Ryan and Romney's Roadmap For America

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Maureen Dowd and Others Dissect Paul Ryan NYTimes 8-19-12

Tom Morello: "I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta rage in him. A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically, the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling front of for campaign contributions."

Howard Fineman: "Ryan turns out, upon closer inspection, not to be a purifying ideologhue, but rather a young, power-hungry, ladder-climbing trimmer." The self-styled deficit cutter wacked W's deficit exploding agenda, and the tut-tutting critic of the Obama stimulus grabbed for the president's stimulus money.

Grover Norquist told Bloomberg's Al Hunt that Ryan would be the Dick Cheney of economic and tax policy. And that's a compliment.

Maureen Dowd: "Ryan looks like a bonus Romney son, As Dan Quale did with Bush senior. Republicans find the tableau of two rich white guys--same shirts, different generations--comforting...but the closer you get the uglier it gets."

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Ryan's Roadmap Budget: "A Just spending bill cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor and vulnerable persons." (In a letter to Congress)

Jesuits: In a letter to Ryan--"Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

Ryan's former parish priest, Father Stephen Umhoefer: "You can't tell somebody that in 10 years your economic situation is going to be just wonderful because meanwhile your kids may starve to death."

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Ryan and Romney's Roadmap for America

It's timely to ask "Who is Paul Ryan?" and "What does he stand for?" Paul Ryan is arguably the most powerful Republican in Congress and has been mentioned as a possible VP running mate for Mitt Romney. [Announced August 10 aboard the battleship Wisconsin in Norfolk.] Ryan has offered a "Roadmap for America's Future" and a budget proposal which has been endorsed by Romney. The Ryan-Romney Roadmap is reminiscent of Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America" but it's much more radical and far-reaching.

Who is Paul Ryan?

Paul Ryan is a 42-year-old Congressman first elected in 1998. He heads the key House Budget Committee. He is a member of the prominent Wisconsin Ryan clan, who with the Fitzgeralds and the Cullens constitute the Irish mafia in Janesville. He grew up and lives not in a historic house in Janesville which has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Numerous Ryan relatives live in his neighborhood. At the end of his high school senior year Ryan was elected "Biggest Brown-noser. Ryan acknowledges Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand as "the reason I got involved in public service...The fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism." Ryan was influenced in Miami University in Ohio by libertarian professor William R. Hart who introduced him to the National Review, Hayek, Friedman and other libertarians. Upon graduation, in 1991 Ryan got an internship in the office of a GOP Wisconsin Congressman and shortly thereafter a job as political analyst and speech writer for Jack Kemp at Empower America which was engaged in pushing Republicans rightward on public policy issues. At age 27, in 1997, Ryan was elected to Congress. Privatizing Social Security was his first policy initiative a watered-down version of which was endorsed reluctantly by President George W. Bush and which contributed to Bush's political decline. Ryan blamed the fact that privatizing Social Security bombed politically on the Administration's "bad job of selling it."

Ryan-Romney Budget and Roadmap

It is doubtful that many American voters are aware of how radical Ryan and his budget/roadmap are. Many have been seduced by false analogies between government taxation and budget and individual family budget policies. His plan is designed to reduce the welfare state and the government's role in protecting citizens from misfortunes for the most part beyond their control. Many aren't aware that Ryan's radical budget and long-range plan includes:

--A scaled down plan to privatize Social Security which would provide for 1/3 of Social Security taxes, instead of 1/2 to be invested in private accounts. (His long-term goal no doubt remains one of completely privatizing Social Security, thus transforming a social insurance program into one that permits individuals to speculate with their savings in private markets, which few are well-equipped to do.)

--End Medicare and replace it with direct payments to seniors who could then buy private health insurance.

--End Medicaid and replace it with lump sum payments to the states to use as they see fit.

--Repeal Obama's health-care reform law.

