Turns out House Speaker Paul Ryan wanted to gut-punch the poor all the way back in his college days…. (More)

“We’ve been dreaming of this since you and I were drinking out of a keg”

In the “Well, Umm…” Category:

Lowry: You have been very clear for years—and we’ve seen compelling PowerPoint presentations—about how the entitlements and entitlements growing out of control is driving the country into a ditch on the debt. And we have a president of the United States who basically seems pledged not to touch entitlements. Where does that leave us?

Ryan: So, the health care entitlements are the big, big, big drivers of our debt. There are three. Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare. Two out of three are going through Congress right now. So, Medicaid—sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We’ve been dreaming of this since you and I were drinking out of a keg.

[Laughter]

Lowry: I was thinking about something else, he was thinking about reforming Medicaid.

Ryan: I was, I was! I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. We are on the cusp of doing something we’ve long believed in.

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog traces the thread of cruelty back to Speaker Ryan’s mentor:

The macroeconomics professor who helped shape Paul Ryan is a voluble, passionate supply-sider and self-described “hard-core libertarian” named William R. Hart, known as Rich. Listening to him, you can imagine that you are hearing what Paul Ryan would say if he were not inhibited by the demands of electoral politics. Hart is the opposite of politic….

Rich Hart does not speak for Paul Ryan, but he spent many hours talking to Ryan, his eager student, and regards the candidate as a good friend and kindred spirit. What they share is an enduring and astringent kind of Republicanism that rests on a reverence for self-reliance, a conviction that government assistance leads to crippling dependency.

Get that? It’s like the mail room clerk’s comment the other day in Campus Chatter:

::set ConservativeThinkMode = ON::

Poverty is a moral issue. There are tens of millions of Americans who don’t need any government help. Look at Donald Trump, a self-made man who started with nothing but his father’s real estate empire and built it into a springboard to the White House. Anyone who really wants to can do exactly the same thing. But almost half of Americans just don’t want to, and we coddle them enough that they don’t have to. So yes, what those children and ‘disabled’ (most of them are faking) and other poor people need is a good, hard kick in the balls. It’s basic Econ 101: if we subsidize poverty, more people will choose to be poor. If we make poverty more miserable, more people will choose to be rich.

In fact, we could eliminate poverty in this decade … simply by making poverty a death penalty crime. Enough pampering these losers. It’s a basic fact of natural law: only the strong should survive.

::set ConservativeThinkMode = OFF::

The pathetic part is that so many reporters and pundits treat Speaker Ryan like a high-minded policy wonk, never mind that the handful of bills he helped write have all been comprehensively horrible. There’s a reason Esquire’s Charles Pierce calls him “a zombie-eyed granny-starver”repeatedly.

High-minded policy wonks don’t cling to ideas spawned at frat boy keggers. Just sayin’….

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Photo Credit: Dylan aka Kane5187 (Wikipedia Commons

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Good day and good nuts