Harvard Professor: Paul Ryan’s budget plan is a ‘reverse Robin Hood proposal’

Oliver Darcy
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Paul Ryan’s budget plan is “reverse Robin Hood proposal” aimed at taking from “low income Americans” and giving to “the very wealthiest,” a Harvard professor said in a radio interview on Monday.

“It is not a deficit reduction program,” argued Harvard Professor of Government Theda Skocpol. “It is a way to cut taxes on the wealthy… and to just slap all of the needs of the poor and low income people under the states and say ‘good luck with that.’”

Harvard professor Theda Skocpol said in a radio interview that Paul Ryan’s budget proposal “is not a deficit reduction program.”

Skocpol predicted that it “will quickly be obvious to most Americans” that Ryan’s “breathtakingly extreme” budget plan “is a path to prosperity only for the top five percent.”

She concluded that “most Americans will hate that” and if such policies are implemented “the Republican Party won’t last very long.”

Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. According to her faculty bio, she has recently launched new projects “on the transformations of U.S. federal policies in the Obama era.”

She is also the recent co-author of the book The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, which argues that genuinely concerned grassroots activists are being manipulated against their own interests to fight for tax cuts, the privatization of social security, and deregulation of business.

Skocpol was not available for comment at the time of this publication.

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Oliver Darcy

Oliver Darcy


Oliver Darcy is the Editor of Digital Media at the Leadership Institute’s CampusReform.org, where he is tasked with reporting on waste, fraud, and abuse taking place on our nation's college campuses. Additionally, he is responsible for editing the website’s video content and graphic design.

Prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Oliver founded ExposingLeftists.com, a video driven website dedicated to exposing the inherent failures found at the core of liberal philosophies.

Oliver holds his bachelors of arts degree in political science, with an emphasis in both International Relations and American Politics, from the University of California at Merced.

On his spare time, he enjoys running and hiking, in addition to watching the Star Wars saga and episodes of House.

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