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Paul Ryan Prosperity

Updated on September 15, 2014

Prosperity or Disparity... Both Have Been Done Before

Everyday people and families make choices in where their money goes. How far can their budget stretch, what will it take to to afford the basics of their household? It's called their family budget, their own path to prosperity.

We all have one or at least some idea of what me make and what we can comfortably spend in our heads. We decide where that day's dollar will take us, all while aware of certain things that have to be paid for. Yet We decide what things and when and if they get paid (in a timely manner). The average family has to do this and with a minimal inaccuracy , because for them there is no bailout. There is no program or incentive proclaiming Joe Citizen Too Big To Fail or for that matter Too Important to be Turned Away from assistance.

For the lower majority It's - You're on our Own.

Paul Ryan Proposal - Federal Budget Downloads

Here are Downloadable views of the Path to Prosperity in full for the past Three budget cycles. (In PDF format)

Government Debt
Government Debt

Tax and Spend

Money Merry Go Round

For Joe Average Citizen its work all day work every day, the people have to tax themselves with work. Earning varying amounts, the thing they all know is - what we make is what we can spend. Anything other will have it's consequences.

So we tend to monitor our habits and most certainly take care of our necessities with nary a second thought. With little internal arguing, although our conservative side tends to lose out when something we really want is within reach, We pay our Bills; our obligations.

Knowing what we make, knowing what we spend and where or if there is room for negotiating when the urge to splurge comes.

That being said, our wage is our wage, and down to even supplementals (hustled dollars) - we know well how far our dollar goes and won't exceed it for long unless some big crisis happens then budgets tend to go out the window. Or at minimum our view of the debt load we face radically changes.

The Political Economics of Debt Crisis

what is the US Debt?

Generally when something unexpected happens in our life, if impactful enough, it can really expose our budgeting process or lack there of if it's the case. Those times even the most diligent planner can fall into a trap of inability to meet one's obligations. And, having to make serious choices between which need goes filled and which need goes forward unresolved, they often weigh the costs of resolving those matters having to decide which amount of pain is more bearable - now or later.

Sad as it is to say, most people at times have to decide which of life's necessities we tend to - today's absolutely positive need or tomorrows I know I need but if i don't survive today what good is it.

Governments I contend should be no different, which is the just of this argument. They Tax and Spend - cut tax and spend - then their first declaration is cut services followed immediately by pay more.

Sometimes its hard to tell if theres anyone rationally thinking of what are real necessities and what are things to do to make sure my side looks good politically. Neither bothering to see 15 trillion plus interest - keeps growing it doesn't stop for speculative doubts.

Rep. Paul Ryan's Plan

Now that we're really in a crisis what do we do?

Cutbacks... Re-evaluations Resolutions, but where do you begin?

Like any household - you keep the utilities, keep the rent guy happy, pay the insurance,keep the defense contractor happy... cut back the...

wait what? Defense Contractor...

In the middle of a crisis of epic proportions and some would contend we should think about buying more guns. Bigger more efficient guns to make us feel safe and secure.

Or hey - why not ask the people to give back some of that hard earned salary - to you know help spur economic development.

Shocking point - but the conservative correct answer to a cash-flow problem is give money back to my boss. Money I earned,

just so he can hire more people to (he hopes) bring down prices of something I don't even need. Perhaps someone would care to explain this than me. IF money trickles down - why should i throw it back up?

What a voice for Change embodies - A Path to Prosperity

Economic Benefits of Health and Medicare

Based on the premises thus far...

food assistance - gone

health assistance - overcompensated -unnecessary or unwarranted

pay utilities, pay the rent, make exceptions for defense and by the way grandpa jones

go f-ck yourself.

Seems like an acceptable sentiment to some. However the more I look at it, the less sense it makes for me to starve? You have to ask yourself... What sense does it make for me to be sick and starving while paying the rent and utilities while my employer gets half my wages back. And more than that - be obligated to spend money on a security system i'd just as soon give back to the A--Hole who sold it to me in the first place .

Put it that way most would say...


Not just no but hell no...

I will not surrender the basic medical care I already paid for so you the politician/government can feel good about your politics.

Thanks but no thanks.

I didn't authorize the US debt; I ain't paying for it.

The Federal Budget - Its all about Priorities

If only the politicians would consider a balanced approach???

It's a novel concept for working thru good and bad ideals, one has to ask though why doesn't that happen. It's like some strange word, you know it -I'll say it COMPROMISE. It's not really that dirty.

Furthermore if you ask an average family or worker they'd say the same thing Compromise. It's that single word that's the lifeblood of low wage and low income earners. The Everyday families who struggle with handling crisis and dealing with life's unexpected twists and turns. Most have learned to make decisions and never-decry the "one percent".

Why then can't the government? Why is it - screw the young - screw the old - screw the poor and infirmed... screw those whose voice and tone is different than the politicians who elect themselves president of great reason?

Screw everybody and anybody but at all costs we must maintain the wealthy and "defenders of military subsidies" ie welfare. Corporate welfare... Socialism...

the very thing some politicians would swear they are against, But what say You?

