THE WINNERS WIN AGAIN  10:36 am April 5, 2011

Paul Ryan Plans To Ruin Medicare and Medicaid, Sneak In Tax Cuts For Rich

by Jack Stuef

A Wisconsin Republican, if you can believe it.What has Congress been up to these days? We didn’t fire them, right? Yes, it would appear they still have jobs, and that job is continually “avoiding shutdown” because voters dividing power between the two very polarized parties these days is akin to snapping the government’s neck and putting it on life support. Sure, the making war with new countries and denying the rights of wrongly jailed minorities parts still work, but that’s about it. Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan has been off in a corner thinking about the deficit and has decided the best way to save the government some money: cripple its successful Medicare and Medicaid programs and then throw in some more tax cuts for the very richest of Americans, because why not?

The plan for Medicare is to keep it as is for people currently on it or those who will get it in the next ten years, so the old people won’t complain and the Baby Boomers won’t whine about not getting their way for once and vote the Republicans back out of power. For people who are not as old as these groups, Medicare would be replaced with a voucher to get a crappy private insurance plan that will try to battle them every time they’re sick and actually need medical care. This is actually very similar to the Obama health reform that Republicans profess to hate so much, but is apparently more viable than just saying immediately that they want to get rid of Medicare forever.

Medicaid would be reduced to lump sums given to states that would probably force states to completely gut that program too.

None of this will ever pass, of course, because when people have actual ideas in that legislative body these days, it’s just performance art. But it’s fun to see that Republicans have done such a good job of blocking making everything easier and efficient and work better by socializing the rest of our health care in this country that they can now propose eliminating social medicine altogether.

Oh, are you worried the private health care system that only exists in this lone Western nation is a ravenous beast with spiraling costs and poor coverage that will destroy us all? That’s nice. Not the GOP’s problem.

The fun part of this proposal is that it will actually raise taxes on all Americans but the top 5% of earners, for whom it will, of course, cut taxes, because when’s the last time those ailing rich people were given a tax cut? Five seconds ago? Give them another! [TPM/Yglesias]

 

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ManchuCandidate April 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

If the young weren't so engrossed by Joysey Shor and slowed down by Diabeetus 2 they might be upset.

memzilla April 5, 2011 at 10:55 am

It would be unkind of me to observe that the opiated pablum of corporate-owned entertainment, keeping the electorate distracted and ignorant, and the Rethuglican strategy of pitting half of the poorz against the other half, serves both of their interests. So call me unkind.

Andrew Drinker April 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

Sometimes the truth is unkind.

MarshallBanana April 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

How was Diabeetus 2? I didn't watch it because I heard it was too saccharine.

4TheTurnstiles April 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

This is the GOP nominee for the presidency in 2012. A white dude with two first names and no sense, no conscience, and no accountability.

mumbly_ジョジョ April 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

You know, you might be on to something:
Paul Ryan
Ron Paul
Lou Sarah
Herman Cain

Pop_Socket April 5, 2011 at 11:39 am

And he qualifies as an intellectual in his circles. But then so would Bonzo.

OC_Cesium-137 _Serf April 5, 2011 at 10:40 am

HoveRoundRevolution!!!1!!

freakishlywrong April 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

Cynical fucks aren't going to take it away from the current olds. They vote teatard, and they want their free scooters. It's 55 and younger, of which I am 4 years shy.

Dudleydidwrong April 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

Just know that there are a large number of "the current olds" who aren't going to support Paul Ryan's perversity. We've lived long enough to know about the Square Deal and the New Deal, and many of us know that this is the Shitty Deal. Don't sell us short–we're with you: because it is right, and because we have our own children and grandchildren whom we do not want to see screwed by uncaring bastards like Ryan.

Doktor Zoom April 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

I believe that the Ryan plan could best be characterized as The Bottom Deal.

DaRooster April 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

That fits since he a bottom feeder.

SorosBot April 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

But Allan Simpson said that the olds all hate their grandchildren because they all wear baggy pants will listening to Snoopy Snoop Poop Dog and the Enema Man.

freakishlywrong April 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

Oh I know that, Dudley. I still stand by "cynical fucks", however.

