The Ryan Factor
- Paul Ryan
And what are the "ideas" that this tea-partying, Atlas shrugging clown wishes to advance? One of them would turn Medicare into a voucher program. Today the richest four-hundred people in this country have more cash than the poorest one-hundred-and-fifty million. If Paul Ryan has his way, that divide will grow even larger. Have a look at the so-called "Ryan Budget Plan" when you have the time. It's a scream.
One of the more stranger residuals I've received from writing this blog for the last six years is the fact that, the deeper this country sinks into the ideological and economic cesspool, the higher my stock rises.
Vote Republican in 2012, I'm begging you. But seriously, folks....
It was a struggle to keep my eyes open. This was something I needed to see. Having been up most of the previous night (I keep weird hours, I know) I was nodding off toward Dreamland yesterday morning during Mitt Romney's coming out party for the GOP's brand-spanking-new (presumptive) vice-presidential nominee. But I was jolted back into consciousness the moment Romney introduced Paul Ryan as "the next president of the United States".
"Did I just hear that?" I said out loud to no one in particular. In fact I had indeed heard what I thought I had only dreamed. No big deal. In a gaffe-prone career yesterday's little slip-of-the-tongue was fairly low rent. I'm waiting for the heavy duty stuff. You know, like the juicy delights he provided us with during his recent jaunt overseas? That's what I love about the Mittster. He never fails to delight in that respect. All those gems of unintentional humor! We're talkin' Dan Quayle proportions here. Keep 'em coming, Mitt!
I was hoping that Romney would repeat the mistake that John McCain made four years ago by choosing a half-witted extremist so far to the right that he or she were in serious need of assisted living. That didn't happen this time I'm sorry to say. Oh, Paul Ryan is about as extreme as they come - no doubt about it - but unlike most Republican politicians these days, he's one of the very few who doesn't have little birdies flying out of his ears. Another thing that sets him apart from his contemporaries within the GOP is the fact that that he has an IQ above room temperature. President Obama's hope's for re-election got just a bit more difficult yesterday....Just a bit, mind you. Ye need not abandon all hope.
Strategically Ryan was a pretty good choice. He'll bring out the brain-dead base, and uninformed moderates will be wooed by his amiable qualities. By all accounts, the Wisconsin congressman is well liked by his colleagues on both sides of that contentious aisle. Also he is the youngest VP nominee since Dwight Eisenhower chose an obscure, thirty-nine year old congressman from California named Dick Nixon as his running mate in 1952. His youth might work to the Romney campaign's advantage. Think about this: Paul Ryan was born on January 29, 1970 - exactly twenty-five days after the Beatles made their last recording (George Harrison's "I Me Mine"). This fact alone makes me feel just a tad older than I felt yesterday. I'm dealing with it.
Likableness and amiability aside, anyone who has been paying even scant attention in the last six months should be alarmed at the idea of a Paul Ryan being even half-a-heartbeat away from the oval office. All one needs to do is have a gander at his so-called "Ryan Plan". Don't take my word for it. Look it up and see for yourself; right wing social engineering at its cruelest. Under his plan the uber rich will be doing quite nicely. Not so for the rest of us. "Blessed are the meek"? Think again.
If religion were a thing that money could buy
Then the rich would live and the poor would die
All my trials, Lord, soon be over....
If you cast your precious ballot for the Romney/Ryan ticket on November sixth, don't be expecting the kind of enlightened moderation that was personified by Theodore Roosevelt - that last great Republican president. The working and the middle classes will be shouldering most of the the tax burden - and the rich? (excuse me, I meant the "job creators") They will be taxed at an even lower rate than they already are. Remember how well those Bush Tax Cuts worked out last time around? It sent the economy right into the abyss. If you're expecting a different result the next time these knuckleheads are in control of the White House, that's the very definition of insanity. Stay the hell away from sharp objects, okay?
Same Shit, Different Dog
Four years ago I was telling everyone who would listen that 2008 would be the most consequential election in history. What a difference four years makes, huh? We've been offered this lesson over and over and time and again: right wing form of governance DOES NOT WORK - PERIOD. The years following that "horrible" New Deal being "forced" on decent, hard working Americans also saw the greatest economy in the history of the universe. The Romney/Ryan vision is a recipe for catastrophe. Are we really going to be foolish enough to go down this road again? Don't be surprised. I sure won't be.
"I've been known to make a mistake every now and then. I did not make a mistake with this guy!"
We shall see.
Here is Charles Spencer Chaplin on the mountaintop. This is, in my humble opinion, the greatest political oration of the twentieth century, It is the final scene of his 1940 film, The Great Dictator. He is speaking to us from across the decades. Listen. Just listen....
The greatest speech in all recorded human history was not made by a politician. It was not made by a king. It was not made by a queen. It was not made by a prince or a princess. It was not made by a preacher. It was not made by a businessman or woman. It was not made by an old soldier or a young one. It was not made by a billionaire. It was not made by a potentate. It was not made by a senator or congressman. It was not made by a president....
The greatest speech in all recorded human history was made by a little tramp. Charlie Chaplin was the bravest man who ever lived.
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by....
by Charles Chaplin
Chaplin's story in his own words. A fascinating book.