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Paul Ryan: Now the Ugly Face of the GOP Establishment

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How Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan went from budget-balancing conservative wunderkind, to GOP vice presidential nominee, to channeling Nancy Pelosi when he snarled, “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to,” as he tried to sell Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority and Trans-Pacific Partnership treaties to skeptical conservatives during Rules Committee testimony on Wednesday is one of Washington’s saddest tales of how DC’s inside elite capture talent and bend it to their will.

Paul Ryan’s personal story of modest Midwestern beginnings and how his mother overcame family financial adversity after his father’s early death seemed to inform a Jack Kemp-style of optimistic conservatism in Ryan, who went to work for Kemp in 1992 and remained close to him through the end of his life.

But where Kemp warned against confusing spending cuts and entitlement reform, arguing, “Don’t confuse them. Don’t combine entitlement reform and spending cuts — the minute you do this, you lose,” Ryan seemed to revel in the kind of “green eyeshade” budget balancing that Kemp saw as a loser politically because it played directly into the Democrats’ narrative that Republicans wanted to balance the budget on the backs of poor people.

To be fair, as The Washington Post’s Suzy Khimm noted in a 2012 profile of Ryan, in 2004, he did try to revive Kemp’s “enterprise zone” plan, proposing a bill that would let businesses and individuals deduct all capital gains, savings and investing-related expenditures in high-poverty areas.

But Ryan abandoned such targeted proposals in favor of reforming the entire tax code and his budget that year would also have let the expansion of certain low-income tax breaks such as the Earned Income Tax Credit expire, whereas Kemp wanted to expand them.

While Republicans were in the minority and Nancy Pelosi was Speaker Ryan ascended to the position of Ranking Member of the Budget Committee and began proposing a plan to balance the budget and spur economic growth through what he called a “Road Map to America’s Future” and later the “Path to Prosperity.”

Ryan also advocated “truth in budgeting” and criticized the Democrats for their blue smoke and mirrors accounting tricks intended to hide the real numbers and the extent of the annual deficit from the American people.

Ryan’s creative thinking on the budget was refreshing, but many conservatives were skeptical and critical of a plan that took 30 years to balance the budget, pointing out that was some 15 congressional election cycles.

Conservative skepticism of Ryan’s plan was later proven correct as Ryan embraced breaking the spending caps agreed to in the 2011 deal to raise the debt ceiling after just one congressional election cycle, thereby increasing spending and the deficit even as tax collections rose to record levels.

As Ryan became more visible, first as Ranking Member and then as Chairman of the Budget Committee he became part of a group who styled themselves the “young guns” of the House Republican Conference.

Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan were visualized as a new generation of Republican leader who would challenge the older establishment-types.

In the foreword to their book “Young Guns,” released in September of 2010, Fred Barnes wrote, "...the creation of Young Guns was a revolt against older, established Republican leaders in the House. The party establishment was dedicated to protecting incumbents at all cost. With money, manpower, and advice, Young Guns supports challengers, many in races that otherwise might be ignored by the national party. Young Guns is partial to young, reform-minded Republicans. It is eager to erase the image of congressional Republicans as big spenders preoccupied with assuring their own reelection. In short, Cantor, Ryan and McCarthy would like to fill the ranks of House Republicans with members, like themselves, committed to policies and legislation infused with the principles of limited government, free markets, and individual freedom. Young Guns is not for "me-too" Republicans, those comfortable with a scaled-back version of the Democratic agenda."

Yet, after the 2010 Tea Party wave election that returned Republicans to the majority in the House, and vaulted Cantor, Ryan and McCarthy to leadership position in that new majority, what the conservative voters who turned-out to make that majority possible was a series of lies about the budget and spending, “me-too” Republicanism and not even a scaling back of the Democratic agenda.

Republicans, who had had promised $100 billion in real cuts during the campaign, compromised with the Democrats for $38.5 billion in future savings and claimed the deal would result in "the biggest annual spending cut in history," as President Obama termed it.

Yet, as then-Senator Jim DeMint later noted, there was no actual reduction in spending. Here’s what really happened when the fiscal year ended on September 30, 2011: the Congressional Budget Office found that the April deal to avoid a government shutdown resulted in an increase of more than $170 billion in federal spending from 2010 to 2011.

Hailed by leaders of both political parties (and the establishment media) as a historic compromise that produced the “largest spending cut in history,” the deal negotiated by Paul Ryan ended up being a spending increase. 

The federal government wrapped up its biggest spending year and its second biggest annual budget deficit ever -- but, as The Wall Street Journal put it, almost nobody noticed.

Perhaps the WSJ should have said no one noticed the lie upon which the spending deal was founded, because everyone on the inside, and especially Paul Ryan, knew there would be no decrease in spending. And the historic “budget cuts” would actually result in the federal government spending $3.6 trillion -- a 4.2 percent increase in outlays that also ballooned the annual deficit to $1.298 trillion.

Yet Paul Ryan’s star continued to rise and when Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate in 2012 many conservatives embraced the Ryan choice as an opportunity to place one of their own in line for the presidency and in the near term have a key spokesman for the conservative agenda in the inner circle of the decidedly non-conservative Romney campaign.

What conservatives got from vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was pretty much the same as they got from Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan – someone who out of the camera’s eye told them he was a “young gun,” but who failed to move the Romney campaign to the right, or to even get it to embrace his own ideas, while he readily went along and got along with Romney’s listless content-free establishment Republican ideas and campaign.

Those conservatives who saw Paul Ryan and his fellow “young guns” as the vanguard of a new conservative House might profit from recalling the ending of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

In his arrogant dismissal of conservative populist concerns about Obama’s secret trade deal, in his outright lies about its provisions, and especially in his angry advocacy of establishment Republican corporatism that would continue the destruction of the aspirations of America’s working families, blindly hand President Obama the power to deal away American sovereignty and bypass Congress on a host issues from expanding immigration to “climate change,” the transformation of Paul Ryan from Jack Kemp-style optimistic conservative into one of those "establishment 'me-too' Republicans, those comfortable with a scaled-back version of the Democratic agenda," seems complete.

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"In the foreword to their book “Young Guns,” released in September of 2010, Fred Barnes wrote, "...the creation of Young Guns was a revolt against older, established Republican leaders in the House. The party establishment was dedicated to protecting incumbents at all cost. With money, manpower, and advice, Young Guns supports challengers, many in races that otherwise might be ignored by the national party. Young Guns is partial to young, reform-minded Republicans."

Ha ha ha ha aha ha ha ha ha ha! Stuff like this is why I don't consider Fred Barnes a reliable source OR a conservative.

Liars, Liars and more Liars !!

Paul Ryan is a traitor to our country. All these guys do is LIE and a lot of Americans buy into their LIES. Look at Mia love the up and coming Congresswoman from Utah. What a disappointment. She simply does not understand what the heck is going on up there in Washington. She and a lot of others we thought that represented the Tea Party have sold out to the establishment.

Scott Walker now says we should give Obama fast track authority. ?? What the heck is that all about. I AM DONE WITH SCOTT WALKER !! I AM DONE WITH TED CRUZ WHOSE WIFE WORKED WITH CFR ON THE BLUEPRINT FOR NAFTA. Who are these guys kidding. They talk the talk but they don't walk the walk.

This time around I am voting for someone who knows how to deal with these kinds of people and someone who will not mess around. Donald Trump is such a man. I believe he is our last and only hope besides praying for God to send someone to take America back to the Promised land!!

"Celebrating the American Dream" with Donald Trump and Mattress Mack

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