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This is not a visionary economic plan,
and concerned citizens are not all easily placated babies
While Paul Ryan and his wife, Janna, and some green shirted supporters were on a campaign rally at the Janesville, Wisconsin Labor Day parade, a constituent tried to ask Ryan some questions about labor, jobs, fair wages in this country, and the Romney-Ryan plan regarding those issues, especially the effects of corporate deregulation on jobs and wages.

Paul Ryan's response?  "Have a nice day," "Would you like some candy," and how about "a Packer's schedule?"  

That's some plan, Rep. and GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan!  What a way to allay your constituent's concerns.

Video and transcript are below the orange squiggle.

Ryan:  I’m sorry, nice to see you.  I apologize, we’re getting started here.
Constituent:  OK, I just really need to ask you a question.
Ryan:  Not right now because we’re just getting started.  Do me a favor.  Go to my website.
Constituent:  I have.  I’ve read it.
Ryan:  Well then you know what I think we ought to do.
Constituent:  I know, and you think the same as Bush, and that’s what I don’t understand.
Ryan:  We’re just going to have to disagree on that, ok?  Take care.  I hope you do better.  I want to get jobs, and we just have a difference of opinion on how to get them, ok?
Constituent:  So, what should I have to work for to get a job?  Should I have to work for the same wages as in China?  Should I have to work for one dollar an hour?
Ryan:  Have a nice day, alright?
 Constituent:  Is that the competitiveness that’s needed?
Janna (waving him away):  Have a nice day.
Ryan:  Have a nice day.  Would you like some candy?
Constituent:  No.
Ryan:  Would you like to have a Packer’s schedule?
Constituent:  I need jobs in this community.  There need to be better jobs …
Ryan:  That’s right.
Constituent:  in the community.  What is deregulating going to do?
 What, should we allow corporations to do whatever they like?
Ryan:  (silence)
Constituent:  Is that the goal?
Ryan supporter:  Come on, we’re all here to have a good time.
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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 12:44:36 PM PDT

  •  Talking down to him like a child (8+ / 0-)

    These people are so infuriating and condescending but that have a bag of candy was equivalent to go shopping.  My God . These people are so messed up.
    A disgrace.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 12:53:42 PM PDT

    •  I know this sounds convoluted, but in order (7+ / 0-)

      to accommodate slavery, which involves the deprivation of all human rights, human rights had to be made subordinate to property rights.  Owning property became sort of a sop or a compensation for people being denied their human rights.  And this went on for a long time. Indeed, until the West was finally settled, most legislative bodies were mostly about doling out various property rights to favored populations (not slaves, not indentured servants, not women, not children, not imported aliens, not native Americans):

      water rights
      grazing rights
      logging rights
      mining rights
      oil rights
      gas rights
      fishing rights
      hunting rights

      When the clamor for civil rights (voting, serving on juries, holding public office, etc.) arose, the powers that be were not prepared. Then when the demand for human rights was presented, they were beside themselves.  What powers were left to the ruling elite?  And what were they to make of accountability that became possible once decisions had to be made in public and records could be inspected? Who's going to be left to rule and terrorize with impunity?  What about the lowly public employees who do all the work?  Yeah, that's the ticket.  They're not a "protected class."

      Expecting human rights to be respected is a real leap.  Getting them respected is another matter.  That still requires a lot of work and requires that public servants who don't measure up be fired.  After all, that's what we pay them for -- to respect the Constitution and carry out the obligations of public office.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 01:11:58 PM PDT

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  •  As bad as yelling "SQUIRREL" (4+ / 0-)

    to a dog.

    Look over there .... Squirrel.

    Bastids .....

    Who do you believe, Waffle Willard or Lyin' Ryan???

    by Da Rock on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 12:58:43 PM PDT

  •  There's a video that needs to go viral! (4+ / 0-)

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 01:06:36 PM PDT

  •  that was excellent! (5+ / 0-)

    as to this question right here:

     Should I have to work for the same wages as in China?  Should I have to work for one dollar an hour?

    the answer is... yes. that is until they find even cheaper labor elsewhere. Global corporations beholden to no country is what they strive to be. Seeking to find resources as cheaply as possible is their game. They did name that department .. "Human Resources".. didn't  they.

    It is why they hate "built in America" and unions.. and all the rest.

  •  Lyin' Ryan can run away from his constituents in (4+ / 0-)

    under three hours!

