This is a very long diary and I admit I did not read the entire thing before linking it here, but holy crap. Paul Ryan's plan is based on a CATO plan authored by Peter Ferrara.
HISTORY:The Clark/Koch Platform promised to:
In 1980 David Koch ran for Vice President on the ticket with Ed Clark.
Abolish Social Security,
Abolish the Federal Reserve Board,
Abolish Minimum-Wage laws,
Abolish Corporate Taxes,
Abolish the FBI and CIA and,
Abolish limits on campaign spending
... (sound familiar?)
Also, in 1980, the Koch Brothers paid their then-CATO employee, Peter Ferrara, to pen the Koch Privatization Plan and to "sell" it to the American public by calling it, "Family Security Plan". (So please, do not be surprised if you start hearing the Romney/Ryan/Koch Privatization Plan called, "Family Security Plan.")
Reagan Pissed off Privatization Supporters:
In 1983 President Ronald Reagan dramatically raised Payroll Taxes, Social Security/Medicare Taxes, on employees and employers. And -- and -- in addition to raising the Payroll Taxes, Reagan brought in a whole new class of recipients, new federal workers, to the system. Not only that, Reagan's Security/Medicare Tax was not tied to inflation.
At that time, former Koch employee, Peter Ferrara, was actually working in Reagan's Administration but Ferrara quit the Reagan Administration after Reagan raised Payroll Taxes.
You see, naturally, when Reagan embraced Social Security and Medicare by raising Payroll Taxes and added Federal workers to the system Peter Ferrara got pissed off and quit.
Koch Brothers re-publish Their Privatization Scheme in Outline Form:
The Koch Brothers also got pissed off at Reagan for securing Social Security/Medicare for all generations so they, in 1983, used their propaganda-mill, the CATO Institute, to re-publish Peter Ferrara‘s 1980 Privatization Plan only this time, they published the piece in an Outline form so politicians could use it to eliminate Social Security/Medicare once and for all.
Ferrara's plan, re-published by Koch Brothers, required dividing the Public:First, we must recognize that there is a firm coalition behind the present Social Security system, and that this coalition has been very effective in winning political concessions for many years. Before Social Security can be reformed [Privatized], we must begin to divide this coalition and cast doubt on the picture of reality it presents to the general public.
~Peter Ferrara 1980 quote in Achieving A "Leninist" Strategy Published in CATO (page 2 of 15)