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.”