Rep. Paul Ryan clashes with Obama over budget –

Rep. Paul D. Ryan says he is determined to make sure the Republican Party is viewed as “the alternative party, not the opposition party.”

That is a goal President Obama embraced when he visited House Republicans at their policy retreat in Baltimore last week, and he singled out Ryan as someone he would like to work with — even mentioning budget legislation the Wisconsin Republican co-wrote.

Released two days before the unusual back-and-forth session between Obama and the GOP, the bill sponsored by Ryan and five other House members would seek to reduce the deficit and spur economic growth by cutting the tax rate on corporations, shifting future Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to private insurance plans, and both raising the retirement age gradually to 70 and reducing the growth of benefits to make Social Security solvent. Even Democrats have acknowledged that it is one of the few plans offered by a member of either party that would lower the long-term budget deficit.

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  • Chidog

    I like Rep. Ryan. My mother lives in his district and we went to a Town Hall during the healthy care debate. He was knowledgeable, had ideas, and a good rapport with the public.

  • Rick Shreiner

    Republicans often caracteriize Pres Obama and liberals as always wanting "tax and spend" other peoples money.
    And yet now Paul Ryan is presenting a budget wherein the retirement age is raised to 70 years of age.
    That is the same thing as raising taxes, we'll just paying in another way, into another account.
    That's why so many people see Republicans as hypocrites.
    If you wish to raise the expenses [or reduce their retirement benefits] of private citizenss, however you add it up, then you should, at the very least, refrain from pointing out another person's "faults".