NotSerious Paul Ryan Still NotSerious

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Where’s a laughing Biden when you need one?

Paul Ryan, the very, very serious thinker of the Republican Party, the numbers guy who puts together oh-so-serious budgets designed to throw the Olds and the Poors off their Medicare and Medicaids becauz that’s what serious people do, went on Fox News Sunday to discuss his newest veryserious budget which will be officially unveiled next Tuesday.  Unfortunately he discussed it with Chris Wallace, one of the people at Fox who actually has thinkingskillz.  Here is the exchange:

On Sunday morning, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) stopped by Fox News Sunday to preview his new budget, which will be released in full on Tuesday. As it had the past two years, this year’s version will call for massive cuts to social service programs, including food stamps, job training, Medicaid, and Medicare. Host Chris Wallace challenged Ryan on the viability of his plan, pointing out that he wants to repeal and replace Obamacare, and, “that’s not going to happen.”

Still, Ryan insisted that he and then-running mate Mitt Romney won the election on this issue because they “won the senior vote”:

 

  WALLACE: Are you saying that as part of your budget you would repeal — you assume the repeal of Obamacare?

  RYAN: Yes.

  WALLACE: Well that’s not going to happen.

  RYAN: Well, we believe it should. [...] 

Yes, and since we believe it should happen magical Repeal Fairies will make Obamacare go away between now and when this Budget *goes into effect*.

Hmmm.  I’m just imagining this scenario in a corporate conference room with the controller presenting the budget to the CEO.

CEO:  “Ryan, this budget assumes that revenues will triple when we introduce our new product line of flying pigs.  Are you assuming we can create flying pigs?” 

RYAN: “Yes”

CEO:  “Well that’s not going to happen!”

RYAN:  “Well we believe it should happen.”

How long between the end of that conversation and the issuance of the pink slip to young Ryan?

Ryan also says, after reiterating that wishing Obamacare away can make it so, that the purpose of budgets is to make hard choices.  Um, no Paul.  Budgets sometimes require you to make hard choices but that is not their purpose.  The purpose of a budget is to make the most realistic assessment possible, based on known facts, of what your revenues and expenses for the coming fiscal period will look like.  Pretending that things will happen that are not going to happen and using the budget to further right wing ideology and destroy programs that you don’t support is *not* the purpose of a budget.

You can definitely see why this oh-so-serious thinker had to scramble his way into gummint welfare for a living - he wouldn’t last 10 minutes in the real world.

Posted by marindenver on 03/10/13 at 04:41 PM • Permalink

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Nicely played, @mar, very nicely played.

He’s such a goddamned asshole, I’m seriously wondering how long it’s going to take before someone in the electorate actually goes beserk & takes a swing at someone like Ryan, Cantor, Boehner, Paul, or any of the other doucherockets inhabiting the bagger wing of the crazy party. I’m going to laugh like crazy when it happens because I will have called it. You can’t continue to push this type of philosophy onto people in such a bad economy. There are people living on the edge each & every day who are desperate, someone is going to snap. You heard it here first.

My standard retort to the “reform Medicare” crap is basically “exactly what are you planning on having for health insurance when you retire, and how do you plan to pay for it?”  The standard response is some Hannity/O’Lielly/Limpballs/FauxAsshole statement to the effect of “this has to change, it will destroy the country!”.  Truly it is amazing how they have all internalized the RW debate trick of not actually answering the question. 

I have to wonder though, at some point when they are worrying about their old age, if just a glimmer of fear of no-Medicare doesn’t tingle their already overloaded fear circuits. I’m more than happy to help with the pressing of their buttons.

“Wallace laughed: “There’s no use trying,” he said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said Ryan. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

He wants to bee seen as interested in repealing and replacing Obamacare (maybe relabelling distinct parts of it something else?) but he also wants to keep certain Obamacare savings in place so his math works out less ludicrously. His budget figures are as generous to his self-esteem as his misremembered marathon time. This specimin isn’t especially interesting when viewed under most lenses, except rose-colored.

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“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said Ryan. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Sometimes he thinks about his abs and calls it a day.

There are people living on the edge each & every day who are desperate, someone is going to snap. You heard it here first.

The person who is going to snap is not going to take a swing at Ryan, Cantor, Boehner, Paul, or any of the other doucherockets inhabiting the bagger wing of the crazy party, that person is going to set off a bomb in a government office and kill some innocent, hard-working, low-level public servants.  Those who will resort to violence have had so many lies and provocations fed to them, they have no idea who their real oppressors are.  Of course, the right-wing echo chamber will all point fingers at President Obama and loudly declare their innocence while the recovery teams sift through the rubble.

“Wallace laughed: “There’s no use trying,” he said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

Wallace in Wonderland… well played!

He’s a determined little prick, isn’t he?  Ryan just does not give up. We’re going to need a (David Vitter x infinity) scandal to get rid of this twerp, but given the size of his ego, that may not be that much of a stretch.

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