I'm going to shamelessly post this
a third time, because its just that good:
In other words, Ryan and Republican leaders started off opposing the ACA’s Medicare cuts, then turned around and twice passed budgets that kept them, then campaigned against those cuts in the 2012 election, and are now embracing them again.
Ryan has flipped and flopped so many times he can't remember if he's trying to save or destroy healthcare. Or as the Talking Heads put it: "I"ve changed my hairstyle so many times now I don't know what I look like".Dana Milbank
tears apart his "budget":
“Now, how do we do this?” Ryan (R-Wis.), the House Budget Committee chairman, asked with a magician’s flourish as he unveiled his budget Tuesday morning.
Here’s how: The former Republican vice presidential candidate’s budget eliminates ___ loopholes in the tax code, cutting the ___ and the ____ deductions. It reduces spending on the ____ program by _____ and the _____ program by _____. Retirees would see ____, students would experience ____ and the poor would be _____.
Mr. "Numbers Guy" is going to do some unspecified stuff, and don't bother your pretty little head about it.
Now, you might be thinking, isn't that an audacious budget from the party that got its ass kicked in the last election? What kind of ego-trip is he on that he thinks he can get away with this?
This kind of ego trip:
“Look, whether the country intended it or not, we have divided government,” Ryan replied, suggesting that Republicans somehow won the debate while losing the election. “Are a lot of these solutions very popular, and did we win these arguments in the campaign?” Ryan asked himself. “Some of us think so.”
Or as Emo Phillips said "I'm a great lover, I'll bet".
Pierce explains it futher:
is only a budget in the same way that what the guy says to the pigeons in the park is a manifesto. It is constructed from the same magical thinking, the same conjuring words, the same elusive asterisks, and the same obvious obfuscations of its actual intent that Paul Ryan and his running mate put forward in the last campaign, in which they were so thoroughly rejected that Ryan couldn't even carry his home town.
His political philosophy is his notion of political economics. He believes that there are certain things that the government should not do for its citizens, and he would believe that if the balance showed a 20-gozillion surplus. His goal is to stop the government from doing those things. Everything else he does — every "budget" he proposes — is in service to that philosophy.
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