MSNBC contributor slams Rep. Paul Ryan’s ‘austerity at all costs’ fetish

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, March 11, 2013 21:25 EDT
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Joy-Ann Reid, the managing editor of TheGrio.com and a MSNBC contributor, blasted House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday for saying his budget plan included the repeal of Obamacare.

“Paul Ryan is essentially proposing to balance the budget in ten years, his previous draconian budget did so in something like forty, so in order to meet this new ideological purity test, which is austerity at all costs, budget balancing, this new sort of fetish on the right, he has decided to take a meat axe not only to Medicare” but also to Obamacare, she remarked.

MSNBC host Chris Matthews remarked that by including the repeal of Obamacare in his budget, Ryan made it politically necessary for Republicans to support the plan.

“If he or she, Republican, vote against it, they’ll be accused of supporting Obamacare,” he explained.

Ryan’s plan would balance the budget within 10 years by partially privatizing Medicare, cutting assistance programs for the poor, and reducing federal contributions to Medicaid.

“Paul Ryan’s ideology is not about cutting the deficit,” Reid claimed. “It’s not about reducing the size of government. It’s about shifting the focus of what government invests in. That Ayn Randian philosophy that spending money on poor people is a waste of money.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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