A Further Look at the Federal Budget

As you can clearly see social spending is a big "drain" but so to is the military budget/ spending. Yet no one talks with the will to cut defense spending. I mean hey why feed and educate people when i can buy a big shiny to new plane to blow shit up.

Seriously Though

I know Politics is local as they say. So whether you're conservative, liberal, or some where in between...let's just accept Math is Math. and If we are in such a clear cut crisis then there should be nothing sacred that is not necessary for the house (Government) to function

Paul Ryan on President Obama

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said Sunday that he's "never really had a conversation" with President Barack Obama until last week, when the president invited him to lunch.

During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Ryan said he has appreciated Obama's recent charm offensive toward Republicans, though only time will tell whether it's sincere. After all, he said, his meeting with Obama and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) last Thursday was the first time the two have ever really talked.

"This is the first time I ever had a conversation with the president lasting more than, say, two minutes, or televised exchanges," Ryan said of the lunch, where fiscal matters were a central topic. "I never really had a conversation with him on these issues before. I am excited that we had the conversation."

Updating the State of the Union

How do you feel?

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      8 years ago

      glockr, sittonbull, michey and ohme - all of you are exactly where I am. There is nothing I can add to this discussion except to say, I firmly believe the future of our country depends on this election - and the only intelligent and reasonable vote would be for Romney and Ryan. Any other decisions lead us down a road of socialism, from which we may never return. And that's major scary to me.

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      8 years ago

      I agree with Michey and Ohme and Glockr that Romney and Ryan are the candidates with the best chance to help turn our economy around. In addition, although I like Ron Paul, Romney and Ryan are the only candidates with the realistic "National" voter support to have a reasonable chance to defeat Obama ... and that is the very first and most important step toward any possible fiscal recovery. As you state in this fine lens, let's just accept the math...Just as happened in 1992 when Ross Perot ran as a 3rd party candidate and cost George H.W. Bush his third term...Any vote cast for Ron Paul, or anyone else besides Romney and Ryan will realistically and mathematically serve to promote Obama's chance for re-election... which, in effect, would mean a rapid escalation of the destruction of the USA as we have known it and loved it!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Michey LM: I like the way you think, Michey! I agree that Ryan and Romney are the men for the job.

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      Michey LM 

      8 years ago

      This is what I feel:

      1) The social security/medicare founds were created on the promise that nobody will touch them... politicians didn't keep the promise... both will be empty soon, this is irreversible now... and by the way nobody punished for touching the sacred founds you and me payed for years

      2) We face a crises now or in a couple of years

      3) The first question is Do we want to fix it? I say yes, the sooner the better

      4) The real problem is that we have now a big deficit, we keep going borrowing like crazy - no accountability at admin levels

      5) It is naive to think that this can be fixed without some sacrifices, who has to sacrifice... we the ones who play be the rule and paid our contribution...

      6) This being said, it is better to have a plan vs. no plan at all...

      7) I am very disappointed by Geitner who didn't come with a real solution 3 years, so how I can trust his judgement and knowledge now... personally I don't

      8) Ryan, has a plan to balance the budget, stabilize social security/medicare and has more courage, knowledge, and is willing to role the selves and do something about it. Do I trust Ryan and Romney? YES

      9) The idea to get in our oil reserved and explore as much as we can and stop borrowing - is great - it is the single way to solve honorable our problems, and we have to start to make admin accountable, the spending of this admin is irresponsible, abusive, and this path didn't solve any problem... after almost 4 years the hope and change is shameless. We are deeper in dip waters then we was 4 years ago. And what we do? we blame everybody under the sun, not even tsunami escape the blame... instead to fix it!

      10) For the sake of our kids and grands, I want the American spirit restored...

      By the way what you analyse is not the plan which will be applied, that will come out in a different form, with constituencies input as well... and with a lot of sleeves rolled... but we must be united, not divided as we are now...

      11) If you don't want to fix the mess... it is your problem, I don't want to be part of this

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      8 years ago

      @delia-delia: Really! Do you know him?

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      8 years ago

      Interesting read and information...Paul Ryan is from our town, he is a nice guy...also Senator Feingold is from our town.

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      GreenMind Guides 

      8 years ago from USA

      really good lens! You found a cool topic and write really well.

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      R Toney 

      8 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: couldn't have said it better ron paul 2012

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      How bout getting out of those stinkin wars? Ron Paul has some interesting ways to save money too - starting with getting out noses out of the MidEast.

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      8 years ago

      I disagree... Ryan's plan doesn't "eff" seniors. It allows current seniors and those near retirement to keep what they have. Younger people would get government vouchers to assist them in buying their own coverage instead of the government just taking over the health care industry. The current Medicare scam... err... scheme is unsustainable and at least Ryan is trying to do something about it instead of running around trying to scare seniors and doubling down on the system that is going to bankrupt us if nothing is done. It's also worth noting that he worked with Senator Ron Wyden (a liberal Democrat) to craft the budget.

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      8 years ago

      I'm impressed with your write up.


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