Saturday, August 11, 2012

On The Subway Walls, And Tenement Halls...

There's a saying among bloggers (probably not, since I just made it up, but there ought to be): If you have something to say, but someone already said it better, link. So here's Charles P. Pierce, one of the wittiest of political bloggers out there, on Paul Ryan:

Make no mistake. In his decision to make Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin, his running mate, Romney finally surrendered the tattered remnants of his soul not only to the extreme base of his party, but also to extremist economic policies, and to an extremist view of the country he seeks to lead. This is unimaginable to those of us who lived here under Romney's barely perceptible stewardship of the Commonwealth (God save it!). If he'd even hinted that he agreed with a fraction of a smidgen of a portion of the policies on which Ryan has built his career, Romney would have been hanging from the Sacred Cod by the middle of 2005.


Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn't believe they are a legitimate function of government. ... Paul Ryan does not believe in the most primary institution of that commonwealth: our government. The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution make a lie out of every speech he's ever given. He looks at the country and sees its government as something alien that is holding down the individual entrepreneurial genius of 200 million people, and not as their creation, and the vehicle through which that genius can be channelled for the general welfare.


He's grandfathered his plan to chloroform Medicare so that, despite the deficit that he considers such an urgent problem, nobody alive today who might vote against him will be affected by it. For the same reason, he will not specify the cuts that he will make or the tax "loopholes" —coughMortgageInterestDeductioncough — that he will close. ... Instead, he's a guy pretending to be something he's not, and doing so back in Janesville in a very swell Georgian mansion, which just happens to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Which, among other things, means that Paul Ryan, who lies awake at night worrying that The Deficit will come and eat our grandchildren, lives in a house overseen by the National Park Service, which means that he qualifies for a 20-percent investment tax credit for the house he lives in.

'Nuff said.


  1. Did you see the chart here?

    Personally, I'm glad for Romney's choice: now it's a clear, straight up-and-down choice on what kind of country, what kind of people, we want to be. Totally screw everybody but the rich? President Obama could not have asked for a better gift.

  2. I agreee with AlisonH; this is fantastic news.

    Ryan plan would eliminate capital gains tax, wouldn't it?
    has Romney's thoughts on that... i guess here's one reason why Ryan. Rational egoism, what?



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