Ryan’s Political Manifesto

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If you missed Ezra Klein’s piece on the Ryan budget, give it a read. It’s as accurate a take as you’ll find.

[T]he real point of Ryan’s budget is its ambitious reforms, not its savings. It turns Medicare into a voucher program, turns Medicaid, food stamps, and a host of other programs for the poor into block grants managed by the states, shrinks the federal role on priorities like infrastructure and education to a tiny fraction of its current level, and envisions an entirely new tax code that will do much less to encourage home buying and health insurance.

Ryan’s budget is intended to do nothing less than fundamentally transform the relationship between Americans and their government. That, and not deficit reduction, is its real point, as it has been Ryan’s real point throughout his career.

Conservative’s Wonder-Boy has lost much of his luster after a failed vice-presidential campaign in which he lied and denied his way through much of the budget talk. And now Ryan comes back with a slightly-tweaked version of his first two budget proposals which, similar to its predecessors, has no realistic chance of making it through the Senate or White House. So what’s the point?

John Cassidy provides a possible answer.

About the only argument you can make for Ryan’s budgets (or roadmaps, or pathways) is that they aren’t budgets at all: they are political manifestos. A few years ago, well before he was chosen as a Vice-Presidential candidate, I asked Grover Norquist, who knows a thing or two about Republican politics, what function Ryan performed in the G.O.P. and why, even then, he was taken seriously by pundits and party elders. “Ryan’s role is to point to the Promised Land,” Norquist replied.

And what, pray tell, might the Promised Land look like? Here are a couple of possibilities taken from the WaPo comments section.

Ryan’s plan claims to want to avoid turning America into Greece, but the real goal is to turn us into Peru: a nation with a few billionaires and a land of peasants with a shrinking middle class. Investment in infrastructure and education are no longer deemed the responsibility of government, let alone consumption for the welfare of the public. The government will mainly exist to protect the rich from riots and kidnappings by the poor, but the US will no longer be a 1st world power capable of influencing or shaping the future.

and…

I think more like Somalia. No govt. Populated by religious fanatics; everyone has a gun and it’s run by a very small group of the wealthy ruling over a large, poor population.

What’s not to like?

Frighteningly true. Tell me again that Republicans have not lost their minds.

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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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The Terribly Delusional Paul Ryan

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Paul Ryan on the real reason Obama won the election.

Well, he got turnout. The president should get credit for achieving record-breaking turnout numbers from urban areas for the most part, and that did win the election for him.

Well, yes. People in “urban areas” voted, and unfortunate as it may be for Ryan, more of them voted for President Obama than they did for Romney. This is why Ryan and his GOP buddies are on the losing side of the ledger. Simple.

But there’s more here than Ryan simply stating the obvious. People in “urban areas” is right-wing code for lazy, shiftless liberals who want free stuff and things. “Urban areas”, in Ryan-speak, is the place where blacks, Latinos and other non-white minority groups live. “Urban areas” is also the place where Republican state governments tried their best to suppress the vote.

And though Ryan would never admit it, “urban places” is where folks came out to repudiate the Republican agenda by casting a vote for President Obama. They did this because they understood long before Louisiana’s Republican governor and chief hypocrite, Bobby Jindal, ever did, that the GOP was the “stupid party”, and they wanted no part of it.

But that’s fine. Let Ryan and his fellow Republicans go on believing that this election was nothing more than a matter of who was more successful at getting out the vote. Let them go on believing that it had nothing to do with Republican’s narrow-minded, bigoted, greedy agenda that looked to favor the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class.

Let them keep on believing it and take comfort in knowing that for as long as they do, they’ll never win another presidential election.

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Romney and Ryan – Whopper Kings

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Via Greg Sargent:

Last week, Mitt Romney told an Ohio rally that Chrysler was considering moving all its Jeep production to China — a false claim based on a faulty interpretation of a Bloomberg article that said no such thing. It was easy to assume the Romney camp had simply made a mistake (which would not necessarily have justified running with such an incendiary claim without checking the facts first).

Now, however, there is no longer any doubt about what’s happening: The Romney campaign is deliberately misleading people with the Jeep-to-China claim, in a last-ditch effort to turn things around in Ohio, which benefitted enormously from the auto bailout Romney opposed. The Romney campaign is running a new ad that claims:

Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.

They have absolutely no shame. In a profession that has made lying an art form, Mitt Romney and his Republican cohorts are the indisputable king of whoppers and sleaze. I can think of no politician who more deserves an electoral kick in the ass than Mitt Romney.

 

UPDATE:

Kevin Drum‘s take on the Romney ad.

Romney’s ad rates about 9 out of 10 on the deceptiveness scale. He’s obviously trying to imply that American jobs will be shipped overseas; stating things accurately would require wholesale revisions; and doing so would completely destroy Romney’s point. But he doesn’t care. He’s got an election to win, and if scaring Ohio autoworkers is what it takes, then that’s what it takes. It’s truly nauseating.

“Nauseating” is an understatement.

 

Note: For suggesting the Romney Whopper King idea, one of our readers, Sean, gets a personalized illustration. Thanks, Sean.

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This Is How You Handle Lyin’ Ryan

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Joe Biden set the tone in the first five minutes of the debate.

Ryan: [blah, blah, blah]…unraveling of the Obama foreign policy…makes us more weak…[more blah]

Biden: With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.

Moderator: And why is that so?

Biden: Because not a single thing he said is accurate.

Moderator: Be specific.

Biden: I will be very specific.

Boom! And that’s how you do it. Biden never looked back.

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