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Mar 13, 201408:57 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Paul Ryan tarred for not repeating the same old, same old

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Our progressive acquaintances are in a dither over fighting words uttered by Congressman Paul Ryan.

Now, courts have long held that certain speech could be considered “fighting words” deserving of judicial notice as to time, place, and context. Ryan’s fighting words amounted to a diagnosis that government giveaway programs are causing — not curing — poverty.

Worse, Ryan is unmasking the historic failure of liberalism/progressivism in its signature, self-imagined role: helping victims.

At last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Ryan said too many government programs create a “poverty trap,” offering people incentives not to work. “You can’t just say, ‘I’m paying my taxes, government’s going to fix that.’ You need to get involved.”

That speech came after the release of his 204-page report assessing the effectiveness of federal anti-poverty programs.

What? No dependence on that honking-big, magic government program? Them’s fightin’ words, progressives!

Ryan amplified his remarks in a follow-up interview with former education secretary Bill Bennett. Ryan agreed with Bennett’s observation that “a boy has to see a man working.”

Ryan said that men in “inner cities” who lacked the work ethic caused their own poverty. (The quoted term is what our progressive acquaintances call a “dog whistle” — a signal to get your white sheets and meet at the cemetery at midnight.)

It’s the “poverty trap,” Ryan explained. “There are incentives not to work, and to stay where you are.” Ryan went on to say, “… if we succeed, we can help resuscitate this culture. And get people back to work, and get people back to meeting their potential.” (Paul Ryan’s op-ed in The Wall Street Journal is required reading.)

Ryan isn’t blaming NAFTA, Fox News, or the Koch Brothers?


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Mar 13, 2014 09:35 am
 Posted by  patricko

Would that be the same Koch brothers who support gay marriage, legalizing pot and reigning in the NSA? You mean the same guys who gave $20 million to the ACLU for the express purpose of defeating the PATRIOT Act? The ones who were protested by unions for donating $100 million to a New York hospital? They are so out of touch with Wisconsin. We don't need right wing extremists like that around here!

Mar 13, 2014 10:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

ryan is out of touch,


Mar 13, 2014 01:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yeah, yeah, those sons-a-Birchers are practically philanthropists. Clearly they have our best interests at heart. Dave, I hope you and Patricko declared the income, cuz some of that Koch money must be in your pockets. You can't possibly carry that much water them for free.

Mar 13, 2014 11:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

And now Scary Mary is taking money from a Pennsylvania fracking company. If I was a democrat, I'd be embarrassed to leave home on election day.

Dave, not B

Mar 14, 2014 08:40 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You do what you can to win the race, isn't that how it works, student of Rove? Also, why not quote Ryan in full if you so heartily endorse what he said on conservative radio (speaking of dog whistle).

45-45, says conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports. You read it here on Bring It!, but not because Blaska brought it.

Mar 14, 2014 09:33 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

And Rasmussen was so right saying that Romney was going to win. We'll see what Marquette has to say...

Mar 14, 2014 10:09 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If Dear Leader Comrade Obama wanted people to have a method to escape poverty, he would provide one with your EBT cards. All hail the Obamessiah as he leads us towards the glorious Progressive collective on the liberal plantation. If you like your chains, you can keep your chains.

Mar 14, 2014 11:32 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Progressives have embraced Orwellian doublespeak with a "jobless recovery" that "liberates people from the workforce" to pursue their dreams of tree hugging and unicorn riding over the Obamacare rainbow.

Is it any wonder the strategists for the Moonbeam Brigade have chosen to run against climate change, the Koch brothers and promoting a minimum wage increase in the middle of Obama's Great Depression?
If the rotten job market, fruit loop foreign policy and healthcare debacle make your side look utterly inept or worse, try to change the subject.

Unfortunately for Democrats this November, most people are a lot smarter than cynical campaign consultants and smarmy beltway pundits give them credit for. Doesn't take much to figure out that it's not called Boehnercare or Walkercare, it's always been and always shall be Obamacare. Especially in the voting booth on November 4th.

Mar 14, 2014 05:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Trek 1%-er Mary Burke running against Koch Inc. is great news for Scott Walker, who actually happens to be on the November ballot opposite Burke.

Governor Walker wins reelection easily, and that's just the beginning of good news for GOP candidates this fall.

Mar 17, 2014 07:28 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I love the "dear leader" schtick, especially on a blog where the cons tap dance so enthusiastically to cover up for their own Tiger Beat cover boys Walker and Ryan.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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