Hasner embraces Ryan budget plan, LeMieux calls it ‘better than nothing and disaster’by George Bennett | May 25th, 2011
Adam Hasner isn’t one of them.
“A lot of Republicans are starting to waffle on this question,” former state House Majority leader and 2012 Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Hasner told a Florida TaxWatch lunch today at the Biltmore hotel.
“Some are backing away, some are hedging their bets, some are sticking their finger in to test the political winds. I want you to know that I fully support the Paul Ryan plan,” Hasner said. “If I had any criticism whatsoever over the plan it’s that it just doesn’t go far enough fast enough.”
One of Hasner’s GOP primary rivals, former appointed Sen. George LeMieux, stopped by the TaxWatch conference earlier in the day and said the Ryan plan was better than anything Democrats have proposed. But LeMieux didn’t offer an unqualified endorsement.
“If we don’t do something — which is what the Democrats’ proposal is, to do nothing — then in 5 to 12 years Medicare will go bankrupt and that will affect seniors,” LeMieux said in an interview.
“Under the Ryan plan, everbyody 55 and older gets exactly what they were promised. So having to choose between the two, something and reform is better than nothing and disaster.
“Now I think there are probably better proposals…I don’t think it’s the best plan. But if I had to choose between nothing and disaster for seniors and something that’s reform, I’d choose something,” LeMieux said.
Better ideas, LeMieux said, include his own plan to roll back all federal spending to 2007 levels.
“What that would make Congress do is prioritize. If Congress wanted to keep Medicare exactly the way it was, then you’d have to cut more from something else….What I think I would do under a 2007 solution is raise the retirement age for both Social Security and Medicare for people who are younger now. And I would also means-test them both, for people who are younger now.”