Your Wonkette Primer On The Ryan Plan And How It Will Murder America as We Know It

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Paul Ryan (R-Romney)Congrats, Amercia, Mitt Romney picked a VP, and it is Paul Ryan. Of course, dear reader, you are probably already aware of the fact that you loathe Paul Ryan but are unsure about why, exactly. This might leave you confused, and possibly angry. Do you hate him because of his smug countenance,  you wonder? Or perhaps the prep-school pretty-boy yearbook-picture good looks? But, no, it has nothing to do with either of those things, and is instead probably because of the Ryan Plan, although you’re fuzzy on the details. It will destroy America, you know, but HOW exactly? Privatization something something big government and liberty and blah blah blah, of course, but this is the GOP answer to everything, so what makes this plan SPECIAL? Luckily, your Wonkette is here to tell you about the Ryan Plan, what’s Special about it, and why you hate it.

Corporate Tax Rate: the plan cuts the tax rate for Incorporated Americanss from 35% to 25%. Will this make Grover Norquist cry, given that most large Incorporated Americans currently either pay no taxes, or get money back from the government? No, it will not make him cry, because it only pretend closes a lot of tax loopholes (otherwise known as “the corporate tax code”) and thus probably does not actually change the tax rate for Incorporated Americans in anything other than theory.

Taxes for Non-Incorporated Americans: the plan creates two tax brackets: 25% and 10%. You enter the 25% tax bracket if you’re an individual making $50,000 or a joint filer or family with an income of $100,000, which means that an individual making $50,000 per year will pay the same tax rate as multi-millionaire Mitt Romney (in the event that multi-millionaire Mitt Romney deigns to pay taxes, that is, which as we know, he may or may not.) This, of course, raises taxes on the middle class (a.k.a, “one medical emergency away from being Poors”) but taxes only count when they are levied on Job Creators, so we can breathe a sigh of relief about that.

Health Insurance: Those who purchase health insurance get a non-taxable sum of $2300 in the beginning of the year, unless they are on military health plans or Medicare and joint filers get $5700 for the entire family.

Medicaid:  Medicaid benefits would be paid via debit cards from a bank,  thus allowing the banks to charge fees to Poors even though they may not even have bank accounts. Medicaid would also be given as block grants (as opposed to matching-grants) so about 14 million would lose their Medicaid coverage on the plan. These 14 million are probably sick, disabled, or Poors, which has raised the ire of a bunch of uppity nuns who seem to have forgotten that their mission is less about helping Poors than lecturing about sluts and buttseks.  Paul Ryan has that effect on people, we guess.

Non-military spending: anything that is not “military spending,” such as foreign aid, assistance to veterans and federal funding for schools and roads would be cut by over two-thirds.

Health Insurance: the Ryan Plan sets up “health insurance exchanges,” which allow insurance companies to reach across state lines and screw you, instead of being limited to screwing residents within state lines.

Medicare: if you become eligible for Medicare prior to January 1, 2021, you can still “retire” at 65; otherwise you have to “retire” at 67. By “retire” we mean “continuing to work until you’re 80 and then dying.”   Medicare will consist of “standard payments” for health care coverage. These “standard payments” are the average amount that Medicare spends per beneficiary, unless you make $80,000 per year or more, in which case you get half that. Also, it will be “geographically adjusted” at first but then they’ll phase that out at some point. Unlike the 2010 version of the plan, the 2012 plan allows Olds to stay on Medicare if they REALLY REALLY want to, but they will have to purchase it using these standard payments, and it will cost them more than if traditional Medicare was left in place.

Social Security: are you feeling left out, Social Security beneficiaries? Don’t, because you’re in here too! In the Ryan Plan, Social Security becomes an opt-out system wherein you’re given a personal account to which you contribute annually, administered by a Social Security Savings Account Board, and then when you retire, you get payments from your account in the form of an annuity.

So in summary, the Ryan Plan will privatize anything and everything, raise your taxes if you make over $50,000 per year, cut them if you make over $200,000 per year, and end Medicare and Medicaid as we know it.

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229 comments

    1. coolhandnuke

      Paul Ryan: Tell me I have led a good life.
      Ryan's wife: What?
      Paul Ryan: Tell me I'm a good man.
      Ryan's Wife: You aren't.

