You might be Paul Ryan if….

If you admitted that you got into politics because of the impact on you of the philosopher of personal greed and egotism, Ayn Rand, but later had to deny it because it was bad publicity, you might be Paul Ryan.

If you want to destroy social security for others, but after your father died when you were 16, you used your father’s social security survivor benefits to help pay for your education at Miami University of Ohio . . . you might be Paul Ryan.

If you say your budget plan was inspired by Roman Catholic teachings, but but nearly 60 prominent Catholic thinkers and leaders condemned it as heartless, cruel and un-Christian . . . you might be Paul Ryan.

If you claim to be a free marketeer but want to keep $40 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil in the budget, you might be Paul Ryan. When it comes to green energy, the Right says it has to be profitable on its own, but won’t give it a level playing field.

If you would raise taxes on the middle classes; but your budget would allow your wealthy running mate Mitt Romney to pay almost nothing in taxes, you might be Paul Ryan.

If you are against deficits in an economic downturn and during a Democratic administration, but voted for all the measures that ran up the deficit under Bush and erased Clinton’s budget surplus, you might be Paul Ryan.

If you say you are pro-life, but supported to the hilt an illegal and unjustified US invasion and occupation of Iraq, which killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, you might be Paul Ryan.

If you accused climate scientists of conspiring to “intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change,” but are yourself a Koch brother-backed conspirator for the 1%, you might be Paul Ryan.

If your proof that climate change is an illusion is that it still snows in the winter, you might be Paul Ryan.

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  1. Dear Professor Cole

    Isn’t yesterday’s goings on in Egypt the kind of thing referred to as the 4am phone call?

    Perhaps you might seek the views of Congressman Ryan and Governor Romney on what they think should be done.

    Please don’t ask Michelle Bachman. She sees Muslim Brotherhood everywhere.

  2. If you want to ignore how well it pays the unconditional support to Zionism,you might be Paul Ryan.

  3. If you would deny women who are victims of rape, incest or have their lives at risk an abortion, you are most definitely Paul Ryan

    • Really? No abortions in these cases? Guess he is NOT a libertarian (on “choice” anyhow).

      And if you believe that the USA makes a nice place for people to get stinking rich WITHOUT HELP FROM GOVERNMENT even from the military, which spends as much money each year as the rest of the world combined, and yet you think that that (very expensive) military is NECESSARY, you might be Paul Ryan (or Barack Obama or anyone else in Washington for that matter).

  4. Never understood the claim, repeated even by some “liberal” members of the press, that Ryan’s proposed budget plan showed anything like “courage.” Looks like the same ole, same ole conservative Republican stuff to me…cut taxes on the rich, cut social spending, don’t cut the military.

    A truly “courageous” budget plan, coming from a Republican, would focus on tax increases for the rich and cuts from the miliutary. Courage is not shown simply by repeating the party line. To be fair, a Democrat showing courage on the budget would be expected to include social spending cut. But one that does not, like that of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is not called “courageous.”

    To be “bi partisan” and “courageous,” the plan must include at least some of the cows that are sacred to one’s side. In Ryan’s case, however, the Republican sacred cows (the rich and the military) are let off the hook while the Democratic sacred cow (social spending) is slaughtered.

    It seems that some pundits view Ryan’s plan as courageous simply because elements of it (social security and medicare cuts) are unpopular. They are unpopular, but now with Ryan’s base or his party or his financial backers. Thus, his budget is no more courageous than that of the Progressive Caucus in Congress, which calls for tax increases on the rich and cuts in the military. Sure, those items are, on the whole, unpopular, but they are not unpopular with their base and party.

    So how is Ryan “courageous” while the Progressives are not?

    • “Courageous” sells papers (or gets clicks.) “Same as it ever was” doesn’t.

  5. Right on, Professor Cole. That’s pretty much how I see it too.

    Paul Ryan put himself through college on Social Security benefits—
    yet he wants to privatize (abolish) Social Security.

    Ryan’s mentor Ayn Rand, wrote that she believed in ‘small government’—
    but was herself on Social Security and Medicare. Ryan wants to voucher-ize (abolish) Medicare.

    Ryan is a millionaire, Romney is a multi-millionaire and they will lower taxes on themselves—and raise taxes on the rest of us poor and middle-class, as outlined in the Ryan budget.

    Ryan/Romney are against women’s rights, health care and equal pay.

    They are also against
    unions
    worker’s rights
    Will defund the EPA
    Will abolish the Dept. of Education
    Will lower the hourly wage
    Will protect corporate subsidies
    Will increase the MIC budget
    Will ship American jobs to Mexico, China and India
    Will repeal Roe v Wade
    Will get rid of Planned Parenthood
    Will repeal the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
    Will repeal the Affordable Health Care Act
    Will appoint Supreme Justices to the right of Scalia
    Will abolish Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
    Will cut 4.1 MILLION American jobs by 2014
    Will raise the deficit to $16 TRILLION by 2021
    Will raise taxes on the poor and middle class
    Will lower taxes on the wealthiest 1%………

    Romney/Ryan will finish the job Bush/Cheney started and destroy the United States for good.

