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Paul Ryan Raises Money Off Of President Barack Obama's Budget Speech

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/ 3/2012 6:36 pm Updated: 04/ 3/2012 6:42 pm

Paul Ryan

Saying that President Barack Obama "isn’t interested in governing," House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan sent an email blast to supporters Tuesday in an effort to raise money off of Obama's speech attacking the GOP leader's budget.

Obama slammed Ryan's spending blueprint in the morning as "thinly veiled social Darwinism" and a "Trojan horse" that is aimed at "gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that's built to last."

Ryan, seeking donations for his Prosperity Action political action committee, lambasted the president's talk from top to bottom.

"When our opponents on the Left have no serious ideas of their own, they resort to emotional appeals that play up Americans’ fears about the future," Ryan argued. "Earlier today, in Washington, President Obama (whose budget failed in the House by a vote of 0-414) said the Path to Prosperity is a “Trojan horse” for “social Darwinism.” But not once did the President show the leadership that is required to put forward solutions of his own."

(Note: The budget that failed was not actually the president's but a series of spending caps that might result from the president's budget.)

"The President didn’t offer any clarity in his latest speech about what he would do to tackle our nation’s debt before it tackles us and it's still not clear how he’ll keep Medicare from going bankrupt," Ryan continued. "One thing is clear though, Barack Obama isn’t interested in governing or putting forward solutions to fix our nation’s problems."

Obama has offered a budget, however.

If there was any doubt that both sides intend to use spending plans as political weapons, Ryan cast his budget as showing "political courage," and said he wanted money to elect more people who agree with him.

"I’m going to support those who have stood with us in this fight," Ryan wrote. "I’m going to work with my allies and friends in the Senate to oust the failed Democratic leadership."

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