Saturday, March 24, 2012

Why Paul Ryan et al need the poor

THE CURRENT crop of Republican pols must count their blessings every minute of the day that there are poor people in America. Where else would they turn with what they describe as "bold and gutsy" proposed budget cuts?

There's no better evidence of the GOP's class warfare on the poor than Paul Ryan's budget that was quickly endorsed by McMitt Romney. It hones in on cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, education - these and other Federal programs that try to sustain a semblance of survival for the folks at the lower end of the economic ladder. But as the late Ohio Gov. Jim Rhodes was heard to say when he faced complaints about the state's shoddy underfunded mental health system - "Those people don't vote anyway."

But wait. People making more than $1 million would get a tax cut of $265,000 with an after-tax income rise of 12.5 pct. Need I add that people down the ladder would not enjoy relative benefits. Half of the those earning between $20,000 to $30,000, according to a report in Forbes, "would get no tax cut at all."

Corporate tax rates would be reduced to 25 pct. from 35 pct. But as Romney has told us, "Corporations are people". Unfortunately, the Republican tax proposals do not regard a lot of people as corporations.

While we're on the subject of Romneyana, when I hear his daily campaign gaffes, I always wish that I knew the first person who said:
"If you don't know anything, it's hard to learn anything else."
I know. You could say the same about the others in the crowd. But he may be headed for the nomination. Fair warning.


PaulRyanFan84 said...

Where are the Democrats' proposals to address our country's unsustainable national debt? Oh that is right......they have no proposals. Democrats would much rather demagogue Republicans as wanting to kill grandma and let poor people starve to death. Getting re-elected is more important to them than showing leadership on our country's most pressing issues.

Paul Ryan is the only adult in the room.

Grumpy Abe said...

Thank you for proving my point!

PJJinOregon said...

Paul Ryan epitomizes GOP negotiating strategy. Ask for everything you can think of. When that fails, ask for more. That's leadership?

The GOP is a one trick pony - cut taxes, then cut taxes more. When do we hear fresh ideas from these dynamic leaders?

David Hess said...

Republican legislatures and governors the country over are making sure, as Rhodes crowed, that lower income people don't vote by enacting voter-ID requirements that clearly are meant to suppress turnout by the elderly poor, blacks, Latinos, and students -- in short, those more likely not to have the documentation needed to satisfy the narrower definition of eligibility set forth in the new laws. Those cohorts also, quite coincidentally, are more apt to vote for Democrats. So, the Ryan-Romney axis in the GOP is serving a double whammy on lower income citizens: the first by laying the whip to the social safety net, the second by denying the victims their right to the ballot.

Mencken said...

Paul Ryan has said that the one person who inspired him to become a "public servant" was Ayn Rand.

Rand talked a pretty good small guv game until she needed government health care and entered the system under the name Ann Conner, to grab Medicare and Social Security benefits.

She also called the poor "parasites and looters" but fed at the public trough when her health situation forced her too. Rand was a heavy smoker and died of lung cancer and heart failure.

Cheney's $900,000 gun funded heart transplant the other day is yet another example of hypocrisy.

Egregious, if you were in a room with Paul Ryan, he'd still be the only adult in the room.

JLM said...

I didn't start out on the side of the political spectrum where I now reside. I'm there because I took a non-objective viewpoint and watched what happened. What I saw was that everytime the GOP was in control the national debt increased dramatically, sometimes tripling. They cut taxes, corporate and for the wealthy, and spent like a twenty year old with a new credit card. To quote Jimmy Hatlo, "They'll Do It Evertime". Then, when the voters get fed up and put a Dem in charge, The GOPers, like our friend, Egregious, start screaming about "unsustainable national debt", that they created. What's that quote describing insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome? What happened to "Jobs, jobs, jobs!", Egreqious? Now it's abortion, birth control, union busting, religion in government, cutting taxes for the rich, etc. ad nauseum. As soon as a Democratic administration grows a surplus along comes the GOP to piss it all away and then point fingers.