    2. memzilla

      Current Drudge Report headline is "Ryan Rocks It!" with poll results showing over 80% of his eyeballs calling Ryan a "good pick."

      I'm hoping that Paul Ryan will be as good for the Romney campaign as Charles Curtis was for the Hoover campaign.

      1. BarackMyWorld

        I'm surprised it's not higher….like 100% across party lines.

        Ryan is a good pick for Romney because Romney needed someone who was going to be specific on the issues and to help shore up "the base" (conservatives), and Democrats think Paul Ryan is a giant douchebag and can't wait to trash him in speeches and on TV.
        It's a total win-win.

        1. Goonemeritus

          The last thing Republicans want is specificity for years they have stuck to the mantra of waste fraud and abuse until after the election. That’s when the rubes would find out that they were being serviced by waste.

        2. Negropolis

          Well, it's a "win-win" until they inevitably lose. It's not as if Romney really had any other choices in a pool so shallow. If Ryan is a "win", then Romney is "winning!" like Charlie Sheen, let me tell you.

  1. bumfug

    The good news is that we'll never in a million years know what actually would happen if Romney or Ryan were ever to be elected.

      1. bumfug

        Yeah and he was black four years ago when he beat a POW veteran and a far-right wacko and now he's running against a draft-dodger and a far-right wacko.

        1. Serolf_Divad

          I'm told it's talcum powder, applied to make crusty old white voters feel more comfortable by reminding them of Morgan Freeman (or Uncle Ben depending on just how old they are). Obama's actually 24 years old, and allowed to be president under the awesomeness clause:

          No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, unless he be awesome and consistently able to score three point shots while playing hoops with the troops, even if he sucketh at bowling

      1. BerkeleyBear

        Well, since his father, grandad and greatgrandpa all croaked in their 50s from heart issues, maybe not. Then again, living in the land of beer, cheese curds and brats might have had something to do with their issues.

        Which might very well explain Ryan's attitude towards all forms of elder benefits – he doesn't think he'll live to use them, so fuck em all.

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          Explains why he's a gym rat … he knows the system sucks, and he plans to make it worse.

        2. ChapterUndVerse

          Now I understand the Ryan plan. Much obliged.

          For some reason I though he either just hated everybody or was going to live forever–not that those things are mutually exclusive.

      2. Negropolis

        William Jennings Bryan ran for president, forever, too, and he was a helluva better candidate than Paul Ryan, bless his heart.

  2. BarackMyWorld

    I can't wait for the explanation why Budget Committee Chairman is valuable executive experience, but Biden's chairmanships of both Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees was not.

    1. miss_grundy

      It wasn't valuable because……he was a Democrat. But Prepboy as a budget chairman probably means to the Repubs that he has CEO-type experience.

  3. Mittens Howell, III

    I don't trust Ryan, because I don't trust anyone who would have Mitt Romney as his number 2.

    1. kittensdontlie

      I am surprised that Ryan would join a ticket for which he foolishly was chosen…shows a lack of judgement…hee…hee.

  4. Come here a minute

    I call Pants On Fire and a zillion Pinocchios! It can't be ending Medicare and Medicaid because his programs are still called "Medicare and Medicaid". And don't think your fancy trick of tacking on "as we know it" makes any difference, because, uh, freedom!

  5. memzilla

    The End of the American Empire, so ably begun by eight f**king years of GW Shrub, will be fully accomplished if these two pandering corporatist a**hats are elected.

    Congratulations, Rethuglicans! You're on track to accomplish what 75 years of Communism could not.

    1. tessiee

      'The End of the American Empire, dismantling of the New Deal, and transfer of what's left of the wealth to the top 1% — all while fooling the American public into thinking there's no class war going on — so ably begun 30 years ago, by Ronald f**king Raygun,

  6. Limeylizzie

    If I hear anyone say " Obama and Romney are exactly the same" I will knee them in the bollocks or vagina, whichever is appropriate.

  7. Mittens Howell, III

    Biden V Ryan debate will now be transformed into cage boxing format and be pay per view.

    Thus making Paul Ryan suddenly grateful for his Government Sponsored Health Care Plan.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      I would hope it also makes him grateful for his government-assisted education. You know, the entitlement he doesn't want anyone else to have.

    2. BarackMyWorld

      I'm especially looking forward it, since Battlin' Joe won't be handicapped this time with "go easy on her because she's a girl."

