The Ryan budget voted for by Doc Hastings and embraced by Mitt Romney would eviscerate the federal budget of its ability to do anything but go to war.
According to a non-partisan Congressional Budget Office analysis, by 2050 the Ryan budget plan would reduce all of discretionary spending, which includes defense, to 3.75 percent of the gross domestic product, GDP. Defense spending has never been less than 3 percent of GDP. The difference, 0.75 percent, squeezes infrastructure spending, research, air-traffic control and regulatory oversight to an absurd level of funding.
These expenditures have never been in the postwar period less than 8 percent. In reality, the Ryan budget is an 18th century budget for the 21st century. Medicaid, food stamps and Pell Grants would be subject to huge cuts.
Paul Ryan, a Catholic, claims that his budget was shaped by his faith. The Catholic bishops in a letter to Congress called it immoral. "A just spending bill cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to the poor and vulnerable persons." The Jesuits were even more pointed in their remarks. "Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
MICKEY BEARY, Richland