Congress

Paul Ryan Hallucinates Bipartisan Achievements

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I don't know what's going to happen next week, but one thing is certain: we'll soon rid ourselves of The Scourge of Medicare, The Bane of the Poor, or -- to borrow a phrase from Charles Pierce -- the Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver.

Speaker Ryan appeared on CBS News yesterday morning where he displayed some concern that his non-existent achievements will not be recognized when he leaves office.


To be fair, Ryan is right that bills for fighting the opioid epidemic were bipartisan, but this is a very, very low bar to clear. And Republicans have ensured the opioid crisis will continue just as much as they've passed bills to fight it by opposing Medicaid expansion and opposing criminal justice reform.

Paul Ryan says they've passed a 1,000 bills, but he's including bills that only passed through the House and never became law. He's including meaningless gestures and symbolic votes and bills for renaming post offices.

He's also including increased funding for the military, but he doesn't mention that Democrats agreed to do that in exchange for increased spending on domestic programs which Ryan opposes. Ryan doesn't mention that he had to play ball with Democrats just to keep the federal government running because the Freedom Caucus wouldn't.

And that's it. That's the total extent of his "bipartisan achievements."

For most of the past decade, Paul Ryan has been in the driver's seat of a partisan assault on virtually every government program. Ryan has shaped the Republican party into what it is today just as much as Donald Trump has. Efforts to privatize Medicare, drastically cut Medicaid, privatize Social Security, and impose drug testing and work requirements for socials assistance were Ryan's ideas. The era of intrusive, privacy-invading Big Republican Government and the return of record-breaking deficits were Ryan's ideas.

  • Scopedog
  • muselet

    Now, now. Paul Ryan has managed one very impressive bipartisan accomplishment: everyone on Capitol Hill—D or R, Righty or Lefty, woman or man—hates Ryan’s guts.

    It takes a truly special kind of git* to produce unanimity in these times of strife and division, and Paul Ryan is that git.

    –alopecia

    * Wikipedia:

    Git is a term of insult with origins in British English denoting an unpleasant, silly, incompetent, annoying, senile, elderly or childish person

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  • Badgerite

    Ryan’s major ‘accomplishment’ was putting a poison pill of a tax cut into the budget that will result in catastrophic deficits in the near future. McConnell isn’t even waiting till after the mid-term elections. If the gop does not keep the House look for them to try to pass cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security before the end of the year and get it on trump’s desk to sign. That is what Ryan was so giddy about doing. I wonder how all of those elderly voters who vote for trump and the gop don’t know that.
    And then, of course, there is trump and his trade wars and penchant to pull out of every international organization and agreement he can. Impending costs of dealing with climate change due to global warming that is NOT a Chinese hoax.
    Crumbling state and local infrastructures.

  • gescove

    Thank goodness the Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver from Wisconsin was so incompetent, and the Flying Monkey Caucus so insane, that more damage wasn’t done while he held the Speaker’s gavel.