New Khakis And A Blue Shirt

New khakis and a conservative blue check shirt can’t disguise the impracticability of refusing to take Medicare off the table and pursue the only debt reduction plan  (Simpson Bowles) that had a serious chance of being accepted by both parties.  This April the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized  Ryan’s House passed  budget by saying that it failed to protect the ‘poor and vulnerable’.  Additionally according to the Pew Foruma letter signed by about 90  Georgetown University faculty members and priests  said Ryan had misinterpreted church doctrine on the role of government in public life.  Nor can it disguise the duplicity of  espousing insurance exchanges for future seniors in his ‘privatized’ plan while opposing them in the Affordable Care Act. “Ryan basically proposed the Affordable Care Act for future seniors,” said Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who advised both President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney on health care.  “I don’t understand how you can like it for future seniors but not like it for today’s needy uninsured.  That doesn’t make any sense.”

New khakis and a cool blue shirt can’t disguise old misogynistic  ideas and make them acceptable to  21st century electorate no matter how charming the messenger.  Paul Ryan believes that if you are a poor woman who has been raped but can’t prove that it was a “forcible” rape you should be compelled by the federal government to bear your rapist’s child.  Even if you are legally unable to consent.  He said in a recent interview “the method of conception is not important…”  Moreover, even though many state governments have passed laws that aid pregnant raped women who seek to abort, that require hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to prevent a pregnancy from that rape, or that allow for streamlined termination of the rapists parental rights should the victim decide not to terminate a pregnancy,  still  31 states allow the rapist to sue his victim for joint custody and\or visitation rights to the child.   Barbaric.  Only 17 states fund abortions for poor women enrolled in Medicaid beyond the federal funding restrictions of  cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.  What we need from our federal government is not a new law further redefining ‘rape’ and further restricting a woman’s control over her own body but  new compassionate legislature that protects not the just the  potential of a child but the actual child and the actual mother.

““Next we’ll be trying to take away the vote from women,” lamented Alex Castellanos, a Republican  strategist who advised Romney in the 2008 race. “How can we be the party of cool and make the generational leap forward when we have these recidivist ideas at the very core of our base?

New khakis and on open collared blue  shirt can’t disguise the fact that Paul Ryan  is a man who  earns $168,000 to $1.2 annually  from investments in addition to his $174,000 Senate salary, who orders  $350 bottles of wine to sip while dining with his colleagues and\or lobbyists in trendy D.C. restaurants.  Which seems to me just a tad bit more like a Wall Street guy than a Main Street guy even for a guy who sleeps in his office and catches catfish with his hands.  And although he did work the grill at McDonald’s  during his  high school years,  the only other non-political job he has ever held  was as a Marketing Consultant for a  family business. 

 For the record both Romney and Ryan have signed Grover Norquist’s  tax pledge as part of his “protection racket” package.  As has every House Republican who brought the country  to the brink over the debt ceiling in an act of economic sabotage  earlier this year and who have pushed us to the edge of the fiscal cliff  we will face in December.

As the person Ryan’s credited most with having influenced him  said  “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”  ( Ayn Rand)


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