Aug. 16, 2012  By Jack Jodell

The recent Mitt Romney announcement of Paul RUIN as his running mate (that’s my term for Paul Ryan, as I believe his economic ideas will ruin and destroy all semblance of fairness and economic justice within our borders) was typically hypocritical of the now very reactionary, Tea Party -infested Republican Party. It should surprise no one that the ultimate 1%-er Romney, the Outsourcer-In-Chief who wants to further reduce taxes on the rich and is in favor of even more deregulation of Wall Street and big business, would select such an eager yuppie-puppy disciple of the notorious Ayn Rand to be his running mate. After all, their economic philosophies are nearly identical and are equally misguided.  Both view government as a major impediment to their notion of free enterprise capitalism, even though that notion actively leads to an even greater disparity of wealth and fosters inequality. Both favor increasing George W. Bush’s ridiculous tax cuts for the rich, claiming dishonestly that doing so will increase investment in America and lead to the creation of 12 million new jobs. (We have heard this bogus argument before, and have seen the results of it being put into practice: very FEW jobs beiong created, with the vast majority of them being lower-pay, part-time, service-sector tasks, or slave-labor ones being created abroad). Both men want to reduce government oversight over the economy, even though it was the reduction in government oversight which enabled Wall Street speculators and mortgage banks to plunge us into the Great Recession of 2008. Although both deny it, each favors huge cuts in Social Security, Food Stamps, Medicare, amd Medicaid, and Ruin has even advocated a preposterous voucher program for Medicare and would turn Medicaid completely over to state control. All of these crazy notions would decimate the poor and ultimately enrich big insurance companies. Both men are also millionaires; Romney many times over and Ruin through inheritance and insider trading. If elected, these two would implement economic disaster for the overwhelming 99% MAJORITY of American workers whose income is far below theirs!

There has been a lot of hoopla in the mainstream, corporatist American media concerning Paul RUIN. He  has been described as having working-class roots by some. This, of course, is a lie.  For he was the son of an attorney, and that is hardly a working class upbringing! As a boy, it was not uncommon for his entire family to take winter ski trips to ski  resorts in the Rocky Mountains. Such trips, while not necessarily always luxurious or extravagant, are seldom cheaply made. So to describe Ryan as being of working class roots is ludicrous, and an insult to millions of currently economically-stressed, underpaid, underemployed, and/or unemployed Americans whose distress was caused by reckless and irresponsible 1%-ers in the first place.

Where this nonsense may have had its origins comes from the fact that Ruin’s father died suddenly when Ryan was only 16. To his credit, the Social Security survivor’s benefits he received he put toward his college education and were not wasted frivoloisly. But herein lies the  most fundamentally aggravating and hypocritical aspect of his reactionary economic philosophy: while it was apparently perfectly ok to use public Social Security funds for HIS needs, he now wishes to deny such a benefit to others! It is the typical, self-centered and arrogant Republican attitude that “I’ve got mine, and to hell with you and your needs!” Talk about biting the very hand that has fed you

RUIN has described the President’s attempts to use government resources to help unemployed workers and those in need as offering ” a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.” Funny how that never happened to him or his family after they received Social Security, isn’t it? It is an indication of how myopic and downright callous his philosophy truly is. It is WRONG, too! He has consistently voted against extending unemployment benefits to millions who remain unemployed, and has voted against women (voting against equal pay for equal work, and vowing to de-fund Planned Parenthood). Likewise, he has strongly supported many anti-union measures, making him anti-worker; and has even come out in opposition to BIRTH CONTROL! This guy is extreme, and not at all in touch with the values of regular Americans!

His is a philosophy influenced heavily by Ayn Rand, as Ryan himself has even admitted.”The reason I got involved in public service, by and large,” he has said, “if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.” This, too, is typically hypocritical, in that Ayn Rand herself, while publicly adopting a posture opposed to Social Security and Medicare, actually was a recipient of both programs in her later life! Again, “as long as I get mine, that’s ok, but to hell with you!” RUIN has even insisted that his interns read Rand’s blatantly pro-wealthy trash. The ridiculous naivete found in the beliefs of each of these people – Rand, Romney, and RUIN – that huge tax cuts for the rich will miraculously help everybody else prosper – has been proven repeatedly to be pure bunk! It boggles the imagination that this trio has ever been able to get away with arguing such foolishness for so long.

Naturally, as an advocate of a much smaller federal government, Paul RUIN has become very popular with the extremist Tea Party. He, like Romney, rejects the fact that the federal government has definitely created gainful employment for millions of his countrymen over the years, from defense contractor personnel to road construction crews to teachers to firefighters to mail carriers to policemen, as well as many millions of others whose work provides valuable and necessary products and services which support private industry. They both also reject the fact that American businesses do not simply rise up out of nothing, and were created as a direct result of having access to public roads, public schools, government loans and subsidies, and protection provided by the government-run military as well.

RUIN also loves to boast that he is a socially conservative Roman Catholic and that his faith helped him draft the drastic budget he submitted earlier this year. He has even claimed that his budget was consistent with Catholic teachings. This young overly-eager-beaver should slow down a bit, though. For no less than the U,S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been strongly critical of the Ryan budget, because it makes severe cuts in food stamps and other government assistance programs which aid poor people. They have even said his budget fails to meet specific “moral criteria” by disproportionately axing programs that “serve poor and vulnerable people.”

