Paul Ryan: 70% of Americans Becoming Dependent on Government

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“I would argue that we’re reaching a tipping point in this country, after which the majority of Americans are more dependent on the government than they are upon themselves,” Ryan says. “And this budget accelerates that tipping point. 

“If you ask are we changing this country from what I would call the American idea of free enterprise and limited government to more of a European style socialist economy, a cradle-to-grave welfare state, yes, we’re clearly on that trajectory.”

Ryan points out that 20 percent of Americans today get 75 percent of their income from the federal government, and another 20 percent get 45 percent, while 60 percent of Americans get more benefits in dollar value from the federal government than they pay back in taxes. Obama’s budget moves that to 70 percent of Americans, he says.

In 2008, Paul Ryan introduced legislation he called his Roadmap for America’s Future, and he recently released a second version of that plan.

“I want to show the American people, which I have done with numbers certified by the Congressional Budget Office, there is a difference,” he says in discussing his Roadmap.

“We do not have to go down this path of converting America into a social welfare state.

“It is not too late for this country to turn course and reclaim the American idea and the founding principles which made us the freest, most prosperous country in the world. It’s not too late. It’s achievable.”

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