UPDATE: Haridopolos on Paul Ryan budgetby Dara Kam | June 1st, 2011
Senate President Mike Haridopolos took a stand on U.S. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget but stopped short of an outright endorsement after being kicked off a conservative talk show yesterday.
Haridopolos, running in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, got hammered by opponents in the blogosphere and on Twitter for refusing to give a straight-up “yes” or “no” on the Ryan budget.
Hounded by a conservative talk radio host to take a stand, Haridopolos this afternoon released a statement that applauded Ryan’s spending plan but said it “must be amended to provided (sic) greater protections for Seniors.”
The Ryan plan’s most controversial feature is a proposal to change Medicare for those now 54 and younger from a defined-benefit program to one that provides subsidies for future retirees to purchase private insurance.
Here’s Haridopolos statement:
I absolutely support the goals of the Ryan Plan to cut federal government deficit spending and applaud Rep. Ryan’s bold leadership in putting forth an intelligent and serious plan to tackle the largest issue confronting our nation. Rep. Ryan’s leadership in actually putting forth a plan to tackle the deficit is in stark contrast to the irresponsibility demonstrated by President Obama and the Democratic Senate who have failed to pass a budget for over 750 days, adding trillions to the debt during that time. While I support almost every provision of the Ryan Plan, I believe that it must be amended to provided greater protections for Seniors.
Fighting for Seniors is not new to me. One of the main reasons I fought ObamaCare, including passing Florida’s Health Care Freedom Act, is because of the devastating cuts it dealt to Seniors, cutting $500 billion from Medicare to fund ObamaCare-Welfare programs.
Again, I absolutely support the goals of the Ryan Plan and believe in almost all of the provisions to cut federal government deficit spending and address entitlements. As a candidate for the US Senate, I am the only person in this race with a proven record of reforming entitlements [Medicaid, Government Pensions, and Welfare] and a demonstrated commitment to making cuts to balance the budget in the state of Florida without increasing taxes or fees.