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(423 posts)
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 11:46 AM Dec 2013

In this corner, the boy genius of the Republican Party

"The guy is from Argentina, they haven't had real capitalism in Argentina. They have crony capitalism in Argentina. They don't have a true free enterprise system." — Congressman Paul Ryan, boy genius of the Republican Party quoted in an hour long interview with reporters and editors of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The article was mostly concerned with a casino. He also told them he wants to chair the House Ways and Means Committee. He has not made a decision to run for the presidency, and is waiting until after the November election to say.

Yes, i remember the Vice-President, Joseph Biden, in October 2012 making Ryan cringe. Ryan could only comfort himself by drinking water. Joseph Biden did what Barack Obama did not do. He challenged nearly every lie that his opponent uttered. He made Ryan uncomfortable. He showed the Republican his hypocrisy.

A season earlier, Sister Simone Campbell, of the social justice 'lobby' NETWORK, argued for a 'Faithful Budget'. She and a group of Catholic sisters travelled across the Mississippi to the Potomac (Nuns on the Bus), across the rustbelt to the citadel of government. The journey started at Des Moines, Iowa on June 18th, and they continued to the nation's capital. On the second day, there was a stop at Janesville, Wisconsin. Janesville is the home of the Republican budget guru, Rep. Paul Ryan.

Now, Biden, Campbell, and the guy from Argentina are co-religionists of Paul Ryan, supposedly. He can not defeat them in an argument, or in sincerity. Ryan is a propagandist whose philosophy comes from Ayn Rand, whom he made his staff read. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount discourse is a few sentences. Dropping Rand on your foot, would make it smart. Reading Rand has a contrary effect.

"Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism. And this to me is what matters the most: it is not enough to say that President Obama’s taxes are too big or that the health care plan does not work, or this or that policy reason. It is the morality of what is occurring right now; and how it offends the morality of individuals working for their own free will, to produce, to achieve, to succeed that is under attack."
— Congressman Paul Ryan
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(27,315 posts)
2. But this guy is still the favorite of the media.
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 11:52 AM
Dec 2013

They think he is competent and a wonk. They want to anoint him as the savior of the Republican Party.



(39,961 posts)
5. He says what the oligarchs
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 12:21 PM
Dec 2013

that run the media companies (and there are only a handful of them now) want him to say. He's nothing but a mouthpiece for the 1%, and the media company CEO's love him for that. He's a useful idiot trying to convince more people to become useful idiots.


(37,096 posts)
4. He's gone there: the "true ____ has never been tried" zone
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 12:18 PM
Dec 2013

It's not just for college Trotskyites anymore.


(10,589 posts)
10. But it is a fact that true dawggery has never been tried. Not even once.
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 02:01 PM
Dec 2013

Oh, but someday ...


dem in texas

(2,672 posts)
6. He is right that it is the morality of what is happening right now
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 12:28 PM
Dec 2013

But not because it offends people working of their own free will, but because these same rich, white, Christian people do not want to help those in need, they think they are lazy and not trying to do anything to help themselves. All they see is the Fox News show with the surfer getting food stamps. So many people have fallen on hard times for reasons that the Republicans can't understand. I have a nephew who is disabled and autistic. He gets federal disability. He was getting help from state Medicaid, but it was cut off (thanks to Rick Perry), and now at the end of the month he is out of money to buy food. My daughter, who is 55 lost, her job about 2 years ago. She has not been able to find decent employment. She is barely getting by doing part-time work and selling on Ebay. She applies for jobs and never hears back. These are common everyday problems and this is what happening in America. If jobs do show up, they do not pay well. All the high paying jobs are being exported and many jobs are being replaced with robots. This means that there are less jobs with lower pay rates and there are more people competing for them.

The Republicans make me think of the British conservative government during the time of the Irish potato famine. At that time that millions of people were dying of starvation, Ireland was a top exporter of agricultural products. Yet the government gave the poor Irish people little assistance, thinking they were lower class, uneducated and lazy. The Irish men had to dig rocks to build roads before they could get any aid for their starving families. I saw a documentary on PBS about this and it showed the remains of roads they tried to build in their weakened condition. While America benefited from this tragedy by the wave of Irish immigrants coming to our shores, it took Ireland decades to recover from this tragedy. It will take us at least a decade to recover from our financial crisis, and if the aid is cut further, it will take longer.



(8,146 posts)
7. the rightwing lose by design...it's simple
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 12:58 PM
Dec 2013

'privilege of the few' is rightwing versus leftwing 'needs of the many' going back to French Revolution when the rich landowners, the wealthy, church, the favoured aristocrats and the established military, along with their servants and the lower class fools were represented on the right of the National Assembly by rightwing deputies while the poor, small biz, the workers and students/common soldiers etc were on the left. Obviously, it quickly emerged that the left far outnumbered the right, so, well democracy has been sorta screwed up ever since. Indeed, Aristotle, who noticed the 'rabble' outnumbered the elite, thought democracy was a lost cause...a well to do society is by nature rightwing, but it aint gonna happen!


(31,869 posts)
8. Hillary will eat him for breakfast -
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 01:10 PM
Dec 2013

or Elizabeth, either way. He is a spoiled entitled rich boy that most of the country cannot relate to.


(64,382 posts)
9. Should a practicing Catholic be contemptuously referring to the POPE
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 01:55 PM
Dec 2013

as "the guy"?

Shouldn't he at least call him by some honorific?

Reminds me of the Repubs' general refusal to use the word "president" in any discourse concerning President Obama.


(12,287 posts)
13. he is ugly
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 02:43 PM
Dec 2013

he looks like a pervert with those gawky eyes, extra large adams apple and the widow's peak on his head.


(36,967 posts)
12. Taking that Ayn Rand quote
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 02:09 PM
Dec 2013

if Ryan believes that, then why give money to the rich and take it from the poor.


(1,443 posts)
14. I get the impression that Screech Ryan reads books the same way a dog watches TV.
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 03:05 PM
Dec 2013

He may see it, but he doesn't understand it.

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