If So Proud Of His Budget, Why Does Paul Ryan Continue To Hide It?
For months, people have been discussing, and debating, the budget proposal of Congressman Paul Ryan. Yet, despite the deadline for passing the budget being only three months away, the final text of his budget is strangely missing on the House Budget Committee Website. On there you can find the overview, and various reports on the budget, but no actual budget itself.
By comparison, the Presidents proposed budget is featured prominently in full detail to allow one and all to observe. While the Ryan controlled committee is quick to claim differences between their budget and the President’s, the lack of hard details from the House committee makes it impossible.
The House is the traditional drafter of budgets, with the yearly budgets prepared months ahead of time. The Presidential budget proposals are a tradition, but do not have any weight behind them. Before the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, the President was not to submit a budget at all. After the act was passed, the President was required to submit a budget proposal, which became intertwined with the State of the Union address in determining a President’s priorities.
However, when you refer to the Senate Budget Committee Website a different story emerges. They feature prominently that the budget for FY13 actually has passed. Under the budget compromise passed last year which included the formation of the “Super-Committee,” they resolved the budgets for both FY12 *and* FY13. Then why, you may ask, would Congressman Ryan be regularly discussing his budget proposal, with professionally developed overviews and the hyping of it on various right-wing media outlets?
The whole of the “Ryan Plan” therefore reveals itself to be a farce, a scam intended to convince dim-witted people of the Republican Parties fiscal responsibility. You would note on his committee website the regular comparisons between his plan and the required President’s proposal. This is a game, by not releasing his numbers, Congressman Ryan can attack the President and proclaim whatever he wishes to the corporate media. And it is time the American people stopped letting him get away with it.
The intellectual dishonesty of the mere proposal is evident in it even being debated as if it were some solid, existing entity with a purpose. This waste of taxpayer resources on large printed volumes of an overview, breakdowns, and charts, all in fancy glossy color renderings, demonstrates clearly where Congressman Ryan’s real priorities are, the pandering to the ill-educated. He has no budget, there is no purpose as the budget was passed last year already. His proposal is as fake as the tan sported by Speaker John Boehner.