This election year Americans are faced with a difficult decision on how to best move our country forward. Among the proposals to address our economic challenges and federal deficit is one filled with extreme, regressive, and deeply cynical policy choices: that of congressman and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. The Republican ticket's plan is deeply flawed because it asks the most from the middle class, seniors, and our next generation all while asking nothing - not one red cent - from the wealthiest among us. I believe we can do better, not just for some Americans, but for all. The Congressional Progress Caucus' Budget For All offers concrete, reasonable, and actionable alternatives to the Ryan Budget that will more effectively remedy our economic situation while protecting the country we believe in.
The Ryan Budget asserts that the key to economic growth is not by empowering and strengthening the middle class, but by keeping tax rates low for the wealthiest Americans, adhering to the "trickle down" theory of economics. His plan would cut funding for social programs across the board while instituting massive tax cuts for those at the very top, who will - in theory- create jobs for our nation's struggling economy. This essentially empowers a minority of rich Americans to be responsible for the future of the entire nation, with the hope that they will "pay it forward."