Rob Zerban Statement on Representative Paul Ryan’s Speech to the Economic Club of Chicago

May 15, 2011

KENOSHA – First District U.S. Congressional candidate Robert Zerban issued the following statement today in response to Paul Ryan’s speech today to the Economic Club of Chicago. Ryan has billed the event as a defense of his budget, which would end Medicare and hurt Wisconsin seniors.

“Representative Paul Ryan is the last person who should be lecturing about economics when his answer to tough budget decisions is bankrupting our seniors. Ryan’s plan ends Medicare and puts Wisconsin seniors at the mercy of big private insurance companies. It’s not fair, and it’s not ‘reform.’ It’s just irresponsible.

Representative Paul Ryan’s speech today in Chicago won’t change what Wisconsin families already know: the numbers in his budget just don’t add up. Instead of taking on Washington special interests, Ryan is offering tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while stripping hard-working seniors of their benefits precisely when they need them most.

Whether it’s the Economic Club of Chicago or a town hall meeting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Ryan’s words ring hollow because he is putting our families at risk. Wisconsin families, Illinois families and ordinary Americans across our nation deserve better.”