President Obama Budget Slams Paul Ryan's Budget. GOP Sen. Tim Scott Ignores It
President Obama articulated several points his budget is aimed at solving in his weekly address. He said his budget concentrated on the following policies.
It’s an opportunity agenda with four goals. Number one is creating more good jobs that pay good wages. Number two is training more Americans with the skills to fill those jobs. Number three is guaranteeing every child access to a great education. And number four is making work pay – with wages you can live on, savings you can retire on, and health care that’s there for you when you need it.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) in the GOP’s weekly address shows the disconnection between the plight of the American working poor and working middle class and the GOP. The solution his party puts forth refuses to acknowledge the structural nature of the American job and income inequality problem. To the GOP, it is still about regulation and taxes. There is no specific policy that will provide real change. He said the following,
Instead of throwing billions of dollars each year at these programs with no measurable end results, let’s give states and localities the flexibility they need to develop targeted plans to help low-income families, young folks, those with disabilities and of course the unemployed, the long-term unemployed and the underemployed.
And instead of watching 4 million jobs sit empty, let’s make sure those who want to work are learning the skills they need to succeed.
President Obama's articulation of the Paul Ryan (R-WI) budget illustrates the disconnection.
This week, the Republicans in Congress put forward a very different budget. And it does just the opposite: it shrinks opportunity and makes it harder for Americans who work hard to get ahead.
The Republican budget begins by handing out massive tax cuts to households making more than $1 million a year. Then, to keep from blowing a hole in the deficit, they’d have to raise taxes on middle-class families with kids. Next, their budget forces deep cuts to investments that help our economy create jobs, like education and scientific research. …
Unsurprisingly, the Republican budget also tries to repeal the Affordable Care Act – even though that would take away health coverage from the more than seven million Americans who’ve done the responsible thing and signed up to buy health insurance. And for good measure, their budget guts the rules we put in place to protect the middle class from another financial crisis like the one we’ve had to fight so hard to recover from.
Policies that benefit a fortunate few while making it harder for working Americans to succeed are not what we need right now. Our economy doesn’t grow best from the top-down; it grows best from the middle-out. That’s what my opportunity agenda does – and it’s what I’ll keep fighting for. Thanks. And have a great weekend.
It’s clear where the interests of each party are. It is incumbent on Americans to engage and ensure they vote their interests in 2014. There could be no starker difference in policies and ideology. Which one is better for you?