U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston says Mitt Romney has doubled down in support of an extreme economic plan with his choice today of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Schakowsky, who serves as a National Co-Chair of the Obama for President campaign, targeted Ryan’s authorship of the budget plan adopted by the GOP majority in the House, saying that it “takes from the poor and middle class and further enriches the wealthiest Americans.”
She said the Ryan plan “ends Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program controlled by private insurance companies, massively cutting health care spending for seniors and the disabled and forcing them to pay $6000 more a year for their care.”
Their budget lets tax cuts for low-income Americans expire and increases taxes up to $1,400 for families with children, while millionaires actually get an average tax cut of a quarter million dollars.
The Ryan/Romney plan cuts the federal education budget by 20 percent, which would force states to pay more for education, cut their budgets significantly, or lay-off more teachers.
Schakowsky says Romney has embraced the Ryan budget, saying it “reflects his values.”
“Americans can now read in black and white a detailed vision of the America that Mitt Romney would build,” Schakowsky added. “They can decide whether they think, as I do, that balancing a budget on the backs of the seniors, the disabled, and working families in order to give more tax breaks to the very rich is indefensible. It is immoral. It is wrong. It is not the American way.”