    1. Mumbletypeg

      Maeve/ Siobhan/ Jack Fenelli LIBEL!!1!

      *names that first came to mind. The show might've been my earliest introduction to names of Irish/Gaelic origin that tweaked my interest in etymology derivations from other countries.

        1. Mumbletypeg

          I'm having trouble picturing her among the other blondes, Faith and Kelli[? who appeared in Grease] but I do remember the name. Faith and Jillian were sisters. Who was Delia related to?

          1. sharethegrief

            She was married to Frank Ryan and had really long hair.
            It's funny because I was always so disdainful of soaps but for a while, Ryan's Hope had me hooked.

          2. tessiee

            Delia (my second favorite bad girl after Erica Kane) was played by Ilene Kristen. She had long, very blonde hair, was very busty and top-heavy, and had sort of Nordic-looking face with a square jaw. She was originally in love with Paddy, but married Frank, who was in love with Faith, by pretending to be pregnant. Years later, she surfaced on "The Sopranos" in a cameo where she was smoking in the non-smoking section of a fancy restaurant.

            Mary Ryan (Kate Mulgrew) went on to play Commander Janeway.

  8. sufferinsuccotash

    The next 87 days oughta be fun, watching Robme tap-dance his way to 38% of the popular vote trying to explain to the voters why he does/doesn't support the Ryan Plan.
    Prediction: Texas in play by 10/1.

  9. Joshua Norton

    I wouldn't mind Ryan if his candidacy wiped out the memory of Palin. But no such luck. They're just creating another teabagger Frankenstien monster that will become another Fox/wingnut mouthpiece for the next 4 years.

    The good news is Mitt is screwed. He knows it. We know it. Even Ann Coulter, Malkin and the Red Staters know it. The only one who doesn’t seem to know it is Peggy Noonan. Mainly because she hasn't sobered up since Reagan's funeral.

    1. valthemus

      Don't underestimate the fervor of the "Anyone but Obama" crowd, many of whom are middle- and lower-middle-class workers who actually believe Romney is interested in improving their lives. Suckers.

    2. Nothingisamiss

      God, if only I could believe Mitt was screwed. The vile insanity and fox news knowledge is pervasive.

    1. memzilla

      As Will Rogers famously said, "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat."

    1. shelwood46

      I'm sure Paul is eternally grateful to Saint Ronnie for not forcing him to receive four more years of survivor's benefits by cutting them off at 18 instead of all the way through college. I know when my dad died two weeks after the cut off date in October of '81, I was relieved to learn of all the money I would not be getting. Of course, I was giving the money I did get to my mother to pay for rent and food, not socking it away in a bank account, so clearly my perspective is skewed.

      And it's adorable that Paul's mom "went back to school for Interior Design to make ends meet" with three kids in college and one in high school. Sounds like money was super tight for them.

  10. Dr. Nick Riviera

    OT: Has anyone else noticed that the trolls always hang out on our FB page? They're too afraid to come in here and play

  11. lurker_above

    So in summary, the Ryan Plan will privatize anything and everything, raise your taxes if you make over $50,000 per year, cut them if you make over $200,000 per year, and end Medicare and Medicaid as we know it.

    Aside from that, you'll totally love it.

    1. Naked_Bunny

      The 30% unemployment that happens as spending ceases and what's left of the economy grinds to a halt will be delightful.

        1. Negropolis

          We'll, you'll like it 'til the end. Everyone knows how they went out, right? Shot dozens of times…with painful votes, of course.

  12. PuckStopsHere

    Heartless just picked Mean to be his running mate. Baggers rejoice at the news, we presume.

  13. Mittens Howell, III

    I bet Ann Coulter really grabbed Mitt's milque-nuts and squeezed as she told him who the VP was going to be.

  14. Naked_Bunny

    I assume the Thunderdomes that will inevitably be needed are going to be run by corporations.

  15. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    I am against America being murdered because I am not bilingual and am too dumb and lazy to learn a second language now, which limits my emigration options.

    1. glasspusher

      You would think that wanting to leave here would demonstrate some intelligence, maybe they would pity you and take you in.

      1. BigSkullF*ckingDog

        I think one of those not-in-debt European countries technically considers me a citizen since my dad was a citizen when I was born. I am sure they will be rethinking that policy when I move back to suckle on the socialist teat.