Lost_Teabaggers April 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Yeah…this is just a rehash of Dubya's failed divide and conquer strategy to privatize and destroy social security right down to the "if you're old you've got nothing to worry 'bout"…what's even funnier is the roots of this particular strategy divised by CATO are in Soviet Russia. It's called "the Leninist" strategy…shear the most vocal supporters out of the debate by placating them and then target the ignorance and greed of the younger classes. Fortunately for us, voters rejected Dubya's non-fix and they'll reject this retards as well.

When are Republicans going to learn privatizing services doesn't save money? Russia did "shock therapy" once the USSR was gone and it created such a vile cleptocracy that regular Russians were hoping communism would come back. Since it would be and is incredibly expensive to privatize services which then cost an arm and a leg…a federal tax cut after privatization wouldn't equal out with the increased cost you dumb fucktards…cut off their noses to spite their own dumb, slack jawed and drooling faces.

Beowoof April 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

These rat bastards have no sense of decency, have not read any of the 4 gospels and hopefully will burn in hell for eternity. Too tough?

Fukui_sanYesOta April 5, 2011 at 11:03 am

Eminently fair and balanced, I'd say.

Seriously, more tax cuts for the rich whilst the povertons get railroaded YET AGAIN? It really does beggar belief.

Gopherit April 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

You obviously have not read your bible, sir/madam. Jesus clearly states that there is no free lunch, unless he is having his bread and fish promotion for Red Lobster.

Fukui_sanYesOta April 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm

As an aside, I've heard someone quote 2 Thessalonians 3:10 on Colbert as the basis for republican ideas: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."

Interestingly enough, this is also article 12 from the Soviet constitution of 1936. Go figure.

OC_Cesium-137 _Serf April 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

and fuck you Ryan…I have been paying into this program for decades…I wants my Gobernit Medicare.

Monsieur_Grumpe April 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

“Makes perfect sense to me!”
Ronald Reagan’s rotting corpse.

comptoneffect April 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

Sometimes you have to burn down the country to save it.

Lascauxcaveman April 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

Speaking of which, I am on Wall st right now with my kids field trip. Want me to asplode something while I'm here?

memzilla April 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

Has anyone else noticed that the current Rethuglican strategy is to pit half of the people against the other half? As opposed to anything like, well, leadership.

OneDollarJuana April 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

The point is that when we kids are fighting each other we aren't noticing that Dad is eating all the french fries.

widestanceroman April 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

I do not recall them doing anything but this. Remember, when "a strong defense" is a cornerstone of your politics, there must always be an enemy, and that enemy changes with election cycles (gays, browns, muslins, "elites," women, teachers, etc.).

undeterredbyreality April 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

Current? Remember, their high water mark was the Civil War. (Yeah, I know, they were on the "reunite" side then, but, see: comptoneffect above.)

Beetagger April 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm

As a librul, socialist, extremist, let me just point out that our guy doesn't have much of a plan either.

deanbooth April 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

This is the history of the world in tweet form.

KeepFnThatChicken April 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

One immutable problem with our health-care systems in America — now — is that we waited until the goddamn price for services was so high, before enacting healthcare legislation.

It's funny, however, that this dude will suggest cutting Medicare, but he won't take a penny out of war.

OneDollarJuana April 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

The price of health care and the health care reforms have little to do with each other. The reforms deal mainly with forcing coverage by the private insurers. In fact, this will probably drive prices up, because the private death panels can't kick the expensive clients off of their plans. There appears to be nothing in the reforms to keep prices down, except for allowing states to set up their own single-payer systems at some point in the future, something they can already do.

The salient point is that the majority of current Americans are still too comfortable to revolt. It's still got to get worse before it gets better, on a national level.

KeepFnThatChicken April 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

Ironic and funny you mention that… I was responding to someone else just now, who suggested it's pitchforks for any Democrats who compromise or "reach across the aisle" to buy into any of this stuff Ryan is foisting.

I mean that was just uncanny. Thank Allah, however, that American Idol is on the air again, or we'd have a rebellion.

harry_palmer April 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

The founders obviously didn't want us to have socialized medicine or taxes on the rich. Or paved roads, traffic laws, fire departments, public schools, a standing army …

DemmeFatale April 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I love that a commenter at the Times called him "Ryan Hood."
He steals from the poor, to give to the rich.

metamarcisf April 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

And the republican nut jobs in the house and senate won't even be able to get behind THIS because it doesn't lower taxes enough, doesn't call for voter IUD at the polls and fails to lock up everyone who doesn't have multiple christian birth certificates.

undeterredbyreality April 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

I always feel like I'm doing you a disservice by upfisting you, but sometimes I just can't help myself.

mrblifil April 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

January 2, 1994

Bob Dole, Senate Minority Leader, weighs in on Meet the Press: "My view is that I think there isn't a health-care crisis."