Ryan's budget/roadmap has been endorsed by Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, the Weekly Standard and passed by the Tea Party- dominated House of Representatives. Mitt Romney said in Chicago in March "I'm very supportive of the Ryan budget plan and a week later in Wisconsin "I think it'd be marvelous if the Senate were to puck up Paul Ryan's budget and adopt it and pass it along to the President." John Boehner was more cautious about Ryan's plan, and conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer opined "At 37 footnotes, it might be the most annotated suicide note in history." Peter Orzag, then Obama budget director, dissected Ryan's budget pointing out that it would "provide large tax benefits to upper-income households..." President Obama commented 'I believe it (Ryan budget) paints a vision of our future that's deeply pessimistic...There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. And I don't think there's anything courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don't have any clout on Capitol Hill."

Paul Ryan appeared shocked by the President's broadside, and he objected to Obama's claim that he was "pitting children with autism or Down's syndrome against millionaires and billionaires...and ending America as we know it." Two days later Ryan's plan passed the House 235 to 193. Only four Republicans voted against it. (Ron Paul, Texas, Walter Jones, NC, David McKinley, W. Va., Denny Rehbey, Montana) (Five Republican senators voted with Democrats against the proposal in the Senate. (Scott Brown, Mass., Susan Collins, Maine, Dean Heller, Nevada, and Rand Paul, Kentucky)

Effect on November Election

The budget stalemate's effect on the November election is far from clear. Ryan's budget has widespread GOP support in Congress. However, public support for Congress is at an all time low, around ten percent. And the budget leaves Romney and GOP candidates vulnerable to attack because of it's effect on popular and effective government programs. Obama has already made it clear that he will attack Mitt Romney for his support of Ryan's radical proposals.

[I am indebted to Ryan Lizza's long and excellent article in the New Yorker, August 6, 2012, as well as other sources.]





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WillStarr profile image

WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

If we continue down the entitlement road that Mr. Deeds prefers, we only have to look to Greece to see our future.

What is it about "we cannot afford entitlements" that liberal radicals cannot comprehend? What part of "we can't afford it any longer" do they not understand.

It does not matter how much the left sobs that 'we do not care' about the poor, when we are already broke!

Socialism has always failed, and now it's American's turn to discover that truth. We are about to go off the fiscal cliff, while leftists like Obama are blithely and blindly stepping down on the accelerator.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Every other advanced democratic industrialized country has a health care system that provides better health care results than the U.S. at substantially lower cost. All democratic industrialized countries provide social insurance programs to deal with unemployment and retirement. The U.S. has the highest per capita GOP of any major country. There is no reason that we cannot afford adequate social insurance programs, health care for all, good public schools with well paid teachers, public libraries, repair and improvement of our roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, protection of our environment and so forth. The current unsustainable budget deficit is due mainly to the Bush legacy of tax cuts for the rich, two unnecessary, costly wars, an excessive defense budget, an unfunded Medicare drug benefit written by the drug companies a failure to regulate our banking and mortgage industry and reduced tax revenues due to the Bush recession, the worst since the 1930s.


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Niteriter 4 years ago from Canada

"Privatize(d) Social Security" seems to me to be self contradictory. The very purpose of Social Security, as I see it, is to provide citizens of the nation with a means to live should all their private plans fail. To place the funds of a nation's fallback plan into the investment market makes it a business venture and thereby removes the component of "security".

Serious thought such yours here (as opposed to the rhetoric-fueled kind) ought to occupy the spirit of the national conversation on this very important subject.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

True. The Wall Street banksters are salivating to get their hands on SS tax money. If you don't trust Wall Street, don't vote for anyone who wants to privatize social security.

What should be done is to take steps to make 401k plans more attractive and less costly in order to replace disappearing defined benefit pension plans. A lot of the 401k plans plans are ripping off participants by charging excessive fees to operate the plans and incurring excessive trading costs, not to mention offering too many lousy options.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

You can afford entitlements...as long as you give them to big business! It's the banksters that are destroying Greece, as they destroy everything they get their paws on.

They bamboozled us real good. "Hey--that poor person is sucking you dry"--as Mr Dickles Chin Chin Cheney makes 25 mil fom Haliburton and Lawd-be -goshen: Haliburton got a 1 bil contract for Iraq! "where'd the billion come from?" YOU!

