I did a similar March Madness cartoon last year, relating to the severe budget cuts governments were having to make because of the recession. I can’t resist the visual metaphor of the tournament brackets winnowing things down. This year, it’s about the GOP budget unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan. I’ll say this for it: it lays out for all the world to see what the Republican party stands for. More and more for the rich, paid for with the programs the rest of us rely on. It’s almost impossible to overstate just how radical a document this is. It lays out a vision for this country that essentially undoes seventy years of policies that have made us the most successful nation on earth, in the name of an economic theory that has been proven false again and again. Cut taxes, reduce government regulations, and the economy grows like crazy, right? Except that we now have the lowest tax rates since the Great Depression, and an economy mired in recession. The Bush tax cuts were rammed through in 2003, with the promise that jobs would grow on trees and the government coffers would overflow with surplus.Exactly the opposite happened. We got rid of that onerous regulatory burden on the financial industry, and Wall Street nearly destroyed the world economy as a thank you. So what does the Republican Party roll out in the aftermath? Exactly the same arguments. At least they had the courage to tell us what they would cut to pay for their gifts to the wealthiest Americans: only the entire social safety net. We were well on our way to becoming a stratified country of haves and have-nots., with little social mobility. If enacted, this budget would speed the process. Welcome to the underclass, folks. Unless you’re already rich.