“Oh So Good, But Oh So Wrong”: A Well Respected Man For Those Who Are Already Wealthy
Whenever I hear about U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), I can’t help thinking of the lyrics from the old Kinks song “A Well Respected Man.” Yes, a number of people seem to think that Ryan is “oh so good, and he’s oh so fine and oh so healthy in his body and his mind.” Indeed, Mitt Romney must have chosen Ryan as his running mate because “he’s a well respected man about town, doing the best things so conservatively.”
Ryan certainly looks the part, doesn’t he? What’s not to love about this kind-looking, young man, with the warm smile, twinkling blue eyes and thick head of hair? His serious demeanor at just the right photo moment shows us how much he cares for all of those struggling middle-class families. He even looks the part of the working-class man when he rolls up his sleeves.
Sadly, this nice-looking and apparently very respectable guy is getting it all wrong when it comes to his vision for the United States. He draws from the same old, worn-out Republican playbook. How many times do we have to hear about reducing taxes on the wealthy so they can be “job creators” before it just becomes a joke? Honestly, we already have lower taxes for the wealthy, so why haven’t the jobs been created?
The only jobs that seem to be created are the ones for the accountants and the attorneys as they broker deals so the wealthy can buy up even more oceanfront property. Seriously, people, how out of control are the tax laws in this country when someone like Romney can pay $12 million in cash for a home, demolish that home, rebuild on the site and then insist on having his property taxes reduced? Is anyone buying this “job creator” lunacy anymore?
Of course, if wouldn’t be the good old Republican Party line if Ryan didn’t redirect the public’s attention away from the wealthy and directly onto some poor, single parent just trying to get by. Oh, no, we can’t have any “entitlements” for the working poor.
I mean, Ryan wants people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. It doesn’t matter if they don’t have any boots; that’s just too bad for them. I’ve always thought it was odd that even though Republicans are notorious for their suspicions about evolution, they do seem to embrace that whole survival-of-the-fittest thing.
Even if you worked all of your life, paid into Social Security and expect to get on Medicare, you’re just asking too much of America, according to Ryan. Balancing the budget on the backs of working-class men and women is the overriding philosophy behind Ryan’s plan for America.
The bottom line is that Ryan is the choice for those who are already wealthy. I guess he is “A Well Respected Man” for that crowd. For everyone else, he’s oh so wrong.
By: Rose Locander, JSOnline, August 13, 2012
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