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Campus Question – January 26, 2013

January 26, 2013

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Campus Question – January 26, 2013

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Today, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said “Just the other day, [President Obama] said Republicans had ‘suspicions’ about Social Security. He said we had ‘suspicions’ about feeding hungry children. He said we had ‘suspicions’ about caring for the elderly. Look, it’s the same trick he plays every time: Fight a straw man. […] We won’t play the villain in his morality plays.” But is it a “straw man” when Rep. Ryan, himself a career government worker, called 60% of Americans “takers” who were “dependent on the government for their livelihoods?”

  • NCrissieB
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  • NCrissieB

    Sooner or later, Republicans have to come to terms with their own ideology. You can’t sneer at 60% of Americans as “takers” – a statistic that includes Social Security and Medicare recipients – and howl about President Obama as “the food stamp president” … and then call it a “strawman” when President Obama says you’re “suspicious” of Social Security, Medicare, and food stamp programs….

  • Considering that Ryan in particular has proposed various budgets which would absolutely gut Social Security and Medicare, calling Republicans “suspicious” of those programs isn’t a strawman, it’s being polite about what they really want to do.

  • addisnana

    Paul Ryan is like the straw-stuffed scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz in search of a brain. I do hope he finds one that isn’t tainted with Ayn Rand’s crapola. Ryan is the real straw man here.

    Jonathan Chait has a piece in New York Magazine- Paul Ryan Breaks Down Under Wonkterrogation. that is worth reading.