Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Winners & Losers of the Paul Ryan Pick!

Mitt recently tabbed Paul Ryan (R- Wall St), so lets take alook at who wins and who loses with this pick.

Winner -  Grover Norquist:
 “We are not auditioning for fearless leader,” Grover Norquist told conservatives at the CPAC convention in February. “We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.”

Norquist went on: “Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”

Loser;  The small faction of sanity in the republican party:

 The clamor you are hearing for Paul Ryan for VP is not about helping the Romney candidacy. It's about controlling the Romney campaign—and ultimately the Romney presidency. It's about forcing a platform on Romney, and then dictating the agenda for that presidency's first year. The platform happens to be suicidal, and the agenda impossible, but that does not matter to the Ryan advocates. They take the old Tammany Hall point of view: "Better to lose an agenda than lose control of the party."

In that sense, the Ryan proposal is a test of Romney's leadership. If he accedes, it's a big surrender of control—and a surrender to many of those who most opposed (and who inwardly continue to dislike) his nomination.

Winner:  Ayn Rand!  

 Loser: Conservatism:

 The man who solved Mitt Romney’s problems with conservative voters has spent his post-collegiate life in Washington, D.C. political jobs. He voted for the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program. He voted for the 2009 auto bailout. He voted for Medicare Part D, and has defended it robustly ever since.
Winner: Comedians:

U.S.S. WISCONSIN (The Borowitz Report)—An exhaustive manhunt that took months and spanned the country came to a dramatic end today as a less interesting person than Mitt Romney turned up in Wisconsin.
On the deck of the U.S.S. Wisconsin, officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to certify the result of the search.

“This man is in fact the least interesting person in America,” one Guinness official said, adding that Mr. Romney himself had held that title since 1947.
Losers:  Grandma and Grandpa: 

 Madison -- U.S. House Republican Budget Chair Paul Ryan of Janesville traveled to a secret California fundraising junket this past weekend run by billionaires Charles and David Koch, the major financers of the so-called tea party movement, the ThinkProgress news site reported today.
Losers:   His Elderly Constituents:

Winners:  Expensive Wine Makers:

 Wall Street’s favorite congressman Paul Ryan (R-Koch Brothers), was recently seen at Washington DC’s Bistro Bis drinking $350 bottles of Pinot Noir. 

Losers:  The rest of his constituents:

Winner: Paul Ryan's Bank Account

 Statements of Economic Interest (SEI) recently released by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville), when compared to previous years’ SEI show a clear pattern – the more influence he has on the Congressional Budget process, the more stake he (through his wife Janna (nee Little)) has gained in Oklahoma mining interests. This family interest is led by Ryan’s father-in-law, Dan Little; and is currently making millions leasing rights to energy giants engaging in extensive natural gas shale fracking.

Losers:  The middle class:

 Paul Ryan’s infamous budget — which Romney embraced — replaces “the current tax structure with two brackets — 25 percent and 10 percent — and cut the top rate from 35 percent.” Federal tax collections would fall “by about $4.5 trillion over the next decade” as a result and to avoid increasing the national debt, the budget proposes massive cuts in social programs and “special-interest loopholes and tax shelters that litter the code.” But 62 percent of the savings would come from programs that benefit the lower- and middle-classes, who would also experience a tax increase. That’s because while Ryan “would extend the Bush tax cuts, which are due to expire at the end of this year, he would not extend President Obama’s tax cuts for those with the lowest incomes, which will expire at the same time.” Households “earning more than $1 million a year, meanwhile, could see a net tax cut of about $300,000 annually.”
 Winners:  Anti Abortion Zealots:

 Ryan co-sponsored a “personhood” amendment, an extreme anti-abortion measure. Ryan joined 62 other Republicans in co-sponsoring the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which declares that a fertilized egg “shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” This would outlaw abortion, some forms of contraception and invitro fertilization.

Losers:  Our Military and Veterans: 

 Looking at the recently released GOP budget, written by Rep. Paul Ryan, it's hard to see how they do. In fact, looking at the nearly 100 page document, the word "veteran" doesn't appear once. Not once....

 But, without saying the word "veteran," the budget tells us a lot about what they think about veterans. The budget calls for across the board spending freezes and cuts. If enacted, the Ryan GOP budget would cut $11 billion from veterans spending, or 13 percent from what President Obama proposes in his own plan.

It's unconscionable that they'd do this at a time when so many Iraq veterans have just come home and rely on veterans care. Over 45,000 US troops were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more will come who will rely on VA services, on top of veterans of other wars and eras who depend on the VA. But, this shortsightedness isn't new.

Winners: anyone who wants free subs!