So they could overcharge and kill soldiers with their incompetance. (bad grounding of shower wires) And his bud-in-crime Blackwater(Kofer Black-RMoney's advisor) and the child-sex trade.(look it up)

Say--where IS Erik Prince?

http://www.city-data.com/forum/politics-other-cont...

Who bailed out the banks? YOU!

Socialism for the rich:an age-old American tradition.

The pious poor people and the proud middle class believe these goons! BamBoozled.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Very true. Tnx for your comments.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

I wish Romney would pick Paul Ryan for his running mate. But it won't happen because Romney is in pivot to the center mode.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"You can afford entitlements...as long as you give them to big business! "

That's exactly what Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain claimed, and they are all ready to go belly up. In any case, there is no 'big business'. There is only people.

We are already $15 trillion in debt, and that debt is a big part of why our economy is stalled. Socialism never works, and there is no magic 'big business' that can pay for $15 trillion in debt and growing!

What part of 'we simply can't afford it' do you not understand?


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

There is a limit to how much debt the US economy can sustain. However, when unemployment is 8.3% or higher when part-time and discouraged workers are included it's no time to raise taxes and cut expenses. There will be plenty of time to do that when unemployment has returned to a more normal level. Ryan and Romney want to cut taxes on the billionaires and multimillionaires and cut benefits to the poor and middle class.

And most of them are opposed to cutting the bloated defense budget. For example, why do we still have troops in Germany 7o years after WWII and the end of the Cold War? Why in the Pacific? Why costly aircraft carriers and other unnecessary, costly weapons? Why are we closing libraries and privatizing schools and prisons across the country? Why did the governor of Michigan sign a bill cutting the maximum regular unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks? Why are nearly all employers cancelling their defined benefit pension plans? Why do we require welfare mothers to work but provide no public transportation system for them to get to work? Why do we have so many potholes in our roads and highways? Etc, Etc. ANSWER: a certain amount of waste in government spending, but bankers, health care and health insurance are taking too much of the national income, not to mention richies like Romney who spend millions in order to avoid paying their share of taxes.


HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great Hub, Ralph. Ryan's budget would be a catastrophe for most Americans. He will be gutting our social programs while lowering taxes on the wealthy. I hope American voters listen very carefully to his program and vote their own interests. The Republicans are bought and paid for by Corporate America led by the Koch Brothers.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Obama wants to raise taxes on the very people who employ Americans, when he himself said just two years it would be a terrible idea in the middle of a recession. Obama and the left have proved that their ideas don't work, so it's time for a change. After all, this recession was mostly the work of the Democrats in the first place!

What we need is for government to get out of the way and let the free market get back to work.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

"After all, this recession was mostly the work of the Democrats in the first place!

What we need is for government to get out of the way and let the free market get back to work."

The unregulated free market had it's chance under Bush and put the world into a deep recession. Republicans and NY Banksters put the world into a recession. Democrats aren't blameless but they had little or nothing to do with the meltdown.

I know it's hard for you Will, but why don't you try to stick to the facts? That would improve your credibility.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"The unregulated free market had it's chance under Bush and put the world into a deep recession."

Utter nonsense and a huge Democrat lie. The recession is directly due to Democrat meddling in the housing market, with Freddie, Fannie, the Community Reinvestment Act, and the Fair Housing Act, all Democrat inventions designed to get loans for people who could never afford to pay them back!

As expected and predicted, such idiocy resulted in the recession of today. I'm amazed that more Republicans aren't telling the American people what really happened.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

SS would most likely still be in good shape had they not used the money like a cookie jar full of money that could be used anytime for anything. They now call SS an entitlement, yet most of us paid into this system for most of our lives. To me an entitlement is something that one never paid into, but takes money or other benefits out of. I guess I am among those who are confused by today's definitions.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

As usual you can be counted on for a distorted and misleading over-simplification. Goldman Sachs and other unregulated Wall Street banksters are the ones who invented and sold the toxic mortgage securities all over the world. There is plenty of blame to go around, including some Democrats and the people who were running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and most notably bush's head of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, devotee of Ayn Rand. Greenspan has admitted his mistakes, and he didn't try to put the blame on Democrats.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

The above comment is intended for WillStarr.

