Saturday, April 23, 2011

Collins Announces She Will Not Support the Ryan Budget Proposal

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

It should surprise no one that republican Senator Susan Collins (D-ME) jumped out front and announced she doesn't support Congressman Ryan's plan to reduce the national debt by cutting 5.8 trillion dollars in spending over the next ten years. One of the Senate's most moderate Republicans she in reality is a Democrat with an R behind her name.

While Collins commented that she respected Ryan for having the courage to put forth a detailed plan she immediately expressed her non support. For now Ryan's plan is the only plan that in fact addresses the long term structural problems of entitlements and wasteful bureaucratic spending.

It seems to me that the prudent course of action for a supposedly republican senator to take would have been to wait until the issue came to the Senate floor for debate. At that time she could have debated her concerns with her colleagues in the Senate.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.) said Friday that she will not support the 2012 budget passed by the House last week.

"I don't happen to support Congressman Ryan's plan but at least he had the courage to put forth a plan to significantly reduce the debt," Collins said on "In the Arena" a program on WCSH 6, a local NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine.

Collins is the first Republican senator to state publicly that she will not support the Ryan budget.

The plan, crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would cut $5.8 trillion in spending over 10 years and transform Medicare into a sort of voucher system, among other measures, to balance the budget by 2040 without raising taxes.

The budget proposal passed the House last Friday but is expected to fail in the Senate. The House voted 235-193 to pass the proposal, with only four Republicans voting aginst it. No Democrat voted for the plan. {Read More}

I'm thinking RINO fer sure. And as they say in Maine, "Ya can't get thar from here." Certainly that is true with respect to the President's non plan. Ryan's plan at least offers a plausible road to reduce the debt without confiscating more of the fruits of the peoples labor.


Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel

Via: Memeorandum


  1. I have less use for this clown than you RN. Olympia Snowe is also useless.

  2. No surprise there. I'm not as hard on her as my fellow conservatives, though. She's too liberal for me, but she fits her state, and she caucuses with the GOP.

    I do agree with you Les that there were better ways to handle it. Maybe she tried and her ideas were too liberal for her GOP colleagues?

    The bigger fact here is this: The GOP has moved the debate from "should we cut the deficit?" to "How much should we cut the deficit?"

    They're reframed it, which means they are winning. Now we have Obama's nebulous plan (I think it's written on toilet paper with crayons), the original deficit commission recommendations, and the Communist wing of the Democratic Socialist party has just published the aptly named "People's Budget," conjuring images of goose-stepping statists burning rich people out of their homes and businesses while threatening and cajoling the proles to keep them in line.

    Just two short years ago, the hopium smoke still wafting in the air, who'da thunk it?

  3. Actually, SF, if you look at the Progressive Caucus budget you will realize that it balances the budget and pays down the deficit WAY before anything Obama and or Ryan have proposed in their budgets...

    It also spends money on 21st century infrastructure, education, and small business, MADE IN USA job creation, gets us out of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya like right away!

    All they needed was copy the Swiss Plan for healthcare and do away with Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicad (oh an add healthcare for retired Vets and their dependents but not wounded vets) and you could have thought I wrote the damn proposal!

    Nothing like having to depend on us Socialists to teach you conservatives how to run a business and or a country!


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