We are facing one of the most important elections of our lifetime. Republicans are proposing to slash taxes for the wealthy, eliminate Medicare's guarantees, severely undermine Social Security and make other changes that threaten our rights, our health, and the future for us and our families.
The Paul Ryan budget passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives on a near party line vote illustrates their vision for the future. Last Saturday’s editorial in the Tampa Bay Times summarized it well:
“House Republicans envision a country where Americans would be increasingly on their own to afford food and medical care even when they are elderly, disabled or poor. It also would be a nation with a tax code that tilts further toward benefiting corporations and the wealthy. [This budget] demonstrates just how determined House Republicans are to dismantle government's core functions.”
President Obama, in a speech to newspaper executives, is sharply critical of the Ryan proposal. He is quoted as saying, "It's a Trojan horse. Disguised as a deficit reduction plan, it's really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country --- it's nothing but thinly veiled social Darwinism."
Every Republican House member from the Tampa Bay area – including Sarasota’s Rep. Vern Buchanan – voted for this budget that would be a disaster for nearly everyone, except the very wealthy.
If you find this vision for America’s future disturbing, it is essential that you vote in the election this fall. Make sure you are registered to vote, and that you cast your ballot! Find more information on how to register here.