by Dave Blount | January 7, 2011 1:21 pm
Of all the insolent falsehoods we’ve been fed by oligarchical collectivists lately, the most insulting to our intelligence may be the whopper that government seizure of the healthcare industry will, instead of adding even more massively to the deficit than other entitlement programs, magically reduce it. Fortunately there is at least one countermoonbat in Congress willing to call a lie a lie. On the Mark Levin Show, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) addresses the phony numbers pushed through the Congressional Budget Office:
“Whatever you put in CBO — in front of them — they have to score what you put in front of them. They put this health care, we put the health care bill in front of them; the health care bill is full of gimmicks and spending tricks. Ten years of tax increases to pay for six years of spending, for starters. They double-count revenue for Social Security. They double-count revenue for this new CLASS Act program. They double-count Medicare cuts. They ignore the ‘doc fix.’ They did not include the $115 billion in spending that would be required just to set the bureaucracy up to run this new program.
“If you take out all the double-counting — if you add the counting they didn’t count — it adds a $701 billion deficit. So, what CBO cannot do is tell you ‘we’re not going to count the budget gimmicks that are in this legislation.’ They just have to estimate the bill as it’s written, with all the gimmicks included. So, people around here know how to write legislation to manipulate the kind of cost estimate you’re gonna get from the Congressional Budget Office. I sent a letter to the CBO, I asked them ‘Well, now look at these budget gimmicks, ignore these budget gimmicks. What then?’ And it’s what I just told you, this thing is a huge budget-buster. So, what they have is a piece of paper that they’ve manipulated to say this thing reduces the deficit.×
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“I will eat my tie if that is the outcome of this law.”
As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan could be in a position to prevent ObamaCare from destroying our economy by killing it before it becomes entrenched — provided other Republicans stand firm beside him, as they will only do if we hold them accountable.
Via The Right Scoop and JammieWearingFool, on a tip from J. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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