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TAIBBI: Ryan, another young, prickish, over-coiffed, anal-retentive deficit Robespierre

Tax Cuts for the Rich on the Backs of the Middle Class; or, Paul Ryan Has Balls
POSTED: April 7, 11:52 AM ET

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/tax-cuts-for-the-rich-on-the-backs-of-the-middle-class-or-paul-ryan-has-balls-20110407#ixzz23RyyU4OK

Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s latest entrant in the seemingly endless series of young, prickish, over-coiffed, anal-retentive deficit Robespierres they’ve sent to the political center stage in the last decade or so,
has come out with his new budget plan. All of these smug little jerks look alike to me – from Ralph Reed to Eric Cantor to Jeb Hensarling to Rand Paul and now to Ryan, they all look like overgrown kids who got nipple-twisted in the halls in high school, worked as Applebee’s shift managers in college, and are now taking revenge on the world as grownups by defunding hospice care and student loans and Sesame Street. They all look like they sleep with their ties on, and keep their feet in dress socks when doing their bi-monthly duty with their wives.

Every few years or so, the Republicans trot out one of these little whippersnappers, who offer proposals to hack away at the federal budget. Each successive whippersnapper inevitably tries, rhetorically, to out-mean the previous one, and their proposals are inevitably couched as the boldest and most ambitious deficit-reduction plans ever seen. Each time, we are told that these plans mark the end of the budgetary reign of terror long ago imposed by the entitlement system begun by FDR and furthered by LBJ.

Never mind that each time the Republicans actually come into power, federal deficit spending explodes and these whippersnappers somehow never get around to touching Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. The key is that for the many years before that moment of truth, before these buffoons actually get a chance to put their money where their lipless little mouths are, they will stomp their feet and scream about how entitlements are bringing us to the edge of apocalypse.

The Paul Ryan Origin Story Is a Heaping Pile - By Charles P. Pierce

The Paul Ryan Origin Story Is a Heaping Pile
By Charles P. Pierce
at 1:08PM

I thought I'd seen the apotheosis of Beltway beat-sweetening in the early 1990's, when we were treated to a soprano chorus of hosannahs to the Staggering Genius Of Newt Gingrich. But, I fear, that may only have been the historical warm-up to the oratorio of humjobbery that is going to break loose now that the zombie eyed granny-starver, Paul Ryan, Pericles Of Janesville, has hit the big time.


Exhibit A can be found on the front page of the New York Times today, in which four actual reporters conspire to tell the tale of how Ryan rose from adversity to a position in which he can focus his zombie eyes on your granny and arrange for her eventual starvation. (We don't find out until almost the end of the piece that Ryan's worth between two and seven million bucks, but that's apparently okay because he's not as rich as his running mate and, apparently, installed his own cabinets.) Gaze in awe at how completely salient biographical facts go spiraling down the ol' memory hole....

But the death of his father when Mr. Ryan was only 16 punctured his life of math tests and bike riding, and in that fissure, the seeds of his worldview were planted. "Paul went to work at McDonald's and began to pull his own weight, and becomes class president the same year," said his brother Tobin. "It is remarkable that he chose a path of individual responsibility and maturity rather than letting grief take a different course." He added: "Some of his political views did begin to coalesce around the time of my father's passing." His self-reliance followed him to summer camp, where as a counselor he canoed and hiked, and into young adulthood, where he took up deer hunting, a fact noted in his engagement notice in 2000 in The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "Ryan is an avid hunter and fisherman," the paper reported, "who does his own skinning and butchering and makes his own Polish sausage and bratwurst." It followed him into college, where he immediately took a passionate interest in the canon of conservative economic theorists and writers — Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and Ludwig von Mises — who inspired the up-and-coming generation of libertarian-minded activists and lawmakers.

How can you possibly write that passage and dismiss idly as a "contradiction" the ironic — not to mention hilariously hypocritical — fact that, after his father passed, and while working the fry station and toting canoes at a YMCA summer camp, Ryan was also the beneficiary of Social Security survivor's benefits? These did precisely what they were designed to do, which was to help young Paul Ryan get the education that would help him become the adult Paul Ryan who's been on one government payroll or another since he left college, and who goes around telling half-dim audiences that people on government assistance are mired in a "culture of dependency."

If it weren't for FDR and LBJ, and for the munificence of the American taxpayer, Paul Ryan would still be in Janesville, looking for a job.

