President Obama says Mitt Romney has embraced a budget that could throw hundreds of thousands of children out of Head Start classrooms, eliminate air traffic control services in some places, and ultimately end Medicare as we know it.Congressman Ryan vote to bail out the auto industry, to pass the Medicare package to the tune of $400 billion, and to nationalize education via No Child Left Behind?
Paul Ryan on Bailouts and Government Stimuli -Voted YES on TARP (2008)-Voted YES on Economic Stimulus HR 5140 (2008)-Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler.(Dec 2008)-Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending.(Jul 2009)
Paul Ryan on Entitlement Programs -Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients.(Nov 2003)-Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers.(Jun 2006)-Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks.(Oct 2008)-Voted YES on Head Start Act (2007)
Paul Ryan on Education Rep. Ryan went along with the Bush Administration in supporting more federal involvement in education. This is contrary to the traditional Republican position, which included support for abolition of the Department of Education and decreasing federal involvement in education.
-Voted YES on No Child Left Behind Act (2001)
Paul Ryan on Civil Liberties -Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists.(Feb 2005)-Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent.(Dec 2005)-Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant.(Sep 2006)
Paul Ryan on War and Intervention Abroad -Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq.(Oct 2002)-Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan.(Apr 2003)-Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date.(Jun 2006)-Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days.(May 2007)
Congressman Ryan supports the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, federal bailouts, increased federal involvement in education, unconstitutional and undeclared wars, Medicare Part D (a multi trillion dollar unfunded liability), stimulus spending, and foreign aid.
 Obamas list of popular programs that would be slashed or even eliminated assumes these cuts were to be spread out evenly. But the GOP plan does not make across-the-board cuts, so Obamas examples are largely speculation and based on an incorrect premise.
 Rep. Paul Ryan, author of the GOP plan, insists his plan makes dozens of specific assumptions to justify our numbers. But the fact is details are scarce, and the president is mostly correct when he complains that Republicans dont specify exactly the cuts that they would make.
 Obama says that the Republican budget breaks our bipartisan agreement and proposes massive new cuts in annual domestic spending. Its true that Ryans plan calls for smaller cuts in military spending, and deeper cuts in domestic programs, than the bipartisan deal struck last year to allow an increase in the debt limit. But that deal called for automatic cuts only if Congress could not agree on another way to achieve the required amount of deficit reduction, or more.
 Obama also attacked the Republican budgets plan to give seniors premium-support payments and a choice between traditional Medicare and private plans, beginning in 2023. But the presidents claim that the plan would herd older, sicker patients into traditional Medicare isnt necessarily true. Thats a matter of debate. Ryans plan would require private insurance companies to take all comers, regardless of their condition, and it includes risk-adjustments to give incentive payments to plans that end up covering less healthy individuals.