Target: Paul Ryan, Republican House Budget Chairman
Goal: Demand budget cuts that won’t leave the poor high and dry
Paul Ryan recently released the Republican plan to balance America’s governmental budget. Depending on massive cuts to programs benefiting low-income citizens while essentially maintaining the status quo for wealthy individuals, his proposal is heavily biased. Urge Ryan to write a plan that will reduce income inequality and cut spending in a way that keeps our country livable for poverty-stricken Americans.
Although Ryan’s plan promises to reduce the national deficit much faster than some others, it does so by pulling the rug out from under many a disadvantaged foot. The plan’s most significant cuts apply to healthcare programs. Interestingly, Medicare – which applies to people of all income brackets – suffers almost no change, while Obamacare and Medicaid programs – designed to provide health insurance to people with low income and resources – face drastic reductions.
Ryan’s budget also calls for large cuts to “mandatory spending”. To most people, these words have little meaning, but “mandatory spending” is actually a category consisting mostly of cash assistance and retirement programs for veterans, the poor, and the unemployed. Along with these cutbacks come reductions in public transportation and a stiffening of food stamp eligibility requirements. At this point, the future is beginning to look bleak for those of low socioeconomic status. Perhaps a look at the bright side of this budget is in order – what areas don’t get cut?
One area that will see no decrease in spending under Ryan’s plan is America’s defense budget, even though the United States will officially be at peace next year when we withdraw from the Middle East. Tax benefits for those earning over $450,000 each year will perk up, the tax rate for this group dropping 15 points to 25%. When one considers that social security will also get no cuts, it is hard not to say this budget plan is catering to wealthy, middle-aged individuals who are overly concerned with national security.
One thing is certain, this ‘balanced’ budget leaves out the well-being of America’s poor. If our country is going to reduce the national deficit, it should do so by requiring sacrifices from all of its citizens – perhaps less from those who have less to sacrifice. Sign this petition and urge Paul Ryan to propose a budget that does not favor the interests of some parties over others.
Dear Paul Ryan,
Recently, you introduced a plan to balance the national budget and reduce our country’s deficit. It is certain that in order to complete this task, the United States government will have to sharply reduce spending across many areas. It is my belief that what spending cuts are incurred should affect individuals of all socioeconomic status proportionately.
Many of the programs facing drastic reductions under your proposal were put in place to aid America’s lower-income families and individuals. Conversely, many programs benefiting all Americans, or high-income individuals specifically, stand to receive fewer or no cuts in funding. Medicare, for example, is facing far fewer cuts than Obamacare and Medicaid programs. And there are deep reductions in mandatory spending that would adversely affect veterans and low-income individuals, while the tax rate for those earning over $450,000 each year is actually set to drop.
If our country is going to reduce the national deficit, it should do so by requiring sacrifices from all of its citizens – perhaps less from those who have less to sacrifice. I urge you to draft a plan that would not increase income inequality, and give America’s poverty-stricken citizens the footing they need to improve their lives.
[Your Name Here]
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