Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan (Credit: Getty/Win McNamee)

Do you remember the days when Republicans claimed to be deficit hawks, opposing President Barack Obama’s economic agenda solely because of their unwavering devotion to fiscal rectitude?

Now one of the hawk-iest hawks in the GOP aviary, House Speaker Paul Ryan, has flat-out admitted he cares less about deficit reduction than providing large tax cuts to the wealthy.

“We want pro-growth tax reform that will get the economy growing, that will get people back to work, that will give middle-income taxpayers a tax cut, and that will put American businesses in a better competitive playing field so that we keep American businesses in America,” Ryan told Erica Werner of the Associated Press. “That is more important than anything else.”

Earlier in the interview, when Werner asked Ryan if the Republican tax reform plan would be revenue-neutral, he replied that “Well, I’m not going to get into baselines and those issues simply because our tax writers are going to be putting out the paper pretty soon.”

Ryan’s comments come as Trump buckles down and attempts to pass a tax reform plan that can make up for his failures in pushing through an Obamacare repeal or a US-Mexico …read more


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