So young Paul Ryan took his Mommie with him on Sunday to a Florida seniors center to defend his Medicare plan.
I remember quite clearly my first day of school at P.S. #6 when most kids couldn’t wait to be rid of their mothers, though some others couldn’t bear the thought that they’d have to face the world, starting that very day, without Mommie. That pretty much marked both groups of kids for life.
So Paul Ryan brought Mommie to protect himself against criticism that he’ll eviscerate the social safety net, starting with Medicare. Mr. Ryan needs more than Mommie. Ryan can run on P90X (no pun achieved), but not on his votes for unrestrained deficit spending for prescription drugs, two wars and tax cuts for those who hardly needed them. Ryan works from Romney’s book – Romney’s Mommie isn’t here to beard him but Mrs. Romney of dressage as therapy and passive business expense tells you how wonderful Mitt is (and honestly, why do those people, merely because we want them to vote for him, need more tax returns when I can tell them how fabulous he is, and besides, they’ll only find fault with our tax rate, offshore accounts and tax schemes).
So Ryan drags Mommie center stage to say – see how good I am, Mommie came, notwithstanding what I’m about to do to people her age. Can you hear the Greek chorus whispering “hypocrite”?
I can hardly wait for the howls of outrage from the learned Constitutional scholars and budget experts who regularly write under clever, colorful assumed names to enliven this forum. Yet it strikes me that most of those who write will or have benefited from the safety net programs they are quick to condemn so others can’t use them. Like Romney taking money for his Olympics, and Ryan taking earmarks and stimulus funds, though neither has the courage to ‘fess up.
Show of hands, please. Which of you howlers declined the advantages of the safety net? You may be hypocrites like your heroes but aren’t terminally stupid. You know safety nets are the humanitarian response to needs of ordinary people (you know, people like you), and know your heroes, Adelson, Trump, Koch, et al, the capitalist caricatures and “job creators”, are very happy not to pay as much as you do even if it means depriving people (or an economy) in need.
Look closely: isn’t that Greed, not Humanism, that’s writ large on their coats of arms?
Take a good look in the mirror and see whose interests you really serve. If the phrase, “dupe” comes unbidden to mind, don’t be surprised, for that, my good friends, is what you actually are.
Now, an “adult” conversation about Medicare. Aging produces suffering like no court could impose as punishment without Constitutional objection, yet religion, doctors and drug companies (with few exceptions) countenance and thrive from it. How about outcomes-based medicine, Mr. Ryan? Mr. Romney? How about death with dignity? These too Ayn Rand for you?
Let’s hear how you howlers defend this suffering, and the joys of suffering-based profits.
The Plains, Virginia