11 Aug 2012 — 01:27 PM
After years of pushing their far-right agenda, extreme conservatives have their dream candidate for Vice President, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, author of the Romney/Ryan Budget. Unfortunately, the Romney/Ryan Budget would be more like a nightmare for Iowa. Here are just a few of the highlights from a plan Iowa simply cannot afford:
Iowans have not been silent about the Romney/Ryan Budget. Below are a few quotes from prominent Iowans in recent weeks about the plan:
Sister Patricia Miller, of Davenport Iowa (in a column published on 7/19/12):
"The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has assailed the Ryan budget, stating, “A just spending bill cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to the poor and vulnerable persons; it requires shared sacrifice by all.” That letter was led by Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates."
Iowa Policy Project and Chair David Osterberg (in a report released 8/8/2012):
A report released today by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) in Washington, D.C., found that Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget plan passed by the House — which is illustrative of how deficit reduction would look if it does not include significant new revenues — would cost states and localities an estimated 22 percent of their federal funding in 2014 alone.
“For Iowa, the projected loss is $237 million in 2014 alone and $2.1 billion from 2013 through 2021,” Osterberg said.
Ro Foege, Director of Iowa State Department on Aging, 2010-2011 (at an event held 7/31/12):
“On its 47th anniversary, Iowa seniors can count on Medicare now more than ever because of the Affordable Care Act,” said Ro Foege, former Iowa state aging director. “Seniors and Iowans with disabilities on Medicare have saved more than $32 million since the ACA took effect. By supporting the Romney/Ryan budget, Congressman Latham and Congressman King are trying to tear down Medicare and Medicaid and turn back the progress we’ve made. They want working families to sacrifice in order to continue tax breaks for the richest 2% in America and to preserve loopholes that allow corporations to avoid paying their fair share.”
Video from the event:
For additional background on how the Romney/Ryan Budget will impact Iowa, read Senator Tom Harkin's analysis here.