Old Poolman, I agree that the basic SS system is not an entitlement program, but SS does include a couple of entitlement benefits which don't depend on contributions--widows and orphans benefits and disability benefits which don't depend on contributions.

Further, in my opinion the financial issues facing SS have nothing to do with the fact that SS taxes have been borrowed and used for other federal programs. The borrowed funds have been replaced by special US government bonds which are the most secure investments in the world. They will never be allowed to default. Moreover, SS financial issues will be easy to solve by one or more of the following: raise and index the earnings cap (currently a little over $100k) or remove the cap entirely, gradually increase the age for normal retirement with "full" benefits to compensate for the gradual increase in life expectancy and number of years people can remain in the work force. The problem facing SS results not from the borrowed taxes but rather from demographic trends which mean that there the ratio of retirees to workers has increased.

The real difficult financial issue is posed by Medicare which will go broke unless ways can be found to curb skyrocketing health care costs.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"here is plenty of blame to go around, including some Democrats and the people who were running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and most notably bush's head of the Federal Reserve, ..."

Oh, so you do know about the role of Freddie, Fannie, the Democrats, the CRA, and Fair Housing! I thought from the way you blamed only Bush, that you were simply unaware of all the shenanigans pulled off by Democrats in their efforts to put people in homes they could not afford in exchange for votes!

There are videos available of Republicans blowing the whistle on this dangerous scam well before the collapse, and Democrats in Congress calling them liars! There are videos of Barney Frank saying all was just fine with Freddie and Fannie only days before the collapse!

Some of the Republicans bear part the blame because they were making banking money off this Democrat scheme too! So were the banks, because they thought Freddie and Fannie would buy up the bad debt and let the poor taxpayers foot the bill. After all, that was the promise!

Bush tried to get some control of the situation, but the Democrats took over Congress in 2006, and refused! There was nothing he could do.

This scam goes all the way back to FDR, and the biggest scam of all is the media letting the Democrats blame Bush for what they did.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

The same banks who were instrumental in creating and bursting the housing bubble are fighting any measures designed to prevent another banking meltdown. Bush was near the end of his second term when the meltdown occurred. He bailed out the banks and began the process of bailing out American auto companies.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"The same banks who were instrumental in creating and bursting the housing bubble are fighting any measures designed to prevent another banking meltdown."

And guess who wrote that bill...none other than Democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, the very same men who told us that all was well with the Democrat created institutions of Freddie and Fannie! The very same men who encouraged banks to make risky loans by promising to buy up toxic debt! And the very same men who loudly blamed Bush and the banks for what they themselves had done!

Bush bailed out the banks because they had been promised that Freddie and Fannie would buy up their bad debt, by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, both of whom are now bailing out of Congress!


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Very informative piece. I wonder if Romney's support of Ryan is the death knell for his campaign. It's a bit of a scary time, the constant threats to our safety nets and livelihoods, then the perpetual partisan divisiveness that goes nowhere. Then you have the fundamentalists diverting things with their archaic thinking and protestations. It's absurd and horrific, simultaneously.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

"What part of 'we simply can't afford it' do you not understand?"

The part where Romney and Ryan think they need more of a tax break. We darn sure can afford that, huh? Why sure...just take it out of gramma's medical.


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Conservative Lady 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

WillStarr is right - we cannot afford to continue with handouts. There are some folks that we need to and must help but there are so many that are abusing the system.

If your checking account is empty - you cannot get away with writing more checks for very long. Why is that so hard to understand????


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks, all, for your comments.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I've often wondered why there are poor conservatives. Perhaps they hope to be rich one day so they can then get richer and enjoy the benefits of a stripped government that only provides for defense of the nation.


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TAJKAJ 4 years ago from Northen Utah

Does that mean that rich liberals are someday hoping to be poor and live off the back of the government and other rich people. Based on the fact that rich people are evil makes me wonder how there are any rich liberals out there.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

We rarely talk about rich Liberals, and there are plenty. It seems only rich conservatives are considered evil.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"We rarely talk about rich Liberals, and there are plenty. It seems only rich conservatives are considered evil."

