Romney Chooses Brownback Protege

Statement by Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon

In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen one of Governor Sam Brownback's proteges. Ryan worked for Brownback in the 1990's, and the two men have a shared a vision for the future that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy. The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.

Paul Ryan and Sam Brownback both support trillions in budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires paid for with tax hikes on the middle class and deep cuts in education and other investments we need to grow. Ryan’s extreme budget plan, which Mitt Romney has embraced and Brownback mirrored right here in Kansas, would make deep spending cuts now to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, which would weaken the recovery and cost the economy jobs.

Everyone in Kansas needs to pay their fair share, including, and especially, wealthy corporations. We need to set better priorities and be financially responsible. Sam Brownback and Paul Ryan's attempts to eliminate/lower their taxes is the wrong priority; and it makes it harder on our working families. Importantly, cutting taxes for wealthy corporations makes it more difficult to send our children to excellent and safe schools.

Kansans are asking our leaders to focus on creating good-paying jobs, restoring cuts to education, and leveling the playing field. This is the Kansan way, and these are the values President Obama, who was raised by Kansans, was taught.

Now, more than ever, voters have a clear choice for the future, and we believe they will choose the Kansan way.

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