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Jewish Reaction To Romney VP Pick Divides Along Ideological Lines

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Paul Ryan

The plan also would convey funds for Medicaid, government-funded insurance for the poor, in block grants to the states. JFNA and JCPA objected to the loosening of federal controls over how such money is spent.

As the budget debate has become more rancorous this year, JFNA has opted out, although among other Jewish groups the criticism has become more pointed.

Jewish community officials say that privatizing entitlement programs is more likely to drive up costs for individuals than it is to keep overall costs down.

Ryan’s defenders note that President Obama’s plan also incorporates cuts to Medicare. They argue that Ryan’s plan, broadening options for recipients, is the more efficient and the likelier to prevent further cuts.

“Everyone acknowledges the program is the foremost driver of our long-term debt,” Rich Lowry wrote in National Review Online.

“Both Ryan and the president use the same formula of roughly GDP growth plus inflation for setting Medicare’s global budget. The difference is that the president wants a bureaucratic board to get the savings through arbitrary limits on prices that ultimately will limit access to care, while Ryan wants to get the savings through competition and choice.”

(JTA)

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One Response to “Jewish Reaction To Romney VP Pick Divides Along Ideological Lines”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Better than cutting federal programs/entitlements, why not just tax everyone at an income tax rate of 100% and let the government distribute housing, food, etc. Does this economic model sound familiar to anyone? Even this economic model would not work to reduce the national debt since almost half of Americans are not paying any federal income taxes, and the number of Americans not paying federal income taxes will grow even higher in the next four years surpassing the 50% mark soon. Without having, at least , a minimal vested interest in the federal government by paying a nominal income tax, a dependency culture has been created along with an attitude of '' someone else will pay the bill, just not me''.

    The majority of the left-wing, liberal Jews would still vote for Jimmy Carter again as the Democratic Candidate over Moses as the Republican Candidate. So, Romney's VP choice does not matter at all as far as effecting the Jewish vote for Romney.

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