The Plutocrats have their “Dream Team.” For them, its “Romney/Ryan 2012” …because a cult following, greed-centered, puppet and a zombie-eyed granny-starver is what they think they need to dismantle the social contract and permanently hobble the uppity serfs.
Despite the fact that corporate profits are at record levels and the feds have not put a single bankster in jail for their crimes and Obama is the best Republican President we’ve had since Eisenhower, the banksters have abandoned him for the Republican Fascist ticket… clearly choosing complete domination of the working class over subtle subjugation.
I often wonder why the banksters have abandoned Obama? He keeps the money flowing up, while throwing enough bones to the sheeple to stave off true revolution. But it seems that record profits in a the least upwardly mobile with the widest income gap of all industrialized nations is simply not enough to satisfy the insatiable greed of the 1% – they want it ALL – and won’t stop until America has gone back full circle and adopted (officially or unofficially) the kind of system our founders fought a revolution against – namely, one where the rich own and run everything and everyone else knows their “place.” Sure, they’ll give the sheeple the illusion of democracy, but like all repressive systems throughout history, the election outcomes will be a done deal before the first faux ballot is cast. Republicans are working on it. From the Supreme Court are rigging the system in favor of Big Moneyed Interests, to voter suppression (to stop the non-existent ‘voter fraud’) to election fraud with the aid of hackable, unverifiable, electronic voting machines. The CONS will propagate the myth of the “liberal media” while propagandists run cover for the sham. By hook or by crook, the rich will have their country to rule and pillage.
Typical Repug Ryan Decries the System While Simultaneously Sucking on Its Teat
Cue Paul Ryan. The charming sociopath started his climb up the ladder courtesy of the Social Security survivor benefits that educated him. In typical Republican fashion, he now works to deny the same opportunities to other as he tries to pull the ladder up behind him.
“Ironically, Ryan came to national attention trying to dismantle the very program that helped him go to the college of his choice, pushing an even more radical version of President Bush’s Social Security privatization plan, which failed. He has since become the scourge of the welfare state, a man wholly supported by government who preaches against the evils of government support. He could be the poster boy for President Obama’s supposedly controversial oration about how we all owe our success to some combination of our own hard work, family backing and government support. Let’s say it together: You didn’t build that career by yourself, Congressman Ryan.
Thus Paul Ryan represents the fakery at the heart of the Republican project today. It starts with the contradiction that Mr. Free Enterprise has spent his life in the bosom of government, enjoying the added protection of wingnut welfare benefactors like the Koch brothers. If Herman Cain is Charles and David Koch’s “brother from another mother,” as he famously joked, Ryan is the fourth Koch, swaddled in support from Americans for Prosperity and other Koch fronts. The man who wants to make the world safe for swashbuckling, risk-taking capitalists hasn’t spent a day at economic risk in his entire life.
The other component of GOP fakery Ryan exemplifies is the notion that a pampered scion of a construction empire who has spent his life supported by government somehow represents the “white working class,” by virtue of the demographics of his gradually gerrymandered blue collar district. I write about this in my book: guys like Ryan (and his Irish Catholic GOP confrere Pat Buchanan) somehow become the political face of the white working class when they never spent a day in that class in their life. Their only tether to it is their remarkable ability to tap into the economic anxiety of working class whites and steer it toward paranoia that their troubles are the fault of “other” people – the slackers and the moochers, Ayn Rand’s famous “parasites.” Since the ’60s, those parasites are most frequently understood to be African American or Latino – but they’re always understood to be the “lesser-than” folks, morally, intellectually and genetically weaker than the rest of us.
Today, though, the “parasites” Republicans rail against also happen to be white. Ryan’s intellectual soulmate Charles Murray, of course, has shown that the struggling white working class is now besieged by the same bad morals that dragged down African Americans – laziness, promiscuity and a preference for welfare over work. Ryan himself rails against the “takers” who are living off the “makers.” And while in the realm of dog whistle politics, many Republicans hope working class whites still see the takers as “other,” in fact, Ryan’s definition of “taker” includes much of the GOP base. It’s up to Democrats to make that plain to the electorate. Read the rest of the article here.
The Cure For Damage from Conservative Policies Is Not More Conservative Policy
Ryan, the supposed “bold” young budget hawk, positions himself as a patriot concerned with unsustainable debt, yet his ideologically based homage to Ayn Rand budget actually makes the debt worse.
