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Rep. Paul Ryan (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

On Tuesday, Republican whiz kid and sociopath Rep. Paul Ryan told the crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library that November would bring big things to the Republicans, and the nation.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan predicted Tuesday that November’s elections could bring a broad mandate for the Republican Party to enact aggressive reforms to the nation’s finances.

In a nearly 30-minute speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Ryan, a top name in the Republican Party, repeatedly evoked the Gipper as he called for changes to taxes and entitlements that Ryan said would parallel Reagan’s first year in office.

Ed Kilgore (like many of us) remembers Reagan's first year in office, and shudders at the idea of a parallel in 2013. The Reagan White House seized on the tool of reconciliation, and "was able to enact a year’s worth—maybe two or three years’ worth—of legislation in one bill on an up-or-down vote." That's what Paul Ryan wants to do with his budget. It's the mandate he's talking about, and what he's promising will happen if the House, Senate and White House go Republican this year.
Ryan’s laying the groundwork with GOP opinion-leaders to ensure they understand that the “unfinished business” of the Reagan Administration—the destruction of the New Deal/Great Society legacy—will be at hand in 2013.
Paul Ryan's also the person who has maintained for the past year that his plan for gutting Medicare is also wildly popular, despite ample evidence to the contrary. So he might not have the best political read on the situation. But make no mistake about his intent, or the vision he and Mitt Romney share for putting the final nails in the coffin of the great Democratic legacy of the 20th century.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed May 23, 2012 at 02:54:58 PM PDT

  •  In any other reality... (4+ / 0-)
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    ferg, Anne Elk, thomask, ER Doc

    ...this guy would be the village idiot.  Yet somehow he's in a position of leadership.

    How his peabrain has determined crashing the economy equals a fix is baffling.

  •  And Democrats controlled the House (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, msmacgyver, ER Doc

    in Reagan's first year. Actually, through his whole presidency.

    If Romney were to win, GOP would definitely keep control of the House, and probably gain control of the Senate. And this is a GOP that is more conservative than even Reagan's.

    For those who think Romney would govern as a moderate ask yourself this: Assuming he even wanted to govern like a moderate, do you think a Republican controlled Congress would let him?

  •  In the Same Sense a Pet Is "Fixed" When Its (1+ / 0-)
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    PrahaPartizan

    reproduction is destroyed.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed May 23, 2012 at 03:10:27 PM PDT

  •  Grover sez... (3+ / 0-)
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    Icicle68, ER Doc, PrahaPartizan

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/...

    2/13: The most quoted speech at CPAC this year was Mitt Romney's, but my vote for the most significant goes to Grover Norquist's. In his charmingly blunt way, Norquist articulated out loud a case for Mitt Romney that you hear only whispered by other major conservative leaders.

    They have reconciled themselves to a Romney candidacy because they see Romney as essentially a weak and passive president who will concede leadership to congressional conservatives:

    All we have to do is replace Obama. ... We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.
    The requirement for president?
    Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Wed May 23, 2012 at 03:25:01 PM PDT

  •  My concern is not Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney (0+ / 0-)

    I know they don't have my interests at heart when Joan mcCarter writes about

    or the vision he and Mitt Romney share for putting the final nails in the coffin of the great Democratic legacy of the 20th century.
    My greater concern is the enabling, bi-partisany, Grand Bargaining, Simpson Bowles Embracing, Neo-Liberal Democrats who are wearing the carpenters aprons and handing them the nails they are hammering.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed May 23, 2012 at 03:31:30 PM PDT

    •  Not too many of them left (1+ / 0-)
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      They worst of them will be gone after 2012.  Replaced by the likes of Tammy Baldwin, Elizabeth Warren and Chris Murphy.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Wed May 23, 2012 at 04:03:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  It would be called officially (0+ / 0-)

    the "What Can I get for 50 bucks?" economy. Eventually, when your entire outlook on life comes down to "how can I get this for less?". you reach the logical conclusion that only death can get you to the magic number. Of course, by that stage, the issue of quality is long gone. That's the ultimate sterility of the Republican view of economics.

    Fructose is a liver poison. Stop eating it today.

    by Anne Elk on Wed May 23, 2012 at 03:33:48 PM PDT

  •  The 'M' Word. Mandate. (1+ / 0-)
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    They absolutely love this word. They toss it around all the time with the barest of victories' with no thought of Governance. It is merely an excuse to do harmful things which only help the few they actually support.

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Wed May 23, 2012 at 03:47:13 PM PDT

    •  Turnaround is fair play (1+ / 0-)
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      If Obama wins and the Dems get the House and keep the Senate then THEY have the mandate and it should be shoved down the fucking throats of pieces of shit like Paul Ryan.  Pass one big omnibus bill with all progressive initiatives via reconciliation then watch and laugh at these fuckers squealing.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Wed May 23, 2012 at 04:06:01 PM PDT

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      •  Some people decry these overly partisan (0+ / 0-)

        retributions, but I am of the opinion as well that we need to fight fire with fire where we can, so long as we do not become that which we despise.

        -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

        by Vayle on Wed May 23, 2012 at 04:15:39 PM PDT

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        •  The difference is (1+ / 0-)
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          they do it to help themselves and their wealthy sugar daddies.

          The Democrats would be doing it for the betterment of the society as a whole.

          When you consider that, who the fuck cares about how partisan it would appear.  

          This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

          by DisNoir36 on Wed May 23, 2012 at 04:40:36 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  The only 2013 GOP mandates will be in log cabins (0+ / 0-)
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan predicted Tuesday that November’s elections could bring a broad mandate for the Republican Party to enact aggressive reforms to the nation’s finances.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Wed May 23, 2012 at 03:58:55 PM PDT

  •  He is sneaky and nuts!!! (0+ / 0-)

    But he has balls. So he is venerable via a swift kick!!

    Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

    by arealniceguy on Wed May 23, 2012 at 04:34:11 PM PDT

  •  Obama should seize on the Ryan plan to end (1+ / 0-)
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    Medicare as a key issue to flip a number of close states into his column.

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Wed May 23, 2012 at 09:57:52 PM PDT

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