Skip to main content

Paul Ryan in profile
Since hypocrisy comes as naturally as breathing to most Republican members of Congress, leaving the press and many voters numb to it, the mismatch between Paul Ryan's stated policy stances and his actions and personal history is unlikely to draw much attention. That mismatch is pretty breathtaking, too. Ryan has, of course, described Social Security as a Ponzi scheme despite having paid for college using Social Security survivors benefits. But here's a funny twist on Ryan's enthusiastic participation in the "you did build that" line Republicans are pushing so hard. See, what President Obama said was "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Actually, it turns out that Ryan's family construction firm (founded by his great-grandfather, now owned by his cousins) got big building roads. For the government.

At the turn of the century, Ryan Inc. turned to road building. A subsidiary family corporation, Ryan Incorporated Southern, states on its Web site, “The Ryan workload from 1910 until the rural interstate Highway System was completed 60 years later [and] was mostly Highway construction.” The $119 billion spent by the federal government on the Interstate Highway System was, by one account, “the largest public works program since the Pyramids.” [...]

A current search of Defense Department contracts suggests that “Ryan Incorporated Central” has had at least 22 defense contracts with the federal government since 1996, including one from 1996 worth $5.6 million.

To be fair, that's Ryan's family, not him. But his only private-sector work experience beyond things like waiting tables and selling bologna (for Oscar Mayer) was gained working for the family firm, so he doesn't seem to disapprove too strongly. And this is all him:
Mr. Anti-Spending secured millions in earmarks for his home state of Wisconsin, including, among other things, $3.3 million for highway projects. And Ryan voted to preserve $40 billion in special subsidies for big oil, an industry in which, it so happens, Ryan and his wife hold ownership stakes.
But nothing to see here. Republicans have convinced the media to judge people as "fiscal conservatives" based solely on how badly they'll treat poor and middle-class people, and Ryan would treat those people very badly indeed, so no amount of earmarks or personal profit will strip him of that label in the press. What the millions of Americans he would victimize think is another matter.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Norman Goldman was hammering Ryan on the (6+ / 0-)

    subsidies for Big Oil on his program last night. It's amazing how much the Republicans LOVE corporate welfare while at the same time pissing and moaning about human welfare. Maybe we all need to become corporations so the Republicans will finally give a rat's ass about us?

    Romney's religion is only an issue because he's a high priest in the Church of Mammon.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 12:57:45 PM PDT

  •  boston globe reports, as did WSJ in 2010 (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    matx

    that paul ryan also requested stimulus funds (and got them) but continued to denounce the stimulus spending.  

    “This trillion-dollar spending bill misses the mark on all counts,” said Ryan in a statement. “This is not a crisis we can spend and borrow our way out of — that is how we got here in the first place.” But later that year, once the bill was passed and signed into law, Ryan sought to make sure his constituents benefited.“

    .....

    But the biggest payoff came for the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp. Ryan predicted the $20 million grant would be able to “create or retain approximately 7,600 new jobs over the three-year grant period and the subsequent three years.”

    in his letter to energy secretary chu, ryan also mentioned reducing greenhouse gases as a benefit of his requested stimulus spending, but he has made many bad votes and public statements about climate change, as reported by thinkprogress

    he also voted for the bridge to nowhere.

    In 2005, Ryan boasted in a letter to constituents that he had voted for a five-year federal transportation bill that would provide Wisconsin with $711.9 million, a 30 percent increase, in annual funding for highway projects. That bill, which authorized work paid through the national Highway Trust Fund, included the infamous “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska.
    boston globe
    •  A whole lot of Repigs did the same thing. I was (3+ / 0-)

      banned from posting in my local paper when I pointed that out.

      •  Aaaarrrgggghhh... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        NoMoreLies

        Doesn't America ever get tired of the Ryans, whatever name they happen to go by in this election cycle (and let's face it: he's a type that we're far too familiar with)?

        Another champion of socialism for the rich, capitalism (red in tooth and claw) for the poor.

        Another drooler over the private sector who has spent virtually his entire adult life on the tax-payer's teat.

        Another career politician pretending to spurn politics.

        Another trust fund beneficiary who never stops running his mouth about how everyone  must learn how to stand on their own two-feet.

        I'm sick to death of these interchangeable fucking lying Kewpie dolls.

  •  Yep the Trash Talking Alternative Energy (5+ / 0-)

    is just Ryan passing wind in our general direction.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:01:43 PM PDT

  •  Guess "He DID build that." (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    drmah, sethtriggs

    ...paid for on the Federal dime.

    America, we can do better than this...

    by Randomfactor on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:03:22 PM PDT

  •  "Fiscal Conservative"= Corporate Welfare Whore (3+ / 0-)

    It never fails.

