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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

“Priorities That Are Out of Touch with Basic American Values”

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on the Ryan budget plan

Washington, D.C. — 

“The budget plan released today by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) is a disaster for working people, retirees and those who rely on public services. It’s not a real solution to our budget problems. It freezes domestic spending at unrealistically low levels, while giving subsidies to corporations and more tax cuts to the wealthy. It decimates important services and programs which working families depend upon, including Medicare and Medicaid, and lays the groundwork for slashing Social Security. Instead of working together to put Americans back to work, Rep. Ryan – like his home state governor Scott Walker – is using our real economic problems as an excuse to cripple services for working families.

“This plan cuts Medicaid by as much as $1 trillion. That means kicking seniors out of nursing homes, and denying primary care to low-income kids. It will privatize Medicare and make coverage more costly and less accessible. It breaks America’s promise to seniors and puts their health and retirement security at the whims of insurance companies.

“At a time when we should be pulling together, this is one more concerted attack on America’s middle class. It reflects priorities that are out of touch with basic American values. Americans do not want to see vital programs destroyed while corporations and the wealthy escape paying their fair share. We will do what is necessary to oppose this plan and the politicians who support it.”