    I am rooting for Obama/Biden. As well, I hope we the people also elect a Blue-obstruction-and-filibuster-proof-congress!!

    • “Will ship American jobs to Mexico, China and India”

      I suppose you could argue that the Obama US/Korean Free trade agreement, and the Asian pacific proposed trade region, pushed by Obama, or the Columbia free trade agreement, and the Panama deal he got promoted and signed into law,

      won’t ship jobs to Mexico, China or India.

      • Do you know how Mitt Romney made his multi-millions, Mark? He’s a vulture capitalist and while CEO of Bain, Romney bankrupted American companies and shipped American jobs to Mexico, India and China in order to line his pockets with multi-millions, leaving ghost-factories and heartbroken American workers behind.

        While Gov. of MA that state dropped from 37th to 47th in job creation.

        He oversaw the most expensive Olympics in U.S. history costing more Federal money than any Olympics ever had.

        Romney has no idea how to create a single job. He only knows how to fire people. Ryan’s budget will cut 4.1 million jobs by 2014. They would be catastrophic for our country…. and the world.

      • The US was pretty open to trade with those countries before those agreements. Those agreements were more about opening those countries to US goods/services.

    • Are there any sources I can check out for Romney against equal pay and planning to cut jobs?

    • You might be Vice-President Biden if you released 14 years of tax returns.

      You might be President Obama if you released 12 years of tax returns.

      You might be Mitt Romney if you released a ‘partial’ 2010 tax return (leaving off the part about the Swiss bank account) and a ‘partial’ 2011 tax estimate.

      You might be Paul Ryan if you would only release 2 years of tax returns.

      Why on Earth would I vote for Romney/Ryan who won’t reveal the truth about their finances, their financial worth, or whether or not they paid any taxes?

      We’re supposed to pay Romney/Ryan’s salaries, lifelong pensions and Secret Service details for 10 years after they leave office and yet they won’t reveal the truth about their finances to us?

      They’ve failed the interview.

      Sticking with Obama/Biden 2012.

      • I was thinking more along the lines that ‘You might be Joe Biden if … ‘

        … you are owned by AIPAC.

        … you are a gaffe master.

        … you are an adjunct professor of constitutional law and you participate in the unconstitutional murder of american citizens.

        … you are a tool of Delaware-based corporations.

        … etc. etc. etc

  6. If you wrote sanely and sharply, you would be Prof. COLE!

    Thankyou for this great look at what is being proferred to us/US.

  7. I did a recent write-up about Archbishop T. Dolan, Paul Ryan and Catholic Teachings.

    The happy Irish archbishop of New York reminds me of the jolly pastors of a different era. An era where their teachings only met approval and were in harmony with the town’s notables: the well educated, wealthy few (1%). I figured, let’s see what kind of political statements does a new President of the USCCB make.

    I beg your pardon reverend, you missed a few lines the late pope John Paul II wrote in his papal letter. He spoke of the totalitarian Marxist state, not about a liberated Western Europe. It’s about leadership, fraternal love and being there in person to get the unemployed, poor and abused back on track in society so the provider earns an honest wage and can care for his/her family. I’m thinking along the lines of community assistance, neighbours, buddies and the nuns (sister Theresa) who devote their lives in service of the meek, poor and sick. What you say about a universal coverage of the sick through health care? The elderly bishops of the Vatican do make some gaffes and attack the social work of American nuns.

    Bright fellow Mitt Romney with his shiny credentials as business CEO just released a new ad expressing himself in terms of the wealthy being in harmony with the late pope en a recent endorsement by Lech Walesa. Affordable Health Care is an attack on religious freedom.

  8. If your guiding light and inspiration, Ayn Rand, had, as her own model for how we all ought to behave, a serial killer who hacked the limbs off a kidnapped 12-year-old girl and threw her head and torso at her father who was trying to pay a ransom, with her eyes sewn open so the father would think she was still alive so he would pay that ransom, a guy who Ayn Rand thought a very model of a person who did not give a fig for what “society” thought or felt, you would be Paul Ryan.

    What did Rand admire so much about Hickman? His sociopathic qualities: “Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should,” she wrote, gushing that Hickman had “no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel ‘other people.’”

    This echoes almost word for word Rand’s later description of her character Howard Roark, the hero of her novel The Fountainhead: “He was born without the ability to consider others.”

    Wow, that’s who I want to be when I grow up…
    link to democraticunderground.com

    Ryan’s just one of many other self-aggrandizing buttheads who poison our common well with their affection for that bloodsucker and their efforts to instill her “geist” as the rule for all of us.

  9. Why pick on him using his late father’s s.s benefits to pay for his education? Is there anything wrong with that? That’s the only point I disagree with here.

  10. It’s funny how Democrats don’t point out the hypocrisy of Romney and Ryan calling themselves supporters of liberty and freedom, yet supporting The Patriot Act, NDAA, etc. Maybe it’s because it would require them to admit their own hypocrisy for supporting those things?

  11. As usual, talk2action’s far-right Catholic beat was ahead on this story, covering Ryan’s recent Santorumization, necessary to pull a charitable veil over his Randism so he could get on the ticket:

    link to talk2action.org

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