Archive for Monday, August 13, 2012

Statehouse Live: Brownback praising Ryan on Fox News

August 13, 2012


— Gov. Sam Brownback is praising the selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to run as vice president on the Republican White House ticket.

Referring to Ryan, Brownback said, "Right now he's got the only plan out there for how we as a country get through this fiscal crisis that we are in."

Brownback's comments were made in an interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren.

Ryan worked for Brownback as his legislative director from 1995-97 when Brownback was in Congress.

"Paul Ryan has the only legitimate plan out there," Brownback said.

Ryan is the primary author of conservative tax and spending blueprints that Republicans on the House approved over Democratic opposition in 2011 and again in 2012, according to The Associated Press.

Ryan's plan would transform Medicare into a program in which future seniors would receive government checks that to purchase health insurance. Other elements of the budget plan would cut projected spending for Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, as well as food stamps, student loans and other social programs.

Since selecting Ryan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he will form his own budget plan. During the primary season, Romney had said Ryan's budget plan was a "bold and exciting effort" that was "very much needed."

Here is a link to Brownback's interview on Ryan:


chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

Brownback's going for the 2016 veepstakes.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 9 months ago

Because he can deliver all those electoral votes from his home state, all of them that might be going the other way.

No, but I do agree that he just might be angling for another job in Washington as part of a Republican administration. Maybe Health and Human Services.

ksjayhawk74 5 years, 9 months ago

Under Paul Ryan's plan that Brownback likes so much, Mitt Romney would be paying .082% in taxes. To be clear, that's less than 1% in taxes.

Great plan.

bad_dog 5 years, 9 months ago

Just so we can cut to the chase while keeping you occupied with some harmless, non-value added tripe; why don't you compose & "publish" a list of every number with values less than one.

Thanks in advance!

jhawkinsf 5 years, 9 months ago

A hundred bottles of beer on the wall,

A hundred bottles of beer,

Take one down, pass it around,

Ninety nine bottles of beer on the wall .....

bad_dog 5 years, 9 months ago

Show your calculations or no credit...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

To pay a million dollars in taxes at that rate would require an income of approximately $1.2 billion. After paying those taxes, the remaining income would still be approximately $1.2 billion.

bad_dog 5 years, 9 months ago

"Run that stupid .082% on the income he reported...and you tell me how many millions of dollars in taxes that is!"

^^ This is the product of yet another voter advocating defunding schools through tax cuts for the wealthy...

camper 5 years, 9 months ago

Bigtoe, what are you talking about? $22,000,000 x .0082 = $180,400.

question4u 5 years, 9 months ago

Around the country people are saying, "Now the choice is clear. If a governor who I've only heard of because his office retaliated against a high school girl for hurting his feelings in a tweet says that Ryan is the ONLY one in the whole country who has a plan, then it must be true."

Richard Payton 5 years, 9 months ago

Future checks would be less when factoring inflation. Ryan's plan appears to help the rich and hurt the poor. This idea of a good plan which cuts Medicare, student loans seems rash without much thought. Ryan's budget buddy Brownback approves this plan which is plenty enough reason to oppose his plan.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

That's because the president doesn't pass budgets. He submits budgets to the House and signs appropriations bills into laws once they've been through both chambers. He's done both of those things since being elected into office.

Katara 5 years, 9 months ago

Isn't amazing how little people know about how our government works?

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

I always though the house was supposed to write the budget, the senate was to vote yes or no, and if passed by the senate, it went to the president for signing. Who know who is writing what anymore.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

The last budget he submitted got zero votes by democrats or republicans. That's because nobody votes on it directly.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

So you're saying that Ryan is a huge lefty by association?

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

I bet he hates wetlands and turtles too.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

"Referring to Ryan, Brownback said, "Right now he's got the only plan out there for how we as a country get through this fiscal crisis that we are in.""

Unfortunately, that's a very "royal" we Sam is referring to-- very appropriate from one of the princes of the new GOP (Grand Old Plutocracy.)

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

"Grand Old Plutocracy."

It was funny, but don't run it into the ground.

hyperinflate 5 years, 9 months ago

Read David Frum's article on this morning. He fully exposes the dips#@t leap of logic that Romney hopes voters will make. That somehow adjusting Medicare spending in 2023 will affect unemployment in 2013. No doubt that the low-functioning Republican lemmings will buy into this. Methinks the independents might be a bit more skeptical.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

Republicans aren't concerned about facts-- they can make up new ones any time they need to.

jafs 5 years, 9 months ago

That seems accurate from what I've read, and it's a pleasure to start a discussion with facts.

If Medicare Advantage plans stop offering vision or other plans, then that means seniors who want them will have to buy supplemental plans for them, increasing their costs, right?

I know that when I get to that age, I'd much prefer one simple and comprehensive insurance plan rather than having to have 2 or 3 different ones.

JayhawkFan1985 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm glad to hear with the loss of 90 jobs in Topeka this week that he has his eye on the ball and is focusing on something unrelated in any way to his job as governor. What a turd.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 9 months ago

Romney has already distanced himself from Ryan's budget plan. On 60 minutes, he said he had a budget plan too and that they would run on that, not Ryan's plan.

Not even Romney supports Ryan's plan.

Begs the question: why did he choose Ryan?

Armstrong 5 years, 9 months ago

Just a quick observation. You guys are gonna have to get in gear Rothy can't keep propping up the D's himself- poor guys fingers will be nubs by Nov. So why is it the Sate has completely ignored the blue ideology ? C'mon Rothy let's hear more,realitry be damned !

BigDog 5 years, 9 months ago

Even Bill Clinton's former Chief of Staff believes in Congressman Paul Ryan's budget ideas, and praises him.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

Just because Bowles wants to polish a turd doesn't make it less of a turd.

William Weissbeck 5 years, 9 months ago

No news here (closed) like minds think alike. Calling Ryan's plan the "only legitimate plan," creates both a false choice and an oxymoron. Just because it is the only plan (it isn't) does give it legitimacy. Just because it is the only plan, doesn't make it the correct plan. Simpson-Bowles is a plan, but Ryan torpedoed that and according to Grover Norquist it was a good thing because Ryan held true to his "no tax increase" dogma.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 9 months ago

Ryan would eliminate Medicare and replace it with vouchers that seniors could use toward private insurance.

I say "toward" private insurance because all estimates are that Ryan's numbers would not buy the coverage now available under Medicare.

A frank discussion of Ryan's budget ideas would be good for the country, but it is the last thing the Rs want. They will continue avoiding any specifics about their budget and simply attack Obama with lies and distortions. such as "you didn't build that" and "Obama wants to cut $5 billion from medicare".

globehead 5 years, 9 months ago

I just got off the phone with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. I asked him how much weight should be given to Brownback's support of Ryan. He said there are three reasons it won't matter much. 1st: Brownback could get no support for himself after campaigning in Iowa for two years. 2nd: Brownback supported Perry very early and Perry got blown out of the water shortly thereafter. 3rd: Rick couldn't remember the third reason. But, he pretty much hit the nail on his head.

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