Rich, white, men, that’s who is left. And let me take this opportunity to thank all those people who decided that staying home last November was going to send some message and make things so much better…you know, because sending those “messages” by staying home on your lazy, uncaring, selfish ass will do soooo much to help the people above.
Washington is consumed with budgets, current budgets, future budgets and phantom budgets that only exist in some people’s minds. Paul Ryan announced his budget proposal and you have to give him credit for being so brazen about screwing over seniors, the poor, women, children and students. He didn’t even try to temper it either, he basically comes right out and says it. Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly weighs in on it…(emphasis mine)
Today, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveils his plan for fiscal year 2012. He promised a truly radical approach to our entire system of government, and he wasn’t lying — Ryan’s budget is based on his radical “roadmap” and effectively rewrites the American social contract.
Medicare would be eliminated and replaced with a voucher system. Medicaid would be gutted and sent to the states as a block grant. The Affordable Care Act would be scrapped, tax rates on corporations and the wealthy would be slashed, and all told, Ryan’s plan intends to slash roughly $6 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years.
You get that? Corporations and the wealthy will have their taxes slashed, big piles of cash going into their pockets and coming out of yours. I can just hear the fat cats on Wall Street sitting back with a big ole’ cigars and a glass of bourbon toasting Paul Ryan, their waterboy. Paul Ryan is like the demon child of supply side economics, he believes it to his core. Facts do not interfere with his ideas, it is all faith, belief and clinging to a policy that we tried twice and are still suffering the consequences from.
Ezra Klein focuses on the proposed cuts in Medicaid. He has a chart that tells the story better than words…
Ryan’s op-ed introducing his budget lists Medicaid under “welfare reform,” reflecting the widespread belief that Medicaid is a program for the poor. That belief is wrong, or at least incomplete. A full two-thirds of Medicaid’s spending goes to seniors and people with disabilities — even though seniors and the disabled are only a quarter of Medicaid’s members. Sharply cutting Medicaid means sharply cutting their benefits, as that’s where the bulk of Medicaid’s money goes. This is not just about the free health care given to some hypothetical class of undeserving and unemployed Medicaid queens.
If you are a senior (or approaching that point) or a person with a disability – REPUBLICANS HATE YOU! If you are a rich, white, male with lots of money and opportunities and sipping bourbon and smoking cigars – REPUBLICANS LOVE YOU! If you are a child, woman or student trying to figure out a way to go to college – REPUBLICANS HATE YOU! If you are a corporation making record profits and bonuses – REPUBLICANS LOVE YOU!
VOTE DEMOCRATIC ACROSS THE BOARD – NEVER VOTE FOR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN AGAIN – THEY DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT ANYONE BUT THE WEALTHY.
Look at the 10 rich, white men in this picture and tell me that they didn’t get together and say, “let’s screw everyone who isn’t like us. What do you say?”
They seem to be very pleased with themselves too. Steve Benen describes the visual very well…
Now, Jed is clearly right about the Q&A; it left a lot to be desired. But I struck by the image itself. What we saw was a House press conference held by 10 people who look remarkably similar to one another: 10 powerful, conservative, white men in dark suits, who make more money in a year than the vast majority of the American people.
And these 10 powerful, conservative, white men in dark suits all want the same thing: to approve a budget that imposes hardship on the elderly, the disabled, low-income families, and the middle class, while rewarding the wealthy and corporations with even more tax breaks.
It is, of course, the wealthy and corporations who’ll help these 10 powerful, conservative, white men in dark suits stay in power, so none of this comes as a surprise.