  16. Wadisay

    You quit before you got to the part where the tooth fairy shows up to balance the federal budget.

    1. tessiee

      "Wonder Bread / Mean Wonder Bread"

      Perfect. Absolutely perfect.
      although I also would have accepted Thurston Howell/Eddie Munster.

  17. Jukesgrrl

    OK, I get what everyone's saying about Ryan being a double-down on Rmoney's usual insanity and that means Hopey can just go play golf instead of campaigning. I agree that any 99%-American capable of reading the above paragraphs (which leaves out the majority in my state, I'm just sayin') would not vote for that. BUT.

    Just imagine who/what (as in institutions) benefit beyond their wildest dreams from the proposed plutocracy. What would they be willing to do to create this Zillionaire's Wet Dream? Work with me now. The Republicans just turned 1% of our citizenry into Bond Villains. What could go wrong? I'm not even a dabbler in conspiracy theories on the average day, but I can't help but think this is a petri dish for a doozy.

    I vote for the Rmoney/Ryan fanboys crashing the stock market on purpose in October. I just picked that one because I don't like violence. Any other ideas?

    1. Goonemeritus

      Senior management of most powerful corporations are not idiots, evil sure but not idiots they will watch the polls and give to Obama because they know he will win.

    2. BerkeleyBear

      These assholes are guys who, with a straight face, claimed they had to overpay on bonuses to keep the "talent" that drove the financial market off a cliff. While they might prefer Romney enough to throw money at him, they'd never risk their own livelihoods to make him win. That sort of exposure is for the little people.

      Plus, in all seriousness, you are assuming way too much willingness to cooperate. Those assholes live to take little cuts out of each other – no way they'd hold a conscious conspiracy to tank the market together. They'd all be paranoid someone else would clean up – and even if they tried, Buffett, Soros et al would eat their lunch.

  18. finallyhappy

    Powerball has a big jackpot tonight – I am going to buy a ticket and then give most of the money(200 M? ) to a PAC which will be dedicated to telling the truth about mittens and Granny starver- the Dems won't do it. I will use the rest to pay for drinks at the Atlanta meet-up. OK maybe I won't buy a ticket- so no drinks on me.

  19. SigDeFlyinMonky

    The Publicans just threw in the towel. All of this is aimed at reassuring and consolidating the delusional base, as said base declines into an ossified topor of familiar prejudices.

  20. Riggsveda

    "Those who purchase health insurance get a non-taxable sum of $2300 in the beginning of the year, unless they are on military health plans or Medicare and joint filers get $5700 for the entire family."

    I share my health insurance costs with my employer (even though I am a government employee leech who does no work and steals from the taxpayers). It's an Aetna HMO, and it costs over $12 thousand a year to cover me and my partner-in-theft. I also have friends who are self-employed who are paying almost $2000 per month.

    Ryan can take his $5700 and shove it up his tight little Randian ass. Or better yet, spend it on wine when he takes some Job Creators out for dinner.

    1. tessiee

      After which they will do nothing but whine about how MEAN our side is, and whatever happened to civility in the public discourse, wah wah wah.

      1. Designer_Rants

        Why are liberals so ANGRY?

        That actually does make me angry sometimes, since it conjure up a mental image of a teatard at an Obama rally with a rifle strapped to his back, or all the other teatards just bein' tardy. And angry. And racist.

    2. Edith_Prickly

      that was my first thought too. Handsome Joe is going to squish Paulie Randnuts into a greasy little stain on the floor

  21. Mumbletypeg

    So what if this Ryan guy is full of FAIL. The teatards and quackbaits kited their bullshit metrics and judgment capacity infinitum ago. The real indicator of leadership potential is, to me it seems, found at the end of Ryan's wiki "Personal":

    Ryan is a deer hunter and he makes his own bratwurst and Polish sausage.[9]

    It's clear he is eminently equipped for making the law flow underregulated from violated warm-blooded innards as surely as he makes sausages. The meretricious electorate, however, will simply let this folksy side hobby endear him to them as they did Palin fluffing her "mooseburger" expertise.

    1. tessiee

      "Ryan is a deer hunter and he makes his own bratwurst and Polish sausage."

      Wasn't there another guy from Wisconsin who was also a deer hunter who did that, too?
      What was his name, Ed? Ed something? Ed Gein?

