10 Funny Things about “Brown-Noser” Paul Ryan.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 12, 2012
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Does Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s VP pick really scare me? Should he scare you?

Yes, but no. America, as a democracy, needs and welcomes healthy debate. And campaigns are a wonderful, powerful, though cash-slurred debate on a national scale.

Still, he’s an extreme candidate—a Tea Partier, friend to the Koch Bros, and no friend to you or me—unless you’re really, really, really rich and don’t care about other Americans, much. ~ ed.

Paul Ryan’s budget would create the “largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history.” ~ New York Magazine.

“What policies turned Clinton-era surpluses into Bush-era deficits? In large part, two tax cuts, two wars and a massive prescription drug benefit, and Ryan voted for all of them.” ~ Washington Post. “…He also voted for TARP, by the way…”

10 Funny Things:

1. Ryan is a young, visionary leader for the Republicans. His vision? Deep cuts in Medicare and Social Security, which insure more than 100 million people and whose costs account for more than one-fifth of the federal budget. Deep cuts in food stamps. “More than three-fifths of the cuts proposed by Mr. Ryan, and eagerly accepted by the Tea Party-driven House, come from programs for low-income Americans.” Deep cuts in student loans. Deep cuts in job training for the unemployed. Deep cuts in mass transit and infrastructure—roads, bridges…the foundation of the US as a first world country. Deep cuts in employee health care and worker’s comp. Deep cuts in everything from fire fighting to air traffic control. This is no hyperbole.

2. “All of this will be accompanied…by even greater tax giveaways to the rich, and extravagant benefits to powerful military contractors. Business leaders will be granted their wish for severely diminished watchdogs over the environment, mine safety and food quality.”

3. He was a longtime, huge fan of Ayn Rand (until he, belatedly, realized she was an atheist).

4. Despite being Big Business’ best friend, and an Ayn Rand/1% kinda guy, Mr. Ryan has spent nearly his entire career in Washington either in or around the federal government. He has no foreign policy experience and has not spent significant time in the private sector.

5.“This is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill — but wasn’t paid for.”~ President Obama.

6. “Based on his Congressional voting record...the statistical system DW-Nominate evaluates him as being roughly as conservative as Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota…by these measures, Mr. Ryan is the most conservative Republican member of Congress to be picked for the vice-presidential slot since at least 1900. ” ~ NY Times.

7. All this:

  • Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 36% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 8% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
    • Rated 30% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
    • Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
    • Rated -3 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
    • Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
    • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
    • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

“…wants federal ban on same sex marriage,
supported patriot act,
opposes embryonic stem cell research,
opposes contraception funding,
opposes hate crime laws,
wanted constitutional amendment banning flag desecration,
supports expanding oil drilling,
opposes funding for any renewable energy,
opposes regulation of greenhouse gasses,
opposes preserving habitats for endangered species,
supports line veto,
supports warrantless wiretaps,
opposes civil oversight on surveillance,
supports “neverending” war on terror…”

8. The irony, it burns: Paul Ryan, the Republican congressman who proposed a budget to gut social programs, collected social security benefits until he was 18 years old and saved it for his college education (politicususa.com)

“Ryan’s father died when Paul was only 16. Using the Social Security survivors benefits he received until his 18th birthday, he paid for his education at Miami University in Ohio…” (usnews.com)

“…since his dad died when he was young, he collected Social Security and used it to go to college where he was groomed by a conservative professor to use his family’s money and name recognition to go basically straight from college into politics. Amazingly hypocritical for the guy who wants to take my social security away…” ~ Reddit.

9. This: “Paul Ryan’s senior poll from a yearbook at Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, Wisconsin.”

10. Scariest of all? Mitt slipped in his unveiling this morning, announcing that Ryan was “America’s next President.” It’s a Freudian slip with real possibilities.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


31 Responses to “10 Funny Things about “Brown-Noser” Paul Ryan.”

  1. paxus says:

    If Romney must win one of FL, PA or OH, why did he choose someone from a second tier battleground state? If he desperately needed to appeal to independents why did he select someone far more conservative than he is? The answer is that he is not going after voters (directly) he knows he cant win there, he is going after the really big money. With the intention of running the largest, ugliest air war ever.

  2. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Some things that scare me about Bidry Obarom (that's: Biden,Ryan,Obama,Romney)

    Ok, this guy Bidry doesn't actually scare me. People on both sides have been claiming they were scared ever since I was growing up in California. All kinds of people were scared of an actor guy running for guv named Reagan. Sure, I probably said I was scared, too. But after enough election cycles you realize most people aren't really scared, they just use that word to emphasize the evilness of "the other side," since only evil is scary, right?

    But what the heck. I'll go with the terminology. Here's some things that scare me about Bidry Obarom:

    He supports war, supports throwing millions of people in jail for lifestyle choices, and supports spending out of control. All four parts of him support all those things though maybe in slightly different proportions.

    Actually, depending on who you are, maybe you should be scared. Most people here are probably not foreigners who might get bombed or minorities who might get thrown in jail, so that leaves only the third scary thing. I admit, cutting soc sec and medicaid etc actually is scary, but let me tell you, it's not nearly as scary as what the third on my list guarantees: financial collapse.