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 01:26:25 PM PDT

  •  God have mercy (5+ / 0-)

    Another 8 weeks of listening to this vile creature spouting hateful lies and treating people with contempt might just carry me off; I'm already at the stage where every time Ryan opens his nasty, pinched little pie-hole, I can feel my brain cells exploding like popcorn.

    Let this be over soon, Lord and let Ryan, Romney and all the other cruel and mendacious bigots and chisellers who make up the Republican Party be consigned to the garbage-disposal of history as they so richly deserve. Amen.

    •  I hope the left-wing outfit (1+ / 1-)
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      who pulled this stunt is proud of themselves. They probably hurt Obama.

      I know how things work in Wisconsin and Iowa and the Upper Midwest in general, it's more minnesota nice than south carolina brawling.

      All you do is making people bad for Paul Ryan when a guy is trying to walk down his street with his wife and also a  kid in a stroller, and some jerk harasses him with a camera.

      It's the same thing when those clowns in Iowa put an "Obama sux" banner by a hangar in Iowa. All those people probably did is make people sympathetic to Obama since it is seen as mean-spirited.

      •  He was not just out for a family stroll. (6+ / 0-)

        Notice the surrounding people in green shirts that say "Ryan" on the backs?  This was a campaign rally at the Labor Day parade.  It was a public venue, and that was a constituent asking questions of his Representative.  Paul Ryan is a public servant and Vice Presidential candidate.  His job is to listen to his constituents and represent them.  Instead, he offers them candy and Packers schedules, and dismisses them.

        "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

        by middleagedhousewife on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 02:54:39 PM PDT

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        •  Exactly (3+ / 0-)
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          elwior, middleagedhousewife, raster44

          The notion that Ryan was there as a private citizen is preposterous. What are you suggesting, @Freedomalliance?

           That Ryan was there to show his solidarity with Labour? The same Labour whose unions he wants to break and whose jobs he and his store-window dummy running mate are happy to ship to China?

          The notion is risible; he's there to scare-up votes and to try to persuade people that he's just another working stiff (who just happens to have $11 million in the bank).

          A 'working stiff' who gets his marching orders from the billionaire Koch brothers; the Koch brothers who he went out of his way to have private meetings with while giving his constituents the brush-off.

          I hope to God his constituents have the good sense to return the favor come November. Ryan can try his luck in the private sector he claims to worship (despite spending the last 15 years or so with his hypocritical mouth clamped to the government's teat.

          He makes me want to puke.

  •  What Are You Talking About, Freedomalliance? (4+ / 0-)

    Democrats are not allowed to protest?  Democrats are not allowed to question Paul Ryan about his policies?

    His policies will affect our families, our seniors.  Paul Ryan & his family & Mitt Romney & his 18 grandchildren & his 5 sons & his 5 DIL's were all prancing around the stage just like week.

    This goes w/ the territory when you put yourself out there.  Paul Ryan & his wife choose to do that.  They choose to bring their children into this.

    •  hey look strawman parade (0+ / 0-)

      Where did I say Democrats are not allowed to protest or question other people's policies.

      Freedom means freedom to be an asshole. Just like the people in Sioux City were free to put an Obama sux banner by the airport when Air Force One landed.

      However, it's clear to an objective viewer that it is poor taste when there's no campaign event and someone is just walking with his infant children and wife down the street,  and you start harassing him, it makes people feel sympathetic towards him.

      We have precedent for this going back 50 years.
      In 1960, Texas was a swing state even with Johnson on the ticket. Remember Texas went for Eisenhower in 52 and 56 and the Democratic governor of Texas had endorsed the Republican ticket both times.
      Johnson was going to be speaking at a gala in Dallas or Houston and that there were protesters there waiting to jeer at him. He was told by his advisors there was a backdoor to avoid protesters.

      What do you think he did?
      He directly went right through the protesters with his wife in tow and made sure the cameras saw every second of it.

      Now why do you think he did that?

      •  I Felt NO Sympathy For Ryan.... (3+ / 0-)
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        middleagedhousewife, elwior, raster44

        His wife looks like a tough cookie to me in no danger of crumbling under the weight of two questions from Wisconsin constituents.  She was a corporate tax attorney before she retired.  Goes.....with.....the.....territory.

        This parade was a year ago.  The boys may have been in strollers, but their legs must have been dragging on the ground.  Neither was an infant or a toddler at that point.  

        The Obama girls & the First Lady have been subjected to personal attacks which have absolutely nothing to do w/ the President's policies.  They continue to this day.  

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