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Paul Ryan, Iron Stache, and How #WithaBuckFiftyAWeek Was Born: A Short Story

along with this i feel that people should be grateful to pay taxes, the ones who have more should be happy to pay more as they live in a land where they are allowed such privilege. i have always said everyone is a democrat, partaking of the special programs that help folks out, until they make their own and turn republican

There’s more to justice than you seem to think. Without justice; life on Earth will be put in a tax free secret bank account with zero balance.

Ayn Rand acolyte and stunted adolescent, Paul Ryan only sees government as a route to the Koch Bros. teat.

Ryan and Sean Hannity should have a “Who’s the biggest knob?” competition. Really hard to pick a loser in that one.

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Evangelicals were not a special interest group. You see them that way now, but they were (and are) normal people in the 1960s and 1970s who became organized around principles they saw the Republican Party drifting away from, right or wrong. Reagan’s governorship and the loss of seats by moderate Republicans in the California legislature were their first early victories. They did this a step at a time, in states throughout the country, imperfectly at times. Unlike the Left, they didn’t take their toys and leave when they experienced losses.

I think it’s you and others on this board that need to read history. The Democratic Party didn’t become the party of civil rights overnight—it changed. The Republican Party didn’t eschew progressivism overnight in the early twentieth century—it changed.

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That is more than 500,000 saved per hour by the Koch pathological brothers vs. 0.0375 cents “gained” per hour by this secretary.

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I am not sure about this as too many, as in the past, get “comfortable”. Of course having the right to unionize without obstacles, a living wage–whatever that means, and single payer will be much better.

Yeah, it would be worthwhile to eradicate Wisconsin from the Ryan plague even for a socialist as a step for breathing room. I will do so. Just did so.

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And this is true also for building a true left party or co-alition as it happened in Europe. The problem that might get in the way is the fact that the US is a reactionary nation.

So, a left, assuming you mean socialists and communists and perhaps shades in between can take over a party, Democrats, that, frankly are also not challenging the capitalist system? The “progressives”, perhaps even the Greens, are they in the end actually challenging capitalism? If you can send financial support to bolster the campaign of a non corporate Democrat without actually joining the D’s why not do so?

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The “dirt” on Ryan keeps accumulating. Soon there will be enough to bury the bastard under 6 feet of it!

I predict that he will remove his ideological blinders this spring, and realize that there’s NO WAY that he will win again. However, asshole that he is, what he’ll CLAIM is that he always discusses the matter of running again with his wife, and they make a joint decision on the matter–which will be FAKE NEWS!!!

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…a joint decision made at church while they prayed about it. What a hypocrite!

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We are in a reactionary period not really seen since the 1920s. We shouldn’t be surprised: the first black president was going to cause some of the populace angst. The thing is, if left of center Democrats start taking legislatures and seats in Congress, that will change the party and policy. That is what happened in California in the progressive era, it’s what happened in the mid-twentieth century regarding civil rights, and it’s what happened after the Republican Party was taken over by rightist ideology. What I see here at CD is just excuses to give up, step out of power, and ignore history, largely because progressives didn’t get what they wanted from Obama, much less Clinton. No nuance, just reaction—right here at CD.

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Clueless, heartless oligarchs.

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Well, I’m getting older now. Could be sidetracked. Justice and the meaning of justice have been front burner topics since civilization began. Probly south of Egypt somewhere in deepest darkest Africa. Many civilizations have come and gone since then and justice has been debated in many languages.

Oligarchs may dispense justice in rubber courts as you alluded previously. I agree with you and only wish to stress that some form of meager justice administered by oligarchs enforcing austerity is not all there is to the subject of justice. This is backed up by modern writers such as Amartya Sen and Carl Sagan; No tyrant has ever conquered the little blue dot. Why? Justice is required to do that and justice cancels oligarchic empire.

I sent in $27. I’m an old carpenter and steel worker on drilling rigs and sent $27.

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It’s total absurdity.

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I know nobody will read this so FU, your tax scam and your poor horse you rode in on, apologies to the poor horse. The tax scam, the gift that keeps on talking from the poor and giving to the rich. Oh yeah, one of my inhalers costs almost $500 dollars if I didn’t have Medicare. I have to have two different ones I need to live, they cost me $5.00 total in '12, now they cost $30.00 each. Yeah keep taking…

Actually justice is a commodity in capitalist capital USA. The more money you have the more justice you can buy. Explains why the prisons are full of the poorest people instead of the all rich mothers that tanked the economy, sold faulty ignition switches and started illegal wars.

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My point was that the US has always been a reactionary nation.

I hope you are successful in converting your party and sincerely wish you luck. I, as a socialist, will do what I can to eliminate the cretins in both parties but advocate and agitate for the eradication of this system of exploitation that is served by both parties. The idea of a two-party system to represent over 300 million people is a tad absurd and no way to fight the Electoral College system.

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For myself I chose to be a socialist (don’t know exactly what you mean by “progressive”, aren’t they still working within the framework of capitalism?) because of the unforgivable US history founded on genocide of the First Nation Peoples and the enslavement of the Africans the repercussions of which are still being felt by these original victims. While we cannot undo this horrible past we confront it with eradicating the very system that was responsible for the racism that sought, and still does, to rationalize the exploitation and murder of these people. We must needs work toward true equality and allow what remains of the indigenous tribes to live as they please on their own ancestral lands.

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