Friday, November 18, 2016

Meet the Republican Flim-Flam Man who wants to slice, dice, and privatize your Social Security and Medicare. And then, meet the Republicans who EXPANDED Social Security.

Flim-Flam: "a trick or deception, especially a swindle or confidence game involving skillful persuasion or clever manipulation of the victim." (Dictionary.com)


Above: Meet Republican congressman, and flim-flam man extraordinaire, Paul Ryan (R-Wis). Humorously, (or, sadly) Ryan is frequently referred to as a "policy wonk" by mainstream media reporters who've never taken a public policy course in their lives. These reporters sit, in wide-eyed amazement, when Ryan says words like "entitlement" and "fiscal restraint." And "wow! he writes reports too! With big numbers in them! Oh, and those dreamy eyes! Golly, what a policy wonk that guy is!" No, the truth is, Paul Ryan is a fraud and a hypocrite; and the mainstream media journalists who are impressed by him are brainless drones, programmed to deliver info-tainment to the masses for their corporate slime-ball masters. Photo by Jonathan Ernst, Reuters, used here for educational, non-commercial purposes.



Above: In this video clip, we see a television ad that hilariously, but truthfully, shows what Paul Ryan wants to do to seniors. He wants to cut and/or privatize their Social Security and Medicare - which will drive up their bills, reduce their medical services, reduce their purchasing power, and causing early death (see, e.g., "Three Ways Trump, GOP May Cut Social Security, Medicare," Forbes, November 16, 2016). 

Why does Ryan want to slice, dice, and privatize these popular programs, thereby hurting millions of older Americans? Because cutting these programs ensures that super-wealthy Americans (who contribute to Republican political campaigns) won't have to pay higher taxes; and privatizing the programs gives more money to his Wall Street criminal friends to feed their gambling addiction.

You see, it just wasn't enough for Wall Street CEOs when neoliberals whittled away at, and then ultimately got rid of Glass-Steagall. No no no, they now want even more money to throw on their stock market roulette table. And Paul Ryan is thrilled to oblige. But here's the funny thing: "After Ryan’s father passed away [when Ryan was 16] he saved Social Security survivor benefits to pay for attending Miami University" (Politico, August 11, 2012). In other words, Paul Ryan got his Social Security benefits, but he sure as heck is going to make sure that you don't get yours. That's how Republicans roll: "Gimme gimme gimme... but you don't get any! You taker!!" 

Amazingly, Ryan's two-faced policy positions don't seem to bother his base - they just keep pulling the lever for him, putting him in high political office, again and again, apparently oblivious to the brazen hypocrisy of the man. Youtube link for above video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGnE83A1Z4U.



Above: In this amazing video clip, we see what a phony person Paul Ryan is. Cenk Uygar of The Young Turks shows how Lyin' Ryan used a closed soup kitchen for a photo op. Ryan even cleans dishes that are already clean, to make it seem like he's really helping the poor. It's sooooo painful to watch; how can a person be this fraudulent? But, again, a lot of Wisconsin voters love the guy, they can't get enough of him. But why? Why in God's name would you vote for someone like this, especially when he's gunning for your Social Security and Medicare? It defies logic. It defies rational thought. Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zqI9Lf1_94.


Above: In this video clip (with NSFW language), we see the late George Carlin, prophetically warning us about Corporate America, their political puppets (like Paul Ryan), their quest to privatize Social Security for their own profit, and the "good, honest, hardworking people... [who] continue to elect these rich c*&^suckers who don't give a f&*k about them." Though crude, it is also one of the truest and best few minutes of George Carlin's career. Unfortunately, millions of Americans haven't heeded his warning, and so they keep electing extremely wealthy people who seek to screw them over at every opportunity. Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt8_0MHo7-0.


Above: Republicans weren't always as crazy and ruthless as they are today. For example, this is a Social Security notice and calculator, from the 1950s. Near the top, it says: "Increased benefits, under the new Social Security Program, enacted by the 83rd Congress and signed by President Eisenhower." Amazingly, the 83rd Congress, which sat in 1953 and 1954, was Republican-controlled - both the House and the Senate. President Eisenhower was also a Republican. 

In the 1956 Republican Party Platform, they boasted, "The record of performance of the Republican Administration on behalf of our working men and women goes still further. The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers... Furthermore, the process of free collective bargaining has been strengthened..." 

So, you may ask, what happened to the Republican Party? Answer: Billionaires happened. Reagan happened. Rush Limbaugh happened. Bill O'Reilly happened. Grover Norquist happened. Sarah Palin happened. Paul Ryan happened. And, sadly, misinformed and gullible voters happened. And we are about to pay a dear, dear price for it... because the Republican flim-flam man, Paul Ryan, is coming for your grandparent's health insurance and retirement money.

