If you’re someone who believes that a representative government should operate in the interests of the general welfare, not the profits of the few, it’s time to face facts – Republicans are unfit to govern.
Case in point is Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget, which, funny enough, looks pretty much like the 2012 budget the American People roundly rejected a few short months ago.
Keep in mind that even Mitt Romney, a man who sends American jobs to wage-slave nations, stated without a trace of irony, “The place you put your money makes a pretty clear indication of where your heart is.” That being the case, it’s clear that Paul Ryan’s “heart” is dedicated to the destruction of the working class for the benefit of the few.
In a nutshell, Ryan’s latest attempt at Republican social engineering “saves” money by forcing seniors to pay exorbitantly more out of pocket for their health care, changing guaranteed Medicare into a “premium support” (voucher) program, turns Medicaid into another block grant (for states to have the “flexibility” to defund), lowers tax rates on the wealthy and their corporations, cuts domestic programs and balloons the already-bloated military budget.
To further illustrate that he’s operating under the complete devotion to wasting all of our time, Ryan’s budget also operates under the assumption that the Affordable Care Act is completely repealed – something, we know is not going to happen.
“Paul Ryan’s budget is an amazing and wondrous document.
Not only does it balance the budget in 10 years while reducing tax rates, it also does so without any pain or suffering — or even breaking a sweat. It achieves not just the longtime goals of policymakers — “a safety net strengthened . . . retirement secured . . . a nation protected” — but also brings about changes in human nature that have bedeviled civilization from the beginning of time. “This budget ends cronyism; eliminates waste, fraud and abuse,” Ryan’s plan promises.
“Now, how do we do this?” Ryan (R-Wis.), the House Budget Committee chairman, asked with a magician’s flourish as he unveiled his budget Tuesday morning.
Here’s how: The former Republican vice presidential candidate’s budget eliminates ___ loopholes in the tax code, cutting the ___ and the ____ deductions. It reduces spending on the ____ program by _____ and the _____ program by _____. Retirees would see ____, students would experience ____ and the poor would be _____.
There are so many blanks in Ryan’s budget that it could be a Mad Libs exercise. But this is not a game. It’s black-box budgeting — an expression of lofty aims, with binders full of magic asterisks in lieu of specific cuts to government benefits. If this were a fitness plan, Ryan, a former personal trainer, would be telling Americans that under his revolutionary program, they could lose 50 pounds in 10 weeks without dieting or working out.”
Still, Republicans insist on painting Paul Ryan as Capitol Hill’s most “serious” man. If we just do what he says – cut taxes on the rich and hand our social safety net over to greed-centered capitalists – all sorts of fantastical things will happen and everyone gets a pony. Of course, in reality, the budget is just more ideologically-based, crap whose amazing outcomes never – and will never – come to fruition.
But, we’re told that Ryan is a “numbers guy” (whose “numbers” don’t add up) with the “courage” to do what’s tough. Of course, these adjectives only apply if one defines “tough” as “further ingratiating and empowering the rich and powerful while sending the politically unconnected underclass the bill.” And, if one considers it “courageous” to actually not fess up to the kiss up/kick down priorities blatantly written on every page of said budget, then Paul Ryan is your man.
Paul Ryan, Coward
The truth is, Ryan is the furthest one can ever be from “courageous.”
He’s a sophomoric coward who has based his life on a book he read as a teenager (written by textbook sociopath, horrible writer and horrible person, Ayn Rand), sidles up to the powerful as he continues to benefit from the very system he seeks to dismantle for others.
Ryan is a huckster. He’s a “zombie eyed granny starver” playing the polite “boy next door.” He smiles as he “aw, shuck’s ma’am’s,” you into believing he’s not using his mom as a prop to lull dupes into the false notion that he’s only dismantling the retirement security of those undeserving “takers.” And isn’t he a peach to allow those under age 55 ten whole years to prepare to eat cat food?
Ryan knows that Social Security and Medicare are popular, so he pretends that his radical, Ayn Randian, philosophy is actually good for those programs… and that what he’s really doing is reducing the size of government on the backs of the “undeserving” poor. He knows the American People reject his dead-ender ideology, so he lies about what he’s really up to.
Is this a “profile in courage?” Far from it.
“Chairman Ryan has at times received praise for having the courage to propose these policies. In reality, this budget reflects more of a lack of courage than an abundance of it.
Is it courageous to propose tax cuts but not identify a single tax expenditure to rein in? Is it courageous to target your deepest cuts on the poorest Americans, who vote in lower numbers and provide little in campaign contributions? Is it courageous to camouflage hundreds of billions in cuts for the poor and disadvantaged in broad budget categories without identifying the programmatic cuts, so that analysts, journalists, and other policymakers can’t identify the specific cuts and assess their impacts?
What stands out, above all else, is Chairman Ryan’s unwillingness to propose anything that would upset his party’s base of supporters or, in particular, its ideological opposition to any revenue increases.
Paul Ryan is a smart and engaging individual. But, make no mistake: his budget is extreme. And, in its reverse Robin Hood policies, it’s ideological rigidity, and it’s calculated vagueness, it sadly reflects some of the worst features of American politics at this crucial time.”
It doesn’t take “courage” to continuously rehash the same old, rejected, budget whose numbers hinge on a reality that never existed and whose outcomes have a 0% chance of coming to fruition. It takes a desire not to remedy the very-real problems you and your ilk created in the first place… and a disdain for the people who are harmed by your indifference.
It doesn’t take “courage” to give the most lie-riddled speech in the history of nationally-televised speeches; it takes disdain for the people you’re speaking to.
It doesn’t take “courage” to sip $350 bottles of wine with corporate lobbyists while conspiring to deny access to affordable health care to the politically unconnected, it takes a malignant narcissism only your sociopathic idol, Ayn Rand, could truly appreciate… and a disdain for the people you’re conspiring against.
It’s clear that the only people Ryan and his fellow Republicans don’t disdain are the rich and powerful.
Ryan promises the same old oligarchic utopia we’ve been assured since Reagan urinated on our legs and told us it was “trickling.” This paradise is only assured if we continue giving more wealth and power to Ryan’s wealthy and powerful pals… continue to soak the poor and the working class… continue to dismantle government and remove all government regulation… and allow corporations to function unchecked and unregulated. If we drag America back to the time where the rich ran and owned everything and everyone else knew their “place,” America will become the paradise of prosperity Republicans are all nostalgic for. A shared prosperity we’ve only glimpsed, curiously, during FDR’s New Deal.
We know the corporate media will continue to play along with the sham that Ryan is a “serious” man… but, frankly, it’s time for him to join Sarah Palin in obscurity and all his speeches to be automatically accompanied by a laugh track.
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