Paul Ryan: “This isn’t Even Close To My Ideal Budget” (Video)

Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Wednesday night to discuss the budget deal he hashed out with Democrat Senator Patty Murray. As most of you, I’m sure know – Ryan’s budget is being called a sh*t sandwich and worse from both sides of the aisle. According to The Hill, Dems are retching as much as Republicans are. (that’s a sign of a good compromise, ya’ll.)

The budget deal worked out by House and Senate negotiators is on the verge of unraveling over the exclusion of federal unemployment benefits, several leading Democrats warned Wednesday. The lawmakers are outraged by a GOP move to add the Medicare “doc fix” to the package but not a continuation of unemployment benefits — a strategy they say could sink the entire package by scaring away Democratic votes. Reps. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Sandy Levin (Mich.) said the move creates a “new dynamic” undermining Democratic support for the plan announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). “I think it puts at risk the whole bill, and it surely puts at risk my vote,” said Levin, the top Democrat at the House Ways and Means Committee. Van Hollen echoed that message.

Here are some recent headlines from the rightosphere, via Doug Ross:

The Ryan/Murray Budget Deal Is… Awful: Ace

Ryan Deal Limits Senate GOP’s Power to Block Tax Increases: Jonathan Strong

What the Hell, Paul Ryan?: Ace

The Ryan Budget is Partly Bill Clinton’s Republican Legacy: Erick Erickson

Running on Obamacare… away from the election: Hot Air

Shorter Ryan: I’m Gonna Kick Tomorrow: R.S. McCain

“Guess what, Sean – elections have consequences,” Ryan told Hannity after he complained that the budget deal still increases the debt and doesn’t get us anywhere near a balanced budget. Ryan explained, “we’re going to have to win a couple of elections to actually pass the kind of budgets you and I are in favor of  like the one I passed just last Spring. House Republicans have passed three budgets in a row that actually balanced the budget – that actually pay off the debt.”

“So this isn’t your ideal budget,” Hannity said, (stating the obvious.)

“No, of course not – this isn’t even close to my ideal budget,” Ryan laughed. “But here’s the point, Sean,” Ryan continued. “Is this a step in the right direction, or not? This cuts spending. This lowers the deficit, it doesn’t raise taxes, and it stops those defense cuts from happening any more.”

He maintained that this deal isn’t a Republican budget – “it’s an agreement that is a step in the right direction – it’s a small step – I’m not going to oversell that – but here’s the other point, Sean: It stops government shutdown in January and it stops a shutdown in October. And we don’t think it’s in our interest to have these government shutdowns. We want to focus on ObamaCare and ObamaCare oversight. We want to focus on speaking truth to power and doing real congressional oversight on this administration, AND we want to focus on our proactive agenda. If we have all these government shutdowns, we don’t think that helps us do that…”

Ryan’s right. The dirty little secret is, the Democrat left were hoping for protracted budget fights and looming government shutdowns in 2014 – to get the public’s attention off of ObamaCrash. And I’ve been saying all year – Republicans need to be focusing on “oversight” (to use Ryan’s word) – that is –  investigating the sh*t out of this corrupt Regime. This crap sandwich gives them room to do that.

ObamaCare Whistleblower: I was Told IRS Harassment ‘Came From The Top’ (Audio)

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Wednesday, radio talk show host Sara Marie Brenner interviewed Bill Elliott, the cancer patient who gained notoriety when he appeared on Fox News with Megyn Kelly after his insurance was cancelled. Elliott, you may remember, later received notification of his audit from the IRS on the same day C. Steven Tucker, the man who helped him get his insurance back, received his. After reaching out to SC Governor Nikki Haley, two congressmen and a Democratic US Senator from North Carolina, he was able to get his IRS “audit” terminated.

According to Elliott, the US Senator – presumably Kay Hagan – was especially helpful on that front.

Via The Washington Times:

Elliott explained that he got cancer in 2007 when he was exposed to some radiological contamination in his work as a chemical and biological trainer to the military. He received a settlement from the government in 2009, which is the same year that the IRS wanted to audit. However, Elliott explains that settlements like these are tax-exempt, and that the IRS was inquiring about something to which they already should have known the answer.

Elliott went on to claim that an unnamed congressman told him that he believed the IRS inquiry had come “from the top.”

Elliott explained that he wasn’t sure whether he meant that “the top” was the president, the IRS or HHS. Someone “from the top ordered the investigation of me and Steve [Tucker],” he says. Elliott has been in communication with Governor Nikki Haley and other elected officials to obtain information and assistance.

Elliott expects to receive a confirmation soon that the IRS audit is “over with” and that he is “clean and good to go.” He plans to continue to help others who have experienced what he has, including informing others that they too can have their insurance reinstated through HIPAA laws.

I asked Elliott if he thought the congressman had any special reason to believe the IRS harassment had come from the top, and he told me that it was speculation based on the fact that 3 people got notifications around the same time.

That’s right three people. In addition to Elliott and C. Steven Tucker, there was another audit as well – of an individual who wishes to remain anonymous because he still works for the government. Elliott and Tucker got their audits on the same day. The other person must have gotten his first. Elliott told me, “that’s why I stated ‘I knew this was coming.'”

The interview begins 20:55 minutes in.

Previously: 

Cancer Patient, Bill Elliott’s IRS Audit Has Been Terminated (Audio)

The IRS Continues to Punish Obama’s Enemies (Video)

Linked by Carolina Plott Hound, and Doug Ross, thanks!