The Paper-Thin Paul Ryan

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Eugene Robinson:

If Rep. Paul Ryan wants people to take his budget manifestos seriously, he should be honest about his ambition: not so much to make the federal government fiscally sustainable as to make it smaller.

Voters were supposed to believe that Ryan was an apostle of fiscal rectitude. But his real aim wasn’t to balance the budget. It was to starve the federal government of revenue. Big government, in his worldview, is inherently bad — never mind that we live in an awfully big country.

Ryan and Mitt Romney offered their vision, President Obama offered his, and Americans made their choice. Rather emphatically.

Now Ryan, as chairman of the House Budget Committee, is coming back with an ostensibly new and improved version of the framework that voters rejected in November. Judging by the preview he offered Sunday, the new plan is even less grounded in reality than was the old one.

If last year’s election accomplished anything (besides keeping the White House and Senate safely away from Republican control), it was exposing Ryan as a fraud. “Numbers guy?” Not really.

Ryan’s budget plan, released today, basically reads as follows: repeal anything Obama passed over the last four years. Period. Obamacare, Wall Street regulations and reform, all of it. Scrap it. As for Medicare…privatize it.

It’s the same arguments Republicans made for the entire length of the election campaign – a campaign in which Ryan clearly stated at the time was to be viewed as a referendum on ideas – his versus President Obama’s. Well, Ryan lost. So now what?

Ryan today:

So the question is, the election didn’t go our way — believe me, I know what that feels like — that means we surrender our principles? That means we stop believing in what we believe in?

We think we owe the country a balanced budget. We think we owe the country solutions to the big problems that are plaguing our nation: a debt crisis on the horizon, a slow-growing economy, people trapped in poverty. We’re showing our answers.

Answers which a majority of Americans rejected last November…but hey, as any conservative will tell you, elections only have consequences when Republicans win.

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Marco Romney

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Daily Kos takes a look ahead to Marco Rubio’s Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.

Okay, so Marco Rubio will propose tax reform (just like Mitt Romney), more digging and drilling for oil and gas (just like Mitt Romney), and some sort of tax benefit for job training (just like Mitt Romney). He’ll also accuse President Obama of wanting nothing but big government and of opposing our enterprise system (just like Mitt Romney). And, finally, he’ll claim that by raising taxes on wealthy people, President Obama is trying to hurt middle-class families (just like Mitt Romney).

In other words, Mitt Romney is basically giving the Republican response to the State of the Union tonight, except this time, it’ll be translated into Spanish.

Correct. New face, same message. The Republican hope is that their current pretty-faced messenger will somehow be able to sway the masses in ways that their last one was unable to do. And to do it without changing the message much. Good luck with that.

It’s going to take a lot more than the words of a charismatic Latino to change around Republican fortunes.

 

UPDATE

Today, Rubio voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. You can count on Dems bringing up that bit of information in 2016 should Rubio become the Republican nominee.

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Senator Herman Cain?

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Do Dems have a chance in picking up a senate seat in 2014 as teabaggers pick off another semi-moderate Republican? Maybe.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), one of the Republicans most vulnerable to a conservative primary challenge, will retire in 2014 rather than seek a third term.

Chambliss denied in a statement Friday morning that the potential primary was a factor in his decision, saying he was confident he would have won re-election.

Despite his largely conservative record, Chambliss has attracted conservative ire for his interest in bipartisan compromise. His recent public break with anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist earned him particular scrutiny. He also struggled in the 2008 election, forced into a runoff with Democrat Jim Martin.

As long as the Tea Party has a say in matters, compromise will continue to be a 4-letter word in Republican politics.

The best part of this story is the polling which indicates that Herman Cain, should he decide to run (he says he won’t), would be a serious contender in a Republican primary for Chambliss’ seat. How beautiful would that be! Memories of Sharron Angle come to mind.

If there is a God, there will be a Herman Cain campaign to mock in 2014.

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Buffoons, Souls and a New Year

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Jon Huntsman still remains one of the few remaining rational Republicans out there willing to call out the emperor for wearing no clothes.