Excellent point, Mike! Some of the richest people in the world are the limousine liberals, and they aren't about to give it up!

The biggest dirty little secret is how many of them have offshore accounts to keep their wealth out of the taxman's hands.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Rich people who strive to take from poor people are evil.

Rich people who strive to make the society more equal are not.

It's not the money that makes people evil--it's their selfish intentions.

Greedy Grubs in powerful places make life miserable for those "beneath" them, and they don't care one scintilla.

No care/ no conscience/no morals. Crime Syndicate!

sheeesh, it's not brain surgery. And all this malarkey about "you hate rich people" is missing the point.

It's just the same a being againt Zionism, and people say "you hate all Jews". Grow up.

Bad intent+Money and power=Evil

Money and power+Good intent=Good


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

"The biggest dirty little secret is how many of them have offshore accounts to keep their wealth out of the taxman's hands."

You mean like Mittster Romney, I assume.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Rich people who strive to take from poor people are evil."

What would they take from poor people? What on earth do poor people have that anyone would want, much less 'the rich"?

Do liberal radicals ever listen to themselves?


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Why did you find it necessary to edit what I actually said, Ralph? :

"Some of the richest people in the world are the limousine liberals, and they aren't about to give it up! The biggest dirty little secret is how many of them have offshore accounts to keep their wealth out of the taxman's hands."


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

They take taxes. They charge exhorbitant prices for average crap. They monopolize services, so that your needs are provided by one. And that One can do whatevah the heck it wants.

Banks-- $30.00 if you're over by one penny. Really? They THAT desperate to make a buck?

Comcast ceo makes 53 mil. You think that is factored into how much we poor people pay for tv/internet?

Andyes....we need it. With kids in school, tv/internet is a must. But comcast knows this..as does comelectric, fuel companies, gasoline, etc.

Which comes first, the service, or the profit? ding ding ding

Striving to make ever more profit on the back of the consumer.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Private prisons, private healthcare, private mail, private spy companies watching your every move.....do you notice how you mention something on the internet, and suddenly, your box is full of adverteasers wanting your cash?

Profit over people is the object of crime. Ergo--anyone advocating profit over people is a criminal.

hullo Mitt and Paul.

And let's google "how much have Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan taken from the government?"

do as we say, not as we do.

all my opinion.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

"We who are privileged to be in that position DO owe the country something for our success." —Rachael, small business owner in Wellesley, MA

Nice rich person.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

"Apple's products are built by a foreign government, then sold in the US with no duty while cash made is held out of taxable reach "--How they do it. And WE make them rich by buying their products.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

"in the worst-case scenario, Knight Capital might be forced to shut down. And honestly, it couldn't happen to a more deserving and more corrupt market maker. Fifteen years of constant bid/offer manipulation from these crooks."

ooooops......


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

lovemychris, you feel better now that you got all that off your chest?


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Chris'

Look up 'hyperbole'.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Max Keiser:

" Standard Chartered anti-American stance; American/UK/Israeli Imperialism Has To Stop Somewhere, Might As Well Be Iran."

"It's hypocricy for U.S. to threaten STAN and not HSBC (400 bn. drug money laundering) Barclays (libor rigging)"

"A TBTF bank, STAN; is now taking on the U.S.'s genocidal policies in the Mid-East LOVE IT!!!! Go STAN, Go!!!!"

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Look up "time to pay the piper"


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

So what are others suggesting when 'anything other than Obama'? Are they proposing we return to slavery? It certainly seems so from some statements here. Great hub! Why is 'entitlement' fine for Anyone but the poor, who BTW, American corporations Drove to the poor house!


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks.

I just heard Romney holding forth in Iowa about how his experience in the private sector, in contrast to Obama, qualifies him to respond to the needs of entreprenoors (sic). If Romney is going to tout his experience as an entrepreneur he should at least learn how to pronounce the word correctly. He pronounces it as if it were spelled entrepreNURE instead of entrepreNEUR which is correctly pronounced entrepreNER not entrepreNOOR. Oh well, Eisenhower never learned how to say nuclear and W. Bush followed in his footsteps with newk-you-ler. However, Romney spent his Morman year of service in France where he might have been expected to learn how to pronounce entrepreneur, a French origin word, correctly. Ditto for his stint at Harvard Business School where the professors no doubt pronounce the word correctly.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

If you are going to criticize others on their English, you need to be perfect yourself.

