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Paul Ryan ducks protesters at Wisconsin fundraiser

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When Rep. Paul Ryan arrived at a fundraiser for 21st Congressional District candidate Elise M. Stefanik the other day, he was met by protesters. Maybe that's because his Kill Medicare budget was another ill-considered attempt at forcing austerity on the rest of us. Austerity has not worked. See: Fail, GOP.

Budget cuts have made a speedy economic recovery impossible. In fact, budget cuts have created a nation of poorer poor, hungrier hungry, and sicker sick. And don't get me started on what's happened to our public schools, something I know about first hand after working in them for well over a decade.

So here's what happened when Paul Ryan got to the campaign event, according to the Waterstown Daily Times:

Protesters marching on Washington Street and asking motorists to honk their horns claim the budget proposal cuts too many public benefits, including Medicare and Social Security.

Stefanik was was his director of debate prep during the 2012 elections. Maybe she should have taught Paul Ryan how to debate with himself about attending a fundraiser for his former coach. And how to face protesters who deserve to be acknowledged. Instead, the coward did decide to show up, where, per the Waterstown Daily Times video, this happened:

paul ryan ducks press at Wisconsin fundraiser

There you go, GOP, he's all yours, the guy who ducks the press and voters who disagree with him. A born leader.

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Calling Robin Hood -- Nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham Has Just Returned

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As a boy growing up outside Boston, I had a wild imagination and a lot of heroes. There was cowboy favorite Roy Rogers, future space adventurer, Buck Rogers, but most fun was the legendary outlaw, archer Robin Hood. He and his men (plus Maid Marion) were a band of outlaws who found ways to disrupt the mad rantings and oppressive actions of the evil and despotic Sheriff of Notttingham. Let's face it. Without a really awful foe, there's just not a great hero or heroes. And the meanest of the mean was the Sheriff raiding Sherwood Forest.

Paul RyanPAUL RYAN AKA SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM

With the good king Richard away fighting religious wars on behalf of  his people, the royal brother and evil, calculating Prince John took the reins of England and trampled justice wherever he found it. His pleasure was in sticking it to the masses and stripping them of all of their earthly possessions. And his did it with his man, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The results were catastrophic for all but the rich. That select few thrived while the Sheriff demonstrated villainy at the highest level. This guy stopped at nothing as he represented the top 1% of the richest royals out there.

So much for folklore. Whether there really was a Robin Hood or a Sheriff of Nottingham is debatable. The same could be said for Superman, Mighty Mouse, even Underdog.

Mighty Mouse vs Underdog

To get a taste of what's going on in real life, we have to look at the real Sheriff of Nottingham who comes to us straight out of the the Sherwood forest of Wisconsin . The kings of the rich, the Koch Brothers, have deigned him with the powers of the purse-strings. The Sheriff is merely a puppet and he's doing their bidding. With the new Ryan budget, the GOP kings have unleashed the Sheriff on the US masses.

To provide more riches and power for the super rich, they want to destroy every and all of the people's programs of survival. They wish to cut Medicare, education funding and loans, Social Security, women's rights, Food assistance, and Health Care. In return the rich get tax relief and the poor get worse living conditions. It must sound fair if you're a royal, but most of us aren't.

There is a Robin Hood who is trying to once again split an arrow down the middle to show up the mad and unconscionable Sheriff Paul Ryan. He's Bernie Sanders. And if you want to see his proclamation of war against the evil doers and their merry band of morons, check this out:

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VIDEO: DCCC ad campaign slams GOP supporters of Paul Ryan budget. Happy April Republicans' Day!

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“Help the rich get richer. Soak the middle class and seniors."

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching online ads that slam 17 GOP lawmakers for supporting and voting for Paul Ryan’s insane budget. How insane? Via the wonderful Heather at C and L:

Rep. Alan Grayson: Paul Ryan wants sick poor people to die. This is why Grayson was elected... again. He sticks up for the 99% and has no qualms about being blunt about it.

Via The Hill:

Republicans say this budget is the best way to communicate their ‘governing philosophy,’ so we’re telling the people what that means: more for millionaires and corporate special interests, less for the middle class and seniors,” DCCC spokesperson Emily Bittner said in a statement. “That might be the Republican Congress’ governing philosophy – but it certainly isn’t the right philosophy for America’s middle class.

Catering to their wealthy corporate buddies and trying to kill Medicare are what sank the GOP previously, so of course, they're repeating the effort, and then some. All those claims of an Extreme Makeover (extremist makeover?) and showing how much they "care" about us are just words on paper that they have been ordered to read. They say 'em but they sure don't believe 'em. They need votes.

Maybe it was all one big April Fools joke, like the party itself.

How’s that reachy-outy thing workin’ for ya, GOP?

extreme makeover my assKudos to the DCCC for drawing attention to the 2014 elections rather than speculating about a Hillary Clinton presidential run. Happy April Republicans' Day!

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Shorter GOP: "We're not gonna help the poor, ever."

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Today's column by David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times reminds us what the Affordable Care Act has done to date:

• Created a system to extend coverage to about 30 million of the roughly 50 million people in this country now without insurance.

• Provided coverage to about 2.5 million young people who are able to remain on their parents' insurance policies until age 26.

• Laid the groundwork for preventing insurers from denying coverage to people with preexisting medical conditions or from canceling people's policies after they get sick.

• Set in motion an overhaul of insurance reimbursements to reward doctors for keeping people healthy rather than profiting only when people require costly tests or hospitalization.

Wow, that sucks, doesn't it? And by sucks, I mean improves our health care access and coverage. Of course, single payer would be way more preferable, but unfortunately, that's not going to happen any time soon. But we should keep pushing for it, hard.

Of course, Paul Ryan's Kill Medicare Plan calls for vouchers, which "would create an incentive for private insurers to cherry pick healthier people by offering them cheaper insurance."

Then government-run plans would see costs drastically increase because of the "greater risk posed by remaining beneficiaries." Vouchers wouldn't cover rising premium costs, and the sick and elderly wouldn't be able to afford proper care.

Those compassionate Republicans and their fresh, new, innovative ways, always looking out for the little guy.

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Lazarus:

Not only would the Republican budget plan take away all these advances, but it would also drastically cut spending for Medicaid, the insurance program for low-income people. The Urban Institute estimated last year that the GOP's approach could reduce Medicaid enrollment by half. [...]

Republican lawmakers should think about expanding the Medicare system, not shrinking it. Or do they think it's just a quirk of being French or British or Swedish that allows these people to spend less on healthcare but to enjoy longer life spans than average Americans?

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