Paul Ryan

Warren & Sanders Deliver 3-Minute Takedown Of GOP’s Pro-Billionaire & Corporate Tax Cut Scam

  Wisconsin’s very own Rep. Paul Ryan campaigns in Delavan, Wisconsin for GOP tax scam to siphon off the last nickles of wealth from the middle-class and poor to give even more to corporations and the super wealthy.  By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (11/2/17) In a video released shortly after House Republicans unveiled a tax plan they claim “is for the middle class families in this country who deserve a break,” Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argued—consistent with independent analyses—that the GOP’s proposals would in fact primarily reward large corporations and wealthy individuals while slashing programs low-income and middle class…

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Yellow: The Cowardice Of Paul Ryan & Mitch McConnell

  By Ezra Klein Vice (10/31/17) Earlier this month, Speaker Paul Ryan told what was, in theory, a joke. “Every morning I wake up in my office and I scroll through Twitter to see which tweets I will have to pretend I didn’t see later on,” he said at the Al Smith Charity Dinner, to appreciative chuckles. Monday, however, was a reminder that Ryan wasn’t kidding. Appearing on WTAQ, a Wisconsin radio station, he was asked what he thought of the indictments Robert Mueller had issued. “I really don’t have anything to add other than nothing is going to derail what we’re…


Mendacious: Paul Ryan’s Duplicity On Gun Violence, Mental Health, And, Well, Everything

  By John Nichols The Nation (10/6/17) Paul Ryan, the shameless political careerist who has surrendered the US House of Representatives to campaign donors and lobbyists, has a well-documented history of doing everything in his power to prevent meaningful debate about gun violence. But it’s getting harder for the speaker of the House to game the system on behalf of his benefactors. Ryan knows that his traditional “thoughts and prayers” response to mass shootings does not work any longer. People are on to the fact that his pious pronouncements in the aftermath of massacres are never followed up by meaningful action to…


Oh, No! Pious Pauly Ryan Doesn’t Like It When We Get Angry

  (Editor’s Note: Oh yeah, lessons in manners from the pinhead-hearted Paul Ryan who won’t even accept phone calls or meet with his constituents about their healthcare concerns. Given the circumstances, I want to be as polite about this as I can: Screw you, Pauly. – Mark L. Taylor) By Mara Pellittieri Talk Poverty (7/20/17) In the past six months, this administration has pushed hard to dismantle the health care system. It is rolling back financial and environmental regulations, undercutting public schools, and hacking away at the legal system. It has been actively hostile to immigrants, tried to defund Planned Parenthood,…


The Ironworker Running To Unseat Paul Ryan Wants Single-Payer Health Care, $15 Minimum Wage

  By John Light Moyers & Company (6/28/17) A campaign ad went viral last week — something that, despite political consultants’ best efforts, doesn’t often happen. It begins with an elderly woman sitting in her living room in Wisconsin. As her middle-aged son listens, she describes her concern that she someday may not be able to pay for the drugs she needs to treat her multiple sclerosis. Her son, it turns out, is Randy Bryce, a first-time candidate for federal office. Bryce’s opponent in 2018 will be one of the Republican health care plans’ most prominent advocates, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. As…


Donald Trump’s ‘Eunuch-ique’ Cabinet

  Seth Meyers: Is There ‘Anything Creepier’ Than Donald Trump’s Cabinet Meeting? “Even Kim Jong Un is like, dude, have some self-respect.” Link to 10-Minute Video (Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2017. Open source and free to use with link to www.thecommonercall.org ) ***** Never Has There Been A President … So Damn Weird: ‘Didn’t Know You Could Broadcast Full On Circle Jerk!’  By Abbey Zimet Common Dreams (6/12/17) Okay, so we really don’t wanna write again about our appalling Trash Monster, but things just keep getting weirder. On Monday, Trump held his first full Cabinet meeting, a surreal,…


Paul Ryan Leads House Republicans In Setting Course For Our Next Financial Collapse

  By Jon Queally Common Dreams (6/8/17) The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act on Thursday afternoon in a move critics—who call it the #WrongChoiceAct—say puts the U.S. economy on a path towards the next large-scale financial meltdown. With a final vote of 233 to 186, only one Republican joined with Democrats in voting “nay.” The final roll call is here. As the Washington Post notes, “Democrats and progressive groups, who argue banks need more oversight, not less, are preparing to use the issue to animate supporters still angry that Wall Street banks have not paid a bigger…


Paul Ryan Peddles Lame Old GOP Lies About Effects Of Inheritance Tax On Super Wealthy While Real Data Reveals The Truth

  By Cezary Podkul ProPublica (6/7/17) Does the estate tax really hurt small businesses? House Speaker Paul Ryan thinks so. He revived this longstanding debate in a May 17 column in the Kenosha News, in which he defended the Republican plan to abolish the levy on inherited wealth. Ryan wrote that the “death tax” can “result in double, and potentially even triple, taxation on small businesses and family farms, both of which are prevalent in Wisconsin.” President Trump made a similar claim in his budget proposal a few days later, calling for repeal of the estate tax on the grounds that…


