Paul Ryan – Right Wing Hothouse Flower

Andrew Sullivan is on vacation so the Dishterns are doing the writing.  It’s been way less wankerific, witness today’s post:

One can call it courage or arrested development. But he is, in some ways, a pellucidly bright plant bred in the conservative movement’s hydroponic greenhouse. Barely exposed to natural light, these young fertile saplings are fed with a constant drip of Koch money, sprayed with anti-liberal pesticides and brought eventually into the political marketplace with joyful children, a lovely wife and a set of abs Aaron Schock would die for (and probably has). He has no life or experience outside the greenhouse – which is why he glows with its certainties. Most important, he has that quintessential characteristic of the modern conservative – total denial of the recent past. Ryan was instrumental and supportive of the most fiscally reckless administration in modern times. He gave us a massive new unfunded entitlement, two off-budget wars and was key to ensuring that the Bowles-Simpson plan was dead-on-arrival. This alleged fire-fighter – whose credentials are perceived as impeccable in Washington – just quit being an arsonist.

Shorter version:  he’s a self-serving tool who helped create the mess, pretends it didn’t happen and proposes we do the same thing again.

On the Republican side, we now have a debt-reduction plan that actually cuts tax rates for the very rich along with everyone else, vastly increases defense spending, and “balances” the entire thing on gutting care for the old, the poor and the sick (the Medicaid proposal is truly Darwinian) and ending loopholes (which Ryan refuses to specify). I’m all for ending loopholes but even then, we wouldn’t get a balanced budget for three decades because of all the defense spending and tax cutting.

This isn’t conservatism. It’s rightist theology. In a fiscal emergency, the Republicans are proposing not clear remedies but ideological fantasies that were already disproven in 1990. They have learned nothing. And the immense damage they inflicted on this country’s fiscal health in the last decade would be nothing compared to what would come under a Ryan-Romney administration.

Because it compounds the errors that came before it.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on August 20, 2012 - 12:53 pm

    President Obama’s only hope is to expose the Republicans as the Party of Really Bad Ideas – i.e. worse than his administration.

    If the 2012 election becomes a referendum on Obama’s first term, he’ll lose.

    Jon Walker on FDL:

    According to Gallup 56 percent of voters in swing states say they are not better off than they were when Obama took office, while only 40 percent think they are.

    … This is why despite Romney’s clear weakness as a candidate and the GOP’s brand problems, Obama still has a possibility of losing. To many it appears he failed the most basic test of a leader, making things better.

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