When Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin's District 1 introduced his budget this month, it marked the first proposal in the sure-to-be spirited budget debate. While Ryan has been commended on proposing the first budget proposal, there is nothing to admire in a plan that attacks the foundations of the America we believe in.
Ryan makes many claims about his budget, but the numbers reveal the truth. Ryan claims that tax cuts created by his budget would create jobs. However, as Mark Zandi, economist for the McCain 2008 campaign, pointed out last week, the Ryan budget creates 1.7 million fewer jobs than the president's budget.
The contradictions don't stop there. Unfortunately for Ryan, CBO analysis of his budget reveals that America's debt would rise to 70 percent of GDP over a span of 10 years. Keeping in mind that the status quo would lead to the debt growing to 67 percent of GDP over 10 years, the Ryan budget actually increases our debt faster than inaction would.
Still worse, the Ryan budget gives $1.8 trillion in new tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans over the next 10 years, while eliminating Medicare as we know it: Forcing seniors to pay an extra $6,400 in health care expenses each year - doubling their current burden.
Doing nothing is not an option, because our debt is unsustainable. However, the solution to our national debt is not to place a burden on America's middle class and seniors in order to give the wealthiest Americans and corporations unneeded tax breaks.
The extreme approach of Ryan and his Republican colleagues in Congress is frightening, and fails to support America's working families.
President Obama's budget proposal is a responsible plan for America: Decreasing the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years, putting America back on a productive path in order to eliminate our debt through responsible spending cuts, increasing government efficiency, and reforming America's tax code to eliminate the tax loopholes that allow corporations like GE to pay nothing in federal taxes.
After 100 days of Republican control of the House, they have voted to eliminate Medicare, passed trillions in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and corporations, and have yet to propose one job creation bill.
Those actions do not support the America I believe in - they assault it.
I will not stand by as Reps. David Schweikert, Ryan and Speaker John Boehner attack the America I desire for my children and me.
We must stand up to this extreme budget; if we fail to do so, we will lose the America we believe in - the America we love.
• Chase Williams is a senior at Arizona State University, majoring in political science. He is treasurer of the Maricopa County Working Young Democrats and a precinct captain for the Foothills Precinct.