    Mitt Romney treats people like things. And he treats things - corporations - like people.

    by richardak on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:03:38 PM PDT

  •  I'm SHOCKED! Shocked I tell you. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    xaxnar, sethtriggs

    Oh wait.  No I'm not.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:06:05 PM PDT

  •  I Really can't wait (3+ / 0-)

    until this guy squares off against Joe Biden in the VP debate.  

    It's gonna be fun.

    ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

    by NevDem on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:08:32 PM PDT

  •  'What millions of Americans think'? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    xaxnar

    See post below.  Where Bain-and-GOP victimized 'Shirley Carter' plans to vote for Romney.

    I simply don't trust this electorate and certainly not the both-sides-do-it media.  With each successive election, the GOP pushes the envelope on lying and NEVER gets called on it.  Yeah, once in a while maybe, in isolation.

    But who sees it?

    Each side rolls 10,000 commercials; viewers change the channel or roll their eyes; and assimilate the ones that hit their gut: Obama gives your money away to the shiftless blah people.

    So yes, please 'duly note my concern,' as we cherry-pick polls and tell ourselves 'we are winning.'

  •  Rachel totally debunked the idea (6+ / 0-)

    of Ryan as a fiscal conservative last night:

    "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
    Mitt Romney is not the solution. He's the PROBLEM

    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:08:45 PM PDT

  •  Civil construction is packed full of (7+ / 0-)

    people whose every dime came from a government contract and yet they consider themselves self-made men. And they are extremely republican.

    Just today I talked with an owner who absolutely will not do private work. He will only do public/city jobs because they pay in a timely manner.

    These people cannot be reasoned with. They will never see themselves as beneficiaries of government money. And they make a lot of money and they are super big time GOP donors. Rick Perry has many many friends in civil.

    No Jesus, Know Peace

    by plok on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:09:14 PM PDT

  •  Ryan has been VP candidate for less than a week (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annieli, ferg, MKSinSA

    and his story is already starting to fall apart.  Who vetted this guy, anyway?

  •  Line o' the day: (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    xaxnar, ferg, condorcet, NoMoreLies
    Republicans have convinced the media to judge people as "fiscal conservatives" based solely on how badly they'll treat poor and middle-class people, and Ryan would treat those people very badly indeed, so no amount of earmarks or personal profit will strip him of that label in the press.
    Well done.

    Paul Ryan has risen to prominence because he thinks that poor people should suffer and he doesn't mind saying so.

    by VictorLaszlo on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:11:49 PM PDT

  •  Really brilliant phrase, Laura: (5+ / 0-)
    Republicans have convinced the media to judge people as "fiscal conservatives" based solely on how badly they'll treat poor and middle-class people
    Completely true.  A keeper.

    “Keep the company of those who seek the truth- run from those who have found it” ― Václav Havel

    by SottoVoce on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:13:42 PM PDT

  •  Yep, funny twist (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sethtriggs
    At the turn of the century, Ryan Inc. turned to road building. A subsidiary family corporation, Ryan Incorporated Southern, states on its Web site, “The Ryan workload from 1910 until the rural interstate Highway System was completed 60 years later [and] was mostly Highway construction.” The $119 billion spent by the federal government on the Interstate Highway System was, by one account, “the largest public works program since the Pyramids.” [...]
    A current search of Defense Department contracts suggests that “Ryan Incorporated Central” has had at least 22 defense contracts with the federal government since 1996, including one from 1996 worth $5.6 million.

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:15:33 PM PDT

  •  Explains why Ryan hates passenger rail (5+ / 0-)

    voted to defund Amtrak, did not lift a finger in defense of the KRM and the Milwaukee Madison High Speed Rail. Also his love affair with fossil fuels and investments in them explain the anti-renewable votes. Road builders and fossil fools hate competition.

    Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

    by NoMoreLies on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:16:23 PM PDT

  •  Selling bologna? Really? (0+ / 0-)

    Well, he swallowed enough of it reading Ayn Rand.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:16:29 PM PDT

  •  Anyone who voted for the Bridge to Nowhere (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    My Name Isnt Earl

    is NOT a fiscal conservative.

    Anyone who claims they are is a lying asshole or a fucking moron.

    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 Aug 15, 2012 at 07:16:34 PM PDT

  •  Based solely on how badly they'll treat poor (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    drmah, Marjmar

    and middle-class people.  That is just so Spot On.

  •  This - (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ferg
    Republicans have convinced the media to judge people as "fiscal conservatives" based solely on how badly they'll treat poor and middle-class people,
    Outstanding.  Very useful for messaging.  

