Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Real Paul Ryan: Washington Insider With Radical Views on Social Issues

I want to take a few moments to discuss the idea that somehow Paul Ryan is new or exciting as a politician. Because he's not. In fact Paul Ryan is about the farthest thing you can get from new or exciting in republican politics. His main shtick is turning the latest trendy sound bites around to suit his eternal quest to help big business get bigger; while trying to sound like he's down for the little guy.

For example he creates sound-bytes like "we are for helping government get smaller and out of the way of businesses so they can create jobs". Which of course means de-regulation. De-regulation of Wall Street is what caused the financial meltdown. How stupid are we people? I am not buying it. The "job creators" that Ryan talks about are businesses that make more than $250,000 a year. I don't know about you, but I've had many employers and shop at many stores that don't make that much in a year. Maybe Paul Ryan hangs with a different set of people than I do.

Nothing about the interests that Paul Ryan represents helps poor or middle class voters. He represents the same "trickle-down" economics that Reagan did; - this nonsensical  idea that if you let the rich do whatever they want, eventually the overflow gets down to the rest of us.

How did Ryan get his start in Washington? From his dad's Country Club buddy who was a lawyer. Has Ryan ever had a real job outside of Washington? No. His whole life has been dedicated to calculating ways that big business can squeeze the middle class more effectively. His supposedly amazing budget (passed by a heavy GOP majority congress), includes a measure that would turn Medicare into a voucher program and would kick people 55 and younger off of Medicare. Under Ryan's budget the rich get a tax break. Joe Biden is right when he said "How is that gutsy?" (Referring to Ryan's budget). Social Security under a Ryan plan would become privatized.

Is Ryan a moderate? No. Not even close. Paul Ryan has and has always had extreme right-wing bordering on fringe, social beliefs. He engineered a bill with Todd Akin to redefine rape, check out an interesting article about that: Ryan/Akin Try to Redefine "Rape". He along with Mitt Romney have vowed to overturn Roe vs. Wade. He voted against equal work for equal pay. He voted to take birth control options away from women. He is not just not a moderate, he is a leader of the extreme right wing of the GOP party. A radical wing that celebrates the ideas of turning Social Security into a privatized program and turns Medicare into a coupon exchange.

In a time of economic crisis where Obama has proposed at least some bipartisan ideas (ideas once used and proposed by the GOP) to create jobs, the GOP has overwhelmingly focused on social issues to satisfy the conservative right. And at the same time vowed to "shut government down" by not passing any of the president's ideas (again ideas once used by republicans). Only after the "debt crisis" of 2010 caused by the new Tea Party members of congress, which resulted in bad press for the GOP, did Republicans pass a few of the bipartisan job proposals.

One last important point, even after the Todd Akin "legitimate rape" debacle, do Paul Ryan or the GOP support exceptions for abortion in cases of rape or incest - no. They want Todd Akin to go away but they have the same beliefs that he does and they are sticking to it in their official Republican platform for this 2012 election.

So to the idea that Paul Ryan is a new thing in politics or Washington - that is categorically false. Ryan has never had a real job outside of Washington and the majority of his ideas reflect a radical social agenda and "trickle down" economics. Do your own research, you will find these things to be true.

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