Not Here to do the Decent Thing: Privatizing Medicare Ryan


Mitt Romney handed another gift to Democrats, by choosing Paul Ryan  as his running mate. His “philosophical” idol is Ayn Rand, except when the Catholic Church calls him out on it.

While all speculation focused on Rob Portman and Tim Pawlenty, Paul Ryan was the nightmare/bold choice behind the curtain.

Yesterday, the Weekly Standard  reported that Scott Walker was assigned the task of selling Ryan to the less enthusiastic faction of the Republican Party, setting the stage for today’s anticipated announcement.


But let’s get back to why Conservatives are under the impression that Ryan is a gift to their cause.  From their perspective, with Ryan on the ticket, the campaign can be a discussion on issues like:

The size of government — small enough to regulate women’s vaginas, while submitting to corporate “people”.

Eliminating benefits like Medicare and social security that “you people” have paid into your entire working lives, in the name of eliminating what they call a culture of dependency on the government.

There are some who consider him a Washington insider who isn’t conservative enough.

Of course, anyone who gets his world view from a novel might have a few critics.

Ryan is also a good choice for Romney.  By comparison, Ryan is amateurish in the art of etch-sketching as we saw when he attempted to deny his admiration for Ayn Rand.  While Romney can help Ryan polish his skills in the art of etchasketching, Ryan can soothe the  ruffled feathers the Tea Party and the NRA.

Ok, enough of that, it’s more interesting to talk about how Privatize Medicare Ryan is a gift to the Democrats.

Privatize Medicare Ryan doesn’t have a national identity. The only identity Mitt Romney has is as a Romney Hood who isn’t Obama and will not answer questions about his tax returns, business experience or policies.  That means the Romney/Ryan ticket will have to try to develop both of their identities in the brief time before the election.

He is described as “bold” because his first great idea to control the deficit is pacing the burden on seniors by killing medicare and replacing it with a voucher program.   According to the Congressional Budget Office,  reducing the government’s debt would be born by seniors and the poor.

Ryan played a role in destroying our AAA credit rating during the debt ceiling crises last year; despite the fact that his own budget proposed a hike in the debt ceiling.

If the Romney/Ryan ticket was to be elected, it would be a national tragedy without question.   Ryan is the best thing that could happen for the Democrats – well except maybe Sarah Palin. Paul Ryan isn’t here to do the decent thing, he’s just here to take orders from Randian Libertarians like the Koch Brothers.

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3 Replies to “Not Here to do the Decent Thing: Privatizing Medicare Ryan”

  1. Unless and until I see a second Obama inauguration successfully completed, my sleep will not be deep or dreamless.

  2. I apologize for overloading this section. I am serious. I am scared.
    Same crowd gets into power that controlled Presidency for 20 years 1980-2009 I am horrified. Look at what they did–Destroyed wonderful local S&L industry–took 600 budget to 3500–took surplus to 1400 deficit–took 1000 debt to 10,000–took 218,000 jobs per month to 99,000-got us into 10 foreign conflicts–smashed stock market 5 times—smashed Housing Industry–smashed our world reputation—Borrowed 9000B instead of getting revenue by taxing their rich pals who gained as Middle Class Lost
    I am scared–Get out Every Voter
    I apologize for overloading your comments section. I am scared. I am serious.
    If the same crowd takes government that had power in 20 years of 1980—2009
    look at what they did to us:
    600 Budget to 3500—1000 debt to 10,000—surplus to `1400 deficit—
    218,000 jobs per month to 99,000—got us into 10 foreign conflicts—smashed wonderful local S&L Industry—Housing Industry—4 times crashed Stock Market—took us from a Heaven on earth to a Hell on earth
    At a time of extreme inequality – with the top 1 percent capturing a staggering 93 percent of all income gains in 2010 – Republicans would dramatically lower taxes on the wealthiest Americans, and by definition raise them on working families.They don’t actually admit to that, of course. But they lower top income tax rates and sustain lower rates on wealth (capital gains, dividends) while claiming their reforms will raise as much money (be revenue neutral) by eliminating unspecified loopholes and tax breaks. That means they must go after the biggest deductions – either limit the mortgage deduction for middle class homeowners or cut the tax benefits for employer provided health care, both reforms that would directly hit working families.
    With health care costs soaring and employers cutting back on health insurance benefits, the Republican budget would add millions to the rolls of the uninsured by eliminating the health care reforms, with no program in its place.
    With boomers headed into retirement and soaring Medicare and Medicaid the essential cause of projected deficits, Republicans address the problem not by limiting health care costs, but by requiring seniors to pay more. They would turn Medicare into a voucher or “premium support” program that would not keep up with health care costs, forcing seniors to pay thousands more out of their own pockets. Worse, they would cut Medicaid support drastically for the most vulnerable – the impoverished, the disabled, and the terminally ill.
    With the U.S. spending almost as much on its military as the rest of the world combined, Republicans demand that we raise, not pare, Pentagon spending.
    With our basic infrastructure – from roads to schools to sewage systems – in dangerous decline, the construction industry flat on its back, and interest rates near record lows, Republicans call for spending less, not more, on rebuilding America, rendering our economy less competitive and our streets less safe.
    With global corporations growing ever more adept at using transfer pricing and overseas tax havens to avoid taxes here at home, Republicans would make the entire world outside the U.S. a corporate tax haven, encouraging companies to move jobs and book profits abroad.
    With college tuition soaring and more and more being priced out of the education they have earned and need, Republicans solve the problem by cutting back on student loan programs.
    Today every element of the American dream – a secure job with American wages and benefits, an affordable home, a good education and affordable college for the kids, a secure retirement, health care for the family – is growing out of reach for more and more Americans.

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