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Why Does Jay Carney Think Paul Ryan's Budget Supporters Are 'Deliberately Ignorant'?

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"You have to have severely diminished capacity to understand what drives economic growth..."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't mince words on board Air Force One today when questioned about House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's most recent budget proposal, unveiled yesterday. In fact, based on the Huffington Post's reporting, Carney may think anyone supporting the plan is just plain dumb:

Carney then took his criticisms a step further: He questioned the intellectual competency of the GOP lawmakers backing the bill.

"You have to be aggressively and deliberately ignorant of the world economy not to know and understand that clean energy technologies are going to play a huge role in the 21st century," he said. "You have to have severely diminished capacity to understand what drives economic growth in industrialized countries in this century if you do not understand that education is the key that unlocks the door to prosperity."

"The budget proposed by Chairman Ryan and supported overwhelmingly already by Republicans suggests that those problems exist in the minds of the supporters of that plan," Carney continued.

Because the event took place on Air Force One, video hasn't surfaced of the event, if it exists. Neither Carney nor the White House have given detailed answers about what a "smart" alternative to Obama's budget plan would look like.

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