Wiretap: Another Ryan plan to make the poor pay the debt

Paul Ryan’s newest budget is out. The only place it’s going is directly to the campaign trail, where, it turns out, Democrats are thrilled to see it. It has no chance to get through Congress, and probably won’t even come to a vote in the House, but it is the plainest statement on where the Republicans would take the country if they end up with control of the Senate and the House in November. Ryan’s budget would cut $5 trillion in spending over the decade. But it’s how it would get there that matters — with steep cuts to food stamps and Medicaid and the repeal of Obamacare.

It may be the Medicare “premium support” system – which Democrats call vouchers – that may be the touchstone. Via the New York Times.

The National Journal says the Ryan budget outlines the Republican fiscal dream. Democrats say it’s the Koch brothers’ dream.

Shock: Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan invests in — wait for it — companies that make emergency contraception and abortion drugs. Of course it does. Do you wonder if the Supreme Court will notice, or care? Via Mother Jones.

Even if everything goes right in November, it’s still going to be very difficult for Democrats to hold on to the Senate. Via New York Times.

Kathleen Parker is pretty sure things aren’t going to go that well for desperate Democrats – not that Republicans are doing so well, either. Via the Washington Post.

Be like Kobe? Race and the African-American athlete and what, or whom, Kobe Bryant represents. Via the New Yorker.

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