To that,  I would add that both candidates’ aims to reduce taxes for the very wealthy while simultaneously raising them on the poor and middle class, and cutting entitlement spending as well, represents a very real  abdication of American moral responsibility. Clearly, we can and MUST do better than electing these uncaring monsters!________________________________________


About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Jackie says:

    Great article..!!! Makes my chest feel heave as Get so angry with the all the lies people are told.! I don’t want to move back to Canada, not because I don’t love Canada but because my children and grandchildren are here in Minnesota and hubby says that if Romney gets in we are going home.! I do want to tell anybody that reads this that our Canadian Healthcare System is not at ” ALL the way the United States says it is, that’s propaganda… All of my friends and family live there and I haven’t heard anything horrible. My friend that is a Doctor at the Mayo here in Rochester MN. told me that people do hear bad things about the healthcare system in Canada but what they don’t hear is the mistakes made at the Mayo or any other hospital..!! It’s life anywhere.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks for stopping by and offering your very valid comments.I, too, am fed up with the absolute lies the far right has been engaged in for so long, and especially for the constant stream of lies emanating from the Romney-Ruin camp. And your Canadian health care system is FAR better and MUCH preferable to the greedy, profit-laden MESS we have here now!

  2. infidel753 says:

    a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency

    Funny how we have to watch every penny we give an unemployed working-class person in benefits because it might seduce them into not doing anything, but when a billionaire “job creator” isn’t doing anything (isn’t creating any jobs) we need to give him even more millions in tax cuts to spur him into action.

    Like many intellectually-curious people, I once went through a phase of taking Ayn Rand seriously. Believe me, the thought that someone could reach the age of 42 and still not have outgrown that phase is very scary.

    The selection of “Ruin” has, at least, brought to the fore the policies that the Republican party really stands for — converting the United States into a Third World society of the struggling masses presided over by a tiny super-rich minority. If the Democrats are ruthless and honest enough, we can turn this election into a referendum on that.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Infidel 753,
      Your logic is sound regarding the non-productive billionaires and the fallacy Ayn Rand has foisted upon us. Let us hope the Democrats WILL be honest and ruthless enough this time to pull off such a badly-needed referendum!.

  3. Tom Harper says:

    I always got a kick out of that “safety hammock” talking point. I don’t know who first came up with it, but everyone from Cal Thomas to your garden variety rightwing blog troll spews it out incessantly.

    I’m glad you mentioned Ryan’s Biblehumping credentials. There must be millions of fiscally-conservative socially-liberal voters who aren’t aware of this. Everyone seems to think Ryan is a Libertarian and only cares about economic issues. He wants to bring us all back to the Salem Witch trials, and voters need to know this.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Ruin is no libertarian. He’s far worse, in that he is a reactionary who wants to turn the social and economic clock back to the 1890s. He is a very dangerous man who does NOT belong on the public payroll!

  4. JollyRoger says:

    Before Saint Ronnie closed the mental hospitals, society knew of a place to put people like these two where they WEREN’T dangerous.

    Those days, as they say, are gone. Obviously.

  5. Max's Dad says:

    Uncaring monsters! That is the best description of these two hacks I have yet heard.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks, Max’s Dad. Very regrettably, the description is true, and that is why they and their wretched party must be defeated BIG TIME this November!

  6. It would be educational if Ryan could be sent on a world cruise aboard an “unsinkable” ship like the Titanic — but with no lifeboats aboard, because having lifeboats would only encourage the captain and crew to be lazy or reckless, and thus invite a tragedy.

    Or, maybe Ryan would like to try driving from Wisconsin to D.C. in a car with no brakes, no seatbelts and no airbags. That way, he wouldn’t be tempted to speed or take other chances.

    File these thoughts under “What it takes to educate complete jerks.”

  7. Hello Jack,
    As I have told others, it is much like the ads for a Lite Beer:
    Paul Ryan has all the smells and taste of Sarah Palin…..but with just half of the stupidity!

    I see where Caribou Barbie, “Queen of the Loonies,” The voice of the “Tea Party Lemmings” to be finically FLEECED by the Republican Establishment, has not been invited to speak at the Republican Convention?!?!?!……I’m sure the invitation just got lost in the mail……after all it is a Government thing and anytime the Government gets involved, they will inedibility screw it up right?!?!

    She will be waiting by the phone much like the “FUGGLY TWIT” waiting and hoping for that “Prom Date” call.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer,
      Palin got exactly what she deserved – to be snubbed by the national party in favor of new, latest “flavors of the month.” The stupid moron has nothing to say anyway.

      Ryan, on the other hand, is so reactionary he would fit in nicely with the GOP of the 1890s. Like Palin, he has absolutely nothing of value to offer the country today, save for his retirement from politics altogether…

  8. They’ve really pulled a backfire as of this week with choosing to open the Convention tomorrow as another hurricane hits New Orleans. You kind of think, game over … in popular opinion. But then again, the masses are dumb / numb in America. – great post Jack

    Jack, could you add reposting buttons to your posts? So I can tweet, google and facebook them with ease? *and so can others!*

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Yes, it seems like these 1%-ers are continually shooting themselves in the foot. As for reposting buttons, I’ll look into it with wordpress, as I am unsure how to do that. Thank you.

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