Paul Ryan: Policy Wank

Wonky graphs. A laser-point-y thing. Rolled-up sleeves and an attentive audience. @SpeakerRyan is so happy right now pic.twitter.com/UhW1RiDeYw — Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) March 9, 2017 OH. MY. GAWD. He’s so wonky and neat! And so smart! Other politicians don’t get into the policy and really understand it the way Paul–I’m allowed to call him Paul,… Continue reading Paul Ryan: Policy Wank

Well, he’s got his dream spin, anyway

Paul Ryan really doesn’t want to be Speaker of the House. I get that. It’s a very, very shitty job right now. John Boehner did want to be Speaker of the House, badly, and it took the nihilist branch of his own party less than five years to retirement seem preferable to another day on… Continue reading Well, he’s got his dream spin, anyway

When someone’s paycheck depends on not understanding a problem…

…don’t be surprised when they don’t understand it: On Monday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) reiterated that he doesn’t think climate change is worth fighting, or that human beings are to blame. Ryan is running for re-election in his Wisconsin district against Democratic challenger Rob Zerman. According to a report by the Associated Press, the question… Continue reading When someone’s paycheck depends on not understanding a problem…

The reform conservative maxim on poverty

Or, if you prefer, “Shorter reform conservatives Paul Ryan and Reihan Salam“: If you are the CEO of a bank, and you and/or your employees deliberately engage in risky behavior that causes the economy to crash and requires that the US government and Federal Reserve bail your bank out to the tune of trillions of… Continue reading The reform conservative maxim on poverty

Paternalism for thee, poor person, but not for me or any of my pals

In his defense of Paul Ryan’s compassionate plan to help the poor by treating them like ex-cons, Reihan Salam lifts the veil around the whole “libertarian, unless” side of movement er, reform, I mean reform, conservatism: If all of this caseworker talk sounds paternalistic to you, you’re on to something. Conservatives hate nanny-statism, and are… Continue reading Paternalism for thee, poor person, but not for me or any of my pals

Paul Ryan wants to fight poverty by putting poor people on probation, for being poor

Apparently the country was due for another round of Paul Ryan’s “Message: I Care” tour …because yesterday he released his brand new idea for saving the poor: The Opportunity Grant®. The plan is to merge a whole lot of individual programs for the poor into one program that gives block grants to the states and… Continue reading Paul Ryan wants to fight poverty by putting poor people on probation, for being poor

My Buzzfeed Dot Com Education

There it was, just sitting there, on my web browser, which I had opened a short time earlier. I stared at the title for what seemed like hours, but couldn’t have been more than a few minutes. “Paul Ryan’s Inner City Education,” it said. “Buzzfeed.com,” it said. “McKay Coppins,” it said. “I know I should… Continue reading My Buzzfeed Dot Com Education