    PS  ...and I see I'm not the only one loving that quote. :)

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:28:09 PM PDT

  •  There's a reason for FOX, Rush, et. al. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NoMoreLies

    The Republican Party is only able to stay competitive because: A) they have a media blitz that goes 24/7 pushing their talking point lies, B) the mainstream media has either been captured or intimidated into letting them get away with it, and C) Democrats who are still hung up on the civility thing.

    We need more Harry Truman style truth telling - which they think is Hell. We need fewer Democrats reaching across the aisle to people who are only interested in cementing their own power. It's not World War II where both sides have to cooperate to win. It's not the Cold War where Global Communism needs to be countered by a united front.

    It's 2012, and the biggest threat to democracy and the world is the unrestrained power of money and ideology that has consumed the Republican Party - and has its hooks into too many in the Democratic Party.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:32:28 PM PDT

  •  Excellent diary. This will make things even worse (0+ / 0-)

    for Ryan. I'm sure the Obama camp is all over this and has it in their queue.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:37:07 PM PDT

  •  And he's still selling bologna. (0+ / 0-)
    To be fair, that's Ryan's family, not him. But his only private-sector work experience beyond things like waiting tables and selling bologna (for Oscar Mayer) was gained working for the family firm, so he doesn't seem to disapprove too strongly.
  •  Loved the LFCB shot! (0+ / 0-)

    If the Capitol Building got sold to Bain, would it be the Bain Capital Building?

    by Tom Stokland on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:01:04 PM PDT

  •  It's not just his family's $. (0+ / 0-)

    Ryan "had amassed a fortune of "between three and $7.7 million" without having held a more lucrative job than "Congressman" at any point in his adult life.

    Mr. Ryan reported two tax-deferred college savings plans, with a combined value of between $150,000 and $300,000. He also reported two investment partnerships worth, in total, between $350,000 and $750,000, mostly containing shares of stock in well-known companies, including Apple, Goodrich, Kraft Foods, Visa and Whole Foods. Both partnerships were formed by Mr. Ryan and other family members to manage assets left by his grandparents and an aunt. Mrs. Ryan has reported receiving a trust after her mother died in 2010 that is valued between $1 million and $5 million, according to a letter Mr. Ryan filed with his latest financial disclosure. Mrs. Ryan also has longstanding interests in several mining and oil exploration investments in Oklahoma and Texas managed by her father, Dan Little, a lawyer in Oklahoma whose clients include oil and gas companies. Those investments generated as much as $150,000 in income last year."

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/...

  •  I disagree that (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MKSinSA
    To be fair, that's Ryan's family, not him.

    We say this when family does quirky or illegal stuff that's unrelated to the candidate.

    But that business is part of the Ryan family legacy. He inherited wealth from its profits. It's not his cousin's cupcake shop. His cousin is running the family business that Paul still benefits from.

    So to be fair, he doesn't get to distance himself from it.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:31:26 PM PDT

  •  This hypocrite needs to be outed again and again . (0+ / 0-)

    Pass along his "sterling accomplishments" to everybody you know.

    As a Congressman, he has gotten two bills passed:

    One renamed a post office for Ted Nugent.

    One provides a break for the sale of ARROWS.

    Really.

    I have also posted in response to NY TImes articles the information that Ryan's family made a bundle doing PUBLIC WORKS jobs.

    see http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/...  comments

    Joe From Boston Massachusetts

    suefitzgerald:

    You may not be aware that Ryan (a Janesville, Wisconsin native) comes from a family that owns some major construction companies, including companies that have made LOTS of money doing construction for PUBLIC entities.

    link:
    http://www.ryancentral.com/
    http://www.ryanfl.com/

    Ryan saved the Social Security Survivor's Benefit money that he got when his father died when Ryan was 16. He used that to help pay for college. He apparently didn't need it to live on, so it went into the piggy bank.

    Ryan got his, and as far as he is concerned, the rest of society can look out for itself. That's who Paul Ryan is.
    In reply to suefizgeraldAug. 13, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.RECOMMEND63

    Post information about Paul Ryan anywhere you can - the more the merrier.

    Everybody needs to learn what a loser this guy is.

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry

    by BornDuringWWII on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 10:43:07 PM PDT

  •  Hypocrisy, thy name is "Ryan". (0+ / 0-)

    For those on the right who still think Paul Ryan is a great VP choice, the next few months of press coverage are either going to be eye-opening or drive them into utter Teaparty madness.

    Either way, I plan to bring popcorn!

    "What's next?" - President Josiah Bartlet, The West Wing

    by shaf on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 12:19:48 AM PDT

  •  Total fraud... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and this is just one more example.

    Sickening.

    A total hypocrite and fraud, just like his hero, who died from the smoking she advocated, alone and miserable, and ON FEDERAL ENTITLEMENTS.

    Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 04:48:05 AM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site