Paul Ryan: Obama Leading America on ‘Dangerous Path’ to Welfare State

April 23, 2010 20:03

Rep. Paul Ryan tells Newsmax that America is at a “tipping point” and could be headed down a “very dangerous” path toward a social welfare state.


But the Wisconsin Republican insists it’s not too late to change course, and offers a plan he says will balance the budget and erase the huge deficit looming in the country’s future.

Rep. Ryan, first elected in 1998, is the Ranking Republican on the Budget Committee. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, he notes that congressional Democrats missed the April 15 deadline to adopt a budget and likely won’t pass any budget at all this year.

“If you look at the budget they want to pass, the one the president sent us, it’s got $2 trillion in higher taxes, doubles the debt in five years, triples the debt in 10 years,” he says.

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“That’s a budget they know is not going to sit right with the American people. So after having just passed the largest entitlement in 35 years, after having passed a trillion dollars of borrowing and spending for stimulus, I guess they’re just not going to budget anymore.

“What they’ll do is pass what we call a deeming resolution, which simply gives the Appropriations Committee the money they need to spend on all these new government agencies.”

Ryan says he agrees with critics of President Barack Obama who maintain that with his huge increases in spending and borrowing, he is moving the nation on a socialist path.


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