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Pierce writes: "Oh, Paul Ryan. Your zombie-eyed granny starving won't get you into heaven any more."

Rep. Paul Ryan, biggest fake in American politics? (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Rep. Paul Ryan, biggest fake in American politics? (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Paul Ryan's Zombie-Eyed, Granny-Starving Tap Dancing

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

15 March 14

 

h, Paul Ryan. Your zombie-eyed granny starving won't get you into heaven any more.

The ZEGS from Wisconsin stepped on another rake yesterday while talking on Bill (Sportin' Life) Bennett's electric radio program. This is what he said.

"That's this tailspin or spiral that we're looking at in our communities...Your buddy Charles Murray or Bob Putnam over at Harvard, those guys have written books on this...We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work...There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with."

(Let us pause for a moment and admire the shiny brass balls it takes to have a discussion imply that "inner city" men have a problem with their ethic between a guy who went to high school and college on Social Security survivor's benefits -- You're welcome, dickhead -- and a problem gambler who'd bet on which of his toenails would grow the fastest. Big shiny brass balls. See them gleam.)

This is not a dogwhistle. I mean, really, Charles Fking Murray? This is a goddamn air-raid siren. If you're talking about a "cultural problem" in the "inner city," and citing Charles Murray while you're doing it, well, you're pretty much broadcasting in the clear to the people you want to reach. That entire phony "listening tour" that you went on? Useless now. Want to run for president? You just wrote a radio and television ad for any Democrat who wants to run for president, including all of the dead ones. Your campaign is in the wind now, dude. Between this and that stupid brown paper bag fable that you cribbed at CPAC, you're no more ready for primetime than you were when Uncle Joe Biden laughed you off the stage back in 2012.

And, yes, I do so despair of the rebranding.

Today, though, Ryan is doing some first-class buck-and-wing away from his comments. Really, you have to watch Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor doing "Moses Supposes" to see anything like this scrambling. Congresswoman Barbara Lee already tore him a new aperture, so you have to admitre his ability to prevaricate in pain.

After reading the transcript of yesterday morning's interview, it is clear that I was inarticulate about the point I was trying to make. I was not implicating the culture of one community-but of society as a whole. We have allowed our society to isolate or quarantine the poor rather than integrate people into our communities. The predictable result has been multi-generational poverty and little opportunity. I also believe the government's response has inadvertently created a poverty trap that builds barriers to work. A stable, good-paying job is the best bridge out of poverty. The broader point I was trying to make is that we cannot settle for this status quo and that government and families have to do more and rethink our approach to fighting poverty. I have witnessed amazing people fighting against great odds with impressive success in poor communities. We can learn so much from them, and that is where this conversation should begin.

Good god, this is all my bollocks. This is the risk of making a career within the conservative bubble. Sooner or later, you blurt something out in the code and the rest of the world hears it. He didn't say "inner city" by accident. He didn't cite a white supremacist like Murray by accident. He didn't go on Bennett's radio show accidentally. He knew what he was saying and to what audience. He was extremely articulate. And he remains the biggest fake in American politics.

 

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+165 # tswhiskers 2014-03-15 12:48
Integrate people into our communities? Give me a break!! The Reps. haven't spoken the words poor or poverty in decades. The human concept called poverty doesn't exist in Republicanland except as a sign of laziness and shiftlessness, usually existing among minorities and the elderly (what? you can't live like a king (queen) on less than $1000. a month? THEN GET A JOB OR QUIT B*****!) What can we learn from the poor? Don't turn on the heat, gas and electricity are too expensive; don't EVER buy beef, it's too expensive; don't buy too many clothes or books, and always buy them used when you do; get rid of satellite TV and watch movies from the public library (if you can afford a DVD or Bluray player); don't ever go to a doctor (or a vet if you have pets). And if you DO find a job don't expect it to pay anything near the real cost of living. Paul Ryan is a shallow, heartless fool who must know in his heart that his party is largely responsible for much of the poverty in this country. So I and millions like me will continue to live our spendthrift lifestyles until our investment checks (SS and SNAP) are finally cut as a luxury the Reps. think we can no longer afford. After all, Mr. Ryan, Exxon et al. NEED those govt. bonuses a whole lot more than us old folks and minorities.
 
 
+13 # Joe Bob 2014-03-16 11:56
You tell em Whiskers !!!
 
 
+3 # Buddhaboy 2014-03-16 18:15
Mr Pierce, why do you have assault Mr Ryun with " word bombs" like " dick head"? I think that you undercut your argument, which, by the way I agree with.
 
 
+75 # reiverpacific 2014-03-15 19:08
I love the extract from the paragraph in italics: "We have allowed our society to isolate or quarantine the poor rather than integrate people into our communities".
How about government -especially the current Congress- "isolating" themselves from reality and the grassroots in their attempt to enslave them and increase the gulf between that millionaire's club and "quarantine" those they pretend to represent but in fact work to deny them the generous salaries and benefits that 96% of Americans (yes 96%, not 47%!) pay for them to serve as their voices in government with their ever-harder-to- find and earn wages.
Hypocrite and phony don't even begin to describe these cockroaches like Ryan(d), who crawl around in secret places that only the "burrowers" (lobbyists) have access to -with apologies to 'roaches!
 
