Due to the perceived lack of a serious challenge, and the high profile of some other state and national races, Paul Ryan(R-Wall ST) bid for re-election seems to be flying under the radar. While the odds(ie press coverage( and money) are definitely in his favorThe Janesville Gazette, and if CSI media shows any more love for him his wife will be jealous. Despite all the odds in his favor, the people of the 1st Congressional District of WI, might want to think twice, for all of our sakes!
Mr. Kaye at Rocknetroots has a great take on this, that I wanted to expand on a little.
As Mr Kaye points out:
The choice this November is clear. If you vote for Paul Ryan, you will be casting a vote to destroy Social Security, Medicare and the American dream of a secure and achievable retirement. That is straight up. On top of all the unemployment, slashed wages, cut benefits, outsourcing of jobs, foreclosures, rising personal debt, declining net worth and property values, stock market volatility and stolen private pension accounts, you’ll be able to chuck it all because – by voting for Paul Ryan you will be voting to destroy the only and last salvation to keep your head above water.
I think there is even more to Ryan’s incompetence than this so let me point out some more.
Ryan is an unabashed supporter of
the elitist Ayn Rand. He was recently named the The most powerful Randroid in politics with this description:
You may have heard about Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and his “roadmap” — the closest thing to an economic answer to the Democrats an elected Republican has yet produced. Few Republicans seem to want to be caught supporting it, perhaps because Ryan’s roadmap basically privatizes Social Security and Medicare. It’s not just an assault on the Obama plan; it’s meant to destroy the New Deal.
That seems a little hot for your average voter. But Ryan’s got a safe seat. He’s also got a hero to inspire him to feats of pro-capitalist derring-do.
“The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person,” he said at a Rand 100th anniversary party, “it would be Ayn Rand.” He also said that “Almost every fight we are involved in here on Capitol Hill” boils down to “individualism versus collectivism.”
We may assume that Ryan’s not on the collectivist side, which explains why he wants to gut Social Security — he says it’s a “collectivist system.”
You’d think that, with such strong Randian credentials, Ryan would have also resisted the bailouts of 2008. But in fact he voted for the original TARP — and he was moved to do so by another great literary figure.
Ryan told the Daily Beast that in 2008 he believed without TARP, “Obama would not only have won, but would have been able to sweep through a huge statist agenda very quickly because there would have been no support for the free-market system.”
The author who convinced him of this? Jonah Goldberg, and his right-wing libruls-r-Hitler stroke book Liberal Fascism.
That’s gotta be the most embarrassing Customers-Who-Bought-This-Item-Also-Bought of all time.
The Jonah Goldberg/liberal fascism book – which Jon Stewart thought so little of, he could not take Goldberg serious in an interview. This is the awe-inspiring book of the star of the republican party(seriously I am not making that up)?
Ryan was also recently singled out by Campaign for America\'s Future, for being a unique representative from WI. He stood alone in Wisconsin for
for taking almost $2,000,000 from Wall St. or as they put it:
A full 90 members of Congress who voted to bailout Wall Street in 2008 failed to support financial reform reining in the banks that drove our economy off a cliff. But when you examine campaign contribution data, it’s really no surprise that these particular lawmakers voted to mortgage our economic future to Big Finance:
Then we see Paul being cheered on by one of the leading neoconservative voices today, the often wrong Bill Kristol.
Here Kristol spills the beans
Ryan’s full body of work shows why its so important that he join the 16% unemployment rate in his hometown of Janesville. If we elect him with more power this time, the results could be dire!!!