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Parker: Facing the Spending Explosion

By Star Parker

There's a line of thinking on the political Left that Mitt Romney served them up a great softball in picking Paul Ryan as his running mate.

According to Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, "Ryan brings to the Romney campaign the tea party's style of magical thinking, a blissfully simplistic, ideologically driven world view that seems to think candidates can win votes by promising to reduce popular government services."

Republican candidates, they say, are ducking for cover to avoid being branded with budget reforms that Ryan, as chairman of the House Budget Committee, has proposed, particularly for Medicare and Medicaid.

Vice President Biden, eloquent as always, told a mostly black audience in Virginia that Republicans want to put "y'all back in chains."

Although Biden has taken flak for this nauseating remark, he should get credit for summing up how Democrats really think. That government running your life makes you free, and anyone who proposes freedom and choice wants to put "y'all back in chains."

Earlier this year, Douglas Elmendorf, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, sent a report on the nation's budget to Ryan.

Here's what he said: "The explosive path of the federal debt that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects under what many observers would view as current policies underscores the need for policy changes to put the nation on a sustainable course."

"The aging of the population and rising costs for health care will push spending for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs considerably higher as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP)."

Elmendorf concludes that without major increases in revenues and/or substantial cuts in spending "the resulting budget deficits will increase federal debt to unsupportable levels."

So Ryan's high crime is being courageous, honest and leveling with the American people about the tough realities facing us.

He, like most Republicans, believes raising taxes, when our economy is growing at half its historical average, and with the unemployment rate double its historical average, is economic suicide.

So Ryan takes on the major culprits in driving our long-term fiscal crisis -- entitlement spending.

Is this "magical thinking"? No, it's guts.

And what courageous measures do Democratic critics take on? No major spending reform proposals and no across-the-board tax hikes, which Elmendorf suggests as the alternative. Just the usual class warfare rhetoric. Tax the top 1 percent, who already pay 39 percent of income taxes, and who alone could never cover the huge deficits the CBO is projecting.

In 1975, 10 percent of the population was on Medicaid. The number has since doubled. Ryan's idea of block-granting federal funds for Medicaid to states would give local latitude and responsibility to promote innovation to make more productive use of limited resources.

A new study published in the journal Health Affairs reports 31 percent of physicians refuse patients on Medicaid. Yet, when innovative business models emerge to deliver care in underserved poor communities, they are attacked by the Left.

The Center for Public Integrity, funded by George Soros, has posted on its website that Ryan's budget plan is a "Path to the Poorhouse." Yet it also attacks Dental Health Maintenance Organizations, a recent business concept to organize dental practices, making it feasible to accept Medicaid reimbursements and provide dental care in poor neighborhoods.

There is a saying that you can bring a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Paul Ryan is courageously delivering truth to the American people, boldly and clearly. He can't make anyone drink the water. But if honesty and courage is no longer what sells in America, we can be sure that the future is not pretty.

Romney's bet, and I think it is a good one, is that the American people are ready for Paul Ryan and an adult conversation.


Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education. She can be reached at

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 20, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    Paul Ryan will lead our horses to the water for a refreshing sobering self-sustaining drink. Obama and Pelosi only offer us and the jack-***** they rode in with, the same old liberally laced cool-aid that makes us drunk on ourselves and our immediate gratifications whose costs are always multiplied and paid for downline by others.

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  2. billwvComment by billwv
    August 20, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    We have [concerning Medicare and Social Security] to discern the truth and the fallacy of the situation. A lot of ‘baby boomers’ are right now retiring and will apply for Social Security and Medicare. Naturally, [why not?] they paid into the system for forty-five or fifty years. The lie of Ozero is that ‘everything is alright, trust me’ or the ‘used car salesman approach’. But along comes Paul Ryan with the real facts and figures and punches holes in all that the ‘regime’ is promulgating. The issue now is not ‘if we fix it’, but ‘when we fix it’ and the time is short to make right decisions. The dems have for years used their do nothing agenda to ‘scare hell’ out of the elderly; but most of us have heard all their **** for thirty, forty years and the problem has gone from ‘needing to be fixed’ to ‘have to be fixed’.
    Let us vote out the problem in November 2012 and vote in some sense and sensibility. The timetable for us is moving past and only our sane use of the ballot will ‘save’ Medicare and Social Security.
    Vote Romney / Ryan 2012

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  3. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    August 20, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Our Nation has been drifting towards deafness, blindness, and paralysis for some time. The current discussion of Medicare, and its viable future, is metaphorically appropriate since our society is gravely ill and in need of healing. But will our closed ears and eyes be opened to receive the Truth? Students of history know that ‘messengers of truth’ have been castigated, or killed, with few exceptions. It’s mind-boggling to consider that the world is in an information explosion, but we cannot solve what should be a simple problem? The next 80 days will determine the future of our Nation. Perhaps we should be taking this to a “Higher Authority”.

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  4. bna42Comment by bna42
    August 20, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    Has anyone else noticed that the debate always turns to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and OTHER government programs?

    There is no debate about oppressive government regulations, government power grabs, boosting the economy, cutting spending, or any of the issues that are destroying the nation.

