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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.’”
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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