?

“I think the president is understanding choice and competition works everywhere, especially in Medicare,” Ryan said, The Hill reports. “We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit.”

Ryan added that health-care entitlements such as Medicare and Medicaid “are the big drivers of debt,” Ryan said, “so we spend more time on the health-care entitlements, because that’s really where the problem lies, fiscally speaking.”

Whenever anyone says fiscally speaking I get real skeptical. This is fiscally speaking, of course. I guess that Ryan doesn’t believe that the latest tax reform plan issued by Republicans without any Democratic assistance, which is estimated to drive some $1 trillion to the deficit is a problem. Nope, it’s that pesky healthcare to some of the nation’s poorest and sick that we need to cut back on.

And, because Ryan, like many of his GOP brethren believes that welfare is a handout to able bodied folks, he would like to change the welfare system because, why not?


“We have a welfare system that’s trapping people in poverty and effectively paying people not to work,” Ryan said Wednesday, The Hill reports. “We’ve got to work on that.”

Read more at The Hill.

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