The word is "Mormon' not Morman


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Touche! Feel free to proofread all my comments.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Touche! Feel free to proofread all my comments."

Hardly.

Just making a point.


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Niteriter 4 years ago from Canada

Will, you have an amazing lack of ability to recognize grace when it appears before you.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Will, you have an amazing lack of ability to recognize grace when it appears before you."

And you have an amazing lack of ability to recognize sarcasm from Deeds.


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, is inviting Romney to “spend a day with Catholic Sisters who work every day to meet the needs of struggling families in their communities,” according to a release. The group is specifically targeting Romney a day after his campaign released a misleading ad about welfare reform that Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK’s executive director, said “demonize[s] families in poverty” and shows Romney’s “ignorance about the challenges” the poor face in America:

“Recent advertisements and statements from the campaign of Governor Romney demonize families in poverty and reflect woeful ignorance about the challenges faced by tens of millions of American families in these tough economic times,” stated Sister Simone Campbell. “We are all God’s children and equal in God’s eyes. Efforts to divide us by class or score political points at the expense of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters reveal the worst side of our country’s politics.”

Romney has endorsed the House GOP budget plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). It was that plan, which includes deep cuts to food stamps and other safety net programs that benefit the middle class, that NETWORK’s Nuns On A Bus tour targeted, with Campbell and other sisters blasting it as “immoral” at the tour’s conclusion in Washington D.C. Romney has also proposed massive tax cuts for the rich that would likely come at the expense of lower- and middle-class families, which would see higher taxes or significant cuts to the programs they depend on.

Those policies, Campbell told ThinkProgress, show that Romney “doesn’t have clue” about the struggles the poor face. “The fact is, his policies shift wealth to the upper class,” she said. “Yes, it hurts the middle class, but it devastates those at the margins of our society.” If Romney were to accept their invitation, Campbell said she would take him to places like St. Augustine’s in Cleveland, where food programs “provide a hand up” to the community’s neediest members. “He thinks they’re lazy,” Campbell said, in reference to Romney’s misleading welfare reform ad. “It is hard work to keep things together when you’re poor. He doesn’t have a clue. Let him talk to them, and maybe they’ll touch his heart. And his mind too.”

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Nice sentiments lady, but I think Mittens is a lost cause. He worships at the Altar of Greed-- From my observational expertise.

In fact: he once said something like, "I pay what I'm legally obligated to in taxes, and not a penny more." wow. Miserly comes to mind. :(

I would BET he has that same attittude about workers pay. "Let them have the legal limit ($7.25 an hour), and not a penny more!

Errr, how much did you "make" Mitt? 21.5 million?

Got it.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks, LMC!


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Here's another one:

Franciscan monks call on Romney to spend a day with them to learn about plight of the poor in America http://thkpr.gs/Ng7KIX

Once again...nice sentiment, but I think they're wasting their breath. It's not Bobbie Kennedy we're dealing with here, who was very affected by the unbelievable poverty he saw.

This is a guy who hob-knobs with business people and casino magnates. Poor have no money: they can' be bothered by them!! IMO


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This election this year is surely going to be a tricky one. It will be a choice of the lesser of two evils. Interesting thoughts!


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Well, that's one way to put it. I wouldn't call either candidate evil although neither is perfect, especially Mittster. Thanks for your comment!


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Will: We cannot afford . . . How have the rich fared in this economy and under Republican tax laws? What we can or cannot afford is a subject for much debate.

Apologies Ralph. It's your hub.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

No apology in order. Thanks for your comment.


