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  • hoozdik_hertz_557 hoozdik_hertz_557 Jun 23, 2013 8:35 PM Flag

    Paul Ryan is Also a Jerk


    Hey, Paul Ryan -- We All Depend on Government - Even You (and Your Mom)!

    by Peter Dreier

    Rep. Paul Ryan is back to his old tricks, demonizing people who rely on government to improve their lives. This week, his target was food stamp recipients.

    He's already come out in favor of $20 billion in cuts that will throw an estimated two million children, elderly, and disabled Americans off food stamps. But now Ryan -- the millionaire Wisconsin Congressman who was Mitt Romney's VP running mate last year -- is pushing an amendment to eliminate food stamps for people who have $2,000 in savings, or a car worth more than $5,000.

    Drew Friedman illustration of Paul Ryan and Ayn RandThe CBO found that this would throw 1.8 million people off of the program. The Hill reported, “Most of these would be low-income seniors and working families with children. These families typically live paycheck to paycheck. Denying them the ability to save for emergencies, such as fixing a car, or unexpected expenses, such as buying a uniform for a new job, only makes them more dependent on government resources, not less.”

    Ryan and his family have a long history of relying on government.

    In 1884 Ryan’s great-grandfather started a family construction firm, which is still run today by family members. For many years the company had government contracts to help build the federally-funded Interstate Highway System. Ryan attended Joseph A Craig High School, a public high school. He went to Miami University in Ohio – a public university. At least some of his tuition was paid with Social Security survivor benefits.

    Last summer, in his speech to the GOP convention in Tampa, Ryan told a story about how, after his father's death, his mother "got on a bus every weekday for years, and rode 40 miles each morning to Madison." He explain: “She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business.It wasn't just a new livelihood. It was a new life. And it transformed my Mom from a widow in grief to a small businesswoman whose happiness wasn't just in the past. Her work gave her hope. It made our family proud. And to this day, my Mom is my role model.”

    Ryan meant this as a celebration of his mother's lift-herself-by-her-own-bootstraps spirit.

    But shouldn't someone remind Ryan that the bus was a public service, that the road was built and maintained by government, and that the University of Wisconsin in Madison is a public institution?

    This is the Paul Ryan whose budget plan would have slashed funding for public education, roads, and public services that are the investments we need to lift people out of poverty and strengthen our economy. Now he's taking aim at the most vulnerable people in society -- food stamp recipients.

    Ryan worships at the altar of novelist Ayn Rand, the philosopher of you're-on-your-own selfishness, whose books were required reading for his Congressional staffers.

    And let's not forget the underlying philosophy of the Republican Party, well articulated by Mitt Romney last year. Speaking to a group of like-minded conservatives, Romney dissed the 47 percent of Americans who, he claimed, "are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."

    Every American relies on government in a variety of ways. Raise your hand if you:

    went to a public college or university
    work for government (i.e., cops, teachers, firefighters, military, social workers, librarians, school janitors, judges, court reporters, bus drivers, etc)
    borrow books from a public library
    work for or own stock in a defense contractor
    get your electricity or water from a government-owned utility
    went to, or send your kids to, public school
    ride on government-run buses, subways or light-rail
    take prescription medicine whose safety and effectiveness are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration
    use or work for the post office
    went to college on the GI Bill, Pell Grant, state financial aid program
    are retired and get Social Security payments
    ever used food stamps
    lived in public housing or had a Section 8 voucher
    used a wheelchair ramp mandated by the Americans for Disability Act
    get your health care from the Veterans Administration hospital
    go boating or fishing in a government-run lake
    have a job whose workplace is safer because of OSHA rules
    work for a company or nonprofit organization that has a contract with the local, county, state or federal government
    have a family member who depends on a government-subsidized home health care aide
    pay for your medicine and medical care with Medicaid
    got a tax subsidy for your mortgage interest and/or property taxes
    recycle your garbage through your city's sanitation department
    took a vacation in a national or state park
    own a family- or corporate-owned farm that is irrigated by a government-owned dam
    played baseball or soccer or used the see-saw or swings in a public park or playground
    got your polio and other vaccination shots at your public school
    traveled with a government-issued passport
    used an elevator inspected for safety by the local building department
    eat food inspected for safety by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
    went to a restaurant inspected by the local Health Department
    were helped by a police officer, park ranger or firefighter
    have a savings account in a bank regulated by the Federal Deposit insurance Corporation
    flew on an airplane inspected by the Federal Aviation Administration

    Congressman Ryan -- Welcome to the real world of most Americans, where "big government!" is a reality, not a swear word.

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    • sdmiller4747 Jun 23, 2013 9:00 PM Flag

      "America's Salvation Is Through The Tea Party!" Just remember that when Obamacare KICKS IN and 15,000 new IRS agents start knocking heads around. The rest of the world is laughing at America and the American People for being so gullible and naive.

    • Rep Paul Ryan is head and shoulders over virtually everyone in congress....all democraps for sure, and most Republicans on what has to be done to get the Fed. govts financial house back on track, and balanced. That is a fact. And Paul Ryan then natuarlly becomes a huge thorn in the side of you leftists that want to run massive deficits, and take the country under.

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