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Saturday, August 11 2012 @ 11:42 AM GMT+4
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Politics"Updated at 10:45 am ET Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney introduced his choice as running mate, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, 42, Saturday morning at a campaign event in Norfolk, Va.

Romney portrayed Ryan as “an intellectual leader of the Republican Party” and a man who “understands the fiscal catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t change course.” …Tom Curry, NBCNews.com National Affairs Writer"

 

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  • It’s A Joke, And It’s Not April Fool’s | 16 comments | Create New Account
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    And...it's not funny
    Authored by: Vidda on Saturday, August 11 2012 @ 02:07 PM GMT+4

    Over 60 percent of the program cuts that Ryan advocates affect the poor.

    Diminished and killing of Medicare and Social Security are always in the crosshairs of the Republicans.

    Romney needed the youth vote more than he needed the women vote, so he picked Ryan. And, the youth (and women) will vote for him.

    With Ryan now in the POTUS sweepstakes, he’s there for keeps...for a long, long time.

    Despite being the largest potential voting bloc in the country, the Baby Boomers do not have what it takes to protect itself because we are now and shall always be too divided, content, apathetic and self-centered little creatures who have lost their will.

    Last, but not least, don’t kid yourselves. You have nowhere to go.

    It’s A Joke, And It’s Not April Fool’s
    Authored by: tomaidh on Saturday, August 11 2012 @ 03:03 PM GMT+4
    Paul Ryan is the author of the most extreme right-wing budget ever proposed in Congress. He wants to dismantle Medicare, privatize Social Security, and cut taxes for millionaires while raising taxes on the middle class.
    Sources:
    1. "12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan," Think Progress, August 11, 2012
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278662&id=48569-8472398-0RZpwhx&t=5
    2. "Glenn's Soulmate?" GlennBeck.com, April 12, 2010 http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/196/39068/
    It’s A Joke, And It’s Not April Fool’s
    Authored by: cbridge on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 08:19 AM GMT+4
    I'm thinking it's maybe not such a bad thing. If only the Dems can pull
    themselves together, they can now nail Romney for his advocacy of
    budget policies that will actually (further) increase the deficit while
    (further) enriching the plutocrats & (further) gouging the rest of us. Bad
    for business, too, though not for the monster financial sector that is
    swallowing the economy. No more, "Who, me? I never said that!"

    Vidda: What do you mean, "we", white man?
    It's A Joke, And It's Not April Fool's
    Authored by: Vidda on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 09:09 AM GMT+4

    Cbridge, I guess you are referring to this line: “we (baby boomers) are now and shall always be too divided, content, apathetic and self-centered little creatures who have lost their will.”

    So, no, I don’t mean “we” as in white man. About 18 million of the 79 million baby boomers are referred to a “racial minorities.”
    We boomers are a mixed lot.

    It's A Joke, And It's Not April Fool's
    Authored by: SpudHill on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 09:46 AM GMT+4
    "And, the youth (and women) will vote for him"

    Vidda, why do you think women will vote for this ticket when in fact they supported Obama by over 56% last ticket?

    Ryan doesn't even believe in abortion for rape victims. Not to mention that women are in huge numbers dependent upon medicare and medicaid programs at the end of their lives for a multitude of reasons (they outlive men, they make less money during their working lives and so on).

    I'm actually surprised that the number of women supporting the Democrat ticket isn't higher considering how punishing Republican policies are regarding women's lives.

