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Updated on May 19, 2015
Paul Ryan "Path to Prosperity"
Paul Ryan "Path to Prosperity"

America has got to change course

Okay, I have not had a rant for quite a while on here, so here I go for those of you who give a rat’s behind, what I think. The bottom line for me is this:

America has got to change course. The tea party members have been screaming at Washington to curb spending for months now. The liberal citizens seemingly do not understand the ramifications of NOT taking this serious. Obama is proposing $400 billion in additional spending. The democrats have NOT had a constitutionally mandated budget for two years now. We are heading for a huge economical mess. Our federal budget deficit has skyrocketed to a projected - $1.65 trillion! It is now time to take a serious look where the tire meets the road. The future of our country is in a serious threat.


Paul Ryan pushing grandma over the cliff (At least that is what the Democrats has portrayed)
Paul Ryan pushing grandma over the cliff (At least that is what the Democrats has portrayed)

Wisconsin Rep, Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman has proposed a budget that will put our nation on a course, a very badly needed course. One that will return us to a path of hope.

(remember that hope and change thing we was promised)

The left is calling this radical. I agree! It is very radical. I think radical is exactly what we need at this point and time. We can no longer look the other way, and let the next generation fix this mess. The time is NOW. Leadership is so vital, and Obama is not offering any real leadership. He has all but run away from facing this problem. His proposed budget more than doubles the national debt!

Simply acting as if we are NOT in trouble and continuing to spend, spend, spend is ludicrous. Democrats are on the defense and will demonize anything that does not fit into their agenda.

“Robbing from the poor” and “giving to the rich”.

“Taking away Medicare from the elderly”

Remember, Ryan hates poor people and the sick & elderly. Those who would consider such a bill are just plain evil.


Lets reduce medical costs
Lets reduce medical costs

As I understand it, Ryan’s plan will take on our massive spending and attack government waste. It will at the least open the can of worms that EVERYONE in Washington has been afraid to open. Entitlement programs can no longer continue at its current pace. Medicare and Medicaid will be transformed from being out of control to a sustainable program to benefit the way they were intended. Those 55 and older will not see any changes. Those who will retire 10 years from now will have a new premium-support program where all new retiree’s will have a fixed government contribution to the health plan of his or her choice. This is similar to the system that Members of Congress have.

These health plans and providers will be in competition for these new retirees “dollars”, reducing costs and increasing patient care. The way it should work. Medicaid will undergo similar measures, with more of the private industry and each State having more control and flexibility to design their programs to better serve those in need.


Money down the drain
Money down the drain

It also takes entitlement programs off of the autopilot and forces Congress to look at what is being spent.

He is introducing changes to our ancient budget process. Rejecting government dependence, and restoring this nation’s prosperity. ObamaCare WILL be repealed. These are just a few things that will be looked at and refurbished. America MUST change its course, and Conservative leadership cannot sit back and wait. Those who have the courage to stand up and support this type of RADICAL agenda will in my eyes be modern day patriots. Those who wimper and sit idle will never get my vote.

This is just MY rant and MY opinion, based upon my reading. I have gathered most of my information from various websites, and through the heritage foundation.

I have a hard enough time trying to understand WHAT is going on in Washington most of the time. This morning I have taken on the task to TRY to wrap my brain around this Ryan Bill. What I see and read, it is going to be a landmark bill, one that is going to open the eyes and start a real debate for the future of this Nation. For the first time in a long while, I am excited about what is happening in our Capital.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Though you do not agree with me CrazyGata, I appreciate your vote and you taking the time to read. I'm on my way to visit you.

      Thanks,

      Chris

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      CrazyGata 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I do not agree, except for the letting steam out! :) VOTED UP though!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Nell your comments are awesome, and I thank you for sharing. Your perspective is very much appreciated.

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      nell79 6 years ago from United States

      I grew up dirt poor and know as well as anyone what it's like to be hungry and even without a home to call your own. I also know firsthand that money given to the poor doesn't always go to what it's intended for. The welfare system is much abused and needs more monitoring. If someone wants to call me heartless and suggest that I support "robbing the poor" to "give to the rich" then I'd like to tell them to walk a mile in my shoes and then tell me I'm wrong.

      Too many people feel entitled to and then waste the things they haven't worked for. Don't even get me started on Social Security and Disability....And yes, I do realize there are those who are just down on their luck due to no fault of their own, and I'm all for helping them get on their feet. In fact, I've written a lot of stuff aimed at helping those who've been hit hard in this economy. But what happened to accountability? What happened to working hard for what you want out of life, and then reaping the benefits?

