Tuesday, March 4, 2014

GOP -- and Everyone Else -- Notices That Paul Ryan Still Hates the Poor

"I put specifics in this plan, and it got pilloried. So I'm leaving them out this time."

Our Paul, late of running and losing with Mitt Romney fame, is at it again. After producing several annual budgets that not only got nowhere but also were generally praised by Republicans as "innovative" and derided by Democrats and most people who can add for their blatant attacks on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and anything resembling a safety net, Ryan has started a campaign to make himself -- and, by extension, the GOP -- look like they want to help the poor.

A couple of hacks working for the Washington Post attempt to make the plan look Serious but end up accidentally pointing out what's typical of Ryan's plans and that is that THERE IS NO THERE THERE:
With his budget still being drafted, Ryan declined to say which programs would get the ax. But his report argues that the nearly $800 billion the federal government spends on anti-poverty programs each year should be trimmed.
In last year’s GOP budget blueprint, Ryan proposed to sharply slow spending on domestic social programs, such as Medicaid, food stamps and Pell grants for college students. Of nearly $5 trillion in nondefense cuts identified in his most recent budget, nearly two-thirds came from programs designed to support the poor, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
GOP leaders are applauding Ryan’s work, after expressing concern that the White House’s emphasis on economic mobility and inequality could be a threat to Republicans running in competitive low-income areas.
Isn't that last paragraph fun? GOP leaders love Ryan's "work" while pointing out that his "work" might make voters dislike the Republicans, especially in low-income areas.

Why would that be? Could it be because his plans are all aimed at taking money away from people who have damned little of it to begin with?

But Paul Ryan cares about the poor now, so c'mon poor, be nice.

To learn more about Paul Ryan's hopes and dreams for the poor, read this, this, this, this, and this.

Friendly reminder: No one does work this sloppy unless they're actually lazy and stupid, or think they can get away with it, or really mean to be this disingenuous, or a combination of the three, which is the ultimate bamboozlement. Well done, Mr. Ryan!

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