“The party right now is a holding company that’s devoid of a soul and it will be filled up with ideas over time and leaders will take their proper place. We can’t be known as a party that’s fear-based and doesn’t believe in math.”

With the fiscal cliff deadline a few hours away, it appears that Republicans are ending the year in the same manner they started each of the last four – creating needless crisis after crisis as they cater to the ridiculous and irresponsible elements of their party. Unfortunately, Huntsman’s words will fall on deaf ears as the GOP is determined to carry their vaudeville act into the new year.

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I couldn’t end the year without posting for an entire week. I’d like to say I’ve been relaxing and enjoying the break away from politics and blogging but the truth is I’ve been ill for the last while. Not a great way to end the year but, hey, it is what it is. I’ll soon recover and regular programming will continue on this site.

Here’s wishing each and every one of you a wonderful, prosperous and healthy New Year. Thank you for supporting this site as you do and I look forward to another year of illustrations and sharing political thought with all of you.

Be safe.

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Romney and Republican’s Idea of Democracy

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If I’m reading John Liming correctly, the illustration above pretty much sums up his thoughts on the Republican Party’s role in the democratic process over the last four years.

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One of the surest signs that something I am reading has been written by some unknowing idiot with right wing tendencies is when they say such mindless things as “Obama hasn’t worked with the Republican Congress.

What an absolute statement of total bull manure that kind of crap is!

The whole civilized world surely knows by now how that Republican Congress has stood in the President’s face and obstructed ever single issue that he has ever proposed so they could keep their anal little promise to make sure he doesn’t get a second term in office.

How dare some Rethug say that Obama has not worked with the Republican Congress!

Worse than that, perhaps is some of the right wing idiot’s mistaken impressions that the Congress is “Republican!”  Only The House of Representatives is Repuglican as far as I can tell.  The Senate was definitely controlled by Democrats the last time I looked.

I wish some of these (*%$#@) could get their story straight. (Too much to ask for I am sure.)

In a recent news release, I read that Candidate Romney has reportedly said something to the effect that if President Obama can’t change Washington from the inside but only from the outside, he (Romney) would be happy to make sure that Obama gets that chance.

I am wondering where Mr. R is going with that one?

Even if Romney were to win in November, he is still going to face a Washington that is “Broken” and I hope that if he does win in November, he faces similar challenges in governing that our President has faced.

If such a nightmare as a Republican power grab were to occur in November, 2012, it would please me to no end to have some highly-placed Democrat get in front of some television cameras and tell the world, “Our Number One priority is going to be to make sure that this president never gets elected for a second term.”

After that, I would hope and pray that Democrats remember how Rethugs treated our President for the past 4 years and would do their level best to return the favor to their own choice of “Leader.”  I hope that if there is a Rethug win in November and that power shifts their way – – – I hope Democrats become as skilled in obstructionism as any Republican ever hoped to be and I hope they do it with the same intensity and apparent glee. It would, as the empty chair guy once said, “Make My Day!”

I believe the Republican candidate may have made the boast that if he is elected, Republicans and Democrats will come together.

If it is true that he actually said that, I think he is mistaken.  After the way the Republicans have treated Democrats all through this President’s term – – – after the nasty, unkind remarks that have been made and all the names that have been called, I don’t think there is a Peck’s chance in Hell of Republicans and Democrats coming together.  I hope Democrats are smarter than that!

I am hearing some Republicans starting to blame “The Media” and the “Polls” for the Republican Campaign’s present problems.

That, in my opinion, would be a typical Republican defense – – – denial!

Why can’t they just admit that after the world was treated to the clown show that was supposed to have been a series of serious debates on serious issues – – – the televised circus that ended up being Nine different contenders doing nothing but attacking each other – – – and to the continuing insults against 47% of the American People – – – and the obvious fact that the 1% and their “Candidates” are completely out of touch with America – – – why can’t they just admit that it is not just the “Media and the Polls” causing them fits, but that it is their own inherent inability to come up with original ideas or any form of viable leadership?

John publishes Blue Heart Chronicles.
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