04.30.12

Republican Jesus — the short biography

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 7:46 am by George Smith

A biographical sketch of Paul Ryan’s political career at New York magazine attributes the difficulty in dismissing him and his horrid ideas: He’s good-looking and passes off as hand-ringingly sincere.

Our Jimmy Stewart gone to Washington couldn’t possibly mean to hurt the poor and sick!

It’s a decent read. I’ve excerpted the central poison of his world view, upon which the above song was built:

Ryan is specific about two policies: massive cuts to income-tax rates, and very large cuts to government programs that aid the poor and medically vulnerable. You could call all this a “deficit-reduction plan,” but it would be more accurate to call it “a plan to cut tax rates and spending on the poor and sick.” Aside from a handful of exasperated commentators, like Paul Krugman, nobody does.


[Ryan’s Ayn Rand] centered libertarian philosophy around a defense of capitalism in general and, in particular, a conception of politics as a class war pitting virtuous producers against parasites who illegitimately use the power of the state to seize their wealth.


“It is not enough to say that President Obama’s taxes are too big or the health-care plan doesn’t work for this or that policy reason,” Ryan said in 2009. “It is the morality of what is occurring right now, and how it offends the morality of individuals working toward their own free will to produce, to achieve, to succeed, that is under attack, and it is that what I think Ayn Rand would be commenting on.” Ryan’s philosophical opposition to a government that forces the “makers” to subsidize the “takers”— plying the poor with such inducements as food stamps and health insurance for their children has sapped their desire to achieve, a problem Ryan proposes to solve by targeting them for the lion’s share of deficit reduction.

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