There is something about Paul Ryan that angers me. I know exactly what it is. He is a blatant liar. He knowingly states falsehoods because his lies serve him better than facts. He isn’t in politics to help the American people, he is self serving.
I remember his vice presidential run in 2012 when he was on a ticket with Mitt Romney. He accused Obama of shutting down a plant in Janesville Wisconsin, his home state, when he knew it had happened on George W Bush’s watch. I know he knew that because he had spoken about it in a speech in 2008.
Also during that VP run in 2012, he went to a soup kitchen without authorization, grabbed an apron, had a few photos taken, and left within 5 minutes. He used those photos to try to sell himself as a philanthropist. He is an opportunist.
If Paul Ryan were a used car salesman rather than a politician he’d be the type who, while looking you in the eye with a smirk, would ask you to take out a high interest loan in order to purchase a rusty car with an oil leak that you can feel during the test drive is about to blow out it’s transmission. But, he missed his calling as a used car salesman, and is instead a smug politician who wants to raise your taxes, take your healthcare insurance and your “entitlement benefits,” in order to give to the donors who pay him to do so.
Rumor has it, Paul Ryan will not seek re-election in 2018. He has just about realized his lifelong political goals of giving the wealthiest Americans a Regan style tax cut, widening the wealth gap, screwing over grandma, and giving the proceeds to people like the Mercers and the Koch brothers.
This tax-scam has the added bonus of pulling the bottom block out of the healthcare Jenga puzzle.
Maybe he thinks, by not running for re-election, he won’t be prosecuted for his crimes against the United States. He was picked up on surveillance accepting money from Russian Ambassador Serge Kislyak. He was also overheard joking that Donald Trump is on Putin’s payroll. (wink wink, nudge nudge)
Ryan won’t survive the Mueller investigation. He and many politicians (some democrats included,) will go down with the Trumptanic.
If you’re curious about who, just look at the members of Congress who are protesting the Mueller investigation.
Now, on the eve of passing the GOP tax cut for billionaires and corporations, he and his co-conspirators are claiming it will pay for itself with economic growth, while Ryan simultaneously whispers in our ears that we will have to pay for these tax cuts, which will add $1.4 trillion to the deficit, by allowing him to cut “entitlements.”
He wants your Medicare, your Medicaid, and the Social Security which has been deducted from every paycheck you ever earned so you will have it when you need it. They are called entitlements because you ARE entitled to them.
Social Security is Funded Until 2034, and About Three-Quarters Funded for the Long Term.
Here is an understatement for you— Paul Ryan’s is a hypocrite.
To garner sympathy and admiration, Ryan likes to play the part of a kid who struggled his way out of poverty… worked hard and fought his way out.
The low point of his childhood was when, as a teen, he found his father, an attourney, dead. That is a tough blow, but by no means does that single experience equal a difficult childhood.
After his fathers death, Paul Ryan received Social Security survivors’ benefits as a minor. He told the associated press in 2005
“It was a tough time for our family, and Social Security was there to help us when we needed the help.”
Had his mother’s income ever fallen below a certain point, she would have been able to receive Social Security support before her retirement age, too. But her income was adequate.
Ryan was in fact well off enough that he didn’t need to spend that tax payer provided social security income on food. Instead, he saved it all and used it to pay his tuition at Miami University of Ohio—for Ryan, a Wisconsin cheesehead, it was an out of state college, and that school itself survived hard times due to taxpayer support.
I am a single parent with two children in college. I wouldn’t mind a free ride for them, but instead we are taking on loans that we will be paying back until we push up daisies.
Ryan’s grandmother was also a beneficiary of Social Security and Medicare, Ryan’s mother went back to school after her husband died and became an interior decorator. Did she do so on a government Pelle Grant? It’s possible, she wasn’t shy about taking entitlements.
My point is Paul Ryan wasn’t quite the crack baby he’d like you to think. By most people’s standards his life was charmed, and it was made better thanks to government “entitlement programs.”
Ryan will live comfortably regardless, he married a wealthy woman.
But, in his Taxpayer funded job, the Speaker earns $223,500 annually. It isn’t enough for him, so he is compelled to supplement that meager income by taking handouts from lobbyists, American and Russian. In turn he offers lobbyists blood of the middle class.
Members of Congress also enjoy retirement packages funded through our taxes.
When members of Congress reach the age of 50, they’re eligible for a pension if they’ve completed 20 years of service.
Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62.
The amount of a congressperson’s pension depends on the years of service, but they could potentially receive 80% of their final salary.
What about healthcare? Their medical insurance, while working, and in retirement is excellent, and it’s paid for with our tax dollars.
According to the Annenberg Public Policy Fact Check:
“The government pays a large share of the cost of health insurance coverage for employees like Paul Ryan. On average, we taxpayers cover 72 percent of the premiums for government workers, up to a maximum of 75 percent depending on the policy chosen. For example, the popular Blue Cross and Blue Shield standard fee-for-service family plan carries a total premium of $1,327.80 per month, of which the beneficiary pays $430.04. Washington, D.C.-based employees who prefer an HMO option might choose the Kaiser standard family plan. It carries a total premium of $825.15 per month, of which the employee pays only $206.29.
In addition, members of Congress also qualify for some medical benefits that ordinary federal workers do not. They are eligible to receive limited medical services from the Office of the Attending Physician of the U.S. Capitol, after payment of an annual fee ($491 in 2007).
House and Senate members also are eligible to receive care at military hospitals. For outpatient care, there is no charge at the Washington, D.C., area hospitals (Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center). Inpatient care is billed at rates set by the Department of Defense.”
That’s some healthcare, pension, and salary that Paul Ryan has enjoyed since 1998 courtesy of taxpayers.
I won’t be able to afford my healthcare premiums after the effects of this GOP tax plan kick in. I don’t think many middle class Americans will.
Rather than sabotage healthcare, why not fix it? My mother worked her entire life, paying taxes and contributing to Social Security. She is retired and currently on Medicare. With Medicare she can not afford her prescription drugs. If she lived in any other country where pharmaceutical company lobbyists haven’t bribed politicians to look the other way as they hike prices as much as 600%, she would be able to buy what the doctor says she needs.
Until we pass laws forbidding these bribes our healthcare system won’t work. The rich will continue to fleece the middle class and people in the wealthiest country in the world will continue to die because they can not afford a pill that costs less than $5 to manufacture.
The answer to why no one will fix healthcare is simple. In 2016, drug companies contributed more than $19.5 million to Congressional campaigns.
Paul Ryan never wanted to fix the tax system, just like he never wanted to fix healthcare. He doesn’t think American tax payers deserve what they have paid for him to have, and he will say what ever it takes for you to give him your healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Don’t do it.