Paul Ryan is not a bad person

| August 14 2012
Hannah Thoreson

In an effort to talk about anything other than the serious problems facing this country, the latest distraction that Democrats have come up with to avoid talking about the dismal economy seems to be that Paul Ryan used to like Ayn Rand.  Now, what this says to me is that he had the patience to dredge through thousands of pages of awful writing, and that at one point he was an adolescent male in the United States.  But what we’re supposed to take away from this is that Paul Ryan is an evil man coming to rape seniors and the poor for the 1%.  Or something.

Look, if they want to play this game, we can do it too.  Has Tim Geithner read all of the Harry Potter books?  Because quite frankly, magic is the only way those budgets are ever going to balance.  Also, it would make Tim Geithner a witch.  And if Energy Secretary Stephen Chu ever sat through all of Avatar, I have to assume that is where he got his ideas about what makes a profitable private-public energy partnership.

Paul Ryan’s plans are not truthfully that “extreme” or “radical”.  Having a budget and a way to avoid a fiscal crisis are not extreme or radical proposals.  Continuing to do the same thing until banks stop lending and unemployment rates look like what they do in Greece or Spain is a far more extreme suggestion.

Nonetheless, we’re about to hear a lot more about how Paul Ryan plans to “screw” the middle class and leave the poor to starve.  People have heard that Paul Ryan is bold, courageous, and intelligent.  As he campaigns for Mitt Romney, they’re learning that he’s articulate and has an ability to really connect with voters.  Those are all very positive things, and it’s already starting to show in the poll numbers.  Many in the media believe it’s impossible for Ryan to get elected after repeatedly issuing budget proposals that reform government spending, but the reality is that they are scared.  They’re not attacking the substance of his plans, because they can’t.  They’re attacking Paul Ryan the person because it’s the easiest way to make their wild claims about Medicare funding seem true.

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