Republican Rep. Todd Akin on the New GOP Budget Plan

Thursday, March 29, 2012

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiling his 2012 budget proposal last week. (Getty)

Last week House GOP leaders unveiled a bold new 2013 budget blueprint, promising to cut government spending and reverse rising federal deficits. The budget proposal – "The Path to Prosperity" – aims to tame the national debt by overhauling Medicare and cutting deeply into a number of politically sensitive federal programs. The proposal also looks to reshuffle the tax code, sharply lowering individual tax rates and brackets.

The budget resolution goes to the House floor today. Joining us to discuss the proposal is Congressman Todd Akin, Republican Representative from Missouri’s 2nd District. Representative Akin is a member of the House Budget Committee and worked on the crafting of this budget resolution. He has served in Congress since 2001 and is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee.


Congressman Todd Akin

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Marc Kilstein

Comments [10]


Todd Akin is a constitutional conservative in MO. I wish all republicans could represent us with such honor. He has my vote in 2012. McCaskill has to go! Todd Akin 2012!

Apr. 01 2012 11:31 PM
Mark Lodes from St. Louis, MO

Why waste time writing and passing a budget that won't get signed into law? When did we elect a bunch of fools to do a bunch of meaningless work that accomplishes nothing. Paul Ryan and Todd Akin need to pull their heads out of their @$$3$ and start working the the Democratic leadership to pass a budget for this country. We didn't elect you to parade around like a bunch of fools while we pay your salary. Get your mind right.

Mar. 29 2012 04:59 PM

Sharply disappointed at your seemingly allowing this guy on your show to spout his list of talking points, he sounded like he was literally reading them from a clipboard and actually repeated himself whenever he thought doing so would be appropriate. Almost *nothing* he said had very much basis in reality and it was all just harrumphing and bloviation to avoid addressing the fact his budget is a very unfunny joke that would do precisely the opposite of what he claims - it would pretty handily raise the amount of debt and would cause tens of thousands more to lose their jobs, which in turn would cut even more revenue than his insane tax cuts for the wealthy already do. I am somewhat ashamed at your letting him get away with coming on your otherwise excellent show to peddle his TRIPE.

Mar. 29 2012 11:37 AM

This has been the second year that President’s budget did not win a single Democratic vote. In the UK and Canada that would signal a no confidence vote with their own leadership. Fortunately in our system we have a general election coming up this year for the White House and for several seats in the US Senate which have both ignored their obligation to provide a serious budget. Why should they be given another four and six year contract respectively considering their dereliction of duty?

Mar. 29 2012 10:37 AM
Rayanne Stemmler from Detroit, MI

My favorite part of the interview was when Rep. Aiken said that "'s economically advantageous to be a have not." I find it mind boggling.

Mar. 29 2012 10:27 AM

If the Ryan budget has no chance of passing the Democratically controlled US Senate which has not offered a budget in three years, is that an example of irresponsible and even criminal Democrat obstruction and lack of compromise? When do they "get off the dime" rather than offering nothing but a statement of sophistry as a budget plan?
The "progressive" media need to grow up and stop arguing with simple math out of blind political conceit.

Mar. 29 2012 10:06 AM
Erik Shelley

Comparing the 50% that pay no taxes to the top 1% income earners is misleading. Of course people with no money pay no taxes. How many in the 1% pay no taxes?

Mar. 29 2012 08:22 AM

The Congressman mentioned that people who are on the "Government Dole" are not incentivized to as long as they are on the "Government Dole". I would hope that he and his colleagues includes themselves in the number of people who are "on the government dole". Does he refuse to take a salary?

Mar. 29 2012 08:20 AM
Dan Bernard from Seacoast NH

Typical mendacious Republican. Quick fact-check on his claim of "no budget in 1000 days" is rated "mostly false" by Politifact:

His lame "50% of the country pay no taxes" is also easily debunked:

These people just want to dump all those who are not white corporate loyalists.

Mar. 29 2012 08:18 AM
David Maurand from Essex, MA

The Paul Ryan budget is the Can't-do Budget. It's a carefully designed attempt to lock in the gains of the rich and the losses of the 99%,

Mar. 29 2012 08:10 AM

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