Fake Compassion and the Coming 2016 Elections

The "great" antagonist of the poor in Congress and former Republican vice-presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, is suddenly compassionate, if you can believe that.  Ryan came out with a ballyhooed plan earlier this year that makes out like he's so compassionate when it comes to the poor and the needy in America, though nothing could be further from the truth.  This congressman has voted to gut just about every program on the books that keeps the poor above water, including draconian cuts to nutrition programs and so-called food stamps, actually called SNAP (they haven't printed actual stamps in decades, but the tag stays around as a way for some to demean the poor).  Of course, Ryan talks like he cares about the poor and how he is supposedly trying to come up with new ideas to relieve poverty, while at the same time doing everything possible to make life on the lower economic scale as miserable as possible, such as, with his votes, he would effectively send the great majority of the poor to the already undersupplied and crowded soup kitchens instead of being able to purchase in the markets like everybody else. 

Paul Ryan is a typical politician who could easily fit in for a bit part in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" if it were made into a play, and a disciple of a deceased economic guru who herself wasn't playing with a full deck.  Undercutting people by taking away meager benefits and making already hard lives harder while at the same time consoling them with your mere words, such as, you have this great master plan that will eventually make everything better ... but just be patient, is deception at its most artless.  Of all the odious characters that have run for president in the last 50 years, from all parties and/or stripes, and that people have actually taken seriously, Ryan is one of the more unsettling, even beyond his Machiavellian disdain for the poor.

[revised on 8/26/14]

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