Paul Ryan addresses fiscal cliff: ‘We’re nowhere. We’re farther than where we started’

Alex Pappas
The Daily Caller

Paul Ryan addressed the fiscal cliff crisis on Tuesday, telling a Milwaukee radio host: “We’re nowhere. We’re farther than where we started.”

In an interview with 620 WTMJ host Charlie Sykes, the Wisconsin congressman and 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee said the fiscal cliff negotiations to stop automatic tax hikes and spending cuts at the end of the year “don’t really exist” because the White House won’t negotiate with Republicans.

“He took 40 minutes to reject the deal,” Ryan said of Obama’s dismissal of a compromise offered by Republicans on the fiscal cliff on Monday.

“That leads us to conclude he’s trying to get us to our fiscal cliff,” Ryan said. “He doesn’t want to come to the middle.”

On Monday, Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, signed on to the Republican compromise plan offered to the White House.

The letter, authored by Speaker of the House John Boehner, says Republicans support “a balanced approach of significant spending cuts and new revenues from tax reform with fewer loopholes and lower tax rates” inspired by testimony from former Bill Clinton chief-of-staff Erskine Bowles in 2011.

Democrats said the Republican offer isn’t balanced enough and should include more tax revenue by raising taxes on the wealthy.

“The President’s not really negotiating,” Ryan said. “He’s just sort of moving the goal posts, rejecting offers.”…

…Asked if he’s over the post-election hangover, Ryan said: “Obviously it’s not fun to lose an election.”

“You’ve got to think and ponder these things,” he said. “And they tell me it was about 427,000 votes spread across four states that made the difference between winning and losing this election.”

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Contrary to popular opinion, the US Democratic Party does not set much of its own policy.

Democrat policy is actually dictated by the labor unions and radical think tanks, such as the Center for American Progress, and the Institute for Policy Studies.

The unions are dominated by the US’s largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America – which also works closely with the C.A.P. and I.P.S.

So, by a process of osmosis and deliberate orchestration, D.S.A., and their friends in the Communist Party USA, effectively dictate Democrat policy at state and national levels…

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