Saturday, August 11, 2012

So It's "Granny Starver" Ryan

Charles Pierce says it better than most anyone.

Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn't believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have to live. This now is an argument not over what kind of political commonwealth we will have, but rather whether or not we will have one at all, because Paul Ryan does not believe in the most primary institution of that commonwealth: our government. The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution make a lie out of every speech he's ever given. He looks at the country and sees its government as something alien that is holding down the individual entrepreneurial genius of 200 million people, and not as their creation, and the vehicle through which that genius can be channelled for the general welfare.


David Duff said...

I don't know who Charles Pierce is but he should take his meds and go and lie down in a dark room!

At last, you the electorate will hear a *serious* debate on political philosophy and the choice will be crystal clear, either free market capitalism, or Eurpean style social democracy.

May the best man win!

larkohio said...

Ryan says he is a Catholic, but both the Bishops and the nuns do not think his budget is moral.  Ryan wants to defund Planned Parenthood.  For these, and many other reasons, I pray Obama wins.  A Romney-Ryan administration would be a disaster, just like when it was Bush-Cheney.  Mitt is such a suck up.  He would sell his soul to be president.

Steve Bates said...

Paul Ryan is a lot like our Duffer: a complete failure as a human being who lives in an Ayn-Rand-based fantasy world. His fantasy budget is all you really need to know about him, but unfortunately it's not all that can be said about him. Look at this ProPublica article for links to a few relevant articles. Not all of them are wholly negative. But taken all in all, they persuade me that if Ryan were ever to become president, I'd find a shack in the mountains, off the map and off the grid, to wait out the horrors of his reign. (I guess I'd better learn to build a fire, light a kerosene lamp, etc. etc.)