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  • Ron Paul Proposes Bold, Principled and Insane Economic Plan

    Never one to abandon ideological consistency in the face of external reality, yesterday Ron Paul released a specific, internally consistent, audacious…and absolutely crazy fiscal reform proposal titled a "A Plan to Restore America." In short, Ron Paul is still Ron Paul.

    Paul announced his plan in Las Vegas, Nevada, an apt symbol for the economic future young adults can expect to face in Paultopia, which would allow workers to opt-out of the Social Security and Medicare systems in favor of personal investment/dancing for change before their Galtian Overlords. Other key aspects of the plan, which would cut approximately $1 trillion in federal spending in the first year of the Awakening of the Elves Ron Paul's presidency (actually, both time-lines are equally plausible), include…

    * Ending all funding for wars and foreign assistance.

    * Eliminating five cabinet departments: Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Interior, and Education. Paul would also eliminate the Transportation Security Administration and privatize the Federal Aviation Administration. These measures are part of an effort to "[slam] on the brakes and puts America on a return to constitutional government." Because if James Madison had wanted the federal government to regulate magickal flying machines from the future, he would have put the FAA in the Constitution, somewhere between the three fifths compromise and the power of Congress to "grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal."

    * Converting the Medicaid program into block-grants distributed to states, because if you can't trust the State of Alabama to adequately fund healthcare services for the poor, who can you trust?

    As for the likely impact of the proposal, Paul was sanguine

    "I have a personal conviction that this will not hurt anybody. You cut government spending and it goes back to you," he promised a crowd of roughly 200 supporters who gathered in a conference room at the Venetian hotel to hear him unveil the plan.

    Yep, I'm sure phrases like "Supplemental nutrition for women, children, etc – discontinued" won't have an impact on anybody important, if implemented. I mean if Rush Limbaugh is okay with it

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Constitution, Economy, Medicaid, Nevada, Primaries, Ron Paul, Social Security, Taxes
  • From the Pork Barrel: Canada's War on Cleavage

    * Dangerous cleavage outbreak contained by Canadian government.

    * Rick Perry's Medicaid plan uncomfortably liked by Democrats.

    * Can Barack Obama win reelection without the janitor vote?

    * Turns out the reason Democrats can't win is because they're a third party.

    * Gary Johnson criticizes GOP debate audience, damaging chances of winning nomination.

    * Florida Gov. Rick Scott reads teleprompter joke off teleprompter screen.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Canada, Democrats, Florida, Jewish, Medicaid, Pork Barrel, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Scott, Third Party
  • Political Ad Features Your Grandmother Getting Pushed Off a Cliff

    I'm really glad to see that the progressive group Agenda Project has decided to take the high road in this political ad and only show a man in a suit (who's probably supposed to be Rep. Paul Ryan) pushing a sweet old lady in a wheelchair up to a rocky cliff and hurling her off to her demise.

    It'd be terrible if they embraced any of that "death panel"-like talk that everybody criticized the Republicans for a few years ago…

    Tags: Health Care, House of Representatives, Liberals, Medicaid, Paul Ryan, Republicans
  • Paul Ryan v. Your Grandparents

    Let's do a quick inventory of all the people that Republicans are trying their best to alienate in their quest for a permanent majority: women, black people, brown people, immigrants, poor people, middle class people and sick people.

    Oh, and I guess we can now add old people to the list

    Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) political group went on the attack Monday against AARP, calling one of the most powerful lobbies a "left-leaning pressure group."

    Ryan's Prosperity PAC sought to push back on attacks by AARP against the House Budget Committee chairman's 2012 budget, specifically its proposed changes to Medicare… AARP launched ads last week warning against "harmful cuts" to Medicare and Social Security it said Republicans favored.

    In case you're unaware, "left-leaning pressure group" in conservative parlance is just, like, one step down from "militant terrorist organization."

    So, yeah. Harsh.

    Photo by Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: AARP, Health Care, House of Representatives, Medicaid, Medicare, Paul Ryan, Wisconsin
  • Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Surprisingly Unpopular with Non-Millionaires

    Something really bizarre happened when Republican congressional hero Paul Ryan visited with his constituents back in Janesville, Wisconsin to talk about his budget plan. They were, like, angry or something. It didn't make any sense. That's not at all how Ryan's GOP buddies in Congress reacted to his plan.

    It was almost as if all these people weren't thrilled to have their Medicare and Medicaid slashed into oblivion to make room for addition tax cuts for billionaires. Huh?! I kept thinking that Ashton Kutcher was gonna jump out at any minute with his camera crew

    When he claimed that he was serious about balancing the budget, someone in the crowd shouted: "That's not what the Congressional Budget Office says." And the room erupted with cheers for the correction of the congressman’s attempted deception.

    When Ryan claimed his Republican budget plan would save Medicare and Medicaid, the packed room erupted with shouts of "Liar!" When Ryan claimed that he didn’t want to replace Medicare with a voucher system but rather with "choices," a woman piped up: "You can call it what you want, but don’t tell us that it’s still Medicare."

    When Ryan claimed that taxes needed to be cut for corporations and the wealthy in order to create jobs, he was greeted with a collective groan from hundreds of workers in a town that recently lost a major auto factory. One man yelled: "We’ve been cutting their taxes for 30 years and what did it get us? Outsourcing and layoff notices."

    That guy says it like it's a bad thing. Doesn't that guy understand that that's all for the best for America as a whole? This is how the free market is supposed to work. What does he want? To eat? Hey buddy, why don't you go and eat some communist noodles in communist China?!

    Seriously, I just don't get cheeseheads.

    (Photo via Getty Images)

    Tags: House of Representatives, Medicaid, Medicare, Paul Ryan, Wisconsin