Did you vote in the primary election last week? Did you support or oppose solutions for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), SMART buses, Wayne County jail millage, and redistricting? Moving forward, you should strongly consider the faces, facts, and future of the upcoming presidential election. We’re aware of the vision and vulnerability of the Obama administration. Let’s examine the plans and possibilities of Republican Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan (42):
Taxes. He oversaw the nation’s tax policy, Social Security, health care and trade laws as chairman of the House Budget Committee and senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. His reputation for devising budgets that drastically reduces government spending while significantly increasing working-class taxes precedes him. He advocates trillion dollar tax cuts for millionaires and tax hikes for the rest of us. Deductions for mortgage interests, charitable contributions and health premiums will not be available to those making less than $250k.
Education / Training. Pell Grant scholarships, granted to nearly 10M students, are among the few benefits that are targeted for cuts. Discoveries and proper diagnosis may falter with the decline in scientific and medical research. Energy investments are going to be cut too. Michigan, in the process of reconstructing itself as an energy-state, is subject to feel the brunt of that idea. The nation has evolved to care for its soldiers and families. Ryan, in contrast, believes cuts should be made to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act helps women fight for equal work opportunities. You guessed it, Ryan voted against this act and also repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy to support banning gay marriage.
Health. Considering the aging and female populations, health should not be comprised; but it is also a lucrative industry. If controlled and citizens are granted permission to live, the government can make money. Proposals include privatizing Social Security. Medicare is proposed to become a voucher program for those under the age of 55, increasing individual spending to over $6,000. Not too long ago, issues with providing assistance to low-income families propelled a heated fiscal debate. Ryan opposes the funding of Planned Parenthood. As a result, a decrease in preventive measures and increases in family household sizes, health problems and/or prosecutions.
“There’s nothing courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol Hill,” President Obama said in front of Ryan during a speech in Washington. Now is the time to gather the facts, remember the faces, and vote for the future. In 2010, Ryan did not agree with “RomneyCare” – but now he’s running with it. If you didn’t vote for your city, vote for your country. ~ M.
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