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President Obama has now shifted his criticism from Ryan’s Medicare plan to his education plan. Obama is saying that Paul Ryan’s budget plan will have terrible consequences for the education system; his cuts on education will be dramatic.
According to the AP, during a political rally in Ohio on August 21, the president was going to tell to the voters that “Ryan’s budget proposal would cut $115 billion from the Education Department, remove 2 million children from Head Start programs and cost 1 million college students their Pell Grants over the next decade.”
Michael Shank in an article on Al Jazeera also supports Obama’s ideas. He explains that “that under a Ryan economic regime, education spending would be cut by 45 percent, despite the fact that our educational performance in reading, science and math continues to fail to rank in the top ten of the OECD’s rich world countries.”
Also, Michael Linden in an article on the Center for American Progress is very skeptic of Ryan’s budget plan.
Linden says that “each component of the new House Republican budget threatens the middle class while doing nothing to add jobs or grow our economy. It ends the guarantee of decent insurance for senior citizens, breaking Medicare’s bedrock promise. It slashes investments in education, infrastructure, and basic research, all of which are key drivers of economic growth and mobility. And it cuts taxes for those at the top, asking the middle class to pick up the tab. It’s a budget designed to benefit the top 1 percent at everyone else’s expense.”
The Democratic National Committee also released an ad criticizing the education cuts Romney’s running mate’s budget plan would do. The ad called “shop around,” says that the Romney-Ryan education plan would not help students to pay their college tuition and the only solution Romney has proposed for the students is to “shop around” or to borrow money from their parents. The ad also explains Romney would cut grants for nearly 10 million students. The ad finishes saying that “students cannot afford Mitt Romney.”
Ryan’s spokesman has responded to the recent criticism, stating: “Under President Obama, the costs of college have skyrocketed — making it more difficult for students to attend college — and his economic policies have made it harder for graduates to get jobs.” The spokesman also thinks these kind of accusations are intended to distract people from Obama’s terrible record in office.