Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan's Budgetary Vagueries
September 03, 2010

Paul Ryan today suggested that Republicans can come up with $700 billion in spending cuts to offset the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts. Now Democrats are pouncing with a demand that he specify them. Of course, he has not and, I predict, will not. Ryan has recieved a lot of credit for putting his cards on the table and laying out a real balanced budget plan. But few of the plaudits note that Ryan has steadfastly declined to trim any programs that currently benefit anybody. He doesn't touch defense.

The Persecution Of Paul Ryan
August 12, 2010

The Wall Street Journal has an editorial today whose headline, "Washington vs. Paul Ryan," captures its basic contention that the the poor right-wing congressman is being ganged up on and maligned by the establishment. It's a fairly odd premise. Ryan has been riding months of slobbering praise from the conservative press.

Why Spending Cuts Won't Balance the Budget
August 12, 2010

Quick, what tree-hugging, wealth-redistributing, death-paneling liberal just wrote the following: To control borrowing without ever-rising rates of taxation, Congress will have to curb currently projected spending. But that will not be enough by itself. It is delusional to think the US can get from here to a sustainable fiscal balance with spending cuts alone. Yet this is exactly what many conservatives do think. Often they cite the “Roadmap for America” released earlier this year by the Republican congressman Paul Ryan.

Look Out Grandma--Here Come the Death Panels
August 10, 2010

Health care reform would mean rationing of care, the critics warned. The government would be slashing Medicare funding and, pretty soon, groups of experts--a.k.a., "death panels"--would be dictating the terms of coverage. Sure enough, it's starting to happen. From the Washington Post: Starting in January, the new health-care law will make it easier and cheaper for seniors to get preventive care. Medicare beneficiaries will be able to receive for free all preventive services and screenings that receive an A or B recommendation for seniors from the U.S.

July 29, 2010

-- Richard Posner is not a fan of the Post's "Top Secret America" series. -- A thorough debunking of Stanley Kurtz's case that Barack Obama is a socialist. -- Ezra Klein interviews Paul Ryan, Alan Blinder, and Mark Zandi. -- For Rick Perry, "worst uninsured rate" equals "best healthcare in the country."

Paul Ryan Gets Catty
July 20, 2010

Conservative dreamboat Paul Ryan on Mitch Daniels: "He would be a great president," said Ryan. "He looks like your accountant, but that’s not so bad maybe." She's... pretty. She's kind of got a big butt -- but a lot of guys like heavier girls! And maybe Republicans want to nominate a short, bald, accounting-resembling guy.

Scenes From The Ideas Festival
July 07, 2010

You don't have to be a Marxist to detect a certain class bias at work in the Atlantic Monthly's "Ideas Festival." Here's a report from Lloyd Grove: “We are, without question, in a period of decline, particularly in the business world,” [Mort] Zuckerman said. “The real problem we have…are some of the worst economic policies in place today that, in my judgment, go directly against the long-term interests of this country.” Zuckerman added that he detects in the Obama White House “hostility to the very kinds of [business] culture that have made this the great country that it is and was.

The Conservative Misinformation Feedback Loop, Cont'd
April 08, 2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post entitled "The Doc Fix Myth And The Right's Misinformation Feedback Loop." I used the example of a medium-sized claim that's demonstrably false, but has recirculated endlessly among conservatives, most prominently rising star Paul Ryan. The false claim is that the Affordable Care Act uses mythical savings from the "doc fix" in order to offset the cost of expanding coverage. Jeffrey H.

Paul Ryan And The Conservative Misinformation Feedback Loop
April 03, 2010

A couple days ago, Paul Ryan delivered a speech on the sinister history of what he called "progressivist" thought. In the speech, he quoted Barney Frank as having said, "We are trying to increase the role of government on every front." It struck as odd that I'd never heard this before. A quick search shows that it's been circulating among fringe-right website for months now. It's also clearly misleading. Frank was in a discussion of regulatory reform, in which Ralph Nader was accusing him of timidity, especially with regard to regulating derivatives.

An IRS Agent In Every Kitchen!
April 01, 2010

Numerous Republican worthies, like Paul Ryan, John Ensign, and Dave Camp, have recirculated the claim that the Affordable Care Act will require 16,000 new IRS agents. dissects the urban legend and describes how it spread.