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Don’t Buy the Kinder, Nicer Paul Ryan

As we speak the Republican message is changing, softening, moving in slightly more moderate directions. This must be the Paul Ryan honeymoon stage. Or maybe he got the “talk” from the GOP telling him to soft pedal his extremism until after the election.
If you go back and listen to Paul Ryan last year and the year before this man had no soft edges. He would not allow abortion even in cases of rape. His budget suggested brutal cuts to social programs and huge increases for the military. His tax policy was the same as that of all Republicans: if Americans give tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations, jobs will magically appear. If the tax code is revised to take away all tax loopholes, America’s tax intake will increase. If we make government really small and cut all of our safety net programs to the bone we will be doing the people at the bottom a great favor as they will suddenly be energized to succeed. In fact, supporting people who are poor, homeless, and disabled is encouraging them to fail, he tells us.
I know many people do not agree with me, but I think making government small when populations are exploding is the nuttiest thing I have ever heard of. It makes me very nervous because it sounds like an invitation to anarchy. I wouldn’t mind anarchy if there were only a few of us bouncing around the United States and we were all fairly homogenous and peaceful. We aren’t. Even those of us who are relatively peaceful are not peaceful all the time. The partying might be great, but when we weren’t partying I bet there would be hell to pay. No anarchy for me, although I can think of a few things I might enjoy doing that are not allowed now.
Anyway – I’m just saying that I don’t believe that Mr. Ryan is really planning to moderate his plans. He is just waiting until he is elected and can be turned loose to wreak havoc. “Be careful what you ask for because you might get it.”