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Posted by Bryan Long on August 13th, 2012

After years of pushing an extreme agenda, the far-right wing of the Republican Party has its dream candidate for Vice President, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, author of the Romney-Ryan budget.

Georgia’s own former Congressman Newt Gingrich called Ryan’s budget plan “right-wing social engineering” and a “radical change” from current economic policy. Romney quickly attacked Gingrich and defended Ryan’s budget for months before naming him Saturday as his running mate.

But Newt Gingrich was right! The Romney-Ryan budget would be a nightmare for Georgia.

The budget asks the middle class to pay more so millionaires and big corporations can pay less. Under Romney's plan, 4.4 million middle-class Georgia families would face a tax increase. The average tax increase for families with children would be $2,000. While the middle class pays more, the richest Americans would get another $265,000 tax break each.

Here are just a few of the highlights from a plan Georgia simply cannot afford. If fully enacted, the Romney-Ryan Budget would:

  • End Medicare as we know it , taking away seniors’ guaranteed benefits that they worked for and replace it with a voucher program. In Georgia, 1,391,252 people would be forced into a voucher system
  • Cut Federal spending in Georgia by 41.4 percent, the 5th largest cut in the nation
  • Cut funding for education, including millions in Head Start and special education for Georgia schools
  • Cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by 10 percent, leading to $284 million less in SNAP payments for 1,591,078 Georgia residents who receive nutrition assistance (17.9 percent of Georgia residents earn an income below the poverty level)
  • Put at risk more than 275,000 college students who receive Pell grants, a needs-based program for higher education

Georgia simply can’t afford Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

While Romney has been on both sides of every issue, his choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate shows that his pledge to reward corporations and the top 1 percent at the expense of seniors, students, veterans and the middle class is unwavering.

We are Georgians who are ready to once again lead the South.

Better Georgia is the state's fastest growing progressive advocacy organization. We are here to make sure our elected officials listen to Georgia families and the people who work hard each day. We fight to make sure elected officials pass sensible laws and policies that benefit everyone, not just corporations and the political elite.

Better Georgia is ready for our state to once again lead the South. We want strong communities and schools. We want quality jobs and a culture that attracts the best businesses.

The debate in Georgia has been between the right and the far right for too long. Better Georgia is working to change the debate and change our state. With your help, Georgia will be better than ever.

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