  22. MinAgain

    How can anyone take a man who idolizes Ayn Rand seriously? I mean, sure. Ayn Rand changed my life…for about three months. But I was 19 years old and thought I was going to rule the world one day.

    I got over it.

    1. NellCote71

      I read it when I was 15. I was already living with a pack of narcissistic sociopaths, so the concept didn't exactly capture my adolescent imagination.

    2. shelwood46

      I managed to avoid Rand (maybe because I'm a girl), but made the mistake of reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth fantasy series, which is just one long (really long) Randian screed. There's an entire book devoted to showing why Buddhist philosophy and non-violence is Evil. And lots and lots of rape and torture. It's really horrific all around.

    3. spareme

      That bitch ruined my life for about a month – thats how long it took me to read that over written, insane bullshit. If she handed a doctoral thesis in based on these theroies fo hers, that I had to review, I would of flunked her for boring me to death. Whatever points she tried to make that were worthy were negated by her OCD writing style. I want my month back.

    4. Tangled sin tax

      That's a late 20th century American male rite of passage, isn't it? 18-yo freshman in college here; totally full of Rand and myself for about 6 weeks. Then my sillymeter exploded and I resumed normal life. How can people like Ryan actually spend their lives in that bubble? I'm giving extra loot to the Dems this time and I may even dare an Obama yard sign; though in Eastern Oregon that makes you Evil and Other. Not a pleasant existence in a small town.

      1. MinAgain

        I think, in order for Rand to have any lasting impact on a person, he has to believe that he's morally and intellectually superior to everyone else and that he therefore deserves to triumph while others fail. It dovetails nicely with the concept of American exceptionalism.

      2. ChapterUndVerse

        I'm with you on that, including the yard sign. Although I'm in a moar librul area (currently under siege from wingnutz, sadly).

  23. C_R_Eature

    Let me get this straight.

    The Republican party is about to nominate for the Presidency an entitled draft dodging inherited-wealth billionaire with a secrecy fetish who's sole business experience embodies the worst aspects of Gordon Gekko style predatory capitalism and who is by far the first in the running for the Most Unlikable Candidate ever.

    Then, He thinks it would be a swell idea to pick as a Vice President the Congressional Budget Committee Chairman who has no business experience whatsoever, is an acolyte of a dead Atheist Russian author who deified wealth and created a philosophy based wholly upon greed, drafted budget proposals that were so frightening that Republicans refused to be seen with them and who thinks that all government social aid programs are Immoral and churches will magically spring into the breach to save the poor when said programs all are summarily eliminated.

    By picking Ryan, Romney's nationalized all the downticket races by irrecoverably welding himself to the most unpopular Congress since polling was invented and – hands down – the most radical and regressive economic proposals since before the Great Depression. And the Republicans think this is a Good Thing.

    This all looks crazy to me. Am I missing something?

    1. Naked_Bunny

      You're missing Ryan's purty face and aw-shucks charm, which is all the MSM will talk about.

      1. C_R_Eature

        Ooh, that's right! Not to mention the fact that he's a Very Serious Thinker who's ready to make those hard choices to balance our budget. O'course, the Hammer from those Hard Choices will never fall on him, his friends, financiers or many of his constituents because LOOK OVER THERE SHINY THING!

      1. C_R_Eature

        Something about trusting Peer Review and Evidence Based Decision making more. I know, I know I'm only part of the "Reality Based Community" so I don't count.

        1. Naked_Bunny

          Something about trusting Peer Review and Evidence Based Decision making more.

          Pfft. Commie.

    2. tessiee

      "by far the first in the running for the Most Unlikable Candidate ever"

      Bob Dole approves of this comment, mainly because it knocks Bob Dole out of first place.

      1. C_R_Eature

        Bob's sitting in his study, watching CSPAN and chuckling as he tops off his tumbler of Ardbeg.

        Way back when I saw a Dole-Kemp bumper sticker that had been artfully spliced to read DOPE-KELP. After the election, of course.

  24. MonkeyMotion

    Let the games begin!

    Paul Ryan, may we see your birth certificate? College transcripts? Tax returns? Have you ever run a business? Can you see Russia from your living room?

    Take your time…we'll wait.

  25. BerkeleyBear

    We have the ultimate combo here, Mitt Romney the hair cutter and Paul Ryan the suck up.

