Friday, August 16, 2013

Paul Ryan's Sequester


By Jeff Simpson

Like so many things in his life, Paul Ryan(R- Wall St.) Loved it before he hated it. We already know that is the case with Obamacare, now it is also the case with the sequester!

Ryan: What conservatives like me have been fighting for, for years are statutory caps on spending, legal caps in law that says government agencies cannot spend over a set amount of money. And if they breach that amount across the board, sequester comes in to cut that spending, and you can’t turn that off without a supermajority vote. We got that in law. That is here. So, the best way you can actually bank that trillion dollar spending cut is to have legal caps in law which we haven’t had since the 1990s. We now have them.

Wow, that’s quite a win for the Republicans, eh? They got their 2.4 trillion in cuts, they got the sequester that they’ve always wanted, they got legal caps in law…. Boy things are going to be tight in DC from now on. A new sheriff is in town and he’s going to whip up some budget discipline!

Wait. Ryan wasn’t lovin’ it so much on May 10, 2012:

Ryan: The select committee, people call the Super Committee, that committee failed to produce a result. And as a result of that, a sequester occurs. And the sequester, according to people on a bipartisan basis, is not good government.
So like every other policy in his career, Ryan was for it before he was against it!

However, we have come to find out that there are two Universal truth about the sequester:

1.  All of these cuts and republican political games have cost Americans JOBS!

Contributing to the hangover from the worst financial crisis in decades is a wave of cuts in domestic and military spending, known collectively as the sequester, which is causing government furloughs as well as job losses and curtailed hours among federal contractors. 

Although the sequester became law on March 1, some of the effects, like the forced leaves, have begun to ramp up only recently. More job losses, rather than shorter workweeks, are predicted if the cuts remain in place into next year.
2.  The republican congress is so upset about Americans being out of work, they went on a 6 week vacation!

 House Republicans left Washington Friday with their tails between their legs after a humiliating, unproductive and disastrous legislative session. And they couldn’t escape without constant reminders of their brutal failures. Now, Republican members will have some explaining to do to voters in their districts about the impact of this broken Congress: no jobs agenda, no relief for the middle class while special interests get special treatment and no path forward in the fall.

Except Paul Ryan, he had to report to his boss before vacation( But you were not supposed to know that)!

The billionaire conservative philanthropists and mega-donors held one of their two annual conferences just outside of Albuquerque, where they booked every room at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya. This fact puzzled Albuquerque media, apparently unaware of the event’s implications. Reported a local TV station:

“Something is going on at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya that no one wants to talk about. Everyone is hush-hush. KOB Eyewitness News 4 has been told the entire place has been sold out the last three nights. When KOB sent one of our photographers out tonight, he was stopped at a roadblock about a mile from the high-end resort on Santa Ana Pueblo.”

What did Ryan do or say at the conference? His office won’t tell. Absolute silence appears to be one of the first rules of dealing with the Kochs.

“I can confirm he was there,” responded Ryan aide William Allison by email. “But not confirming/commenting on anything beyond that.”


  1. Republicans claim government cannot create jobs, until reality hits them and they discover cutting government spending kills jobs.

  2. Yes they find out cutting Government spending kills jobs, which is of course why people like Ryan want to keep cutting government spending.

  3. For the past several months I've been trying to relocate to Ryan's district but the move has been complicated by the fact that THERE ARE NO JOBS IN RYAN'S DISTRICT!

    As near as I can tell, the entire 1st CD's economy depends on the sales of fast food to Chicagoans on their way to the Dells. That and delivering pizza to all the exurban Chicagoans living near the border (in the Ryan economy, it's important to distinguish between food service jobs, and food delivery transportation jobs which together with unemployment checks makes up the three legs of WI GOP's cannibalistic cooking pot economy).

    1. Home-based MultiLevel Marketing is pretty big in Ryan's district.

    2. Compared to most of the "jobs" on Craigslist for Janesville and Kenosha, MLM sounds almost reputable.