Romney’s Choice Makes It Clear: This Ain’t Your Grandpa’s GOP

The GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney says that Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan is the guy who is willing to “make the tough decisions”.  Many of us can respect someone who is willing to analyse a situation (in which everyone has at least one opinion) and make a decision that could be unpopular. Quite often it appears that politicians on both sides of the aisle are completely content to kick the can of fiscal discipline and rational decision-making down the road. So, let’s see what tough decisions Ryan has been willing to make during his nearly 13 years in congress.

We’ll skip over his votes in support of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the General Motors bailout. Why? Not because the Tea Party faction of the GOP seems to want to distance themselves from bailouts but because, typical of the GOP, Ryan was for it before he was against it.

OK. He’s allowed to flip flop change his mind. But actual laws with Ryan’s name on them don’t amount to anything more than renaming a post office and lending support to his bowhunting hobby by changing the tax charged for arrows. You can’t make this shit up. Now that is how you earn a government salary for life!

That doesn’t mean Ryan hasn’t made an impact. With 59 votes in support of anything that can be seen as a contributing factor to the “War on Women,” Ryan can legislate morality with the worst best of them. When it comes to women’s reproductive health, Ryan can always be counted on to cast his vote against women. He doesn’t discriminate: those women can be women who need contraceptives. Women who deal with domestic violence. Women who have been raped. You know, equal opportunity and equal outcome legislation.

Ryan’s budget, “The Path to Prosperity,” is, in sum, an economic roadmap. Ryan has stated that we have a moral obligation to prevent a national debt crisis, and it seems $5.3 trillion in spending cuts would pave the way to fiscal health.

But when he talks about the path to prosperity, whose prosperity is he talking about? The proposed 25% reduction in taxes for the top tax bracket should provide an answer. The roadmap is a path for the few at the top at the expense of everyone at the bottom. The funny thing with trying to stand on “moral” ground is that people will eventually check to see if one’s actions match one’s words.

Paul Ryan penned one of the most, if not the most, extreme right-wing budgets ever proposed in Congress. He, and by extension Mitt Romney, wants to dismantle Medicare, privatise Social Security, and cut taxes for millionaires while raising taxes on the middle class. So much for taking care of ‘the least among us‘ as his Catholic faith teaches. Smells more like the ‘up yours’ religion of Ayn Rand.

President Eisenhower said,

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

We’re already dealing with the lasting effects left in the rubble and ruins created by at least one Texas millionaire (Bush). Now Mitt Romney expects us to get comfortable with a “leader” whose attitude is ‘Suck it. I got mine. You figure out how to get yours.’ Paul Ryan received Social Security survivors benefit payments upon the death of his father, which he used to finance his college education. It’s nice that he could put socialism to work for himself before deciding that it should be privatised.

As noted on the site, the Ryan Budget would:

  • Raise taxes on 18 million hardworking low-income families while cutting taxes for millionaires and big corporations.
  • Push the families of 2 million children into poverty.
  • Kick 8 million people off food stamps and 30 million off health care.

Nuns on the Bus (CCO Image)

You know…tax increases for those who cannot afford it and tax decreases for those who can. And it doesn’t matter if his plan would result in an additional $2- 3 trillion piled on to the very same deficit we have a “moral obligation” to decrease.

Dude, how effed up do you have to be to get a bunch of nuns and nearly 60 other prominent religious leaders and theologians pissed off at you?

The message is clear:  The poor and middle class do not matter to the GOP.

Father Thomas Kelly asked a simple question — and we have yet to receive an answer, satisfactory or not:

The answer to Father Kelly’s question is simple. If we’re not a corporation or part of the 1%, they don’t care about us.

Slash and burn proposals for Social Security and destruction of the real job creator, the middle class, makes it clear that Eisenhower is gone — and this ain’t your grandpa’s GOP.


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