Perhaps by the time 2013 rolls around, we will have Scott Walker facing indictments for his obvious connections to the corruption and pay-to-play tactics in the FBI John Doe investigation that should start heating up with the Tim Russell trial in mid-September. Granted, Russell goes through lawyers like his partner goes through Craig’s List looking for teenage boy toys. That date could change.
What will probably also happen is Paul Ryan being exposed as a Koch Brothers-backed right-wing zealot like Walker with clearly radical approaches to issues ranging from health care to the environment to homophobia to class warfare favoring multi-millionaires like himself. After all, vulture capitalist and psychopathic liar Mitt Romney picked him as an appeal to the Republican low-information Fox News base that was already racist enough to vote against Obama in the November election.
Scott Walker assumes that Ryan’s nomination is a “game changer” that would appeal to “swing voters”. Both have proven they could care less for elderly, students, teachers, law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, the disabled and low-income Americans. Here is his reaction to Romney’s pick:
Walker assumes that “swing voters” are as clueless as he is. Walker has even mimicked many of Ryan’s points on issues, including what a college dropout who takes Koch money obediently would parrot. Climate change, which has become more apparent with what’s been occurring the World, is something people like Paul Ryan have been bloviating about for years:
Paul Ryan Promoted Unfounded Conspiracy Theories About Climate Scientists. In a December 2009 op-ed during international climate talks, Ryan made reference to the hacked University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit emails. He accused climatologists of a “perversion of the scientific method, where data were manipulated to support a predetermined conclusion,” in order to “intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.” Because of spurious claims of conspiracy like these, several governmental and academic inquiries were launched, all of which found the accusations to be without merit. [Paul Ryan, 12/11/09]
Paul Ryan Argued Snow Invalidates Global Warming Policy. In the same anti-science, anti-scientist December 2009 op-ed, Ryan argued, “Unilateral economic restraint in the name of fighting global warming has been a tough sell in our communities, where much of the state is buried under snow.” Ryan’s line is especially disingenuous because he hasn’t been trying to sell climate action, he’s been spreading disinformation. [Paul Ryan, 12/11/09]
Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate EPA Limits On Greenhouse Pollution. Ryan voted in favor of H.R. 910, introduced in 2011 by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas pollution. [Roll Call 249, 4/7/11]
Paul Ryan Voted To Block The USDA From Preparing For Climate Change. In 2011, Ryan voted in favor of the Scalise (R-LA) Amendment to the FY12 Agriculture Appropriations bill, to bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture from implementing its Climate Protection Plan. [Roll Call 448, 6/16/11]
Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate White House Climate Advisers. Ryan voted in favor of Scalise (R-LA) Amendment 204 to the 2011 Continuing Resolution, to eliminate the assistant to the president for energy and climate change, the special envoy for climate change (Todd Stern), and the special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation. [Roll Call 87, 2/17/11]
Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate ARPA-E. Ryan voted in favor of Biggert (R-IL) Amendment 192 to the 2011 Continuing Resolution, to eliminate the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E). [Roll Call 55, 2/17/11]
Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate Light Bulb Efficiency Standards. In 2011, Ryan voted to roll back light-bulb efficiency standards that had reinvigorated the domestic lighting industry and that significantly reduce energy waste and carbon pollution. [Roll Call 563, 7/12/11]
Paul Ryan Voted For Keystone XL. In 2011, Ryan voted to expedite the consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. [Roll Call 650, 7/26/11]
Paul Ryan Budget Kept Big Oil Subsidies And Slashed Clean Energy Investment. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed FY 2013 budget resolution retained a decade’s worth of oil tax breaks worth $40 billion, while slashing funding for investments in clean energy research, development, deployment, and commercialization, along with other energy programs. The plan called for a $3 billion cut in energy programs in FY 2013 alone. [CAP, 3/20/12]
Paul Ryan is perceived as a “cost cutter” and someone who wants to stop the “excessive spending” and, when near a camera, was whining about how President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package as a “wasteful spending spree”. Yeah, Ryan. Then there’s the real story:
In 2005, Ryan boasted in a letter to constituents that he had voted for a five-year federal transportation bill that would provide Wisconsin with $711.9 million, a 30 percent increase, in annual funding for highway projects. That bill, which authorized work paid through the national Highway Trust Fund, included the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska.
Ryan also received authorization for preliminary engineering funds for a commuter-rail system linking Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee, and a streetcar expansion project in Kenosha.
Ellis said his group could not find any Ryan-sponsored earmarks for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. Earmark sponsors were not required to identify themselves before fiscal 2008.
