Ryan touts GOP budget alternative



Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, blasted President Obama's budget and touted the Republican alternative on Saturday.

Delivering the weekly Republican internet and radio response to the president, Ryan said Obama's budget focuses too much on spending and taxes, a common refrain from the GOP in the lead up to the vote last week.



In particular, Republicans have criticized Obama's plan to increase taxes on the wealthy. Obama plans to use the $1 trillion raised in those new taxes for expanded programs in healthcare, education and energy.

Ryan has been the leading voice selling the GOP's alternative since it was introduced last week. The Republican budget prescribes a better outline for how to cope with the economic recession, Ryan said.

"The budget House Republicans offered gives Americans a real choice. It curbs spending, creates jobs, and controls the debt," he said. "The Republican budget has lower deficits than the Democratic plan every year, and by 2019, has half the deficit proposed by the President. Under our plan, the public debt would be $3.6 trillion lower than President Obama