Published on October 15th, 2013 | by James Schlarmann1
Yeah, So Paul Ryan? He’s Not Really That Smart After All
If you went strictly by the accounts of Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, you’d get the sense that the failed Vice-Presidential candidate and winner three-years running of the Congressman With the Coldest, Deadest Eyes award penned a great missive to his party, begging them to grow-up, mature, and continue their fight over the budget of the country in other ways that don’t involve shutting down the government to try and stop Obamacare. He was hailed as the smart on the party, looking to the horizon. Conservatives were giddy to praise the little sociopath’s piece, and others in the media did their part to sell it as some new opening for the GOP to regain its sanity.
Yeah, so it turns out all of that was epic bullshit.
ThinkProgress has reported that one of the key voices in the House pushing for Republicans to block the Senate’s proposal to fund the government and raise the debt limit was that of Paul Ryan himself. To add further fuel to the WTF-fire, his main reason for objecting to the deal written by fellow Republican, Senator Susan Collins? Obamacare. So mere days after he was writing his vaunted op-ed extolling the virtues of having a level head about the health care reform law that has all but consumed the Republicans in their effort to repeal it. This is what is wrong with the GOP, and exactly why they can’t figure out why they lose time and again in recent years. They say one thing that sounds almost reasonable, and then days later out comes the hardline rhetoric.
Ryan has now shown himself as having the same debilitating disease that nearly all his elephantine cohorts do — Obamacare Derangement Syndrome. They won’t even call it a law — although it has been now for over three years, and having leaped over the Supreme Court hurdle earlier this summer. But beyond that, Ryan even campaigned with Mitt Irrelevant last year specifically on the platform to repeal Obamacare — and he lost embarrassingly to the guy who said he was not going to repeal his own signature law.
Can anyone now deny that Ryan is every bit as much the cynical, Ayn Rand worshiping, tea-swilling fiscal sociopath we saw him to be in last year’s elections? Paul is so terrible at convincing people his policies make sense that he couldn’t get a single, solitary swing-state that he spend gobs of time in last year to flip for he and Romney. The Romney campaign had to try and distance themselves from the very same draconian budget that the GOP is now trotting out as their opening bargaining position.
As if being part of the very same band of legislative saboteurs that are holding our government — and the world economy — hostage isn’t bad enough, Ryan also has a social-policy oriented goal in delaying Obamacare — fighting against birth control. According to ThinkProgress, Ryan’s also doggedly pursuing a way to make it so that under the ACA employers can simply opt-out of paying for coverage that gives women free or very affordable birth control on moral or religious grounds.
Separation of church and state? What’s that?
The truth is that Paul Ryan, and anyone who actually buys into the austerity methodology of governance, just isn’t living in a reality-based world. For more than thirty years we have been living under the yolk of Reaganomics. Even the last so-called “progressive” president repealed one of the most important financial regulations in our history, and up to now he’s been the most successful at wrenching us out of the Trickle-Down nightmare. Paul Ryan was among those who voted to shut down the government rather than give comfort to 800,000 furloughed workers. Paul Ryan voted to shut the government down in a tantrum over his religious objections to an established and adjudicated law. It’s Paul Ryan that is every bit the fiscal sociopath that someone pushing a budget like his would have to be.
Lastly, while we’re talking about the famous Paul Ryan Budget, does anyone remember how many times Ryan was able to explain the math of his budget during the election? None. Not at any point was Ryan able to explain how his budget would actually work, unless you believe his assertion that Obamacare adds to the deficit. It doesn’t actually. The Congressional Budget Office has said on many, many occasions that repealing Obamacare would add to the deficit, not the other way around. So now you have to wonder if Ryan is stupid, a liar, or worse — the perfect storm — A Lying Fucking Idiot.
Seriously — how can we call Paul Ryan smart at this point? If the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and hoping for different results, then that makes Ryan and every other Republican the stupidest human beings on the planet for their 4o-plus attempts to repeal Obamacare. What’s that you say? The axiom goes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result?”
Fine. They’re all fucking insane. Feel better?