See? That was the pie, everything since has just been ice cream on the pie.

Barbara_i April 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

Where are the jobs? Shouldn't that be the #1 priority?

SorosBot April 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

Ryan claims the tax cuts for the rich will create jobs, because of magic.

freakishlywrong April 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

I'm am so sick of that mantra. How do they get those fools to believe that shit? The only trickling going on is from my skinny ass wallet up to the greedy assholes.

LabRodent April 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

Its trickling alright, but its sure isn't jobs.

SorosBot April 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

And they've been "trickling down" (read: pissing) on the poor and middle class for 30 years now, and it hasn't helped us non-rich one bit. But hey, the faithful always refuse to believe in empirical evidence that disproves their religion.

Barbara_i April 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

Ah, magical goats with gumdrops who are spreading the mystical trickle-down dust on the poor people. My husband reads every business book that comes out and they all have only one page in them:
WAIT FOR THE RICH TO THROW THE BONE~the end

Not_So_Much April 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Science and math are for losers.

Signed,
~Loser

KeepFnThatChicken April 5, 2011 at 10:55 am

The jobs are in the defense anyway! Why are we not making a goddamn killing (haha *snort*) on all the monies being spent in that growth sector now?

Dudleydidwrong April 5, 2011 at 11:03 am

Right now they don't care about jobs. Once you get the right number of unemployed (or underemployed) and the basic wage rates are down below your ankles then we'll have reasonable employment figures again. These rats' asses are looking for slave labor. I think they figure that we'll be fighting the Messican illegals for jobs laying sod and cutting lawns.

BTWBFDIMHO April 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

There is no lobby of the unemployed, so there is no job-creation policy. If the GOP wants to privatize Medicare, then there is a potential business there, and I bet there is a lobby behind.

Not_So_Much April 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

KeepFnThatChicken said it above — as long as "Idol" is playing as scheduled, none of our fat, diabetic, population of retards give a shit and will hold these fuggers feet to the fire. Sadly, I think it will have to get worse before anything happens…

PubOption April 5, 2011 at 10:45 am

It's easy being a Republican. You know the answer, only the question changes.

Pop_Socket April 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

They have "Cut taxes on the rich" Tourettes.

freakishlywrong April 5, 2011 at 10:45 am

If the Dems even think about fucking bipartisanship and "meeting them halfway" or "reaching across the aisle", or "finding compromise" on this shit it's pitchforks. Fuck you Republics, I've paid in to that shit for 37 years and I'll be god dammed if you think you're going to fuck me out of that. Period.

Goonemeritus April 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

Fuck Pitch forks this is America I know we can do better than that.

LabRodent April 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

Guns?

Goonemeritus April 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

Ok I admit I would have to stop at Wal-Mart and pick up a RPG or some such (till now I have gotten by with strongly worded letters). I’m just saying Pitchforks is how they did it in “old Europe”.

KeepFnThatChicken April 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

I can haz civil war?

weejee April 5, 2011 at 11:06 am

No time like the present. lock and load

SorosBot April 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

Nah, I don't need your civil war; it feeds the rich while it buries the poor; the power hungry sellin' soldiers in a human grocery store (ain't that fresh); I don't need your civil war.

cheetojeebus April 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

You may recall the pitchfork scene in '1900' by Bertolucci, Donald Sutherland …oh man sweet sweet revenge.

Goonemeritus April 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

Once again it is sweet to have been born in 1957, being a very late boomer I have come to expect the ring will be snatched away after I have paid in full for it my whole life. My new plan is to start a charter service that will provide bus rides off bridges for folk my age when they hit 65 so as not to be a burden to you younger folk.

undeterredbyreality April 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

Good idea–all the ice floes will be melted by then anyway.

Goonemeritus April 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

I think the best ones are the Newburg Beacon or the Thousand Island bridges here in New York. Sure would love some help planning “routes” in other parts of the country, remember no suspension bridges.

undeterredbyreality April 5, 2011 at 11:14 am
OneDollarJuana April 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

Note: buses never ride off bridges. They plunge.