    Bully/Brown-noser 2012! Woo hoo!

  26. Jukesgrrl

    The major media companies of the U.S. need to think twice before giving this GOP ticket their usual gloss-over. They're making piles of filthy lucre on movies like The Hangover 27 and The Undead 44, TV programs like Jersey Shore and The Bachelor, and video games like Assassin's Creed and Shadows of the Damned. How's that going to work under a Mormon/Catholic administration?

    And they thought Tipper Gore was a problem?

    1. NYNYNYjr

      They don't have to worry it's more like a Mammonite/Randian Atheist. Their disguises are pretty thin.

  27. slowhansolo

    I was at a townhall a couple years ago with a bunch of well-heeled olds and the local congressman, who spent an hour touting Ryan Plan One in the nicely-appointed great hall of a hugely expensive assisted living community. *evil chuckle* "So let me start off by asking: How many of you here today are older than 50?" *dry hand washing*

    Hands shot up, but most weren't buying it. One adorable old gal stood demurely and asked why the congressmen thought she wouldn't give a rip for her kids and grandkids, just because nothing would change for her. I think I fell in love, just a little.

    Which is all well and good. But what about the less cosmopolitan olds, the ones embittered by hard experience, lack of money, racist upbringing, fear of everything, confusion at a world they no longer or never did understand, those small enough to care only for themselves? You know, the other 90 percent. (Am I wrong about it being 90 percent? I sure hope so.)

  28. NYNYNYjr

    "anything that is not “military spending,” such as foreign aid, assistance to veterans and federal funding for schools and roads would be cut by over two-thirds."

    Wow– so he'd cut foreign aid to Israel by over 2/3s? That's amazing. I can't wait to hear more about this development in the debates.

  29. TribecaMike

    If Ryan is elected, the federal government will send every American a copy of Atlas Shrugged as a Christmas present, with the mandate that it must be read.

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      Wonketeers will send everyone in the US a copy of the Cliffs Notes on Atlas. We'll beat these devious sucky bastards yet.

  30. Mumbly_Joe

    In the Ryan Plan, Social Security becomes an opt-out system wherein you’re given a personal account to which you contribute annually, administered by a Social Security Savings Account Board, and then when you retire, you get payments from your account in the form of an annuity.

    So, the Bush privatization plan, basically. It's interesting to read between the lines here, though, as under this plan, Social Security would be simultaneously:

    a) Paying out benefits to current beneficiaries
    b) Organized into individual investments accounts that pay out full benefits to account-holders upon maturity.

    Which only works if you spend twice the value of the Social Security fund at some point, based on elementary arithmetic. Of course, the actual Republican strategy for paying for this is to not pay for it, but instead just count each dollar twice, and be totally surprised when the Social Security fund suddenly goes bankrupt (hopefully under a Democratic president).

    And then they have the gall to say that the current system is a Ponzi scheme.

    1. Fukui-sanYesOta

      and it misses the major point of a social system, in that if you're unlucky and get, say, bone cancer even though you've never smoked or done anything wrong … you get only what you put in.

      that means you're dead. death-panel deaddy mcdeadster. no re-dos.

      he doesn't miss the point of a social system, he doesn't care, because he's a heartless cunt.

      Fuck him, and fuck Romney too.

    2. Generation[redacted]

      Does he say how big the annuity will be? Or will it be based on the market value of your shares at time of retirement?

  31. tessiee

    Shorter Ryan Plan:

    Away with excess enemy
    But no less value to property
    No sense in war but perfect sense at home:

    The sun beams down on a brand new day
    No more welfare tax to pay
    Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light
    Jobless millions whisked away
    At last we have more room to play
    All systems go to kill the poor tonight

  32. Chet Kincaid_

    Is it going too far to call these kinds of Republican plans genocidal? I don't think so. They are not shoving people before firing squads or gassing them, but the long-term effect and callous disregard is the same. So long as people are dying quietly somewhere off budget, they feel their hands and consciences are clean.

    1. tessiee

      "Is it going too far to call these kinds of Republican plans genocidal?"

      Sure, why not?
      Their policies toward women pretty much equate to honor killing, just in slow motion.

