Paul Ryan Goes Full Koch Head With His Cowardly Support of Government Shutdowns

Paul Ryan on Face The Nation

Paul Ryan had the nerve to say that he didn’t speak out against the government shutdown because it was more important that Republicans were unified. Ryan’s support of government shutdowns is straight out of the Koch playbook.



SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you about a couple of things in your book.

I want to read a quote that has picked up a lot of attention. It takes us back to last October, when the Republicans shut down the government in an attempt to defund Obamacare. You didn’t say much at the time about the Ted Cruz strategy, that is, rallying key party conservatives on the House side to let the government shut down, but here is what you wrote in your book.

“In short, the strategy our colleagues have been promoting was flawed from beginning to end. It was a suicide mission, but a lot of members were more afraid of what would happen if they didn’t jump off the cliff.”

I guess I would ask you first, why didn’t you say that back then?

RYAN: Because I want party unity.

I don’t think it was constructive for conservatives to be carping at each other. At the same time, the purpose of that passage is to try and unify our party. I don’t think we can succeed if all we do is criticize and define what we are against.

And the whole point of that was, you actually can’t stop an entitlement with a government shutdown. Entitlements, like Medicare and Social Security and Obamacare, continue on as is. So I didn’t think it was really legitimate to tell the country we could stop it unilaterally in the House, point one.

Democrats slammed Rep. Ryan for his comments, “Congressman Paul Ryan’s misplaced priorities were on full display when he shockingly stated that Republican party unity is more important than preventing a government shutdown,” said Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “With no agreement to prevent another shutdown at the end of September and the threat of Ted Cruz and Steve King continuing their stranglehold on the Republican legislative agenda, we can only hope Congressman Ryan reverses his position and decides to put the country first, not his political party.”

Ryan wasn’t only talking about last year’s government shutdown. The government will run out of funding at the end of next month. The Koch brothers have long supported the government shutdown strategy. When the political fallout starts hitting them, they quickly run away from it.

Paul Ryan has long been a Koch favorite, so it isn’t a surprise that he would support government shutdowns in the name of party unity. Rep. Ryan made it clear in the same interview that if Mitt Romney doesn’t run for president in the same interview, he probably will. This is why Ryan is working so hard to rehab his one percenter image with empty talk about poverty.

Rep. Paul Ryan can be summed up in one GIF:


It is quite the gimmick. You can’t even see Koch lips move when Ryan speaks.

25 Replies to “Paul Ryan Goes Full Koch Head With His Cowardly Support of Government Shutdowns”

  1. Well… once a coward, always a coward. Especially if he’s the type of coward that loves him some Koch to suck.

  2. Who worries about an islamic state when the teabagging Koch owned republikans will shut our country down ;I’m thinking Traitorous internal rebellion.

  3. Ultimately, then, is it fair to say that the Party of No represents about 100,000 people….the 1% to the .001%?

  4. The Koch Brothers are not elected officials. Do they, and the Republicans not realize that if there is another government shutdown, that that will anger voters and the GOP can kiss goodbye to controlling the House and not controlling the Senate?

  5. They don’t care because they know Ma and Pa kettle will blame the Kenyan usurper while waiting to cash their welfare checks

  6. So somebody splain how this works, while the war drums are beating and it’s almost certain in some capacity we’lll be spending billions in Iraq/Syria, how is that achieved with another govt’ shutdown?

  7. I want a President who wants unity in his party but not one that is afraid to stand up against them when he knows they are wrong. That is not a leader that is a follower.

  8. Wealth does not automatically confer wisdom.

    Unfortunately — thanks to the SCOTUS decisions of R.A.T.S. and Kennedy — if you’re rich enough, ignorance and stupidity are no obstacle to owning politicians, buying elections, and dictating policies.

    Dunning-Kruger Effect: the dumber you are the smarter you think you are.

    Now add mega dollars to the mix and what we get is: I’m fabulously rich; therefore, I am a superior person who is most qualified to decide how this country should be run.

    I wish I didn’t think that way. It makes me want to hurl chunks.

  9. Walking in lockstep with your SS Troop is more important than the interest of the people you represent. Got it.

  10. The “best man” was a lackey to the Power Elites like his predecessor Bush 43. Everyone knows who ran the WH 2000 thru 2008. As for Obamba the pressure from the DNC who falls in line with Neo libs knows where and who has the money. Disappointing and Americans want to blame the Obstructionists but that is a diversion to reality of “dark money” in our political system. Democracy has failed in the US…there is none. Elections are a blood sport for the Rich like the Kochs and Adleson…and a popularity contest equal to a HS prom coronation.

  11. Go right ahead you Eddie Munster lookin motherf’er! I hope you do shut it down because of some childish temper tantrum. For every day it’s down you and your sick greedy buddies will lose thousands of votes.

  12. Reminds me of a Brer Rabbit story: “Please don’t throw me in the briar patch Mr. Fox Please”….and the Democrats are pleading with the rethugs: “Please don’t shut down the government Mr Ryan…please” and the stupid republicans shut down the government and every day the government is shut down, they lose over 500,000 votes…Yep they really have the pulse of the American public…the instant they shut it down, the Democrats have hundreds of Ads ready to pile on the republicans…don’t they remember back in the 90s when they did it and the congress turned Blue, when they did it at the end of last year and the Congress lost major poll numbers. Obama is NOT stupid…BUT he WILL take advantage of Republican stupidity.

  13. “Whenever it’s a choice between doing what’s best for the party vs. what’s best for the country, I will always do whatever the Cock Brothers tell me to do.”

  14. “Whenever it’s a choice between doing what’s best for the party vs. what’s best for the country, I will always do whatever the Koch Brothers tell me to do.”

  15. I’d say this is not party unity over sanity but, party unity over what’s good for the country. These so called )patriots) have no concept of country.Only for the war they want, the funds for it will be made available or just use the old credit card once again. (Like shrub) In these minds there is always money for war, guns, bombs tanks and all other machines of war. All except there children or themselves. That great glory is left to the poor sucker who votes for them.

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