    Obama is against the Ryan Medicare plan, Romney is against the Obama Medicare plan, and I don’t know what either of the damn plans include. Why is this the main focus of the campaign other than raising taxes on the “rich”?

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  5. mvotano58Comment by mvotano58
    August 20, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Seems to me the root cause of all the problems we have in this country generally and in the government specifically is the fact that they came to the fair and stayed too long. We need to demand that senators and congressmen have term limits to get rid of the “good old boy” mentality aka as cronyism. Until we take control of that problem and insist, as The People, it goes away then we will be free of the “change is bad” “status quo” is good paradigm that exists on The Hill. Line item veto would also stop a lot of the constant bickering, filibustering and finger pointing. They act like children and we the people need to start acting like parents.

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  6. JDZComment by JDZ
    August 20, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    The voters in our country have three months to wake up to what is happening and make up their mind as to who they trust to deal with the future of the country. It should be clear by now, but we know that many who go to the polls in November do not pay any attention to current events and make their voting decisions based only on self serving interests. For example, will the 100 million Americans that are on welfare vote for Obama and the Democrats who continue to push social programs or will they rise above their self serving interests and vote to save the country from imminent financial disaster? The same for Blacks, Hispanics, and the millions of public service employees and their families. Will they help save the country or vote for Obama because he is Black, or because he is in the pocket of the unions, he is suppressing our energy industries, defanging our military, doesn’t believe in our private economy, and spending us into the ditch?

    I want to believe that there are enough voters in this country that can connect the dots and figure out that we must…MUST..replace the Obama administration in November.

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  7. thedoveComment by thedove
    August 20, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    “I want to believe that there are enough voters in this country that can connect the dots …”

    I’ve been wanting to believe that, and trying to help people connect those dots, for four decades, now. So far, very little success. He who promises to rob Peter to pay Paul …

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  8. vevaComment by veva
    August 20, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    We need to let others know more about Romney. I sent this to my local paper & the result was fantastic!
    Willard Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947.
    He was raised in Bloomfield Hills , Michigan
    After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a
    Mormon missionary.
    He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s
    office for eight years.
    After going to both Harvard Business School and
    Harvard Law School simultaneously, he graduated cum laude.
    He passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney. His college records are not sealed.
    In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity
    investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the
    United States.
    Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store
    in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over
    2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.
    Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds
    of business miracles with companies like Domino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Home Depot Supply and many others.(Jobs,jobs,jobs)
    He was an unpaid President of the 2002 Winter Olympic
    Committee for three years. He saved it from a $400 Million deficit. He had more than one reason to attend the recent Olympics in London. He showed he cared.
    He was elected Governor of the State of
    Massachusetts where he helped eliminate a 1.5 billion deficit.
    He took no salary for four years.
    He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.
    Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men
    in our country but has given more back to its citizens
    in terms of money, service and time,than most men.
    And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity,
    almost 19% of his income…. Just for comparison purposes,
    Obama gave 1% and Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%.

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    • JDZComment by JDZ
      August 20, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      Good summary. The American people need to see something like this to help them get to know Romney better and where Romney is coming from. Wouldn’t you like to see a direct comparison of Romney versus Obama’s background? Do you think Obama graduated cum laude, or even graduated at all? Romney is the real thing…Obama is just a slick politician who was elected President in a fluke election.

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  9. Eagle OneComment by eagleone
    August 20, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    veva, GREAT post…
    Now try to get ANY of that from the Imposter-in-chief!
    The contrast of these two is stark at best. Mr. Romney is leagues ahead of bama on his worst day.


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  10. middlegroundComment by middleground
    August 20, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    Star Parker is a breath of fresh air with her “back on the government plantation” observations. Another aspect might be that those 47% who pay no taxes think this situation is sustainable and that they won’t be affected by reckless federal spending; it will only be the richest 1%, but they should realize the current plan is to get us out of debt by devaluing the dollar. Let us look 10 years in the future to see what happens to those on Medicaid with this devaluation approach

    At the present rate of spending $7,000.00 will by 2022 have the purchasing power of $7.00. This will let someone on Medicaid buy a bottle of aspirin or a 2 month supply of birth-control pills at Walmart unless there would be a massive infusion of real assets. So basically the question is do we try to solve our government’s overspending problem or do we let inflation and the real world do it for us?

    The Romney-Ryan plan suggests it is possible to solve our nation’s financial problems; whereas the Obama-Biden plan is to print more money, blame the rich and kick the problem down the road to universal poverty. What no one wants to admit is that no nation can possibly increase their spending by paying their unionized public employees to retire at 50 and promising they will receive pension and healthcare benefits for another 30 years, while at the same time reducing the nation’s industrial and creative output through regulations and Utopian dreams of saving the environment and preserving the Plant and Animal Kingdoms from all types of change. It is cloud economics with the believers afloat on dreams rather than reality.

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  11. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    August 20, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    I have observed over the past 4 years that everything that this administration accuses others of doing is exactly what they are engaged in. This is no accident……it comes straight out of the Alinsky playbook. Look it up for yourself.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      August 20, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

      But his faithful followers will still adore him and believe every word he utters. It is the way chosen ones operate.

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