Washington’s biggest con man
March 19, 2017 Leave a comment
No, not Donald Trump. Paul Ryan. Trump is so transparently just a con man that everybody not hopelessly in his corner is well onto this fact. When it comes to Paul Ryan, though, he just lies, and lies, and lies and still manages to be covered by the media as if he’s some thoughtful policy wonk. He has already revealed his true self many many times (e.g., the hammock, his absurd lies after the CBO score). His latest in speaking about Medicaid is, perhaps, the most revealing yet of the dark heart that beats deep within his breast. Chait (who else?) on the matter:
Paul Ryan has been obsessed for his entire adult life by the single-minded goal of reducing distribution from the rich to the poor. But Ryan, who worked as a political aide before running for Congress himself, is savvy enough to recognize that social Darwinism is not a promising basis for a national platform. And so, when he burst onto the national scene, he positioned himself as an earnest, thoughtful policy wonk whose primary interest was in saving the country from a fiscal crisis. Subsequently, when the facts began to catch up to him, Ryan made a huge deal about his allegedly deep commitment to poverty, a messaging ploy that worked quite well. But, in an uncharacteristic fit of candor, he burst out today to National Review editor Rich Lowry, in support of his plan to cut spending on Medicaid, that “We’ve been dreaming of this since you and I were drinking out of a keg.” [emphasis mine]
Will press coverage of Paul Ryan change? I suspect not. We’ll still keep hearing about the thoughtful wonk who cares about balancing the budget and really does want to help the poor. The reality, though? It’s pretty damn apparent.