SorosBot April 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

But Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock told us buses can jump over a giant gap on an unfinished bridge.

jus_wonderin April 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

That could be a good slogan: "If you're senior and you know it. Take the plunge!!"

Breitbart twink April 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

Suicide machines could be a growth industry. Too bad they'll be made overseas.

James Michael Curley April 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

But the 'Ethical Suicide Parlors' will provide lots of jobs and be located right next to every Howard Johnson's.

Pop_Socket April 5, 2011 at 11:42 am

Vonnegut call-out for the win.

SorosBot April 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

I prefer the American suicide machines; sprung from cages out on highway nine, chrome wheeled, fuel injected, and stepping out over the line.

jus_wonderin April 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

Hey now, you have to take into account that once we build a bridge, we never do maintenace on it. So, will there be bridges as the foundation of your plan?

How about cliffs? We should have a few of those left.

HolyCow!! April 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

There plan makes me sick.

harry_palmer April 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

When are these teabag legislators going to denounce the Congressional health plan as a boondoggle and demand that public employees carry their own insurance, which they can't bargain for collectively? Then I might believe they're sincere. Actually, no I won't.

SorosBot April 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

So Ryan is basically admitting that yes, the GOP only cares about the interests of the rich and the very old.

ttommyunger April 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

The rich give the moolah and the olds ALWAYS vote, and don't you forget it.

donner_froh April 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

Most people get their taxes raised. The top 1% get a HUGE tax cut but that is only right since they are, by their nature, better than the other 99%.

MittsHairHelmet April 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

How is it that the party that has refused to acknowledge publicly its true intentions for decades has decided, in about 4 months, to just put it all out there? What changed?

Uniprober April 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

It's desperation and fear that their little party is over. Either that or it's just plain evil.

pdiddycornchips April 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

They know the mutants living in the middle of this country are too fat and stupid to do anything other than what they're told. Rush and Hannity and (insert wingnut fucktard of your choice here) tell them they simply must support ever more extreme positions because otherwise the liberals will come and take away their Free—Dom.
I swear, I would rather spend a summer in Baghdad cleaning outhouses than an afternoon in the heartland. I know carpet bombing Des Moines isn't likely to get much support but tell the truth, would you really miss it?

MittsHairHelmet April 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm

have you ever been to the heartland? i haven't been since Obama got elected, but there are a lot of great people out there. Not everyone is 75 years old driving a hoverround calling for armed revolution.

it's important to remember that politics isn't important to about 75% of americans. They just don't care.

I envy them.

An_Outhouse April 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm

The Koch's are getting old and are in a hurry to extract as much wealth from the country before it all goes in the shitter.

James Michael Curley April 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Trying to out crazy the crazy. Next Boner will be on the podium in the House screaming, "No moar beeg gov'ment' totally oblivious to the fact he is the government.

Doktor Zoom April 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

Golly–I bet that all those tea partiers who showed up at town hall meetings in 2009 to complain about Obama destroying Medicare will be really angry now…. Oh, who the fuck am I kidding?

SorosBot April 5, 2011 at 11:11 am

Hell, the claim that Obama was destroying Medicare was the primary issue that most of the new class of GOP Congressmen ran on last year; nice of them to take office then vote to actually do what they accused him of doing.

Doktor Zoom April 5, 2011 at 11:14 am

Well, and somewhere between the two off-the-budget wars and 2010, they magically became deficit hawks. But they have at least remained consistent in accusing Democrats of hypocrisy and class warfare.

Pop_Socket April 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

Jedi Mind Jujitsu: Just accuse your enemies of wanting to do what you are already planning.

angryclownspawn April 5, 2011 at 10:53 am

Well, the only reason I had to keep going in this miserable existence was the precious knowledge that one day I could finally stand up and say "fuck you Blue Cross Blue Shield, I'm on medicare now". Thank god the democrats will stand up for their principles and put a stop to this nonsense… Oh, wait…

jus_wonderin April 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

At 52, and no real pension, I am scambling to "catch up" on retirement. I put my daughter through college. I told her, now I am cancelling my life insurance that keeps rising. And on "retirement" I plan to get a "catastrophic insurance plan" only.

Otherwise, my older brother and I have made a pact to take the first ailing brother "hunting".

angryclownspawn April 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

Then who ever is left can give Dick Cheney a call. I am sure he would be happy to shoot the survivor in the face and he is well over the grandfather clause age so I am sure he will still be around. Good luck!

