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Obama accuses Republicans of ‘social Darwinism’ over Paul Ryan budget – guardian.co.uk

In Economy, News, Politics on April 3, 2012 at 16:42

Obama accuses Republicans of ‘social Darwinism’ over Paul Ryan budget 

How can this be a good idea? It’s shameful!

Barack Obama has accused Mitt Romney, his likely Republican opponent in the presidential election, of supporting “thinly veiled social Darwinism” in backing a budget which sharply reduces taxes for millionaires while cutting public spending on education, justice and medical research.

The strength of Obama’s remarks are a clear indication that the White House has decided that the Republican frontrunner will be his party’s presidential candidate and is not waiting for the primaries to run their course before going on the attack.

Romney is poised to seal his position as the Republican favourite on Tuesday with expected victories in primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, DC, that will push him well past the half-way mark in the number of delegates required for the nomination.

Obama, in a speech in Washington, zeroed in on Romney’s support for the Republican budget in the House of Representatives which proposes deep budget cuts the party says are necessary to combat the deficit. He called that justification “laughable” as he took a pointed stab at the parallel tax breaks for millionaires – an issue on which Romney is particularly vulnerable because of his estimated $220m fortune.

The president painted the Republicans as serving the rich over the middle class by proposing “more than a trillion dollars in tax giveaways for people making more than $250,000 a year”.

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