The Scam of the Flim Flam Man – Paul Ryan

Paul Krugman takes on the Golden Boy of the GOP – Paul Ryan – in today’s New York Times. You can read his column “The Flim Flam Man” here. I thought there were several points worth extracting from the editorial.

“But no: as long as someone on the right claims to have bold new proposals, he’s hailed as an innovative thinker. And nobody checks his arithmetic.

“Which brings me to the innovative thinker du jour: Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.”

“But it’s the audacity of dopes. Mr. Ryan isn’t offering fresh food for thought; he’s serving up leftovers from the 1990s, drenched in flimflam sauce.”

Target Feels the Backlash and Deserves It

Good old Target is feeling the backlash for their $150,000 corporate donation to MN Forward for ads to be run by anti-gay GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The anger at the corporation has led President Gregg Steinhafel (brother of WI-based Steinhafel’s Furniture President Gary Steinhafel) to issue an apology to employees (full text here) for the process that they undertook in giving the donation and vowing to support the rights of their gay and lesbian “guests” and employees. It turns out that the senior executives of the corporation have been major donors to a broad range of anti-gay GOP politicians not only in MN, but outside the state. The biggest revelation of the senior management team’s bigotry is the revelation that they gave $3,250 to ProtectMarriage.com, a coalition that vowed to protect heterosexual marriage by supporting Proposition 8, at the expense of gay and lesbian relationships.