Appearing on Fox News this week, House Speaker Paul Ryan reacted to the two-year budget deal passed by lawmakers to avoid a government shutdown, boasting about the massive increase in military spending and saying that Congress needs to do more to gut the welfare state.
“We’ve got more to do on entitlements, on mandatory spending,” Ryan said in a Fox Business interview on Tuesday morning. “We added more Medicare means-testing in this particular bill. So we think we’re making progress on that but what we have to make sure is we don’t hollow out our military.”
You read that right. Ryan loves sacrificing the poor to benefit military contractors and the war industry.
“We have to get our other partners in government to be willing to do the kind of entitlement reform that we’re willing to do in the House,” Ryan insisted.
Ryan even went back to complaining about how, while the House passed an Obamacare repeal bill—which would have left 23 million people uninsured—his counterparts in the Senate would not help a guy out by voting to pass it too.
Harping on about supposedly out-of-control entitlements is an interesting position to take for someone who just passed deficit-exploding tax cuts for the rich, but that’s Paul Ryan and the GOP for you.
As long as Republicans in power, they will never end their quest to cut programs for poor people.
Watch the interview below:
.@SpeakerRyan: "You have to give to get, so we had to do some domestic spending that the Democrats wanted so we could get our defense spending. We got a lot of the spending cuts we wanted that they didn't want either. So yes, this was a bipartisan compromise." pic.twitter.com/G4U4m5Ba5f
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) February 13, 2018