    2. BlueStateLibel

      Call it for what it is, there's lots of ways to "eliminate" the undesirables, just ask the Brits about what they did to the Irish. Which even more pisses me off about Ryan, because he's Irish and should know better.

  33. comrad_darkness

    No worries, we can all panhandle from the defense contractors who will be wasting so much carte blanche government monies that they will feel guilty and share a little of it.

    1. grex1949

      I'd be a little concerned about a "trickle-down" theory when that "trickle" comes from a drone. Could be a negative experience.

    2. Generation[redacted]

      Oh yes, we will all have our fill of hobo beans then, at least until the defense contractors are hired to clear out the panhandlers.

  34. Chet Kincaid_

    The last time I gave Ayn Rand half a thought was while listening to a dopey album with a butt-naked guy and pentagram on the cover. I had all but forgotten it and her by the time "London Calling" came out, and so had the guys who made it.

    1. valthemus

      So when part 2 of the "Atlas Shrugged" movie trilogy comes out you won't be downloading wallpapers from the web site? The first part was a brilliant cinematic triumph according to the 15 individuals with extraordinarily bad taste who actually saw it.

  35. glamourdammerung

    Any bets on how long it is going to take for someone to ask Ryan how many years in tax returns he gave Romney's people?

    1. Jukesgrrl

      I saw some footage of his very Williamsburg-looking house on TV today and wondered where a fellow like that, who was a poor boy who's daddy died and left him the man of the family, could come up with the cash for it when he's supposedly devoted his life to public service. I know Congressmen make more money than your average American. But his salary alone is not enough to come up with a pile like that. Supposedly the Mrs. is a tax attorney. Maybe Mitt's tax returns aren't the only ones we should be yelling for.

  36. Jennyjen798

    Romney and Ryan's presidential career flushed down the toilet in one campaign? It's so beautiful man!

  37. PubOption

    So under the Romney/Ryan plan, health insurance exchanges will be encouraged. The Republicans in Missouri are all squawking about refusing to set up the exchanges under the ACA. Tap-dancing to follow, I imagine.

  38. TribecaMike

    In an interview on Fox News tonight, Ryan said if elected he'd "clean up the smut" shown on television. "For instance," he told Megyn Kelly, "Did you know that on NBC right now they're showing nothing but watersports? Disgusting."

  39. Xan

    I miss Ryan's Medicare cut off by 15 days. This is good to know so far ahead, helps me plan the euthanasia more precisely.

  40. Barrelhse

    I assume that Congressional types will also get a $2300 voucher at the beginning of the year with which to purchase THEIR fucking health insurance, correct?

  41. DustBowlBlues

    The biggest attack ad on the pair would be an airing of the interview with his dead girl friend, She-Of-The-Disgustingly-Nicotine-Stained-Teeth. Like his plan for social security, and a few weeks ago he "opted out" of the atheist part of his honey's philosophy, aka, I've got mine. Fuck you.

    Bull shit. He didn't mention opting out of the atheist part when he required all new staffers in his office to read Atlas Heaved, or whatever it's called. Plus, that's like saying you broke up with a guy you are still dating, because you have opted out of sitting through his bands practice sessions in his parents' basement. You believe his band can still make it, or you are not going to be his girl friend.

    His honey was a soulless atheist, but he wants to claim he is only going with the soulless part and not the atheist part.

    Personally, I think a great attack ad would be just a clip of her interview shown in a split screen with Ryan and a caption about this is his inspiration for going into public office."

    Fuck it. Long day, so it's nitey-nite for me. 'Later, losers.

    1. Fukui-sanYesOta

      I take a little exception to this being an atheist. I'd like to make clear I'm not a heartless cunt.

      Thank you.

  42. Negropolis

    I want Obama & Co. to absolutely wreck this guy. The gloves are off, the vision clear, now it's time to put in the work. I want to see Occupy and anyone with any kind of opinion just cold protest these two whever they decide to show their faces, particularly up here in the Rust Belt. This insult to our intelligence will not stand.

  43. christianmaxwell

    I think alot of you are forgetting three things: first, that the majority of Americans aren't paying attentions to the details of this plan, secondly they routinely vote against their won interests, and finally they will eagerly embrace obviously bad ideas.

  44. savagemike

    Despite all the Right's shouted accusations of Class Warfare, they're the ones who are apparently prepared to actually engage in such.

    This man is a skidmark on the underpants of America.

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