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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ryan's revenge

Vice President Paul Ryan presented his budget to the House yesterday. Oh, wait a minute. Didn't the GOP lose the election?

The House Budget Committee Chairman's proposal seems to have ignored the voice of the American people, offering up the same old stale mix of gutting Medicare and Obamacare in order to provide tax relief for the "job creators."

Ryan seemed oblivious to the message behind the voters' rejection of his slate.
“The election didn’t go our way — believe me I, I know what that feels like. That means we surrender our principles? That means we stop believing in what we believe in?” he said, continuing: “We think we owe the country a balanced budget. We think we owe the country solutions to the big problems that are plaguing our nation: a debt crisis on the horizon, a slow-growing economy, people trapped in poverty. We’re showing our answers.”
No, that means you listen to the people who said "no" to the idea of messing with Medicare. And you begin to work to achieve at least some of your goals with the understanding that your viewpoint is not the will of the people.

What's more the tone-deaf GOP continues its mindless pursuit of deficit reduction uber alles in spite of clear evidence from Europe that austerity has resulted in a second recession. Not to mention ignoring what has already been sliced from the federal budget through the mindless process of sequestration.

Almost as tone deaf is the press corps that continues to portray the Washington stalemate as a pox on both their houses.

Expect the weekend talk shows to be filled with the usual GOP suspects offering the same stale talking points and the journalists who question them gliding past the single largest symbol of GOP intransigence.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me a thousand times, welcome to Washington.

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