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Paul Ryan on The Jay Weber Show

The Jay Weber Show, News/Talk 1130 WISN

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February 03, 2015 | Robert Swift (202-225-3031) | comments

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman Paul Ryan spoke with WISN’s Jay Weber to discuss the president’s budget proposal, how we can build a healthy economy, and the need for America to lead the way in writing the rules for the global economy.  Below are excerpts of Congressman Ryan’s responses.

On President Obama’s FY2016 Budget Proposal:

“The president’s budget never balances, and he doesn't attack the drivers of our debt. . . . Our budget is going to balance and take on the big challenges, to show how adding market dynamics, choice and competition, giving patients and people more power over their lives, more power over their health care, actually leads to better results and can balance the budget and pay off the debt. We’re going to put out an agenda over the course of the next two years that shows ‘this is what the tax code really looks like.’ ‘This is what a reformed IRS looks like.’ ‘This is what giving people more control over their lives and stopping cronyism and the picking of winners and losers in Washington looks like.’ And we think we can get a healthier economy that produces a lot more opportunity and more upward mobility for everybody.”

On Building a Healthy Economy:

“We have to do a better job, and I think one of the issues we’re going to tackle on Ways and Means is welfare reform. It’s the committee in charge of the welfare laws. Welfare reform in 1996 was really successful in getting people out of poverty, getting people to work, off of welfare, and, most importantly, helping people reach their potential. We need to enact similar reforms to other programs so that we can help get people from where they are today—stuck in poverty—to where they ought to be, which is a life of potential. And that’s something that we, as Republicans, have a lot to offer. So, a more vibrant economy, moving people from welfare to work, opening up markets to our products, cleaning up the IRS and our tax code—making it simpler and fairer—and creating a faster, growing economy. That’s basically what we’re going to be laying out over the next couple of years. And if we can find common ground with the administration on some of these, that’s great. But if not, we’re going to show the country how we’re going to do it differently.”

On America Leading the Global Economy through Trade:

“This president has retreated from the world. China, Russia, and other countries that don’t share our values are going to write the rules of the global economy if we don’t step up and do it ourselves. We need to step up and lead in the world and the global economy, and help write the rules so that we have real freedom economics, the rule of the law, and enforceable contracts. We can stop cronyism, we can stop governments from picking winners and losers, and we can lower barriers to our products. If America doesn't lead and step up now, then we will not be in the leadership role that we have historically been. This is a very important moment, and I think the President is just beginning to see this.”


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