3th District Congressional candidate David Gill today continued his call for Representative Tim Johnson to reconsider his previous support for the radical Ryan budget and join him in fighting Paul Ryan's attack on Medicare & veterans' benefits.
Over the next decade, the Ryan budget would cut $11billion from spending on programs for veterans when compared to the White
House budget --a cut of 13 percent.
Last year's Ryan Budget -- which Johnson voted for -- cut Veterans Administration care for 1.3 million veterans who are classified Priority 7 and Priority 8.
Gill said, "At a time when the U.S. is facing its longest period of prolonged unemployment since the Great Depression, the first issue any budget should be tackling is creating jobs. This plan not only doesn't create jobs, but the Economic Policy Institute finds that it would cost the economy 1.3 million jobs in 2013 and 4.1 million jobs by 2014. The Ryan budget would take money away from working families, cutting the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit," the Bloomington ER doctor said.
"This plan doesn't make sense," Gill said. "The same week that the government announces that student loan debt has topped $1 Trillion, the Ryan plan proposes to cut Federal education spending by 33 percent," he said.
Gill said, "The Ryan budget proposes dismantling Medicare as we know it while staunchly protecting tax breaks for corporations and tax cuts for millionaires. Seniors have paid for their Medicare benefits. They deserve better than Paul Ryan's vouchers. Students deserve better than to have education spending cut to pay for more tax cuts for corporations. Veterans deserve the benefits they fought for. We all deserve a budget plan that doesn't make the jobs crisis worse. We deserve better than the Ryan Plan."
Dr. David Gill is an emergency room physician in Bloomington who has never held public office. His opponent, Republican Tim Johnson, is seeking his seventh term in Congress.