Paul Ryan’s Very Red Meat
When I came home from World War II, someone persuaded me to attend a Communist lecture where the speaker listed everything wrong in America from high prices to flat feet, then proclaimed, “All this, of course, is a result of the capitalist system.”
Listening to the GOP VP nominee last night brought back the same sensation that caused my brain to slam shut back then, but with an added dimension. In tossing red meat to convention goers, the clean-cut American boy outdid even that Red agitator of yore.
The economic crisis, he says, “began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America,” omitting only that it resulted from a phony debt-ceiling crisis he and his intransigent followers created.
In this inverted Ryanworld, where supporters wear cheese slabs on their heads, “by his own decisions, President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined…
“Republicans stepped up with good-faith reforms and solutions equal to the problems. How did the president respond? By doing nothing except to dodge and demagogue the issue.”
The “reforms and solutions,” of course, were Ryan’s own extremist proposals to gut social programs for the old and poor while preserving tax cuts for the richest, a philosophy he no longer attributes to his fallen idol Ayn Rand but former pro quarterback Jack Kemp of the Reagan era.