Losers:  Anyone in WIsconsin who thinks their state was redistricted fairly:

 For example, there is one email from Andy Speth, who is Paul Ryan's Chief of Staff:

Thank you for being available to participate in the call this afternoon with the Speaker, the Majority Leader and Congressman Ryan. The purpose of the call is to get everyone on the same page as far as the process and timing of the congressional redistricting map is concerned.
What a nice, polite email showing a team working together, right?

Finally, just because, here is another awesome article by  Esquire's Charles Pierce:

 Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn't believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have to live. This now is an argument not over what kind of political commonwealth we will have, but rather whether or not we will have one at all, because Paul Ryan does not believe in the most primary institution of that commonwealth: our government. The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution make a lie out of every speech he's ever given. He looks at the country and sees its government as something alien that is holding down the individual entrepreneurial genius of 200 million people, and not as their creation, and the vehicle through which that genius can be channelled for the general welfare.

 Finally comes this from facebook where it shows just what an impression he left his high school classmates:


  1. Local Oklahoma flavor to the Ryan worship.

    He's a noodler!

  2. Right on, Jeff!
    The Tea Party Rand-libertarian influence on the Republican Party is best represented by picking a Paul Ryan-type to be the Mitt's running mate. Ryan is made out to be this brilliant idea man, an expert on political economy. Mitt's only expertise is scheming for what works best for Mitt, at the expense of others.
    The Party rarely goes into any detail in promoting Mitt. They choose not to look back into his history, just that he's somehow successful. They want people to forget that his short time in Massachusetts government produced health care reform that served as the basis for Obamacare, which the Party hates and wants to repeal.
    Having Ryan the policy wonk shows the Party's commitment to getting rid of Obamacare, a law associated with Barack Obama (but also Mitt in the back of the minds of GOP voters).
    It will be interesting to see how they will talk about health care reform at their upcoming convention in Tampa. How can they wipe out the Romney basis for Obamacare?
    Having Ryan do the talking will have a lot to do with smoothing over tensions within the Party.

  3. Epic post! Thanks for this, Mr Simpson.

  4. Winners USA and the good people who live there. The losers progressives, liberals, communist socialist, unions and any other un-American souls.

    1. Exactly, John Ryan is the man for the job! Go get 'em, gipper!

  5. Winner: Mitt Romney and Ann Romney!

    Loser: Rafalca- what's a useless tax write off that eats worth? Parastite!

    Mitt Romney Would Pay 0.82 Percent in Taxes Under Paul Ryan's Plan

    In 2010 -- the only year we have seen a full return from him -- Romney would have paid an effective tax rate of around 0.82 percent under the Ryan plan, rather than the 13.9 percent he actually did. How would someone with more than $21 million in taxable income pay so little? Well, the vast majority of Romney's income came from capital gains, interest, and dividends. And Ryan wants to eliminate all taxes on capital gains, interest and dividends.

  6. Republicans are really caught in a binder with Romney's state law being the basis for Obama's federal health care reform.
    Right-wingers have come up with a legal theory called "federalism," based on 10th Amendment concerns. Federalism is represented by right-wingers like Justices Roberts and Scalia. Federalism is what the Federalist Society is about.
    The Republican attack on what they call "Obamacare" uses this 10th Amendment argument.
    Ryan spouts he'll "take back this country," the classic Tea Party line. The Kochs and Bradleys were former John Birchers, but now that the communist menace is gone, a new enemy is created, the U.S. government. They were big 10th Amendment defenders, just like today's Tea Partiers.
    Things like ALEC use their basis in federalism and 10th Amendment and corporate rights to try to repeal Obamacare.
    Tea Party criticism of Democrats is always brimming with cynicism and sarcasm. You'd think they would be that way with Mitt, the basis of Obamacare.
    Republicans never will be allowed to call Obamacare anything else, like "Mittcare."
    Mitt's involvement with what became Obamacare is a real sore spot in the Party.
    Let's see a video to pound home the point of Mitt creating Obamacare. More Romney Girl, anyone, this time talking about health care reform?

  7. I see this blog has nothing to support Romney's opponent or the focus would not be so honed in on Ryan. It's going to be interesting to see just how low team Obama is going to go to slander it's opponents.

    1. I see you have nothing to say to refute what is said about Romney and Ryan. It's going to see just how much of Romney's and Ryan's wrong-doings you will tolerate before you decide to stand up for principle.

    2. You left out the part about the last great Republican suckcess story, Sarah Palin. Second amendment remedies and crosshairs on the Congress and Joe the Plumber and shit.

    3. Joe the Plumber is still alive and kicking it, you will see him make more public speaking events this fall in support of local Republican races across the nation!!!