The Republican plan has never been a secret: in the broadest sense, the party is guided by a vision of government revenue reduction through imprudent tax reliefs, and then uses the resulting deficits to demand radical cuts to the Social security programs such as Medicare and Social Security.
Donald Trump, however, told the nation that he had no use for the usual GOP game. As a candidate, the Republican said he liked the idea that the rich pay more in taxes, not less, and promised never to cut Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security. In fact, in his campaign start speech, Trump said he would not make cuts in popular programs, and he bragged about the promise through Twitter during and during and ] for again.
Experts quickly labeled Trump as "populist" and members of the working class at the base of the Republican Party fainted.
Keep this in mind when you read the report from the Washington Post Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Plans what his party will do after approving massive tax cuts for the rich.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) Said on Wednesday that Republicans in Congress will aim for a year to reduce spending on federal health care and anti-poverty programs, citing the need to reduce the United States deficit.
"We will have to go back next year to the rights reform, which is how to deal with the debt and the deficit," Ryan said during an appearance on Ross Kaminsky's radio show. "… Frankly, the rights of medical assistance are the main drivers of our debt, so we spend more time on health care rights, because that is where the problem really lies, fiscally speaking."
Ryan said he believes he has begun to convince President Trump in his private conversations about the need to control Medicare, the federal health program that primarily insures the elderly.
There's a lot in this, but let's focus on just two angles. The first is to recognize the audacity of Paul Ryan's shameless scam.
The Speaker of the House apparently expects Americans to believe it is important to "address the debt and the deficit," even though Ryan voted for George W. Bush's tax cuts from both George W Bush's wars Bush in the Middle East, Medicare Part D and the Wall Street bailout, none of which the Republicans even tried to pay.
More to the point, if the Wisconsin congressman had even the slightest interest in balancing the budget, he would not be advocating a fiscal plan that adds $ 1 trillion to the deficit in the next decade. It's a bit like listening to an arsonist ask for money to rebuild the house he just burned down: the person responsible for creating the problem should not complain about how anxious he is to get others to fix the problem.
But the other part of this is Trump's intentions. It is quite probable that he will be president today because he promised the nation that, in spite of the orthodoxy of his party, he would not cut the central pillars of the social security state.
Trump has already expressed his desire to ignore part of that commitment, to embrace the Republican Party health plan, which included brutal Medicaid cuts. The president's budget also included cuts in Social Security, although they focused on disability insurance, not retiree benefits. (Trump's extreme right-wing budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told an incredible story in September that he boasted of tricking the president into ignoring his campaign promise)
And now Paul Ryan wants Trump to accept cuts of Medicare, and the speaker believes that he has "started to convince" the president to accept the plan. Given Trump's willingness to ignore so many of his other commitments, and the ease with which the president points to the interests of those he swore to protect, Ryan is likely right about the effectiveness of his tone.
Postscript : The Speaker of the House is not alone in this. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Spoke with a group of business leaders last week and complained that "the structure of Social Security and Medicare" is "the engine of our debt."
Of course, if Rubio were genuinely concerned about the debt, he would not only have voted for the regressive and costly fiscal plan of his party.