AJW@[redacted] April 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

That's what I thought, too. As it turns out, BC/BS is still very much in the picture, as my supplemental. Which turned out better than I expected, actually.

widestanceroman April 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

The same folks who reacted like hyperactive children on espresso to cuts to Medicare are now proposing just fazing the whole thing out–after their base is dead.

Wow, just wow.

LabRodent April 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

So eating cat food and back alley healthcare is what have to look forward to. Yiiipee

Breitbart twink April 5, 2011 at 11:06 am

Dog food is so good for you / It makes you strong and clever too.

Fukui_sanYesOta April 5, 2011 at 11:14 am

and gives you a wonderful lustrous coat along with a wet, shiny nose

wait, no, that's vodka. never mind.

widestanceroman April 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

Think about what a shiny coat you'll have!

Callyson April 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

back alley healthcare is what have to look forward to
Between this and the anti abortion legislation, those back alleys are going to get very crowded. Better get in line now.

jus_wonderin April 5, 2011 at 11:30 am

Bragger!!!

James Michael Curley April 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

You won't be able to aford canned cat food. Only Gravy Train; $9.99 for the 16lb. bag. Just add water, microwaving is optional (if your electricity is still on.)

PsycWench April 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

Why stop with tax cuts for the rich? Why don't we stop making rich people pay taxes altogether and maybe pay the rich people for being rich?
Seriously, I am waiting for the first trust-funch kid to write on his/her exam "Tax cuts" for all the essay questions:
"What is the most common treatment for depression?" "Tax cuts…they cure Dad's depression just fine"

Breitbart twink April 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

By 2012 the working class will be totally supporting the rich. Our earnings will be funneled to them, they'll act like miniature monarchies, and every once in a while they'll throw us a Boxing Day-type thing and that's what we'll subsist on.

This shit makes me so pissed at Teapublican supporters. They were totally tricked and lied to but they'll never turn on them because there's a Kenyan-socialist-muslin defiling the White House.

Pop_Socket April 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

I am really amazed at how much cover having a Black guy in the White House is giving conservatives for cramming their entire Christmas list down the mouths of the public.

bureaucrap April 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

You're too late, psycWench, we have plenty of those programs already — they're called "contracts" (sole source or otherwise).

Doktor Zoom April 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

By way of attempting to give the reader some general impression of the way people lived together in those days, and especially of the relations of the rich and poor to one another, perhaps I cannot do better than to compare society as it then was to a prodigious coach which the masses of humanity were harnessed to and dragged toilsomely along a very hilly and sandy road. The driver was hunger, and permitted no lagging, though the pace was necessarily very slow. Despite the difficulty of drawing the coach at all along so hard a road, the top was covered with passengers who never got down, even at the steepest ascents. These seats at the top were very breezy and comfortable. Well up out of the dust, their occupants could enjoy the scenery at their leisure, or critically discuss the merits of the straining team. Naturally such places were in great demand and the competition for them was keen, every one seeking as the first end of life to secure a seat on the coach for himself and to leave it to his child after him. By the rule of the coach a man could leave his seat to whom he wished, but on the other hand there were so many accidents by which it might at any time be wholly lost. For all that they were so easy, the seats were very insecure, and at every sudden jolt of the coach persons were slipping out of them and falling to the ground, where they were instantly compelled to take hold of the rope and help to drag the coach on which they had before ridden so pleasantly. It was naturally regarded as a terrible misfortune to lose one's seat, and the apprehension that this might happen to them or their friends was a constant cloud upon the happiness of those who rode.

Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward, 1888

Edit: full text of the "parable of the coach" at http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/wooda/bell.html ; you'll need to scroll down a bit.

weejee April 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

/snark off

Douche Ryan, one of the young gunz, is such an incredibly smug piece of work. If he is so gung-ho about tax cuts, how about a big tax cut for anyone with the Army's Combat Infantryman's Badge, Combat Medical Badge, the Navy/Marine's Combat Action Ribbon or other branches' equivalent? If you've earned one of those you'll be carrying baggage for Murica 'til the day you die. It's why so many spend their nights sleeping under freeway bridges. Just wrap yourself in the flag and yellow ribbons and call yourself a patriot Mr. Ryan, you piece of shit. Fuck the top 5% they can take care of themselves.

ttommyunger April 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Me likey!

weejee April 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

yo grunt

ttommyunger April 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Let's not hold our breath for this.

