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Chart: Ruh-roh! Red state socialism alert!



There it is, in black and white, red and blue. Takers and makers, moochers and givers, socialists and ...

Wait. Just. A minute.

Oh my GOD! Look at that chart! What's become of this country of ours?!  The Red State Socialists are winning! The Takers are Taking! Taking OVER, that is! Hide the kids! Everybody panic!


Or, just get a grip and realize that the government is there to represent us (aka elections), protect us, keep us safe, help us, and even provide opportunity. It's about time those on takers the right accept reality, take a hard look at facts, breathe deeply, and reset.


"Paul Ryan Shrugged"


Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Reader Eric K. Johnson sent a proposal to BuzzFlash at Truthout for the Paul Ryan sequel to Ayn Rand's famous book, "Atlas Shrugged."  The book encapsulates Rand's theory of "objectivist" indifference to the "parasites" of the earth, those who get in the way of the "rational selfishness" of the masters of the universe.  This is a philosophy avidly embraced by Ryan over the years.

BuzzFlash at Truthout took the liberty of reducing the short book outline to a few Paul Ryan tenets. (Although we took the liberty of putting his philosophy from pen to paper, Ryan had no role in it.):

Grandma couldn't afford medical care to treat her colon cancer and passed away – and Paul Ryan Shrugged

Poor children had nothing to eat for lunch at school. Blaming the teachers, Paul Ryan shrugged. [...]

Women were forced to carry babies to term, even if raped – Paul Ryan shrugged.

Gays were beat up by gangs of skinheads – Paul Ryan shrugged.

Taxes on what was left of the middle class were doubled to provide increased tax breaks for the top ten percent who owned the majority of American assets – Paul Ryan shrugged. [...]

America's roads and infrastructure fell apart leaving all but the rich living in a dystopian society that was a step back toward the stone age – Paul Ryan shrugged. [...]

Paul Ryan accepted Social Security survivor payments to cover his college costs and then became dependent on tax payer dollars for a salary of more that $170,000 a year, a lavish pension covered primarily by hard working Americans, and top of the line healthcare. His extended family's company got fat on government contracts – Paul Ryan shrugged. [...]

And then Paul Ryan brown-nosed his way into becoming a vice presidential candidate with an empty suit who was all smiles because he was too dimwitted to be concerned about anything but amassing a pirate's bounty – and the two of them didn't shrug: they looked forward to creating an international members only club of avaricious greed. ......

Please read the rest here.

More on Paul Ryan's "love affair" with Ayn Rand and his recent change-of-heart  squirmitude here.


VIDEO: "If Coupon Paul's Medicare plan so darned good for folks under 55, why is it not good enough for everyone now!"


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I caught this on MSNBC this morning, but our one of our favorite readers, HarborGuy, managed to jot it down and email it to us. Above are the two clips.

A couple of wonderful points about Coupon Paul's Medicare plan:

1. IF it's so darned good for folks under 55, why is it not good enough for everyone now! (E.J. Dionne)

2. That it is costing family members money now, to help out seniors on Medicare as it stands. As we move into the future and if Little Eddie's plan were to be put in place, not only would it cost seniors that up to 6 grand but it would probably fall
to family to supplement that, putting their OWN retirement/savings plans at risk! (Lizz Winstead)

I hope that Campaign Obama starts asking those questions.

Here's the entire segment. And it was great to see Ari Melber take the reins. He's one of MSNBC's best:

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VIDEO: Team Obama presents Medicare FACTS. "Not one of the claims on Romney's whiteboard is actually true."


A one-two punch. One:


Get the facts: http://OFA.BO/WBvfr2


"Now Mitt Romney is attacking the President on Medicare?"

"The non-partisan AARP says Obamacare 'cracks down on Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse' and 'strengthens guaranteed benefits'."

"And the Ryan plan?"

"AARP says it would undermine ... Medicare and could lead to higher costs for seniors...."

"And experts say Ryan's voucher plan could raise future retirees' costs more than six thousand dollars."

"Get the facts."

Go to: http://OFA.BO/WBvfr2


exposes the "flat out" lies and hypocrisy:

Stephanie Cutter breaks down how the Romney-Ryan plan will end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher system and making seniors pay up to $6,400 more. She also shares how President Obama is already strengthening Medicare and helping seniors save money.

"Here's our own digital whiteboard..." Oh snap, a sly slam at Team Romney's fossily, moth-eaten ways.


PhotOH! Mitt’s Medicare whiteboard — corrected




VIDEO: Mitt Romney awkwardly uses white board to explain Medicare


I can't TELL you how relieved I am that Professor Willard went to South Carolina and explained how he'll save Medicare and what a fool I've been to believe our evil Kenyan Marxist socialist president and his evil Kenyan Marxist socialist plan to keep Willard and his sidekick Paul from killing Medicare.

Except he forgot the part where President Obama "hasn't taken a single red cent out of Medicare benefits, and the second is that the Ryan plan has the exact same $700 billion in cuts."

And this:

UPDATE, via Think Progress:


VIDEO: Paul Ryan's mom is "on something that he wants to destroy": Medicare. His budget would destroy the middle class.


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Alex and Ari nail it in this short clip from The Last Word.

Michael Hiltzik does it again. His L.A. Times column explains how Paul "Eddie Haskell" Ryan's budget plan would destroy the middle class. Emphasis on middle class, because many are concentrating on the impact it would have on the poor only.

Wait... "Eddie who?" you ask:

Edward Clark "Eddie" Haskell (also referred to as Edward W. Haskell) is a fictional character on the Leave It to Beaver television situation comedy [...]

Typically, Eddie would greet his friends' parents with overdone good manners and often a compliment such as, "That's a lovely dress you're wearing, Mrs. Cleaver." However, when no parents were around, Eddie was always up to no good — either conniving with his friends, or picking on Wally's younger brother Beaver. Eddie's two-faced style was also typified by his efforts to curry favor by trying to talk to adults at the level he thought they would respect...


It would deliver a handsome tax cut to the richest Americans while eviscerating the programs and services the rest of the country depends on. These include healthcare services, banking and clean water regulations, road repair and education assistance. Yet all the discussion has overlooked the real damage the Ryan budget would do to an important segment of the American public. We're not talking about the very poor and the near poor. Their lives would be made immeasurably worse, to be sure, by a budget that would shrink Medicaid and force cutbacks in food stamp, educational and law enforcement services, among so many other things. Ryan at least pays lip service to maintaining the national safety net, ineffective as his proposals to do so may be.

But the middle class would be destroyed. [...]

[T]he most popular breaks save billions for the middle class... Only about 1.4% of the total is claimed by taxpayers earning $1 million or more. ... [Ryan's plan] results in net tax cuts for the wealthy and increases for everyone else. (This is what Ryan means by "broadening the tax base" — it means he's coming for you.) [...]

Perhaps it's that American politicians have become so notorious for dodging tough questions that in a hick town like Washington anyone who produces a plan, no matter how nebulous and flawed, will be hailed as an intellectual giant. ("At least it's something," goes the refrain.)

Now that Ryan's in a national race, his budget will get nationwide scrutiny. It's about time. [...]

What's frightening about the rise of Ryanesque policymaking isn't merely that in today's Washington, the man with the plan is supposed to have credibility even if the plan is incoherent and destructive. It's that Ryan has credibility because he's amiable and earnest.

Paul "Eddie Haskell" Ryan: He's "amiable and earnest." He's also dangerous.

Michael Hiltzik's entire column is mandatory reading if you want to fully understand the impact the Ryan plan would have on most of us. Click here.

“Perhaps it is the supreme irony that Paul Ryan is the ultimate leech & parasite…”