Last night, Pennsylvania Democrat Robert Casey took on Paul Ryan’s roadmap. Paul Ryan exclusively responds:
I appreciate Senator Casey’s effort to contrast my invitation for solutions with his non-solution to exacerbate our uncontrolled fiscal trajectory, standing idle with icy indifference as the social safety net implodes. Senator Casey’s “do-nothing but demagogue” plan will result in painful austerity: job-killing tax hikes; deep cuts to current seniors; and a debt-driven economic crisis. I put forward a plan for prosperity — a proposal that makes no changes for Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries in and near retirement, and offers future retirees — those now 54 and younger — the same health and retirement security options that he himself enjoys as a Member of Congress. My Roadmap protects and strengthens these critical programs for current and future retirees, lifts our crushing burden of debt, and restarts the engine of economic growth and job creation. I will continue to call upon my colleagues — including Senator Casey — to accept the invitation to offer solutions of their own so we can get on with the business of meeting our most pressing fiscal and economic challenges.