Above: I'm not sure who originally made this graphic (it's been around for a few years), but it's a great representation of Paul Ryan and his lies. Image used here for educational, non-commercial purposes.

Paul Ryan and other Republican con artists say that Social Security and Medicare are on the verge of collapse. This is bullshit (forgive me, I'm in a George Carlin mood), and it's falsity has been proven over and over again. For example, Social Security is perfectly fine, well into the 2030s. And, most importantly, if the cap for Social Security contributions were removed, then the needed funds would flow in and ensure a sound retirement system for working class Americans, forever (currently, you don't have to pay Social Security taxes on earnings over $118,500 - oh, how the billionaires must be laughing).

So, considering that so many super-wealthy Americans have shipped so many middle-class jobs overseas, to sate their greed, it seems only fair to me that they should pay higher taxes to help the people they've put in financial distress. Call me old-fashioned, but it does seem fair. But, back to my main point, why is Paul Ryan lying about these things? Because it's the fundamental component of his scam - he wants to convince millions of people that disaster is at their doorstep, then, once he's got them where he wants them, he'll spring the trap and tell them he has the answer, "We have to cut it and privatize it, immediately!"

Ironically, many conservatives point to the 1950s as a period of great economic prosperity. But they don't understand that New Deal policies were firmly in place at that time, and that those policies were backed by Republicans (unions, high taxes on the wealthy, expansion of Social Security, Glass-Steagall, FDIC, etc.); and so they continue voting for politicians like Paul Ryan, who are as equally oblivious to history as they are, and who never stop pushing for trickle-down economics and the repeal of New Deal policies - the very policies that made the 1950s prosperous! And so, by voting for these political & economic scam artists, they're creating their own financial nooses. And politicians like Paul Ryan are eagerly waiting (salivating actually) to kick their chairs out from underneath them, once those nooses are fully tightened.

Sadly, all of the above is what happens when an electorate doesn't know its history and, more importantly, doesn't care to know.

1 comment:

  1. "The first question a wise citizen would ask about any present pre-candidate, is an echo of the advertising slogan of the Packard motor car company of the 1930s: "Ask the man who owns one."

    Let us put the roster of declared and otherwise likely Republican pre-candidates to one side for a suitable later occasion. Let us concentrate, for the moment, on the exemplary cases of the two ostensibly, currently leading Democratic pre-candidates: Senators Clinton and Obama.

    Frankly, at the present moment, none of the listed Democratic pre-candidates would actually be competent to serve as President under those historically critical conditions with which the next U.S. President will be confronted. I can say with certainty, that none of them, so far, has given the public the slightest inkling of the onrushing actual situation which the next President of the U.S.A. will face.

    I am the best qualified potential candidate on these counts, whether you like that idea, or not; but, given my present age, eighty-four, the likelihood of my living out the full skein of the years 2009-2017 in the prime condition we should require in that office, is a wee bit uncertain. Clearly, the national interest demands that we develop someone who is no ordinary Presidential nominee, but an unusual candidate, like me, who is qualified to become a fair approximation of a President Franklin Roosevelt; otherwise, our republic has a very poor chance of surviving in a manner which conforms to its present Constitution.

    Therefore, to start with, we must start our probe of any pre-candidate's potential qualifications with the famous slogan of the 1930s advertising slogan of the Packard motor car company: "Ask the man who owns one." Ask the financial backer of each candidate: "Who really owns him?" "What is the interest which has built him up, groomed him, and brought him to market?"

    On this account, already, we can be reasonably confident that we know who, apart form her obvious personal ambition, "owns" Senator Clinton. We have seen some of the packaging of Senator Obama's campaign; but, I have not seen enough of what might actually be inside the package to calm my fears for our nation; certain uncertainties arising from his Chicago packaging worry me very much, as it should you. Are these certain financier interests, such as those centered in Chicago, which are more likely to care for the same hedge-fund-connected financier interests which are ruining the increasingly looted lives of the majority of our population today? I hear nothing so far to ease my worries on that account. Do not just look into the candidate's eyes; look under the hood.

    It is already April 2007: Within about nine months, some crucial steps toward choices of Party candidates for the general election will be made. Unless the selected candidates present an image of their intentions which goes far beyond anything the press or public has seen from the candidates so far, nothing less than the very future existence of our nation is in jeopardy, if the visible candidates are actually nothing more than the shallow display of cosmetics which is what they present themselves to be, as of now.

    Sometimes, the important fact about a candidate is what he is; at other times, the most important question is what he is not.

    I have some recent experience with this problem now immediately threatening virtually all of our people, and the very existence of our constitutional republic, as well. From late November 2004, until the close of 2005, I was an integral part of the Democratic Party's effort to defend the U.S. Social Security system from wild-eyed looting by our goofy, incumbent, Cheney-controlled U.S. President of the United States"

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