Now that the Koch-snorting crazies are in complete control of the asylum, they will stop at nothing to take a chainsaw to the entire edifice of New Deal programs. Somehow calling something that people pay into for years an “entitlement,” these fiscal terrorists have been trying to privatize the program for years, much to the benefit of their Wall Street constituency.
Although Obamacare still stands as the Republicans favorite thing to bash and vote against, they didn’t waste any time in going after Social Security on their first day in control of both houses (that sentence still gives me tremors).
Their latest effort at shredding the program came Tuesday, when they included a new rule in their rules package governing the 114th Congress. The rule seeks to prevent Congress from authorizing routine reallocation of funds to both the retirement and disability program. Of course, this would have real consequences for real people, but not the kind of people who corporations are…so it’s totally cool.
Here’s the thing: Paul Ryan, the Ayn Rand-worshiping champion of anti-entitlements, was once perfectly okay with using the very same program he now seeks to destroy.
The “do as I say, not as I do” meme permeates today’s GOP like carcinogenic melanoma, seemingly unstoppable unless caught early. Paul Ryan, the sniveling little corporate creep who looks like someone David Spade would play in a movie, rose to fame as a Republican fiscal champion through his efforts to chip away at Social Security.
But little libertarian Eddie Munster was perfectly fine with using SS when it suited him and his family’s needs during trying times.
From the Daily Kos:
One day as a 16 year old, Ryan came upon the lifeless body of his father. Paul Ryan, Sr. had died of a heart attack at age 55, leaving the Janesville Craig High School 10th grader, his three older brothers and sisters and his mother alone. It was Paul who told the family of his father’s death.
With his father’s passing, young Paul collected Social Security benefits until age 18, which he put away for college. To make ends meet, Paul’s mother returned to school to study interior design. His siblings were off at college. Ryan remembers this difficult time bringing him and his mother closer.
Within months, Paul’s maternal grandmother moved into the house. She suffered from Alzheimer’s, and it often fell on young Paul to care for her, including brushing and braiding her hair. Ryan credits his father’s death and the care of his grandmother as giving him first-hand experience as to how social service programs work.
That’s right — using a program that’s freaking designed to keep people afloat during trying times is okay for Paul Ryan to use, but everyone else is just a poor and lazy slob if they need assistance. Paul Ryan may look like Eddie Munster, but he actually acts like Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka.
Like Dr. Ben Carson, the potential 2016 Republican candidate who has gone after Obamacare and social programs even though his own mother needed welfare at one point, these guys happily use the very same programs that they now so vigorously champion gutting.
It seems (in their broken minds, anyway), today’s poor people are totally different than poor people in the past, thus shouldn’t be given the same opportunities for social betterment.
This kind of thinking is cognitive dissonance at its finest, but what else would you expect from the GOP?
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