      Anyway, I think you're right. Our system as it stands is broken. We need to stop throwing away our future generation's money and start fixing things. Those who have been bankrupt can tell you, you don't fix financial problems by spending more than what you have and then borrowing more money only to keep doing the same thing.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Springboard, YOU ae 100% correct. The economy returning to prosporous times is key to everything. The debt ceiling is something we have to be careful about, and not get TOO ambitious. It took years to get in this shape we have to slowly back our way out of it.

      Thank you for you comments.

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      CMerrit, I like Ryan's plan, though I'm somewhat puzzled by his wanting to at the same time raise the debt ceiling. In my view, the best path beyond what he is proposing, is to get the country's economy as a whole on the right path...that is, we need to get Americans back to work. If we do that, we can start generating revenues again, AND so long as what we produce are GOOD jobs, we can reduce the need for social programs which are bogging everything down in our government.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Wayne I agree, more than ever, the conservativs MUST stand strong and not waiver. To do what is RIGHT for America.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      :)

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Extremely well stated and on point. At least Ryan has a plan and of course the liberal left will attempt to demonize him long before the specifics can see the light of day. Fear tactics will abound as they did when GW proposed some investment opportunity for future Social Security on a voluntary basis...the demonization begins. The right must stand strong or soon we will have no place to stand. WB

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      ruffrider,

      Thanks for reading my rant and leaving your thoughts...I too, am no math wizard, but your are so RIGHT about not getting out of a hole by digging it deeper. THAT is what this admin is trying to do.

      Thanks again, it is appreciated.

      :)

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      When George Bush was president the Democrats were so upset at the amount of money he was spending. When Obama got into office and spent Billion's in a matter of day's the democrats praised him. A double standard maybe? I am not a math whiz by any mean's but I always figured if you are in a hole you don't get out by digging the hole deeper.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks James, it is always a treat for me when you stop by and comment on one of my hubs...I appreciate your kind words and your opinon.....there are so many "disgusting" actions going on in our government and to our Country.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this illuminating article. The levels of fraud and waste in federal spending are astronomical. We need to return spending to local communities, counties, and state governments where it is not as easy for billions to disappear.

      I can hardly believe the citizens of this country who cry out for more and more entitlements. These weak kneed people would accept totalitarianism, I am afraid, as long as nobody had more than them. Disgusting.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Dusty your view will ALWAYS, be welcome and any of my hubs.

      I agree we have GOT to find some common ground, and start doing what is best for the country and its citizens.

      I have written my congressman and senators a number of times over the years.

      Thank YOU Dusty for stopping by and leaving your comments.

      :)

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Chris, if this is a rant, I applaud your ability in keeping it civil and sticking to fact. It is a perfect example to why term limits would be a great horizon to see the sunset of folks every election with new faces and ideas coming to the table. I used to regret seeing "Opinion Duck" arrive, but with this hub and others I have found I either have grown to understand him or he has changed his approach as I see some sensible comments from him at the table of discourse. Great hub, I totally relate and writing the members of state and federal congress is a weekly chore that switches from federal to state each week. I think every concerned American should write them on subjects at hand.

      This budget is a need to voice to them soon! thanks for allowing my view, dust

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Nothing like a little rant over politics to get your day off right...Thanks mslizzee.. :) and boy do I agree with you about term limits...

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      We need term limits. Those immature, lying dogs in the house and Senate need to go. Thank you for rant, I feel better now.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks pcoach.....it would be nice if THEY (congress) didn't get paid...I bet they would fix things very quickly if that was the case.

      I think Ryan needs to be nominated for a POTUS candidate for the repub party

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      pcoach 6 years ago

      I really like Paul Ryan. And I agree, a gov't shut down may be exactly what we need. Voted up and awesome!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Frog, I think ... "stay tuned" is right....let's see what happens.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Ms Dee, I too am concerned with those who are willing to finally stand for the American people or for being PC.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks lifegate....I am getting pretty good at ranting...

      :)

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I just read another Hub where Ryan was accused of proposing "a pathway to hell." The past two years of excessive spending must be applauded by that author.

      We are in dire financial straits. Ryan hasn't gone near far enough as of yet. But they were shocked enough by his most recent proposal. Stay tuned. There is pain associated with withdrawal from our tax dollars.

      The Frog

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Hoping with you that the Dems efforts to slam it backfire. I'm still concerned that those who are out for themselves only, and not the country, will not give up.

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      CMerritt,

      Rant on!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Cogerson!.... a threat is only good, if you are prepared to follow through with it. The bottom line is this POTUS is the one who is going to take the rap IF it happens....HE is the leader and it is up to him, to bring everyone together and conduct business.

