From Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO:
In light of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to serve as his running mate, the Iowa AFL-CIO is highlighting the policies that Paul Ryan has proposed and Mitt Romney supports to make the top 1% richer at the expense of working families. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Romney-Ryan budget would end Medicare and slash crucial funds that support Iowa’s schools, teachers, roads, bridges, clean water facilities and community and mental health services. See link: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3816 ) Between 2013 and 2014, the Romney-Ryan budget will slash millions from Iowa over the next eight years, A projected loss of 2.1 Billion – all of which means cuts to vital services including early childhood education (Head Start) , law enforcement, infrastructure-building and maintenance, housing, workforce training and placement, health services as well as disaster response.
“With his choice for Vice President, Mitt Romney has shown how out of touch he really is. Paul Ryan wants to end Medicare even as his policy proposals make the rich even richer,” said Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor. “There are over a half million Iowans receiving Medicare. We shouldn’t even consider the possibility of destroying Medicare, cutting Social Security or cutting funding for job training. Crippling education and allowing more offshoring to give tax cuts to the wealthiest is the last thing we need. The Romney-Ryan budget represents an extreme economic vision for an economy that works for a few, rather than an economy that lifts everyone up. This budget would have a devastating effect on Iowa.”