That will no doubt be one of the memes trotted out to the wingnut victims, also known as the conservative base. Paul Ryan is courageous, he’s taking on the establishment’s most treasured programs and standing fearlessly against pork barrel politicians from both sides! All hail the Deficit Warrior Prince! Here’s some background on Mr Ryan:
New Yorker — In a 2005 speech to a group of Rand devotees called the Atlas Society, Ryan said that Rand was required reading for his office staff and interns. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” he told the group. “The fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.” To me he was careful to point out that he rejects Rand’s atheism.
The only thing new about Paul Ryan is … Paul Ryan. Seriously, Ryan espouses the same shitty ideas about tax cuts trickling down to us lucky duckies working for a living, he packages the same failed policies that got us into the current mess in the same worn out euphemisms about liberty and freedom. He talks small government and turns around and votes for anything his party tells him to no matter how much it puts us in the hole. He wears his faith in Republican Jesus on his sleeve — today in his coming out party Ryan repeated the “rights only come from God, never from government” bullshit — just like every other goddamn fake Bible believing GOP sociopath in the last 40 years.
The so-called budget he put together and received great accolades for was barely beyond a back of the envelope sketch of a deficit busting monster that cut the taxes on the rich and tossed seniors into the jaws of corporations like United Health Care or AIG in place of Medicare. It was nothing more than the same old privatize government, cut services to the middle class and poor, and transfer the savings to the super rich, right down to the laughable assumptions about the growth that would occur in Ryan’s fantasy economy where the Romney’s and Koch’s of the world pay a few percent less in income tax on millions in capital gains than the current “growth-stifling” rate of %15 they already enjoy.
Ryan courageously defends the powerful against the powerless, just like his GOP peers. He downplays climate science on behalf of the energy industry, just like his peers. He wants to gut Medicare and Social Security, just like his peers, he wants to increase defense spending, just like his peers, he wants to slash taxes on the well to do and the super rich, just like his peers, and he’s married to the fantasy that it will all really, really work this time instead of blowing up the deficit and the economy. Ryan believes that, or pretends to, no matter what recent history or common sense says, just like his peers. In short, there’s nothing new about this clown at all, except his face and his hair.
So why the big fuss? I think Rachel Maddow said it best on MSNBC this morning: You pick a VP to help you govern in January, or win in November, or shore up your base in August. The latter is one role Ryan may be qualified to play.