    At any rate, could you explain this from your perspective please. Thanks.
    It's A Joke, And It's Not April Fool's
    Authored by: tomaidh on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 11:00 AM GMT+4
    From a different perspective, my sister is a woman (imagine that). She is intelligent, college educated, and politically liberal. For the past several months she has been swooning over Romney's good looks (particularly his hair). I haven't spoken to her about Ryan yet. She's only one woman, one opinion, one vote, but she will vote for the "prettiest" candidate, I'm sure.
    It's A Joke, And It's Not April Fool's
    Authored by: SpudHill on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 11:27 AM GMT+4
    "She is intelligent, college educated, and politically liberal. "
    No offense to you or your sister but if she votes for Romney, especially if she does so because he's supposedly pretty, then the only part of that description that could legitimately be applied to her is college educated.
    It's A Joke, And It's Not April Fool's
    Authored by: tomaidh on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 05:25 PM GMT+4
    It's not that she's unintelligent, it's that she sometimes acts unintelligently.
    The Women Folk
    Authored by: Vidda on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 11:36 AM GMT+4

    Good question Spud. I think I was over generalizing there.
    Both youth and women, in part, will vote for both major parties, obviously, but what the percentages will be, we’ll see after the election.
    Maybe it’s just suspicion on my part, rather than solid data. I have never trusted the American electorate after seeing them vote in the likes of Tricky Dick, Ronnie the B Actor, George the CIA Sleuth and Howdy Doody George.

    These links might help some readers about the women stats…

    National Federation of Republican Women: http://www.nfrw.org/
    Lists women as a percentage of each state's population: http://usliberals.about.com/od/Election2012Factors/a/Women-As-Percentage-Of-State-Populations.htm

    It's A Joke, And It's Not April Fool's
    Authored by: cbridge on Wednesday, August 15 2012 @ 09:20 AM GMT+4
    I was just quoting an old Lone Ranger joke, a line supposedly uttered by
    Tonto in response to the statement, "We're surrounded!". Never occurred
    to me that you were making any sort of racial reference. Sorry to have
    been so unclear; a disadvantage to age is that fewer & fewer folks know
    jokes that once seemed to permeate the culture.
    It’s A Joke, And It’s Not April Fool’s
    Authored by: Maus Anon E on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 03:31 PM GMT+4
    Romney, I'm sure, thought the choice of Ryan, the
    darling of the Tea Party, would connect him to the base
    - which has had its doubts about ol' Willard Mitt.

    I think it cements his image as the champion of the
    rich, and the foe of the working class, elderly, and poor.
    Good for Willard Mitt, giving people such a clear choice.

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    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
    It’s A Joke, And It’s Not April Fool’s
    Authored by: SpudHill on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 03:52 PM GMT+4
    Just heard that Ryan, foe of the safety net for those in need, lost his father at the age of 16 which is too bad. However fascinating that he took the social security survivor benefits and the family had enough money for expenses that he was able to bank it all and used it for college.

    Also the family business made the majority of it's money on federal highway projects.

    Maybe it is April Fool's Day
    Authored by: Maus Anon E on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 04:31 PM GMT+4
    Yeah. It's worse than Ayn Rand. She survived on
    social security in the end, and had the
    opportunity to reflect on what a stupid and evil
    hypocrite she was. (Although I doubt she
    actually did.)

    Ryan wouldn't have had the opportunities that he has
    had, and are still ahead of him, if it
    hadn't been for social security. And since he's already
    gotten his, he thinks no one else
    should have the same opportunity.



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    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
    Maybe it is April Fool's Day
    Authored by: tomaidh on Monday, August 13 2012 @ 11:05 PM GMT+4
    Isn't that the way it's supposed to work?
    I've got mine, and F-U
    Maybe it is April Fool's Day
    Authored by: Maus Anon E on Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 11:27 AM GMT+4
    That's the way it works in the absence of civil society,
    anyway.

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    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
    Fools for all seasons
    Authored by: cbridge on Wednesday, August 15 2012 @ 09:35 AM GMT+4
    I find myself remembering my late mother remarking on her mother's
    indignation at the feds for sending her social security $ "which she neither
    needed nor wanted." When I asked what Grandma had done with the
    money, given it to charity or to neighbors who did need it, she was
    genuinely shocked. "How could you think such a thing?! That was her
    money! What's wrong with you to ask such a question?!"

    In Mom's defense, she did stop drinking before she died, making rational
    conversation once again possible.