HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Paul Waldman, at the Wash...

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:10 AM

Paul Waldman, at the Washington Post, A scam of a party says goodbye to its top fraud:




… The proximate cause of Ryan stepping down is that his party looks increasingly likely to suffer an electoral disaster in November’s midterm elections. He is facing an unusually strong challenge from Randy Bryce, the likely Democratic nominee in his Wisconsin district, so he probably calculated that there were two realistic outcomes for him. The worse one would be that he is defeated while his party loses the majority, as happened to then-speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) in 1994. The better one would be that he holds on to his seat while Republicans lose the majority, which might not be better at all. Being speaker may have meant plenty of headaches for Ryan, but being House minority leader is a total drag; you still have to manage your unruly caucus, but you have no real power and can’t make any progress on your agenda…

For years, Ryan has presented himself as someone deeply concerned with fiscal discipline, committed to getting America’s books in order. As anyone with any sense realized, this was a scam: Like all Republicans, he used the deficit as a bludgeon against Democratic presidents, then forgot all about it while a Republican was in office.

At the same time, Ryan — a lifelong admirer of Ayn Rand, the philosopher of selfishness — dreamed of destroying the safety net, eviscerating Medicaid, privatizing Medicare, slashing food stamps, and generally making life in America more cruel and unpleasant for all those who aren’t wealthy.

But as Paul Krugman observed, Ryan failed at both his pretend goal and his real goal. He will leave office after setting the deficit on a path to exceed $1 trillion in 2020, and yet, he failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act and didn’t even bother to wage an assault on Medicare, almost certainly because he knew how disastrous it would be for his party.

So what does he mean when he says “I have accomplished much of what I came here to do”? He can only mean the tax cut Republicans passed last year. In other words, engineering a giant giveaway to corporations and the wealthy was enough for Ryan to say “My work here is done.”…



via:
https://www.balloon-juice.com/2018/04/16/lest-we-forget-open-thread-paul-ryan-bad-man-good-german-republican/#comments

6 replies, 2754 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 6 replies Author Time Post
Reply Paul Waldman, at the Washington Post, A scam of a party says goodbye to its top fraud: (Original post)
kpete Apr 2018 OP
BigmanPigman Apr 2018 #1
Wounded Bear Apr 2018 #2
CrispyQ Apr 2018 #3
BigmanPigman Apr 2018 #4
Bradical79 Apr 2018 #5
LakeArenal Apr 2018 #6

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:15 AM

1. He has 6 months, he still has time to destroy the safety nets of

Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. In fact, I thing they are already headed to the chopping block right now.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:26 AM

2. They've never really stopped trying to do that...

It has become ingrained in the Repub DNA.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:26 AM

3. The red state voters have no idea what's coming down the pike.

Okay, maybe a few are waking up, but too few if cheeto's poll numbers are over 15%. We have 35+ years of hate radio brainwashing to overcome & that ain't gonna be easy! They hate democrats & libtards cuz we gave all the nice stuff to the uppity women, people of color, & the gays. And they know that cuz Rush told them so.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to CrispyQ (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:30 AM

4. The Fairness Doctrine is the first thing the Dems MUST reverse

if we win the elections...this has to be priority #1 for them. It is what keeps us losing elections.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:30 AM

5. Great summation of the Tepublican economic philosophy there

"...generally making life in America more cruel and unpleasant for all those who aren’t wealthy."

I'm going to use that.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 02:06 PM

6. I always love the "spend time with family" bs..

Two weeks after he retires, he'll report he's taking a "position" with Koch Industries or some-such for 5 times what he was making as Speaker of the House.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread