Monday, July 11, 2011

The Priorities of Republican Politicians Are Not Yours and MIne

There's nothing ethically or politically pure about either major party in the United States. But the Republicans these days make a point of specializing in protecting the super wealthy, largely because they want to enjoy some of the same privileges themselves.

Talking Points Memo has the story:
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a leading advocate of shrinking entitlement spending and the architect of the plan to privatize Medicare, spent Wednesday evening sipping $350 wine with two like-minded conservative economists at the swanky Capitol Hill eatery Bistro Bis.

I don't mind talented people making money. But giving wealthy people money they don't need by cutting Medicare, privatizing Social Security, cutting jobs and cutting back on services is outrageous. Where is the sense of outrage in this country?

Do people realize that corporations are holding billions of dollars in reserve that could stimulate the economy and create jobs? Where is the outrage? If these guys are going to sit on that money—a good percent of it is Bush's bailout money, by the way—then yes, we ought to tax it to get the economy moving again.

Do people realize that global warming is real and most of these fat cats are sitting on their asses doing nothing so they can have a few more bottles of $350 wine and swing a few more sweetheart deals with the help of politicians like Paul Ryan? Where is the outrage?

Paul Ryan doesn't care about people like you and me. Neither do most of the other politicians in the Republican Party. What they care about are the people who can buy that $350 bottle of wine and fork over hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions.

When is it going to dawn on people that the tea party folks are Tories? They're the folks we fought in 1776 who wanted to rig the system for the rich and powerful and the privileged few?



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