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great rant....hopefully the threat of closing down the government will not make the Republicans blink and cave on their ideas....unfortunately that has happened before. voted up

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I think we see eye to eye on this for the most part....the bottom line is the people (dem and/or repub) have got to get serious about this situation...and start doing what is right.

      :)

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      CMerritt

      Thanks for the reply, and I do agree with you on the TEA party but probably for a different reason. I look at them as a catalyst to spur the democrats and the republicans to rethink their goals to make the people their primary goal.

      Thanks

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Rommergrot, you are right, that is ONE entitelment program that TRULY IS AN ENTITEMENT. There are folks who paid into that, that is entitled to it. Unfortunately, many folks never paid a dime into it and are draining it dry. Thanks for sharing your opinion with me, I appreciate it.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      melpor, I could not agree more with you. IT is going to take years to restore this nation. It took creeps from both parties to get us in this mess, that is for sure. Paul Ryan says it will take 10-years at least to implement his plan to gain it's full effect.

      Thanks for coming by and commenting, It very much appreciated.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Opinion Duck, I really DO appreciate your opinion. I don't totally disagree either. I do think, that groups such as the tea party movement is a GOOD thing. I know many of you HATE them, but I say that it is folks like them, that are creating the energy to start doing what is good for this country. It is giving me some REAL hope.

      Thanks again for commenting.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Shari, why is it that some of us get it and some of us don't? How can it be so clear to some of us, and yet so many really think that you can spend your way out of this mess? So puzzling.

      Thanks for coming by and commenting....I am heading over to your place to read your rant.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Mrs. Dee, the thing I really like about Ryan's plan is the whole Bill is only like 85 pages. It is very clear on what he wants. I think he explains it very well. The democrats can and will TRY to demonize this, but it is what it is, and I think it will backfire on those who try to slam it.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.... :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      T4HOTA, thank you for your comments, I think they ALL need to grow up and start doing what is best for this county. I appreciate you stopping by.

      :)

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      Rommergrot 6 years ago

      I agree 1000%. I just wish that they would stop calling Social Security what they are calling it. Like millions of others I paid into it and now I'm being called names for drawing my Social Security. They don't call it SS, but an entitlement, which it is. I'm entitled to MY money. I was recently called a freeloader for drawing Social Security, (I'm 73). Call it what they will You are absolutely correct and I rant right along with you everyday.

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      Melvin Porter 6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Cmerrit, you pretty much explained it in this article. The country is in serious trouble but is going to take more than just this Congress and the Obama administration to bring this spending under control. It took several decades for this country to get in this financial situation and it going to take many more presidents and rounds of Congress to undo this. It will not happen overnight. It going to take some time to fix it. Voted up.

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      The problem is in the system and the democrats and republicans just take advantage of it.

      The system works against the people, and it doesn't really matter which political party is in control.

      The system has been getting stronger and stronger decade after decade. It really doesn't matter who wins the elections in 2012, the system won't be changed so the results will be dismal as they are now.

      Neither party supports the ever shrinking middle class, but both parties tap it like it was a beer keg during a college party.

      my opinion//

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      SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

      This is along the same vein of my most recent hub. Last week in the local lib rag, there was an editorial from a lib who insisted that there is NO financial crisis at all. I guess she would have no problem with America becoming the newest province of China!

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Voted up and it is looking to me too that this is going to be a potential turning point. I heard that a majority of women voters want big government to take care of them. So, I'm hoping Ryan will explain too how this is the best way to ensure the big federal 'care' programs programs (like Medicare) will be kept viable in some form, and not end up collapsing.

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      T4HOTA 6 years ago

      It doesn't surprise me in the least that the Dems are behaving in this childish manner. It seems to be their political SOP, especially during and since the time that Bush Jr. was in office.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks BP!...much appreciated.

      :)

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Excellent rant. Washington is playing politics with our lives and it is maddening. Voted up and useful and awesome too.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Will, I think a government shut down just may be what we need to make America OPEN its eyes.

      I always value your opinion, and I thank you for listening to my rant and commenting.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The Democrats and Obama are in full denial. They refuse to see the massive, soaring debt and refuse to acknowledge that something must be done, and quickly!

      While the Democrats wail about the 'damage' that cutting spending will do to those on Social Security (it won't affect anyone over 55!), what they fail to understand is the far greater damage that would be caused by a massive failure of the entire system!

      We are on the edge. We must either act now or suffer the sure and certain consequences of an economic collapse.