John Beckord, president of Forward Janesville, a business advocacy organization, said that Ryan’s support of the auto bailout should be considered in the context of Janesville’s devastating loss when General Motors closed its assembly plant there in 2008. An estimated 5,000 jobs were lost from the plant and supporting businesses.
Ryan’s support for the auto bailout did not stop him from striking a stridently negative tone about government spending when the stimulus act of 2009 was being debated, saying it wouldn’t work to stimulate economic growth.
“This trillion dollar spending bill misses the mark on all counts,” said Ryan in a statement from his office. “This is not a crisis we can spend and borrow our way out of – that is how we got here in the first place.”
Walker probably agrees with Ryan on issues regarding women’s reproductive rights, as was evident with what has happened in Wisconsin since Walker got in office. Ryan takes being an extremist to a new level with his disregard for women being able to make their own decisions about their health:
Despite Mitt Romney’s efforts to court women voters ahead of November, he chose a running mate who is far outside the mainstream on women’s health issues. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cosponsored a bill that would give fetuses full personhood rights from the moment of fertilization, which was even rejected by voters in the socially conservative state of Mississippi. He voted to defund federal family planning programs, authored a budget that dismantles Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, all of which disproportionately aid and employ women, and voted multiple times to prevent women in the military from using their own money to pay for abortions at military hospitals.
Ryan also supported a highly controversial bill that Democrats nicknamed the “Let Women Die Act,” which would have allowed hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency abortion care, even if her life is on the line.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund said in a statement on Saturday morning that Ryan has earned zero percent on its women’s health voting scorecard, and other women’s rights group expressed similar alarm.
“Mitt Romney as President would be devastating for women and families — and Paul Ryan would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him the whole way,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of progressive women’s advocacy organization EMILY’s List. “In fact, Ryan’s already gotten his own start, by ramming his radical budget plan to decimate vital plans for seniors through Congress — and do it on the backs of the women and families who need these programs the most.”
Do the women at Fox News even know about Ryan’s stances on this? Would they ever question Ryan on this? Of course not. Being on Rupert Murdoch’s payroll is more important.
Ryan, despite all of his rubberstamping George W. Bush’s real spending spree that led to the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression, voted for trillions of dollars for Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Wall Street Bailout’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the auto bailout, the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit legislation, No Child Left Behind Act, the Bridge to Nowhere and nearly all the social dog whistle legislation favoring xenophobia, homophobia and racism. But he has accomplished two pieces of legislation:
Thanks to Ryan, the post office on 1818 Milton Ave. in Janesville, Wis., is now known as “Les Aspin Post Office Building.”
The other time Ryan saw one of his bills become law was in December 2008, with legislation to change the way arrows (as in bows and arrows) are hit with an excise tax. Specifically, his bill amended the Internal Revenue Code to impose a 39-cent tax per arrow shaft, instead of a 12.4 percent tax on the sales price. The bill also “includes points suitable for use with arrows in the 11 percent excise tax on arrow parts and accessories.”
Fox News and the Republican Party are in full tilt that try to swat away the truth about Ryan and Romney. There’s a lot more coming out about Ryan. The Right Wing Message Machine will try to change the subject as quickly as Romney will eventually have to shed Ryan if he has any chance of winning in November.
Paul Ryan Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed
- Republican House and Senate candidates are already running away from Paul Ryan.
- Five reasons Paul Ryan is bad for women’s health.
- Paul Ryan’s voting record perfectly matches Mitt Romney’s anti-LGBT positions.
- Conservatives are trying to pretend that Ryan’s radical budget is moderate.
- Tomorrow, Paul Ryan will meet with the Sheldon Adelson, the GOP’s largest donor and a casino magnate whose empire is under investigation in at least two countries.
- Poll: Paul Ryan gets low marks as VP choice.
- Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan over the advice of his top advisers.
- Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan because he was losing.
- Some eyebrow-raising Paul Ryan donors.
- Mitt Romney’s tax rate under Paul Ryan’s plan: less than 1 percent.
Paul Ryan gets a lot of money from Koch Brothers-funded groups like the American Enterprise Institute, Club For Growth, Americans For Prosperity and Billionaires For Gluttony (kidding!) as well as will get untold (literally) amounts of money from SuperPACs during this campaign season. He also spoke at the recent Koch Brothers strategy meeting this summer.
Ryan claims to be a Catholic, but doesn’t dare meet with the “Nuns On The Bus”, who clearly find Paul Ryan’s budget is as far away from real Christian thought.