Last year, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his radical House budget rode a wave of conservative popularity all the way to a spot on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket. Six months and one resounding electoral defeat later, Ryan’s popularity has collapsed and even his Republican allies are disavowing his ‘cut first, ask questions later’ approach to the federal budget. And yet for the third straight year, Ryan has put forth a plan that would gut Medicare for future beneficiaries, reduce spending on programs that primarily benefit low-income women and children, protect tax loopholes for oil companies and Wall Street banks, and lower taxes on millionaires and billionaires.
Last week, Democrats unveiled a budget proposal of their own, one that stands in stark contrast to the plan put forth by House Republicans. Here’s a quick look at the key differences between Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-WA) proposal and Ryan’s: