Almost perfect in its immorality…
Posted August 17, 2012on:
WANTED: Vice Presidential Running Mate.
- Must have voted for two Bush tax cuts, two wars, unpaid for prescription drug benefit, Bush Bank Bailout, TARP, Obama Stimulus, GM/Chrysler Bailout, and then be seen as a deficit hawk.
- Must have dangling man junk.
- Must believe in the philosophy of a Russian atheist until you don’t.
- Must believe that running mate be taxed at a rate of near zero (extra consideration for a rate resulting in a refund).
- Must have never held a private sector job.
- Must have no military service.
- Must have no experience in foreign affairs.
- Must believe in the inviolate preservation of ejaculitizens (full constitutional citizenship bestowed upon zygotes marked in time by the words, “Oh baby, oh baby, oh…“).
I don’t know anyone other than Paul D. Ryan, proud representative of one-eighth of the great state of Wiscottsin who
fulfills these qualifications. Oh, one more qualification — must believe that poor people can find food in the forest.
Here’s a thought — the prior job holder, Sarah Palin, is decried as abysmally ignorant of most everything beyond breathing where Paul Ryan is supposedly a wonkish cypher brainiac — but there isn’t a single issue upon which they disagree. Go figure.
Here’s my theory on why young Paulie got the call — Romney was told — you are going to come in second in a two-man race — you gotta do something even if it’s wrong or hope the Mormon god visits from Kolob.
Interestingly enough, the conservative intelligentsia — Rupert Murdoch, Bill Krystol, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Rich Lowry, Erick Erickson, and Roger Ailes (mostly champions of Palin) had begun telling Romney in a public way to dutifully sway and obey; otherwise, Tampa Bay was going thermonuclear rendering the sandy beaches long puddles of glass. In addition, the Tea Party had hinted about, and was likely to stage, an uprising (which by the way is in the recipe for a traditionally successful tea bagging).
The conservative intelligentsia has never liked Romney and I think they are serving him up on toast; thereby, opening the door for Ryan to be seen as the next great thinking Republican. (Newt Gingrich has a new gig as stunt double for the Michelin Man as well as an endorsement deal with Pillsbury.)
Ryan is philosophically malleable and situational in his beliefs — given his love of P90X, he’s also the perfect “pocket-size conservative” to be trotted out on cue to “have an adult conversation” about cutting loose the safety net containing tens of millions of humans courtesy of the Dubya disaster years.
Everyone has focused on Ryan and his Medicare proposals — that, in my humble opinion, is not where an analysis
should begin or end with Messrs. Romney and Ryan. It is this — in Ryan’s budget, he cuts some 30 million poor Americans loose by reducing Medicaid funding — these are the chronically poor, the “ain’t no rainbow and unicorns” poor, the “I’ve fallen and ain’t never getting up” poor. His budget was so devoid of humanity, the Catholic Bishops even called it, “unjustified, wrong, and failing a basic moral test.” It unmercifully cut food aid to the poor and to the most vulnerable of all — children.
What is amazing — utterly amazing — I mean truly gobsmackingly amazing, is this: All the Medicare cuts, all the Medicaid cuts, and all the other social services cuts go toward creating further tax cuts for the one percent crowd and corporations — they don‘t go at all toward deficit reduction! Here’s the kicker — the Ryan budget doesn’t balance until the 2040s even under the most outrageously rosy economic assumptions. In short, another thirty plus years of political slogans masquerading as economic theory where wealth continues to accumulate in the one percent crowd. The Democratic budget version balanced within ten years because there weren’t additional trillions in tax cuts for the wealthy.
Lest there be some mistake, I’m sure that Paul Ryan is a perfectly nice man who is a good father, loves his wife, family, brats, and beer — but, there’s something out of kilter and it is troubling in a big way.
The title of this post is from Gore Vidal’s quote describing Ayn Rand’s philosophy, “Almost perfect in its immorality.” Ryan has consistently credited Rand as one of the reasons he is in public service and central to his own personal philosophy.
Here’s what’s troubling — if you are as smart as Paul Ryan is supposed to be, how do you not know Ayn Rand was an atheist and that her objectivist philosophy was predicated on man’s highest moral calling being to himself through seeking pleasure and happiness? Either Ryan isn’t that smart or he is philosophically rudderless claiming to be sanctimoniously pious. He can’t be both.
This is an “all skate” open thread.
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