Many politicians disgust me, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes things to another level as one of the biggest scumbags in Congress. That may seem harsh to some, especially considering we haven’t heard much about him since 2012, but allow me to explain.
This is a man who’s built a career speaking out against big government spending, and champions himself a “true small government fiscal conservative.” The problem is, he’s completely full of crap.
Before I cover a few items from his political career which proudly display his hypocrisy about government spending, I’d like to give a little background on the man himself. You see, Ryan had the unfortunate fate of losing his father as a teen – a teen who attended a public high school, by the way. However, this tragic event led to a 16-year-old Paul Ryan receiving Social Security benefits until his 18th birthday. Ryan then saved these Social Security benefits (yes, that same Social Security which he has called a Ponzi scheme) to help pay for his education at Miami University (a publicly funded university by the way).
Though he worked summers during school as a salesman for Oscar Mayer, Paul Ryan’s entire career has been spent as a politician, or working for one in various jobs or internships. Yes, the man who has built a career preaching small government went to public school, used Social Security benefits to pay for his college degree and has spent his entire adult life working for the government. The man who champions the greatness of the private sector, and beats his drum on the evils of government, has never really held a job in the private sector – but he’s made quite a life for himself as a government employee.
Now, moving on to a few items from his career as a politician.
First, let me shred this ridiculous notion that he’s a “fiscally responsible hero.” Paul Ryan:
- Voted for both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Publicly lobbied and then voted for stimulus bills while George W. Bush was in office.
- Voted for the $152 billion 2008 stimulus package passed under Bush.
- Publicly condemned the 2009 stimulus passed under President Obama (which he voted against), but then privately sought funds from that very same stimulus for his district.
- Voted for the Medicare Part D plan passed under Bush, which will end up costing taxpayers trillions.
- Voted for the Bush Tax Cuts, while voting for both wars.
- Voted for the $700 billion TARP (Wall Street) bailout.
- Voted for the auto bailout as well.
And none of these even touches the approximately two trillion dollars in defense spending he’s supported during his time in Congress.
This man is the definition of a hypocrite. He’s someone who went to public school as a minor, used Social Security money to pay for his college degree where he went to a publicly funded university, has made a career as a government employee and voted for bills that have added trillions to our national debt – yet has the gall to champion himself as a small government, fiscally conservative hero.
Then there’s the total disdain he seems to have for the poor. This is a man who refused to let poor people testify at a hearing about Americans living in poverty, and levied an attack on free lunch programs in schools by trying to pass off a story he plagiarized from a book.
But even beyond all of that, however, lies the contradiction in his worship of both Ayn Rand (an atheist who preached selfishness and considered religious people to be fools) and his claims of being a devout follower of Jesus Christ. How Paul Ryan can say he models his life based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, while supporting the social economic ideologies of a woman who preached the exact opposite, is a true testament to his ignorance and hypocrisy.
It makes sense that the GOP is desperate to get Paul Ryan to run for Speaker of the House since he defines what the GOP has become over the years – a shallow entity built on propaganda, hypocrisy, thriving on ignorance and lacking any true substance that supports their rhetoric.
Call it a match made in Randian heaven. Republicans are falling over themselves trying to convince Paul Ryan to take a job he obviously doesn’t want, with the consensus being that they see him as their only possible “savior.” Make no mistake about it, Paul Ryan is no savior; he’s a hypocrite and a scumbag. If this is what we have to look forward to from the next Speaker of the House, we’re screwed.
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