After reading the paper and seeing news reports on Paul Ryan's budget, I thought of the famous joke from George W. Bush, "You can fool some of the people all the time and those are the ones you want to concentrate on." Mr. Ryan's budget hasn't changed in the past three years; it's cover is just a different color. His budget calls for major changes to programs he calls entitlements. Mr. Ryan, we may be poor but we aren't stupid.
Mr. Ryan calls Social Security an entitlement and in his case it was. When his father passed away, he was entitled to benefits because of his father's Social Security. It was a monthly payment that allowed him and his mother to live life with little struggle and for him to pay for college. In my case, as in many, my monthly Social Security check is an earned benefit, a benefit I paid into for 47 years.
Mr. Ryan wants to change Medicare into a voucher program. My tax dollars pay for two-thirds of Mr. Ryan's and his family's health insurance. When he is willing to accept a $6,000 voucher to buy his own private health insurance policy, then it will be time to talk to me about changing Medicare.
Mr. Ryan's budget kills programs that are life lines for the working poor and the poor. His budget reflects his belief in the philosophy of Ayn Rand, a philosophy that, before long, will morally bankrupt our America.