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/paul-ryan-new-york-times-profile-11644919#ixzz23RsWmkT9

Brutus Is An Honorable Men

Brutus Is An Honorable Men
By Tom Levenson August 13th, 2012

...........the Village is beginning to recognize the actual evil that lies within the choices the Romney campaign is making here. One swallow does not make a spring and all that—but when, as Dennis notes, ur-Villager Dana Milbank chides Romney for overt racism. Here’s a passage that is, frankly, more blunt than I’d thought I’d see this election season from this particular pen:

What makes Romney’s welfare gambit dispiriting is that, as a member of one of the most persecuted groups in American history, he knows more than most the dangers of fanning bigotry. Yet now he has injected into the campaign what has for decades been a standard device for race-baiting — a suspect move because welfare hadn’t been on the radar screen.

Good on you, Dana! Romney=Race Baiter. Simple, clear, true.


keep in pocket

Mitt Romney has decided that talking about his business experience is now ‘gutter politics’

Mitt Romney has decided that talking about his business experience is now ‘gutter politics’
Posted on August 13, 2012

“Mr. President, take your campaign out of the gutter. Let’s talk about the real issues that America faces.” — Mitt Romney, at a Wisconsin rally on Sunday night.


From Ryan's Porch...

I hope the far right enjoys itself today, because I don’t think the fun is going to last.

Ryan: More Powerful Than Romney
by Peter Beinart Aug 12, 2012 7:08 AM EDT
Mitt’s running mate has stronger ties to the GOP base than he does. Peter Beinart on how picking Paul Ryan hands Obama a big gift.

In a healthy political party, partisans are self-aware enough to realize the gap between their own ideological proclivities and the nation’s, and they give their nominee the space to bridge it. The Wall Street Journal editorial page may relish an assault on middle-class entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security, but most Americans emphatically do not. When George W. Bush followed Paul Ryan’s advice in 2005 and tried to partially privatize Social Security, his presidency never recovered. Americans like the idea of a smaller, cheaper federal government in theory, but as in-depth polling by the Pew Research Center makes clear, when you ask them about specific budget items like health care, education, and infrastructure, they back more spending by vast margins. And when you ask them how to cut the deficit, even a majority of Republicans reject doing so with spending cuts alone.

Mitt Romney has given the Tea Party the election they want: a referendum on dramatic cuts in federal spending. When Obama wins—as seems even more likely today than it did Friday—the message will now be harder for Republicans to ignore. Ever since 2008, one of the biggest questions in American politics has been when the Republican Party would realize it was out of step with America and begin overhauling itself, as Democrats did in the 1980s. Paradoxically, Ryan’s selection has likely hastened that process. I hope the far right enjoys itself today, because I don’t think the fun is going to last.


Paul Ryan says 'you did build it.' Well, the government built Paul Ryan.

MON AUG 13, 2012 AT 06:19 AM PDT
Paul Ryan says 'you did build it.' Well, the government built Paul Ryan.
byLaura ClawsonFollow

First off, Social Security built Paul Ryan. Ryan's father died when he was 16, and Ryan then received Social Security survivors benefits until he was 18. He was able to save his Social Security to help pay for college. Ryan likes to talk about how he used loans to pay for college, but the fact that he went in with a big chunk of savings thanks to Social Security is something he doesn't emphasize quite as much.

The next part of Ryan's origin story as he tells it is that he worked three jobs to pay off those loans. What he doesn't so much say is that he worked three jobs in much the same sense any kid who's spent a summer with a paper route, mowing the occasional lawn, and babysitting on Friday nights has worked three jobs.

Ryan has been in Congress since he was 28. Before that, he worked for Wisconsin Sen. Bob Kasten and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback. The sum total of his work experience outside of Congress is a couple part-time or summer jobs as a waiter, fitness trainer, and Oscar Mayer salesman, stints as a speechwriter for a Republican advocacy organization and for Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp, and one year doing marketing for his family's construction business. That's it. The guy who will be Mitt Romney's running mate in a campaign founded entirely on the message that only private sector experience counts and that President Obama isn't a fit leader because he hasn't run a business hasn't worked in the private sector beyond what the average kid a year out of college has done.

So Paul Ryan looks at his education made possible by Social Security and student loans and his work experience made possible by Congress, family connections, and Congress, and the lesson he draws is that the government isn't responsible for anything good? For any part of anyone's success in life? It's much more clear that the government built Paul Ryan than that Paul Ryan has ever built anything beyond a budget that would end Medicare as we know it, leave 22 million kids hungry, attack Social Security, and cut Pell Grants for a million students. And hell, the government paid him to come up with that.


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