Thursday, August 9, 2012

$350-bottle-of-wine-drinking congressman wants RR workers to drink Ripple

Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin likes to drink $350 bottles of wine, but he thinks catfood is good enough for seniors and Ripple is good enough for railroad workers.

Ryan is the chairman of the House Budget Committee. He is a general in the war on workers. Earlier this year drew up a budget known as the Ryan budget, which
  • Gives a $187,000 tax cut to every multi-millionaire and billionaire. 
  • Ends Medicare and forces seniors to pay as much as $5,900 more for health care.
  • Cuts 62 percent of programs for low-income (aka poor) workers.
Here's the attack on the Railroad Retirement Board. The Ryan budget would:
  • Eliminate the “60/30” provision which allows railroad employees to retire with full benefits at 60 years of age with 30 years of service;
  • Eliminate the Railroad Retirement Occupational disability program for rail workers who can no longer perform their railroad duties due to disability;
  • Increase the minimum retirement age for railroad employees to 62 years of age with a reduction in benefits;
  • Increase the minimum age for spousal annuities with a reduction in benefits;
  • Increase the annual out-of-pocket medical costs paid by railroad retirees and cause the costs of railroad retiree health insurance under GA46000 to soar.
And here's what Mitt Romney said about the Ryan budget on March 20 in Chicago:
I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It’s a bold and exciting effort on his part and on the part of the Republicans and it’s very much consistent with what I put out earlier.... I applaud it. It’s an excellent piece of work and very much needed.
Remember in November!