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I try not to take what Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) says seriously because he exemplifies a class of Washington insider who personifies hypocrisy.  He preaches work values while he himself has been at the government trough his entire work career.  According to him, everyone else should be dumped from government benefit programs and get vouchers instead. Vets, Social Security, SNAP, Medicare, Students, etc.... would have to rely on some sort of scheme where the private sector would get a bigger chunk of your paycheck.  Less for you but more for the 1%.

However, I had to turn up my hearing aid and adjust my spectacles to read his latest WSJ screed: A New Direction in the War on Poverty.  Unsurprisingly, he is covertly using race to push a fresh wave of attacks on the poor.  

Ryan represents the 1st district of Wisconsin -- a 91% white population.  In his WSJ article he cites a fist fight that happened at a Milwaukee school -- a school outside of his district which happens to be approximately 85% black and Hispanic.  What better way to show that you are a serious values scold legislature by picking on people of color and from another district?

He runs through the usual GOP boilerplate talking points to lecture these kids: welfare is bad, government is bad, unmarried is bad, market based reforms, good.  From a policy standpoint, we all know how this story has turned out.  We've had several decades watching its painful fruition.

The bottom-line is Ryan is a con who will use race, class, whatever it takes to get his tax cuts for the rich while sacking everyone else through legislation.  Just ask the vets who recently took it on the chin with his surprise COLA cut in the Ryan/Murray back-room budget deal.  The media have pretty much given him a Carte Blanche pass and wont ask him pocketbook policy questions for the record.  It is time for everyone else to pay close attention and ensure your medical devices are fully calibrated -- if you have them.

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  •  This is one man who needs to go (1+ / 0-)
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    There must be someone in his district who can run against him and win I don't live in Wisconsin but I would be happy to give to help someone send this bum packing!! The sweetest words  I can imagine hearing would be Ex Congressman Ryan

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:43:25 AM PST

  •  WI District 1 (3+ / 0-)
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    bearsguy, tardis10, marina

    His district was Gerrymandered to include portions of dark-red wealthy Waukesha County and to split rust-belt Rock County just about down the middle.  The split includes Janesville (his home town) but excludes Beloit, an extremely diverse and poor city.  

    He didn't even carry Janesville in the last election and I can't imagine that he's any more popular in the economically suffering parts of his district these days.  

    Support Rob Zerban's campaign and maybe we can oust the Ryan-weasel in the next election.  Rob did quite well in the last election, even though a newcomer with little name recognition outside his home town, and with little help from Wisconsin's shameful media.

  •  And this asshat (1+ / 0-)
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    will be at Carroll College for a Listening session on FRIDAY, which is NOT even a part of HIS District.

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