    Honest politicians (few though they are) in both parties know the numbers. We keep spending, we're gonna collapse. Greece Two. And we can't tax our way out of it without destroying job creation. Come to think of it, maybe I am scared… for our children and grandchildren. The tax bill WILL come due. It'll be huge and they'll have to pay for our folly: the idea that govt can take care of our needs.

  3. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Ok, not nearly as important as the big three (war, jailing, spending) but just now I read an online ABC News article: Five Things Mitt Doesn't Want You To Know About Ryan.

    One of the scary things implied in this Ele article is that Ryan is anti-gay. Well, according to reason 5 from ABC, he's not (and Mitt doesn't want you to know that!)

    "He broke with a lot of his party to support the Employee Non-discrimination Act of 2007. He explained the reasoning for the vote in this way: 'They didn't roll out of bed one morning and choose to be gay. That's who they are.'"

    That's not nearly enough to garner support if you recognize that it's a tiny issue compared to war, unjust incarceration, and spending. But many people here actually are more concerned about these kinds of things than the really big things, so for your benefit, and I have no idea if it's true, I point out what ABC News said.

  4. Ndiks says:

    After reading your commentary, I am glad you mentioned all the reasons why Congressman Ryan is the best VP pick. Extreme laisse faire liberals like you wish we could be like Europe . Obama would thrive as a despotic monarch in Europe, but his ideology doesn't fit our capitalist philosophy. America is the best country on earth because it does not embrass socialism, communism, or even maxism.

  5. __MikeG__ says:

    You claim "healthy debate" and you use an ad hominem attack in the title of this post by calling Ryan a "brown noser". It is time to drop the childish name calling and to grow the fuck up.

  6. Mike, you put me in the akward position of defending waylon here, but the brown noser thing is funny. How perfect is it that his highschool voted him brownnoser. Isn't that exactly what'd you would expect from a guy like Ryan. But I agree that the obama cult is incapable of healthy debate.

  7. Just for balance and fun, check this link: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Obama+and+ACLU

    ACLU trashes Obama over indefinite detention and torture act:

    Voted for all reauthorizations and extensions, saying in May 2011 that “It’s an important tool for us to
    continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat.”

    Took Ali Al Mari and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab out of indefinite detention and criminally charged them,
    found new homes for some detainees transferred from Guantanamo and has not sent new detainees to
    Guantanamo or created new military detention facilities.
    Backtracked on promises to close Guantanamo Bay and use civil courts by maintaining a system of
    indefinite detention and permitting military commission trials to continue.

    Ryan and Obama are just different wings of the One-party system.

  8. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Nice. And great last line!

  9. __MikeG__ says:

    Funny or not, it is indicative of what is wrong with political "debate" in this country. I for one am sick to death this. High school humor should be left to children. Exploring the issues which face the USA should be done by adults in an adult manner.

  10. Auki says:

    Great post, Waylon… I agree 100%. There's NO SENSE DEBATING any of the right-wing, let's all kowtow to the uber-rich 1% b.s…. since when have conservatives been willing to LISTEN TO FACTS?!

  11. EclecticLion says:

    No Obama, No Romney…just Ron Paul to save us all and waken the masses to the fraud that has become our "two party system" where both side supported by the same big money. We need a complete overhall and downsizing to cleanse this dirty system.

  12. ericamerovich says:

    Gary Johnson for President

  13. EclecticLion says:

    Maybe he will pick Ron Paul as his VP and get all the Ron Paul supporters, it will be interesting to see how Tampa goes.

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  15. Barry John says:

    Ryan reportedly only sponsered two bills that became law after 13 years in congress – one was to change the name of a local post office — the other was to change how taxes are calculated on archery arrows , as he apparently is an avid archer

  16. papa_tom says:

    Your argument would be almost suggest you have an intelligent point to make if you could have at least spelled properly. Maybe FoxNews isn't the best place to get educated? Maybe you should have studied a bit more in a state-run school …or was that too Socialist for you?

  17. YES! Libertarian Yogis unite. Awesome.

  18. I don't think the man, myth, legend, good doctor RON PAUL, can legally run 3rd party. But it would be something if he did.

  19. anon says:

    You mean with their wallets?

  20. Is labeling this blog post "childish" and saying it's time to grow the fuck up, playing into the same childish tactics? The paradox makes my brain hurt.

  21. __MikeG__ says:

    Only labeled the title childish. More specifically I pointed out the title was ad hominem.

    I will vision board you a Tylenol.

  22. Peace Man says:

    Thought this newsletter was supposed to be about Yoga, self-realization and walking the higher road. I can now see that it is a trough for commentary that is not only negative, but hateful. Shame on all of you for focusing on adverse, personal commentary on anyone! Notice that it is always the Liberal people who are throwing out jabs, barbs and digs!! Your EGOS are out of control and vicious. No good comes out of this. Why don't all you you take a look in the mirror!! Bunch of bullies. You just lost a subscriber~

  23. Xerxes says:

    Did you even read the article and see the yearbook page? Geez . . . .

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