Gorillionaire April 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

For realz.

mavenmaven April 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

No surprise, the repub constituency, that is, the rich and the olds, among their other hatreds, hates the youth of tomorrow.

Pragmatist2 April 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

Hey, lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 5%. It doesn't make any difference. The corporations never pay more than 5% anyway. Oh, but since they won't pay the same rate as the rest of us "citizens" let's repeal their First Amendment rights while we are at it.

GuanoFaucet April 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

Bring on the bread and circuses.

AJW@[redacted] April 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

It appears that we are the circus, fighting each other for the bread, to amuse the rich.

Oblios_Cap April 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

When you see "people" like Rand in the Senate, you realize that some people would elect a clump of pig shit to public office if only it had a pithy catch phrase and 30 seconds of good theme music.

finallyhappy April 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

Wasting my time, I plan to go to the rally by womens' groups to protest the move to make abortion illegal again on Thursday at the Capitol. I am taking with me a wire hanger. I remember when abortions were not legal(well, they were always available if you had money- I know people who had safe abortions). Perhaps I also need to take a sign for my separate "GOP, you are fucking bastards" rally.

jus_wonderin April 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

I am there with you…in spirit.

kissawookiee April 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Nah, I think that's actually the exact same rally.

Come here a minute April 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

The teabaggers have gone from 'get the gubmint out of my Medicare' to 'get the Medicare out of my Medicare'.

Progress!

undeterredbyreality April 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

TAX THE RICH!

That is all.

ifthethunderdontgetya April 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

Fuck that.

Let's hang 'em from lamp posts.
~

genxr April 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Death's too good for them. I say, tax 'em year after year at rates that make people not want to be rich, because they have to settle for a $20 million home (when the $30 million home is so much nicer), agonize over the decision of whether to buy a vacation home in the Bahamas or Mediterranean because they can't afford both, and watch their humiliation as they step on a yacht that is a mere 60' in length. Make them really think about splurging for the leather massage chairs on their new custom Gulfstream. What do you do when you want a convertible supercar but only have $280k to spend? That's the kind of living hell they deserve.

Pop_Socket April 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

People say 'class warfare' like it's a bad thing.

Goonemeritus April 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

The top 1% would hate that only 12 years to exploit and then all that training goes to waste. Of course if you change those pesky child labor laws it could work.

hagajim April 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

Fuck you Paul Ryan…nuff said.

metamarcisf April 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

The budget mess reminds me of one of my favorite David Cassidy lyrics: "I'll meet you halfway. That's better than no way." They don't write songs like that anymore. I mean, they just don't.

jus_wonderin April 5, 2011 at 11:39 am

And another one….

I'm sleeping
And right in the middle of a good dream
When all at once I wake up
From something that keeps knockin' at my brain.
Before I go insane
I hold my pillow to my head
And spring up in my bed
Screaming out these words; I said:

"Fuck you Paul Ryan and the horse that you rode in on!"

nounverb911 April 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

The voodoo economics seems to be trickling down Ryan's leg.

_MISS_T_ April 5, 2011 at 11:14 am

It's posts such a this one that make me to damn smug and satisfied to live in a dirty damn socialist communist pinko paradise where any ailment gets treated without the loss of house, car, stock portfolio and job.

PublicLuxury April 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

Ok Bitches! Go starve in the fuckin' street. Oh, and be sure to die there too. Republicans don't want scum sucking off the services. So DIE already.

PublicLuxury April 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

Evil Son's of Bitches

pdiddycornchips April 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

I say fuck it, if Republicans are intent on this race to the bottom, Dems should respond with even more tax cuts for the rich. In fact, let's eliminate taxes for the wealthy, take all the welfare checks going out to poor families and let the Trumps and Kardashians have them. Those poors would only buy things like high calorie food stuffs. Trump would productively laminate the eastern seaboard in 18 carot gold, creating a real life shining city in honor or Reagan. The rest of us could pool our remaining pennies to buy poison and kill ourselves.

KenLayIsAlive April 5, 2011 at 11:30 am

I hate these motherfuckers.

WhatTheHeck April 5, 2011 at 11:43 am

I suggest Wonkette reorganize as an overseas corporation and pay no taxes. In fact, the guvmint will then give Wonkette tax refunds on taxes they never paid.