 
+57 # scholartype 2014-03-15 21:09
Supposedly Ryan gave up on the atheistic Ayn Rand in favor of Thomas Aquinas. Seriously? Because here's what Tommy had to say on the subject of the poor: "whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. So Ambrosius says, and it is also to be found in the Decretum Gratiani: "The bread which you withhold belongs to the hungry: the clothing you shut away, to the naked: and the money you bury in the earth is the redemption and freedom of the penniless."
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, II-II, Q 66 A 7"
 
 
+9 # unitedwestand 2014-03-17 03:20
To put it simply or my understanding of what Aquinas meant:
You acquired that wealth and that excess abundance by the labor of those that are starving or in need, so give some back a-holes.
 
 
+33 # Cappucino 2014-03-15 21:41
A stable, good-paying job is the best bridge out of poverty.

YAY!! It's actually possible to agree with something Paul Ryan said!!

That can be hard. For one thing, I like green eggs and ham.

Seriously, he has to be one of the creepiest looking politicians ever. I think I know what it is about his face... it's the "uncanny valley" effect, when a character in photorealistic 3D art looks ALMOST real. But the closer it gets to looking exactly like a human being while still not quite reaching 100%, the more you notice the little things that are so, so wrong.
 
 
+8 # Henry 2014-03-16 13:02
A remarkable resemblance to Pinocchio. Really.
 
 
+17 # soularddave 2014-03-15 22:02
I bet P.R. and the new Pope would go 'round and 'round about those people who find themselves in stories about poverty.
 
 
+19 # reo100 2014-03-16 06:31
It's past time we rise up and prosecute politicians for not doing their job! Both parties constantly seek donations from us like the lobbyists they pander to. It's time for us to spare are dimes and build a war chest to go after any of them that do anything other than represent us. And while we're at it, do everything we can to elect someone who will!
I know, I know, I'm dreaming......
 
 
+38 # James38 2014-03-16 07:38
No, you aren't dreaming. We now have Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken as recent additions to the sane fringe in Congress.

We simply must find and elect more people who are actual human beings with a decent amount of compassion and understanding in their hearts and minds.

Ryan is a mental and emotional cripple, like the rest of the teabaggers.
 
 
+20 # TJGeezer 2014-03-16 10:07
Quoting James38:
No, you aren't dreaming. We now have Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken as recent additions to the sane fringe in Congress.
...
Ryan is a mental and emotional cripple, like the rest of the teabaggers.


One of the best terms I've seen for Congress members who try to help any but the rich - the sane fringe. As for teabaggers being mental and emotional cripples, that's merely a reflection of their real owners:

"Corporations are emotionally handicapped. They can feel greed, but not shame."
-- Roger Ebert on Twitter
 
 
+7 # Henry 2014-03-16 13:06
Quoting TJGeezer:
One of the best terms I've seen for Congress members who try to help any but the rich - the sane fringe.


I don't like calling them "fringe" though. To my mind, they are simple normal, decent people with common sense!
 
 
+2 # Joe Bob 2014-03-16 12:01
I just heard that politicians spend
? 4 hours ? a day dialing for dollars from the top .05%..... Screw working for the benefit of the country, re-elect me MoFo.
 
 
+21 # ericlipps 2014-03-16 07:44
" stable, good-paying job is the best bridge out of poverty. "

Hear, hear. Now if only Republicans had a clue how to ensure that every adult capable of working actually had such a job.

They don't, of course. To be fair, neither do Democrats, really--but at least the latter don't run around suggesting (or sometimes saying outright) that if you can't find work it's because you're a lazy, stupid üntermensch.
 
 
+3 # kalpal 2014-03-16 12:16
How can you berate Republicans for being the scum of the earth? Its not fair. Their families know it already and avoid them as often as possible.
 
 
+5 # Cattivo 2014-03-16 13:12
Jeezus, Pierce, you are such a spoil sport. Poor Paul is only trying his best to rise above the shame of his public assistance origins--and to guarantee that no other American man- or womanchild need ever again suffer a similar fate. Kudos to you, Paulie, kudos!
 
 
+11 # bmiluski 2014-03-17 10:27
"A stable, good-paying job is the best bridge out of poverty."

And yet the republican scumbags voted down the Jobs Bill that would have put thousands of Americans to work and improved out much shabby infrastructure.
 
 
+3 # JSRaleigh 2014-03-17 20:56
"A stable, good-paying job IS the best bridge out of poverty."

If "Ann" Ryan really believes that, why wouldn't he support a Jobs Bill or other stimulus that would have provided an opportunity for good-paying jobs.
 
 
+2 # ThorunnPS 2014-03-18 07:59
Does EVERYBODY accept the grammatical validity of "good-paying job"? To me, hearing Ryan say that tells me he's either illiterate, or he's pandering to the illiterate by trying to talk like them.
 

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