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Cassandra Goduti 4 years ago from Guilford, Connecticut

If 1% of the population (the rich aka. Romney and etc.) hold 1/3 of the wealth of the U.S. The reason people are unable to find the work is because people like aka. Romney have their funds in banks and offshore funds instead of investing the money into the people. They don't want to invest into the people (the middle class,poor, etc.) because their money is strapped so they are not purchasing. It is people like Mitt Romney and George Bush Jr. who became greedy that put us in this position to begin with. And it is because they have all this wealth that they feel they know better than the middle class. Because they found ways to make the money off the middle class they feel they should tell the people how to live, and what they buy. If the middle class doesn't do what they say (to help R Romney and other rich people to fill their pockets with more money), they consider the middle class nothing more than idiots. The truth is Romney and his VP are a joke and the Europeans will either be laughing at us or hate us if he is elected president. Romney doesn't speak for the people he speaks for himself.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

8-14-12NYTimes--"Paul Ryan's Fairy Tale Budget Plan" by David Stockman

Paul Ryan’s Fairy-Tale Budget Plan - NYTimes.com

Paul D. Ryan’s talk of shrinking Big Government and giving tax cuts to “job creators” will do nothing to reverse the nation’s economic decline and arrest its fiscal collapse.


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adjkp25 4 years ago from Northern California

A bunch of interesting dialog on this issue.

A question I have on the job creator philosophy is what if the job creators decide to sit on the money earmarked for them to create jobs? Doesn't that thought process become flawed because we are trusting them so much with the health of our economy? I created a forum thread on this a few days ago and received zero comments from the "protect the job creators" group that has commented here.

An example of the money not being used as it was intended was the bank bailout. Didn't the government give money to the big banks to help homeowners and others struggling with debt? The banks decided to use the money to buy struggling banks and to shore up their books so the money couldn't do what it was intended to do and the whole thing was deemed a failure.

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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Paul Krugman Exposes Ryan Plan as a Fraud

An Unserious Man - NYTimes.com

So much for the real debate we were supposed to have once Paul Ryan joined the ticket. What we have instead is the triumph of style over substance.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 4 years ago from The Sapphire City

". . . Over the longer term, the Ryan plan would end Medicare as we know it — and in Washington, “fiscal responsibility” is often equated with willingness to slash Medicare and Social Security, even if the purported savings would be used to cut taxes on the rich rather than to reduce deficits. Also, self-proclaimed centrists are always looking for conservatives they can praise to showcase their centrism, and Mr. Ryan has skillfully played into that weakness, talking a good game even if his numbers don’t add up."

Romney and Ryan cheat for the same reason dogs lick their balls... because they can.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

I love it (the dogs angle).


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

The "trickle-down" theory of economics is not an academic theory, and has never worked. Rather than "trickling down", wealth "trickles UP." The rich get richer, while the poor get poorer. (Entrepreneurs may create jobs, but many of the wealthiest in this country simply INHERITED wealth. They didn't work for it, and most only look out for themselves.)

David Stockman, budget director in the Reagan administration and instrumental in developing and promoting "Reaganomics", later became very critical of the theory. He recently told the Republican Party they are wrong to support an extension of the Bush tax cuts.

Paul Ryan scares the hell out of me! The thought of him gaining the type of power Dick Cheney had as VP (or assuming the presidency if something were to happen to Romney) frightens me even more. If the GOP steals this election and gets into the White House, I may immigrate, as old as I am....I don't think I can stand another 8 years like the George Bush terms. I don't think this country can stand 8 years led (and I use that term loosely) by the GOP.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Thanks, JW. We're on the same wavelength. Ryan is a dangerous man, a convincing speaker but a dishonest intellectual lightweight.


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bgamall 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Ryan and Cantor are the leaders now of the Tea Party. They seek to ruin the credit of the United States in order to stop the social safety net for the poor. Yet, unlike the libertarians, they never saw an expensive war they did not like. They also want to start another housing bubble Ralph, and the tax cuts are to put money into the hands of supply siders and create hot money for the real estate market. These guys are dangerous, both to the future of the US economically and politically.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Yahoo! Someone who makes sense. Everyone should read your hub. Great hub.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

SES, thanks for your comment! Apparently Romney decided Ryan wasn't selling well with Romeny's latest version of himself, so he put him in the closet about a month ago with duct tape over his mouth.

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