BZ1 April 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

Paul Ryan (R-WI)- Wisconsin, right, what is in the water in that place?

Goonemeritus April 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

God this brochure is just writing itself

BarackMyWorld April 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

So, the 2012 Republican platform:
-cut social services
-tax cuts for rich people
-bomb Muslims

Same as every year, they just rearrange the order they say them in.

DemmeFatale April 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Add: (social issues when you need them)
-no legal abortions
-no gay marriage/adoption

Jerri April 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

This fuckin' guy. If (and let's be real here, when) I become terminally ill and have no way to pay for care, I hope my family will just drop me off on this guy's front lawn. They can staple all my unaffordable medical bills to my deteriorating body. It'll be a fun new protest: a Die-In.

DemmeFatale April 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Yes, at last the Repub dream will come true! Death Panels!

powersuit April 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

This guy represents a district full of people too beaten down by the man to even care any more. He keeps winning reelection because the only person who bothers to show up and vote for him is the crazy farmer near Lake Geneva with the huge Rethuglican campaign signs in his yard.

Limeylizzie April 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm

If Rose Kennedy got impregnated by Teddy Kennedy, the result would be Paul Ryan.

abelilnkinverb April 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm

As a WI resident I can attest that the only people who vote for this asshole easily live in the worst part of the state (Racine, Kenosha, and Jainsville – all Chicago suburbs/slums).

ttommyunger April 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm

And this is noteworthy, why? This is the Grover Norquist game plan in action. Can't wait to see how fast Harry Reid rolls over.

kissawookiee April 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I have no snark on this, because I'm thinking about how it would go down if my 88-year-old grandma had to go insurance shopping, comparing the rates and coverage offered by the many companies that will be competing for her business, then switching doctors to one covered by whatever plan she chooses, then trying to figure out how to apply the gubmint subsidy to the multiple bills that will roll in, then dying of something stupid because SHE IS 88 YEARS OLD and had trouble figuring out the bazillion riders that came with her policy and chose one that won't cover being old, and me footing the bill for her funeral because her new very competitive insurance plan wiped out her savings.

Of course, it won't be my grandma dealing with it since it will be many years in the future, but it will be someone like her, and that knocks the snark clean outta me. Is it too early to start drinking?

Gorillionaire April 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Already I have seen the bullshit artists fanning out to places like NPR and MSNBC to tell us that Ryan's plan to "save Medicare" is "bold" and deserves respect. I swear I thought I was listening to a meth baked Ron Paul on NPR yesterday for several minutes but they said it was some jerk-off from a fake bipartisan propaganda group.

natl indecency cmdr April 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm

hey Wisconsites! go vote!

JoeBiteme April 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Can we finally have a serious conversation about getting rid of Wisconsin? I feel we've been understanding up to now, but McCarthy then Walker and now Ryan?

Looks like three fucking strikes to me…

Trinket April 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Seriously, what the fuck is WRONG with these people??

Lascauxcaveman April 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Too late. A few minutes after I posted my comment, we headed out to fire station 10, which is about 20 feet from ground zero (literally across the street) ad they (the choir group I'm travelling with) were singing songs In honor of dead firemen. Not a goodtime to be asloding capitalists, I'm afraid.

deanbooth April 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

it’s just performance art

In the 1970s I saw a German artist do a dance with a skinned cow skull. Then he showed a movie of a naked woman who cut off the head of a swan and put its neck up her hooha, and then another movie of a naked woman strapped to a skateboard like thing, rolling around and pooping. The professor types intervened when students in the audience started shouting for everyone to take their clothes off.

Yeah, Congress is like that.

[P.S. The art thing I saw is for reals.]

Negropolis April 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Obviously, there is nothing wrong with America, and that can't be solved with what right with America. And, for Republicans, I guess that's tax cuts for the wealthy. I so badly want to laugh at Republicans for so tangentially tossing in tax cuts in every. damned. thing. they ever propose, these days, but the idiots are serious.

Tax cuts are their catnip, their crack cocaine…well, excepting their actual crack cocaine. Why do we even pretend that they are a political party, anymore? A political party is an organization founded to create broad and at least halfway sensical policy. The Republican "Party" is just a giant kleptocratic front for corporations and nothing more. They don't even try to hide it or make sound policy, anymore.

jadadiva May 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm

ryan reeks…..
why do they do this? why? effin' scum bags.

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