Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) delivered the following remarks at an April 13, 2011, news conference presenting the People's Budget, a proposal offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus to counter the "Road to Ruin" budget offered by Congressman Paul Ryan that ends Medicare:
"The American people don't need a budget that funnels money to the wealthy and connected. ThePeoples_Budget_web2.jpg People's Budget is a budget, by, and for the people, put together by representatives who care about American men and women who don't have high-end lobbyists and PR campaigns. This budget puts America back to work and restores America's competitiveness. This budget implements a fair tax system.
"In Luke 12:48, it is written that "to whom much is given, much is required.' That value is alive in this budget. We ask the wealthiest Americans contribute their fair share. And we stop giving handouts to multinational corporations.
"This budget funds health care for all Americans, a basic right in a just society.
"And this budget will be in balance by 2021. We do have a fiscal crisis. And there should be no sacred cows in the discussion of how to solve it, including defense spending and ending tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. The Ryan budget proposes it can solve our fiscal problems without any tax increase. That is a laughable and preposterous suggestion.Let's get real. This People's Budget is a real proposal. It's serious, and I look forward to supporting it on the floor of the House."