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The Republican Plan For The Middle Class

The President says invest, or fail the middle class. What do Republicans say? We’ll ask.

House Speaker John Boehner (AP)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., right, and Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

President Obama says spend to invest in the future or lose the middle class. Republicans say almost the opposite. Cut, they say. Cut and cut deep to create a growth economy.

And they are having at it. Pushing big cuts in research, in the EPA, in the Interior Department, in food stamps. Big cuts in federal spending all over — and especially, if they can do it — in Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act.

The president is out stumping for his view. Today, we’ll hear the GOP.

This hour, On Point: Republicans on the budget, the U.S. economy and the American middle class.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ginger Gibson, congressional reporter for Politico. (@GingerGibson)

Rep. Tom Cole, Republican Congressman for Oklahoma’s 4th congressional district (since 2003), member of the Committee of Appropriations and the Committee on the Budget, Deputy Majority Whip and former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. (@tomcoleok04)

Romina Boccia, fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. (@RominaBoccia)

Rep. Nita Lowey, Democratic Congresswoman for New York’s 17th congressional district (since 1988), ranking democratic member of the Committee of Appropriations, former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. (@NitaLowey)

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