The constituent caught Ryan in the GOP's BIG IDEOLOGICAL LIE — That tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires create jobs. This has been empirically disproven not only in the last LOST decade, which saw the greatest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the ÜBER-RICH in our history, resulting in NEGATIVE job growth, but dates back to the disconnect between rhetoric and reality from the Reagan era, when the extreme right wing took over the GOP. Compare the "job creators" lie used to justify massive tax cuts for the rich to the 22 million jobs created during the Clinton administration, when he raised taxes on the ÜBER-RICH to pay down our debt and balance the budget. It was the longest period of sustained economic growth and prosperity in American history. Those are the indisputable facts. Yet, Ryan repeats the same old lie, like a mantra turned broken record.“The middle class is disappearing right now. During this time of prosperity, the top 1 percent was taking about 10 percent of the total annual income, but yet today we are fighting to not let the tax breaks for the wealthy expire? And we’re fighting to not raise the Social Security cap from $87,000? I think we’re wrong.
RYAN: A couple things. I don’t disagree with the premise of what you’re saying. The question is what’s the best way to do this. Is it to redistribute… (Crosstalk)
CONSTITUENT: You have to lower spending. But it’s a matter of there’s nothing wrong with taxing the top because it does not trickle down.
RYAN: We do tax the top. (Audience boos).”
Suggest Ryan try and convince constituents of the rightness of his "cause" by sharing with them his conversion to the cult of Objectivism, turning them on to his goddess, Ayn Rand. Despite the passion of Ryan and feverish attempts by wingnuts to promote it, not unlike the campaign to push Mel Gibson's violent Christ blood-and-gore fest (remember how religious fanatics took underage children to see it?) the film version of Atlas Shrugged bombed big-time at the box-office. Here's a glimpse of the weird passion of Paul Ryan and the selfish sociopathy of the Right:
Scary. This Slate article delves into the warped controlling grasp Ayn Rand has on the Right in this country. Here’s the lead-in:
Curiously, CRAZY Russian women have a history of obscene dalliances with America’s wingnut politics. From obsessive-compulsive ‘Birther’ Orly Taitz — a Russian émigré — was born the presidential candidacy of bombastic wheeler-dealer and Tea Party darling, Donald Trump. Ayn Rand — a Russian émigré — “birthed” the deranged mind of Paul Ryan and the extremist, nihilistic policies of today’s GOP/Tea Party."Ayn Rand is one of America's great mysteries. She was an amphetamine-addicted author of sub-Dan Brown potboilers, who in her spare time wrote lavish torrents of praise for serial killers and the Bernie Madoff-style embezzlers of her day. She opposed democracy on the grounds that "the masses"—her readers—were "lice" and "parasites" who scarcely deserved to live. Yet she remains one of the most popular writers in the United States, still selling 800,000 books a year from beyond the grave. She regularly tops any list of books that Americans say have most influenced them. Since the great crash of 2008, her writing has had another Benzedrine rush, as Rush Limbaugh hails her as a prophetess. With her assertions that government is "evil" and selfishness is "the only virtue," she is the patron saint of the tea-partiers and the death panel doomsters. So how did this little Russian bomb of pure immorality in a black wig become an American icon?.”
Memo to the Tea Party: The Russians aren’t “COMING!”… they’re HERE! Don’t screech “SED-DOWN!”… shout, instead: “NYET! NYET! NYET!” Are your widdle pea brains popping yet, ignorant Teabaggers?
In the following audio clip, Republican Rep. Lou Barletta runs into a vocal and hostile reception from constituents who would not be bullied or silenced by the ignorant Teabaggers hollering incoherently and yelling for 64-year old Linda Christman to "SED-DOWN!" One constituent comes to her defense, expressing what many of us feel about the toxic Tea Party: "She’s an American citizen. Why don’t you show some manners and shut your mouth and let her talk. Why don’t you grow up and stop acting like a bunch of little boys?... I agree with her. And you know what? Why don’t you tell me to sit down?!"
Linda Christman brilliantly laid out the profound objections non-ideologues have with the Ryan budget "cause": "Excuse me, I’d like to get something off my chest. And that is, you seem to think that because I’m not affected, I won’t care if my niece, my grandson, my child is affected. I do care. And what you’re doing with this Ryan budget is you’re taking Medicare and you’re changing it from a guaranteed health care system to one that is a voucher system where you throw seniors on the mercy of for-profit insurance companies. [...]"