There are so many ways that Paul Ryan is a charlatan that I simply ask you to check his own history. Born into a little money, he used his father's Social Security money to help him get started. Paul Ryan's family business was built on using government money to get contracts for income. Paul Ryan is not a log cabin Republixan. In fact, like Mitt Romney, just about all of Ryan's millions have come directly or indirectly from government funding. Yet Paul Ryan wants to deny these opportunities to others.
Just as the other charlatans who used government money to make their fotrunes, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney and George Bush and Tom DeLay and the rest, these two-faced politicians all now speak against government funding though they had used it. They sit on their wealth pile, helped greatly by government money and/or contracts, and want to deny others the same. Not only did some of them use government money to further their own fortunes, but some ended up in court, charged with illegalities.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan love to try and attach the socialist label on Barach Obama. Usually it refers to some compassionate or altruistic concept or program that President Obama advocates. Anything that does not give huge tax breaks to the wealthy in the U.S., or offer sweetheart military-industiral contracts to the largest corporations will be labeled "socialistic." Hmmm.
The health care reform that President Obama was able to get through Congress has been waiting since the administration of President Teddy Roosevelt. Amazingly, Obama was finally able to achieve it, though many prior presidents had failed. Romney and Ryan call it Euro-Socialism. Strange.
Oh, they look so honest! Romney and Ryan will be good leaders. I trust them. Wow, are people in for some surprises! Check their backgrounds, please. Know the two-faced lies they have told you. See, how they have designed their platform to help the rich and hurt the middle class and poor. They have no conscience about trampling you or the government programs designed to help you. Oh, it is OK for the government to help them, as it has many times. But not you. For you it is socialism, for them it is good capitalism. Sad. Sick. Shameful. Disgusting.
Yes, by now all of us should know how the drug companies and the insurance companies wine and dine people to get what they want. They send physicians on luxury vacations at no cost to the physicians; all the docs have to do is prescribe certain drugs. And insurance companies know how to send politicians on a gravy train route in order to get their support. Your health and health care is dependent upon physicians who are bought and sold, and upon insurance companies who know how to prevent you from adequate care. And the king and prince of the drug-insurance cabal in Washington, Romney and Ryan, can't wait to get their hands on power so they can reward their masters. You get the dregs.
As a historian with a graduate degree, I carefully review historical writing. It has absolutely amazed me that few books have been written about how we have lost the American dream. The stability of the American job left us decades ago, and yet all we hear, at best, are little speech items about it. Our kids and grandkids may be heading for a life that is far less comfortable than the one we carved for ourselves in the U.S. Where are the books? Why no written alarm? Do we just accept this and march like lemmings over the cliff?
Finally a book has been written about what caused this step backwards:
Mitt Romney can't help himself. When he lies, which is often, he gets into trouble. When he tells the truth, he gets into trouble. I guess all we can do is listen carefully to his exact words and try to figure out what he means and what he is trying to hide. It ain't easy for someone who has had an easy life.
Speaking to a group of wealthy people who feel they have to support the conservative in the presidential race because that will protect their tax breaks, government contracts, and favorable deals with the government or with the government out of the way. In short, greed trumps everything, and the greediest vote in November will go to the politician who can deliver the protection and the hand-outs to the wealthy.
It is all but impossible to express anything close to scholarly or historical commentary about the Bible, Jesus, God, Christianity, etc. in the insane arena of theology, religion, or spiritual authenticity in the United States especially. If you think Islam has strange cults, groupings, schisms, sects, etc., try to make sense out of what has been done in the name of Christianity through the years. Think Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, burning at the stake, shunning, condemnation to Hell, eerie interpretations of the Bible, bigotry, pedophilia, sexism, ad infinitum. All of it "Biblical."
When fundamentalists, pentecostals, Roman Catholics, etc. enter historical accounts and discussions, there is absolutely no room for accuracy or truth. Absurd beliefs of one kind or the other get in the way of honest scholarly study and historical accuracy. It becomes a house of mirrors, a rubber room, and hocus-pocus and voodooism take over. We live in a university of lies, deceptions, cover-ups, and anti-intellectual B-movies and strange projections. Our religious "beliefs" are more in tune with the 5th century than the 21st.
It is truly amazing that the recent release of a small portion of Mitt Romney's tax liability for a recent year was viewed as a positive by some people. I won't bother to make an issue of his history of hiding his income and assets in Swiss and Cayman accounts. But deceptively not paying his full taxes for one year so that his personal reference to paying 14% in income taxes was "accurate" is too much. It shows blatantly his use of deception to be "truthful." As Romney himself once said in an interview, "If I didn't use my full deductions and overpaid my tax liability, I probably wouldn't be fit to be President." Absolutely correct, Mitt.
If Mitt Romney had claimed all of his charitable donations instead of just some of them, he would have paid less than 10% of his income in taxes. But he said he paid 13 or 14% in all recent years. So he had his tax accountant NOT use all his deductions so he could show he paid 14% in teaxes. That is considered honesty by Romney??? Manipulation, perhaps. Deception, perhaps, But certainly not honesty!
Some years ago, while living in Kansas City, I saw a news clip concerning the Governor of Wisconsin. Being a Badger, and being gone from my home state for quite awhile, I was interested to see who the new Wisconsin gov was. I couldn't have been more disappointed or embarrassed from the first words out of the mouth of Tommy Thompson. Could this awkward goof really be the governor of my home state? He was an embarrassment of the First Waters.
Since that time, the small town boy has become a puppet and servant of the wealthy, and in the process has made himself rich. Was this because he was talented or intelligent? Nope, it was because he had no qualms about selling out to well-paying, greedy individuals. And Tommy had learned to play with the big boys in Washington. And as is the case with so many of our "servants" in Washington, he left a Cabinet post and offered himself to the highest bidder. And the bids came in for the man with connections in D.C.
Politicians reflect to the public what they think the public believes and wants to hear from them. As a result, political campaigns are loaded with hatred, bigotry, sexism, gay bashing, Moslem bashing, and generally bashing of "the other." There is so much hatred rampant in our own nation and culture that we express our own inferiority complex by trying to pull down people who do not fit our shallow concept of civilization. We are still grunting cavemen and cavewomen. We are comfortable in our caves and we don't want anybody to bother us if they don't fit our concept of the "right" color, religion, sexual inclination, ad infinitum. Very sad.
It is just about beyond my comprehension why somebody would want to hate "the other." We hate huge groups of people. How can that be? Let some others attempt to shed some light on this human curse...
No matter which individual or group you believe first came from Europe to settle in the New World, all of us who fit into that category came as uninvited immigrants. If you read the accounts from the daily log of Columbus and his ships, you will read the most monstrous, inhumane comments and observations about the "natives" they first encountered in this hemisphere.
The way we treated the people who had been living here for a millenium is also sickening. The white Europeans gave no thought to the native people, their familites, their traditions, their religion, their welfare, their right to the land they lived on for so very-very long, etc. We horribly mistreated them, disenfranchised them, stole their land, tried to smother their culture and religion, murdered them, brought disease to them, moved them, herded them onto land that was strange to them, took everything we could from them.