Ronald Reagan and the New Paul Ryan Budget

Posted: April 1, 2014 in New Post

Today, Rep. Paul Ryan released his latest incarnation of “The Agony and the Ecstasy”, or as he called it, the GOP 2015 budget. The ecstasy is a windfall for the very rich that is paid for by the agony of the needy. Ryan’s newest manifesto is not as noteworthy and innovative as it is cruel for its relentless assault on the poor. One has to wonder what limits republicans put on cruelty. As Ted Kennedy angrily asked on the senate floor in 2007, “When does the greed stop!”. I fear the answer is “never!”. However this latest expansion of Ayn Rand’s universe selfishverse is best explained in the words of the Patron Saint of the Right, Ronald Reagan.

“There you go again!” 

Yes, those immortal words from Ronald Reagan, first spoken during a presidential debate in 1980, were never truer than when applied to the Ryan budget. Again, he eviscerates the poor with cuts to food stamp, school lunches and Medicaid. He savages the elderly with another attempt to turn Medicare into a worthless coupon program. He pulls the plug on the sick, repealing the Affordable Care Act and rolling back its Medicaid expansion. In the process, he rewards the wealthy by reducing their taxes and pretending to balance the budget as a rationalization for greed.

“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”

No truer words were ever spoken, if your idea of government is a clearinghouse for Wall Street profit. If Paul Ryan wants to use a thinly veiled slight of hand to portray his budget as government, then it truly is a problem. Far from being an expression of a society’s compassion, Ryan’s version of government epitomizes the philosophy of his goddess of greed, Ayn Rand. It transforms it into an instrument for the wealthy to receive all the benefits from the labor of others the others Mr. Ryan envisions as “takers”.

“…we will become that shining city on a hill”

Well, maybe a fortress. If Paul Ryan has his way, defense spending will increase by $483 billion in order to be “consistent with America’s military goals and strategies,. In “neocon” that means “to be able to start as many wars as possible to enrich defense contractors”.  In the meantime, our poor, our schools, and our infrastructure crumble from neglect. So to follow St. Reagan’s metaphor, all the wealthy can move into a fortress on the hill where all their money will be protected. The rest of us can sleep outside, hoping to be thrown a scrap over the wall. Oh, and send in your children, we need them in uniform as soon as they can carry a weapon.

So thanks to none other than Ronald Reagan we have the words to describe Paul Ryan’s budget. It is selfish, it is greedy, and it is cruel. You don’t have to look too deeply into the Ryan budget to see through the subterfuge. It is the latest attempt by the GOP to undo the progress we have made as a nation since the days of Franklin Roosevelt. There is nothing new here, just the same old attacks on those that are most unable to defend themselves. If you don’t believe me, read his proposal. Ryan doesn’t want you to because as St. Reagan once said, “Facts are stupid things”.



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