By giving massive tax breaks to corporations and the top one percent and preserving unsustainable levels of defense spending, the House GOP’s plan to reduce the debt would fail to reduce the debt. In fact, because it assumes levels of revenue that are pure fantasy under his tax proposals, the plan would actually increase the debt, according to an analysis by Center for American Progress Tax and Budget Policy Director Michael Linden:
But the House budget’s entire claim to deficit reduction is built on the foundation of those fantasy revenue levels. Without them, the debt goes up, not down. In fact, with all the House budget’s tax cuts properly accounted for, revenue would average just 15.3 percent of GDP from 2013 through 2022, not 18.3 percent. The result: deficits would never drop below 4.4 percent of GDP, and would rise to more than 5 percent of GDP by 2022.
The national debt, measured as a share of GDP, would never decline, surpassing 80 percent by 2014, and 90 percent by 2022. By comparison, President Barack Obama’s budget proposal, released in February, would stabilize the debt by 2015, and bring it down to 76 percent by 2022.
Ryan’s budget promises to shred the last remnants of the New Deal by destroying Social Security and Medicare, shifting even more of the tax burden on to the backs of the overly-burdened working class, and promises the rich even more “mad money” to purchase government in order to ensure that it stays that way.
The New Gilded Age on Steroids: Republicans Planned it This Way
After 30 years of Republican destruction of the New Deal, their deliberate Bush-era spending spree in which Republicans followed Jude Wanniskis’ “Two Santa Clause Theory” to a tee (namely, run up debt and deficits when in power, then scream about them when out of power as an excuse to hand government services and the social safety net over to private corporations) as well as the Republican conspiracy to deliberately obstruct any attempt to offer relief to the working class as a political strategy to making Obama a one term President (a conspiracy in which Paul Ryan took part), America is at a tipping point where the incessant Right Wing propaganda blanketing the nation has many willful dupes – many whom even depend on the safety net Ryan is trying to destroy – believing that subjugation to the private corporate state equals “freedom.”
As I wrote in an earlier post, “The dream of America was that We The People ruled ourselves, rather than an inter-generational aristocracy akin to the one we fought a revolution to escape. Repugs (& DINOS) have been putting that oppressive system back together piece by piece since America swallowed the Reaganomics Voodoo they are now dying from.
The objective of Right – which cares about America about as much as it does about Mother Earth as a whole – is to return us to the economic order last seen under Herbert Hoover. This was an America with incredible wealth disparities, nonexistent labor standards and a government indifferent to the plight of the average citizen. FDR reflected on that society when he said, “Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent. “
The one ironic tragedy of FDR’s New Deal was that it created economically stable middle classes who, with the aid of incessant Right Wing misinformation campaigns, were convinced their interests and the interests of billionaires were one in the same.
As memory of pre-New Deal life faded with the passing of our grandparents, many “Average Joe” Americans were thoroughly propagandized into voting Republican – and therefore voting for their own demise.
It’s the age-old struggle between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” In the Reich Wing vision of America, the tiny minority in possession of colossal wealth rules over the large pool of working poor and wealth is so concentrated in the hands of a few; there is essentially no remaining middle class.
It’s a dismal existence for the “have-nots” who, ideally for the “haves,” toil their lifetime away and patiently await their reward in Heaven. All the more reason Republicans are bent on whittling away at the slim line separating church and state, as churches have always historically worked in tandem with the ruling elite to keep the huddled masses subjugated and passively resigned to their “natural place.”
From Paul Ryan’s Kiss Up/Kick Down budget proposals, the Republican assault on unions, and yes… even proposing the end of child labor laws, this vision is on display in all of today’s Republican policies.
It’s no coincidence that the 50 years between the New Deal and Reaganomics is now known as “The Great Prosperity.” As FDR said,
“Yes, we are on the way back — not by mere chance, not by a turn of the cycle. We are coming back more soundly than ever before because we planned it that way, and don’t let anybody tell you differently.”
Republicans have been systematically dismantling policies that made the economically secure, vibrant and stable middle class possible by disingenuously labeling these policies “job-killing” when, in fact, the only “killing” gets visited on the workers forced to be subjected to the same unsafe working conditions their ancestors fought and died to remedy.
We don’t have to be a “psychic friend” to predict the end of the story. If we allow Republicans to be triumphant in their class war against the working people of America, we need only look to the first Gilded Age and the examples of tragedies such as the Triangle Shirtwaist fire of the past to see the American future.”
Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney: Lying, Cowardly, Entitled, Kindred Spirits
Paul Ryan is the zombie-eyed front man for the New Gilded Age on steroids who, like his running mate Romney, who hired a personal lobbyist to push for permits enabling him to install an elevator for his car, Ryan sips multiple bottles of $350 bottles of wine with lobbyists while his fellow fascists are deciding how to steal the safety net from those who desperately depend on it. Ryan is in good company and is as much a liar and a manipulator as his fellow liar Romney.
Case in point, in an typical exercise in Republican backward-think, Ryan, a supposed “good Catholic,” insisted he modeled his “kiss up/kick down” budget after the teachings of Christ. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops begged to differ. They criticized his budget as an attack on the poor, saying it, “fails to meet these moral criteria.” Other religious authorities chimed in. Sister Simone Campbell stated that Ryan’s budget “rejects church teaching about solidarity, inequality, the choice for the poor, and the common good” and the faculty of the Jesuit affiliated Georgetown University told Ryan that “Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.” Read more here.
Ryan responded by insisting his love or Ayn Rand was “an urban legend.” He swore he never was an Ayn Rand acolyte, though video exists of him praising Rand, crediting her with his interest in politics, and requiring his staff to read her sociopathic musings. In other words, Ryan is a coward and a liar and thus a perfect match for Romney and perfectly at home in the Republican Party.
WATCH: Paul Ryan Praise Ayn Rand as His Inspiration:
So, as we plummet deeper into the New Gilded Age, and Obama continues to try and “comprise” with sociopaths, pining for Republican love like a battered spouse pining for an abuser, America is about to be fundamentally transformed into a permanent plutocracy if Romney and Ryan get their way.
“Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn’t believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have to live. This now is an argument not over what kind of political commonwealth we will have, but rather whether or not we will have one at all, because Paul Ryan does not believe in the most primary institution of that commonwealth: our government. The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution make a lie out of every speech he’s ever given. He looks at the country and sees its government as something alien that is holding down the individual entrepreneurial genius of 200 million people, and not as their creation, and the vehicle through which that genius can be channelled for the general welfare.
In the lengthy — and now, very prescient — profile of Ryan that ran in The New Yorker this week, Ryan Lizza pinned him down on this very point. Ryan responded in fluent Weaselspeak….
When I pointed out to Ryan that government spending programs were at the heart of his home town’s recovery, he didn’t disagree. But he insisted that he has been misunderstood. “Obama is trying to paint us as a caricature,” he said. “As if we’re some bizarre individualists who are hardcore libertarians. It’s a false dichotomy and intellectually lazy.” He added, “Of course we believe in government. We think government should do what it does really well, but that it has limits, and obviously within those limits are things like infrastructure, interstate highways, and airports.”
The fact is that his “budget” will demolish federal spending on those very things, either directly, or by sending the deficit off in the direction of Alpha Centauri. But the quote illustrates something else about Paul Ryan: get him out of his comfort zone of being thought an intellectual by the likes of Louie Gohmert, and of being thought of as a bold thinker by half the buffet-grazers in the Beltway media, and he really is quite the political coward. (In this way, he is a perfect match for the man who picked him.) He does not have the raw balls to explain to the country that, no, he does not believe in government — not the federal government, anyway, and not as it was originally conceived, as the fundamental expression of a political commonwealth. He’s grandfathered his plan to chloroform Medicare so that, despite the deficit that he considers such an urgent problem, nobody alive today who might vote against him will be affected by it. For the same reason, he will not specify the cuts that he will make or the tax “loopholes” —coughMortgageInterestDeductioncough — that he will close. In any way that will come to matter to the people whose lives his policies will make harder and more miserable, Paul Ryan is still the high-school kid living off Social Security survivor benefits and reading Ayn Rand by flashlight under the sheets. Instead, he’s a guy pretending to be something he’s not, and doing so back in Janesville in a very swell Georgian mansion, which just happens to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Which, among other things, means that Paul Ryan, who lies awake at night worrying that The Deficit will come and eat our grandchildren, lives in a house overseen by the National Park Service, which means that he qualifies for a 20-percent investment tax credit for the house he lives in. Of course, his “budget” would largely decimate the NPS, but that would be only those parts of it enjoyed by other people. Yes, Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver, has done very well by the federal government that he seeks to dismantle. Come to think of it, so has Willard Romney, although we may never know exactly how well he’s done by it. It turns out this is a match made in heaven, after all.”
Read the entire piece here.
In short, Ryan is the handsome vampire knocking on the White House door… and if the American People invite him in, he won’t leave until he’s sucked the life out of us all.
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