Once again, a Republican is distorting facts to reach a baseless conclusion. Gessing states: "The fact is that Ryan is the only one having the discussion about needed reforms. Obama is not, and liberals in Congress have not proposed needed reforms or tough cuts."
In 1991, the Congressional Progressive Caucus affirmed that the Cold War was over, and that the nation's budget should show that. They called for cuts in military spending, a tax system placing a larger portion of the burden on corporations and those with higher earnings. They have been doing so regularly since then.
In April 2011, the CPC proposed a budget for fiscal year 2012: "By implementing a fair tax code, by building a resilient American economy, and by bringing our troops home, we achieve a budget surplus of over $30 billion by 2021 and we end up with a debt that is less than 65% of our GDP." The Washington Post states that the CPC plan wins the fiscal responsibility derby thus far; it reaches balance by 2021 largely through assorted tax hikes and defense cuts." Paul Krugman calls it "the only major budget proposal out there offering a plausible path to balancing the budget."
On 3/26/2012, Liberal House Democrats unveiled a 2013 budget increasing taxes by $4.7 trillion, claiming they are necessary to fund $2.9 trillion in new stimulus spending to “put Americans back to work” and “rebuild the middle classes” while reducing the deficit.
The liberal budget contains smaller deficits than the Ryan plan. Obama adds $6.4 trillion over 10 years and the Ryan plan adds $3.1 trillion; the CPC budget adds $3 trillion.
I guess it’s easier for Republicans to lie than debate the issues…
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