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Monday, August 13, 2012

Paul Ryan: Deficit Chickenhawk, Lifetime Bureaucrat

Conservatives are having a mass orgasm over visions of Paul Ryan mercilessly cutting, slashing and whacking away at America’s bloated wasteful spending.  When they get through gasping in ecstasy, maybe they’ll look at the facts.

The Far Right’s swashbuckling deficit hero played a huge role in creating George W. Bush’s record deficit.  And now he wants to slash deficit spending?!?  He’s like the arsonist who sets a fire and then comes charging in to put out that same fire; and ends up getting swoons and gasps of relief from grateful bystanders.

How did Congressman Paul Ryan vote on George W. Bush’s plans for bleeding the treasury dry?  The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the multi-billion dollar Medicare prescription giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry, the Bush tax cuts:  Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes.

And every one of those fiascos was rubberstamped with absolutely zero thought of  where the money would come from.  Now of course we can’t put out a raging wildfire or repair a collapsed bridge without first specifying exactly where the funding will come from and cutting that exact amount of money from another government program.  But Republicans didn't develop this mentality until that Kenyan socialist took over the White House.

As David Axelrod said:

“This was a guy who rubber stamped every aspect of the Bush economic policy, including not paying for two wars, a Medicare prescription plan, two big tax cuts.  And now he wants trillions of dollars of more budget busting tax cuts skewed to the wealthy. He really isn’t in a strong position to talk about this problem.”

And what about the Right’s worship of the private sector and contempt for faceless meddling government bureaucrats?  Do they know anything about Paul Ryan’s work history?  Other than a brief stint as a “marketing consultant” for a family business, Paul Ryan’s entire career has been in government.  Before he got elected to Congress in 1999, he was a congressional aide.  Or to paraphrase Sarah Palin:  “Sort of like a congressional aide, but with responsibilities.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Joe Biden will be able to smear him during the debate


August 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Ryan will seem wonkier than Biden, I'd bet. But Biden will have an easier time defending Obama than Ryan will have defending a desire for draconian cuts.

August 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

So his time served is as head of the budget committee and not street agitator.
What a loser!

"Maybe Joe Biden will be able to smear him during the debate'

The only one Biden will be smearing is himself. Not that he can't be any more of an embarrassment.
Yeah this is going to be "fucking great"

August 13, 2012 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Back in the '90's Democrats and Republicans made a deal called pay-go, short for pay as you go. It meant that if a senator or rep wanted to get a spending measure passed, he or she had to get the money out of some existing spending measure. IOW, it had to be revenue neutral, not raising taxes.

Pay-go helped make it possible to balance the federal budget for the first time in decades. No sooner had Republicans won control of both houses of Congress in 2000, with Bush in the White House, than they threw out pay-go. I think it was in 2002 that Dick Cheney said deficits don't matter.

I want to know what hand, if any, Ryan had in dispensing with pay-go. I also would like to know how he voted on the Dems amendment to the Rx drug bill that would've allowed the government to bargain with pharmaceutical companies to get bette prices. Republicans voted that down, and I'm quite sure Ryan voted against it too.

So Ryan is Mr. fiscal hawk? Only in the way most of the media depict him. He's only a fiscal hawk when he can screw people out of the break they get through Medicare or lifeline they get through Medicaid. Otherwise, borrow and spend is his real style.

August 14, 2012 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I think Ryan will be a strong debater. I hope Biden can hold his own against him.

Snave: Ryan might be too wonky to connect with the public. I've never heard him speak, but supposedly he's very articulate about selling his ideas. We'll have to hope Biden doesn't do any gaffes.

SW: In other words Republicans want pay-go when the Democrats are in the White House, but when the GOP is in control, deficits don't matter.

August 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Pay as you Go was started by Bush Sr. It was too late to save his administration and Clinton got most of the benefit, largely responsible for the surplus.

Obama in his State of the Union Address challenged the Republican controlled House to bring it back - since it had proven to work and both sides could live with it.

Not a word from the Fiscal Republicans


August 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM  

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