VIDEO: The "breathaking dishonesty" of Paul Ryan and his "LaLaLand fantasy budget"


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I would like to thank the Nation's Katrina vandenHeuvel for making the following excellent point and doing so in about a minute:

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Paul Ryan is no apostle of fiscal rectitude.

With all due respect to Ezra, you're hearing Paul Ryan, who is cruel and clueless, and this is LaLaLand fantasy budget proposal, being treated seriously by someone like Ezra Klein, who is treated seriously inside the Beltway. For too long... inside the Beltway has had a a fixation, an obsession, with the deficit. We now see the deficits dwindling...

The danger is that Paul Ryan, bringing this out, is gonna shift the playing field so it moves even further to the right.

Ezra Klein then says Ryan deserves to be taken seriously because he's the House Budget Chairman. Well, newsflash, Ezra, per my November 2012 post "Global warming skeptic set to chair House Science Committee"(the following was true as of then):

Marco Rubio is unsure how old the Earth is. He is a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee.

Michele “Man-Made Climate Change is ‘Manufactured Science” Bachmann sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The soon-to-be forgotten moron on climate change, Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, sits on the Science Committee, as does Paul Evolution, Embryology and Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell, Climate Change is a Hoax” Broun.

And via Amanda Terkel at HuffPo:

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), a skeptic of man-made global warming, is set to take over the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the 113th Congress.

Should we take those people seriously too?

Here is the entire segment, all of it worth watching:

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Yes, Paul Ryan is proposing that Congress make the very same cuts to Medicare that he previously ranted and raved about during the 2012 elections. No hypocrite, he!

Ezra Klein:

Keep two numbers in mind... 59 and zero. 59% of Paul Ryan's cuts, 59%, so almost 6 out of 10 dollars that he cuts... come from health care mostly for the poor [Medicaid, Obamacare, some Medicare cuts affecting the working class and the poor].

The "zero" is taxes. He doesn't raise a dollar in taxes.

The experts I've spoken to don't think that is mathematically possible.

Joy Ann Reid:

He doesn't mind spending federal money, as long as it's on the rich.

Ari Melber:

Just 'cause it has numbers in it doesn't make it a budget. Right? My lottery ticket is not a budget just 'cause it's a bunch of numbers on the page.

He's not a deficit hawk, he's a health care hawk.

This was a terrific segment. Please watch it all the way through.

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NOTE: Apologies for the mistake on Katrina vandenHeuvel's name, which I clearly do know. I'm, literally half asleep and let my fingers do the walking for me. It's been corrected.

  • David G

    Gotta love this Katrina.  She's stronger in her facts than the Hurricane named after her.  DG

  • Ryan believes that equal opportunity should be available only to those capable of P-90x.  If you are too young, too sick or too old to manage the grueling routine or too poor to afford it, well then....let nature take its course.  Who are we, US govt, to intervene?

    Social Darwinism is his religion and he should be called on it, over and over again.  He could care less about deficits or debt. Poverty hawk, health care hawk.....just plain cruelty as I see it.

  • She was right-ON! Call out those like Ezra Klein and the other Beltway pudnuts who discuss Paul Ryan's budget without laughing and ridicule, even thought they know it's a joke.