Not being scared of Paul Ryan

August 15, 2012. Krauthammer To Romney: Unleash Paul Ryan.

September 21, 2012. Scott Walker: Unleash Paul Ryan.

March 12, 2013. American Enterprise Institute: Unleash Paul Ryan!

A free Paul Ryan is preferred to the one we know. The familiar Ryan has played this game too long:

He cuts deep into spending on health care for the poor and some combination of education, infrastructure, research, public-safety, and low-income programs. The Affordable Care Act’s Medicare cuts remain, but the military is spared, as is Social Security. There’s a vague individual tax reform plan that leaves only two tax brackets — 10 percent and 25 percent — and will require either huge, deficit-busting tax cuts or increasing taxes on poor and middle-class households, as well as a vague corporate tax reform plan that lowers the rate from 35 percent to 25 percent.

Ryan is an ideologue and a clown, and even apolitical Americans have figured it out. He proposes massive tax cuts for corporations and the rich, then couples those with throwing millions of people out of Obamacare and Medicaid. He leaves military spending intact, but of course he slashes Medicare. In other words: The programs and adjustments Americans favor, he decimates. The villains, he hands your tax dollars.

It’s a fantastical right-wing dream. Nothing but an effort to turn the government inside out and hang it on a philosophical hook. It’s a wizard’s spell cast upon the commons, courtesy the political Dungeons And Dragons crowd. Speaking of which, the American Enterprise Institute:

1. If the GOP’s Medicare reform plan is such a good idea (and budget deficits are such a problem), it should be implemented before 2024. Ryan knows this, surely.

2. There’s no Social Security reform plan.

3. The plan repeals Obamacare, which is highly unlikely. Better to have shown how the ACA can be fixed.

4. The plan lowers the top tax rate to 25%, which, like an Obamacare repeal, ain’t going to happen . .

Even his best friends know he’s full of shit. This would be a good time to remind ourselves what the real Paul Ryan is like.

He’s been in Congress for nearly 13 years, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has only seen two of his bills pass into law during that time.

Ryan, who Mitt Romney has tapped as his running mate, passed a bill into law in July 2000 that renames a post office in his district. Thanks to Ryan, the post office on 1818 Milton Ave. in Janesville, Wis., is now known as “Les Aspin Post Office Building.”

The other time Ryan saw one of his bills become law was in December 2008, with legislation to change the way arrows (as in bows and arrows) are hit with an excise tax.

He’s managed to rename a post office. And lowered the tax on arrows. So should he remake the government we’ve had in place since World War II, resulting in the upheaval of millions of lives? I don’t think so.

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