Crowd Boos & Screams “F@#$ You” At Paul Ryan Over Healthcare Disaster

“Health care for all, not just Paul!” David Packman Show (5/11/17) House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is booed and heckled outside of Success Academy Charter School in Harlem, New York by a crowd gathered to protest the Republican health care plan. Link to 6-Minute Video ***** Editor’s Note: Paul Ryan benefited from Social Security benefits after his father died and on top of that he has been working in government – soaking up taxpayer money – most of his adult life. How did he afford that big plush mansion in Janesville? Like his teat-sucking buddy Sen. Ron Johnson, Ryan married…


ACTION ALERT! Make Rep. Paul “Let ’em Die” Ryan Your Pen Pal

Time For Action, Everybody! Count von Paul Ryan has turned off ALL of his public telephones & fax machines in response to protests in favor of Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Medicare, etc. And he is NOT accepting signed petitions; instead he’s TURNING AWAY voters who deliver the petitions. Sicko! Listen to the voters? Puhleeze, Count von Ryan is far too (self) important for that. ***** So, let’s see what 67 million postcards looks like in his driveway. It will take you just a few minutes. Please start mailing postcards to his HOME: Rep. PAUL RYAN 700 ST. LAWRENCE AVE. JANESVILLE, WI…


How Paul Ryan’s Muse Ayn Rand Helped Turn The U.S. Into A Juvenile, Mean Spirited Nation

  By Bruce E. Levine AlterNet (12/10/14) “Ayn Rand’s “philosophy” is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society….To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.” — Gore Vidal, 1961   Only rarely in U.S. history do writers transform us to become a more caring or less caring nation. In the 1850s, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was a strong force in making the United States a more humane nation, one that would…


Paul Ryan Raised $657,000 While Ducking His Constituents During Congressional Recess

By Lee Fang The Intercept (4/15/17) House Speaker Paul Ryan snubbed his Wisconsin  constituents during the President’s Day congressional recess, refusing to hold even a single town hall. Local activists appeared at his office in Racine to demand a meeting. Others placed a tongue-in-cheek missing person advertisement on Craigslist, asking for the whereabouts of their elected representative. Ryan “fled sometime in and around January 20, 2017, and hasn’t been seen since,” the ad stated. Newly filed campaign filings show what Ryan was doing instead: jetting around the country, raking in a whopping $657,400 in contributions in just nine days. Ryan had scheduled…


How The GOP Healthcare Plan Helps Make Case For Universal Medicare-for-All

Paul Ryan presents Republican Health Care Plan.   By Deirdre Fulton Common Dreams (3/7/17) The GOP’s new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with something much worse merely supports the argument that the only way to achieve true healthcare reform is to enact a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system, advocates said this week. “Instead of fixing the very real holes in the ACA—and moving forward to a permanent solution for our broken healthcare system, as could be done by expanding Medicare to cover everyone, at lower cost—the Republican plan moves us back, far back, to the worst vestiges…


Run, Hide & Threaten Citizens: Fragile Republican Snowflakes Paul Ryan & Ron Johnson Bully Constituents

By Capper Crooks & Liars (3/1/17) Like many Republicans around the country, Wisconsin’s Republicans have been doing their best to avoid their constituents and not have to listen to their anger or how they are not representing them. But since this is Wisconsin, our snowflakes tend to be bigger and uglier, even though we are going through an unseasonable warm spell. Even Lyin’ Paul Ryan is no exception. Ryan’s office stopped taking phone calls from his constituents. (Don’t worry, he gave his personal phone number to all of his wealthy friends and benefactors – y’know, the people he truly represents….


CARTOON KNOWLEDGE: What’s A ‘Snollygoster’? We Have Three Prime Examples In Wisconsin

By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (2/27/17) Commoner Call reader Richard Smith sent in a note the other day alerting me to probably the best word I have ever seen to describe a politician. It is one of those words that sounds exactly like what it means: snollygoster. It’s perfectly suited to a particular brand of politician citizens on both sides of the American political chasm have come to loathe. Truly, snollygoster is a tag with bipartisan applications. While all politicians have to occasionally stretch the truth or compromise on some campaign promise or utter some meaningless BS to…


Invertebrate Olympics: Scott Walker & Paul Ryan Were Against Immigration Ban Before They Were For It

By Capper Crooks and Liars (1/31/17) In December 2015, Donald Trump first floated his idea of a Muslim immigration ban. Both Scott Walker, the recently failed presidential candidate, and Paul Ryan, came out sharply against it: Walker, who abandoned his own presidential campaign in September, was in Chippewa Falls Tuesday, December 8th where he told WQOW-TV that the country’s founding principles are based on protecting religious liberties, so he disagrees with Trump’s proposal. “I think we need to remember that our founding principles were based in part on protecting religious liberties, and so I disagree with him on that. I…