Representative Paul Ryan still wants me to live under a bridge.
That’s the only conclusion I can reach after reading Jonathan Cohn’s withering analysis of Ryan’s latest budget proposal. His “Path to Prosperity” eviscerates Medicaid by cutting nearly $1 trillion from the program over ten years. And that’s just a prelude to even deeper cuts. By 2050, spending on Medicaid and other health care programs would slashed by 75% from current levels.
Of course, Ryan’s budget will never pass. But if this excrement is what passes for sound public policy in Republican circles, I weep for the future of bipartisanship. The GOP has become so pathologically fixated on lowering taxes that it is willing to contemplate truly abhorrent and destructive means to achieve its goal. This is a budget as envisioned by fanatics. And I’m not sure how you negotiate with fanatics.