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In his own words

Paul Ryan, discussing his problems with the ACA over the weekend: “I think this at the end of the day is a big philosophy difference,” Ryan told ABC’s “This Week.” “We disagree with the notion that our rights come from … Continue reading

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Clear, simple, and wrong

The National Review posts that Paul Ryan has “submitted his papers” to be vetted for VP. Some people are getting excited at the prospect. I just finished season 5 of The Wire (as the post’s H. L. Mencken quote might … Continue reading

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Of Green-Eyeshade and Austerity

I hereby declare today to be “Paul Ryan (aka Ayn Rand, Thomas Aquinas) Day”.  RE got the party started this morning (actually, he’s been blasting Ryan pretty consistently since PYM’s inception).  For my contribution, I will defer to the great Jonathan Chait, writing over … Continue reading

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I’m not saying they lied, just that they weren’t being honest

Paul Ryan, architect of the GOP’s budget, has been called out for calling the joint chiefs liars: “We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice,” Ryan had said, according to Politico. “We don’t think the generals believe … Continue reading

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Revenue, What’s Revenue?

Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) doesn’t seem to know what the word revenue means.  When asked what Paul Ryan’s budget plan will do to increase revenue, he responds with a nonsensical ramble about cutting costs, all to avoid acknowledging that the … Continue reading

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Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

Paul Ryan has come out with a new budget process reform plan. Budget process expert Stan Collender is nonplussed: This would be funny if it weren’t so sad in so many ways: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has proposed … Continue reading

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Class Warfare

You can always tell when Republican strategists have settled on a new line of argument because a certain stock phrase will appear out of nowhere on tv and in the newspapers: Republicans on Sunday decried the notion of a new … Continue reading

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Taxes for Almost Everyone

It pays to be a “friend” of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI).  Literally. (Yes, I hate it when people use “literally” too, but here I really mean it): a look at Ryan’s record since he was elected to Congress in 1998 … Continue reading

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I Got This [Paul Ryan] Thorn In My Side

We noted earlier today that Congressional Republicans oppose an extension of the payroll tax cut. I don’t know whose job it was to explain to them that taxes affect revenue, which affects the deficit, but hats off to that guy. (Of … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Paul Ryan Is Full Of Crap

From Jon Chait, reviewing a 2001 AEI discussion of the proposed Bush revenue reductions: [Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities –RE] is taking the sensible position that the 2001 recession seems mild enough that Keynesian tax … Continue reading

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What Paul Ryan’s $350 Bottle Of Wine Really Means

There was some reasonable dissent in the comments over the import of the Paul-Ryan-guzzling-$350-bottles-of-wine story. It seems to me that Sean Patrick Hazlett might be right that it is somewhat rude to confront someone over their dining choices. That said, … Continue reading

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Oh, The Incivility!

I like this Susan Feinberg: Susan Feinberg, an associate business professor at Rutgers, was at Bistro Bis celebrating her birthday with her husband that night. When she saw the label on the bottle of Jayer-Gilles 2004 Echezeaux Grand Cru Ryan’s … Continue reading

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What We Talk About When We Talk About The Debt Ceiling

Mark Thoma, noting Paul Ryan’s aversion to increasing revenue, argues that the debt ceiling debate “is about the size and role of government”. This seems to me to be quite evidently wrong. It’s correct, of course, that Paul Ryan and … Continue reading

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Medicare is safe for now

Via TPM: The GOP continued its bloody walk into the Medicare buzzsaw on Wednesday, when 42 out of 47 Senate Republicans voted for the House GOP budget, and its plan to phase out and privatize the popular entitlement program. The … Continue reading

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And then there were four

Olympia Snowe has joined Rand Paul, Scott Brown and Susan Collins to become the fourth Republican Senator to come out in opposition to Paul Ryan’s Budget (the one that cuts taxes for the rich and that takes Medicare and turns … Continue reading

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Words Mean Things

There’s more explanation worth reading at the link, but Aaron Carroll makes an important distinction early on in this post: I’ve been interested in the ways in which people are mangling “premium support”. To me, it has always meant offering … Continue reading

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The Gingrich That Keeps On Giving

So, Newt Gingrich has already given America a great soundbite against the extremely silly GOP/Ryan plan: “right-wing social engineering.” Happily, he has more than one gaffe to give to his country:

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To Save Medicare We Must Destroy It and all that BS

Matt Yglesias, discussing a Democratic campaign ad that states “Vote Republican – End Medicare”, is spot on: I don’t normally like to just repeat things, but I think it’s important for all progressives on the Internet to draw a line in … Continue reading

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