Lyin Paul Ryan was elected for the first time in 1998; he was 28 years old. From day one it was obvious that he hated most Americans. He announced goals to eliminate food stamps, alter Social Security and Medicare, and end or greatly reduce Medicaid for low income and poor Americans. Fortunately he proved himself unable to govern effectively and failed at everything he attempted. Of course he was litterally giddy when Trump’s destructive tax reform bill was passed. All of America is now aware that it will harm the working class, low income, and the poor; will be a gift to Trump and other wealthy men and women; and it will increase the national deficit by at least $1.9 trillion over ten years. Congratulations, Ryan.
There was a time, not too long ago, when I was fooled into believing that Ryan was intelligent, and had some plans to stabilize our nation’s fiscal situation. Immediately after Trump was elected I learned that I had been fooled. Ryan is simply another Republican in name only. He is not a true Republican. Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan would not know who or what these GOP politicians are today.
So what were Ryan’s true plans? He wanted to both reduce Social Security benefits and raise the age eligibility limit. I again ask the question; what is the government doing with OUR money? Employers and employees contribute to Social Security; this is not a government program; it was designed to be ‘self sustaining.’ It belongs to us and even the simplest math will prove that our government is wasting our contributions. There should be a surplus. Maybe some of it went to the congressional slush fund to silence accusers of lawmakers who have committed sexual harassment and discrimination in the work place.
In 2011 Ryan attempted to end Medicare as it stands today. Again Ryan wanted to increase the age requirement and reduce payments, but he went a step further and wanted to issue ‘vouchers’ limiting maximum payments.
In 2012 The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported that Ryan planned to cut Medicaid which is a much needed program for low-income Americans. After revealing that he would make it a ‘block grant program,’ it was labeled as “Robin Hood in reverse.”
“It would likely produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history and likely increase poverty and inequality more than any other budget in recent times (and possibly in the nation’s history),” the CBPP said of Ryan’s budget.
No one will miss Ryan; ‘good riddance to bad rubbish.’
Now if we can get rid of Nunes, McConnell, Cruz, King, Grassley, Cornyn, and the list goes on and on.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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