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Tag: Paul Ryan

March
4th

GOP: Tea party is destroying Republican Party

The art of politics has historically been defined as the art of compromise. The tea party apparently has a religious aversion to the word. Those such as Richard Lugar (a fine politician) who actually practiced compromise lost in a primary; the tea party doesn’t want them.

Now come issues such as the sequester. It doesn’t matter that it harms the country. The tea party doesn’t believe it. They believe taxes of any kind are a sin. To read Paul Ryan’s budget proposal with its draconian cuts to Medicare is shocking.

I guess they believe old people are disposable, no matter

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Dec.
31st

POLITICS: Liberals should end malicious tactics

Some political events are easily explainable and profoundly indicative of malicious, offensive partisan behavior.
I cite two of many instances where two of America’s most honorable men were falsely maligned for partisan political purposes – with the overwhelming complicit support of the mass media.

• The “Borking” (a systematic defamation of a highly qualified nominee for the Supreme Court, led by the malicious slanders by Ted Kennedy behind the protections of the Senate floor) of the late Robert Bork.

• The “Borking” of Mitt Romney –one of the most decent, reputable, competent, experienced nominees ever for president – by

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Oct.
31st

SANDY: Storm proves need for federal help

Though a citizen of Tacoma, I was raised in Philadelphia, spending summers at the Jersey shore. It breaks my heart to see the devastation there.

Watching President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie respond to this disaster demonstrates just how irrelevant Mitt Romney is now.

Romney and Paul Ryan disdain the very concept of federal assistance, which my friends and relatives in Jersey desperately need. Romney would break our public labor unions, eviscerate the Federal Emergency Management Agency and “privatize” emergency aid, throwing us to the mercy of corporate scalpers.

Incidentally, FEMA only has 7,000 full-time employees and regularly

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Oct.
15th

DEBATE: Biden’s theatrics bordered on abusive

I work with couples as part of my psychotherapy practice. When a spouse does not listen or give any credibility to his/her partner it means that person does not allow him/herself to be influenced by anything the other says and the relationship dies.

In the vice presidential debate, Joe Biden personified this; he would not give Paul Ryan any opportunity to influence him. He discounted Ryan. He blamed and tried to shame him. Biden was in a passive-aggressive rage with his smirking and calling Ryan “my friend.”

If you look at a description of a batterer – angry, discounting, not

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Oct.
12th

DEBATE: Score one more for Team Romney

Last night’s vice presidential debate was a net positive for the Romney campaign. Vice President Joe Biden came across as a rude, old man. Congressman Paul Ryan came across as a polite, young man. Everything else was window dressing.

Sorry, Mr. President, you lost again.

Oct.
12th

DEBATE: Biden lost it on style

I watched the vice presidential debate last night and was stunned by the rudeness of Vice President Joe Biden. This was the most bizarre debate I have ever seen.

From the beginning, Biden continually interrupted Congressman Paul Ryan in mid-sentence and disrespectfully called him “this guy.” Biden arrogantly laughed, giggled and smirked while Ryan was talking, distracting anyone who was watching.

Moderator Martha Raddatz should have stepped in to stop the Biden interruptions but didn’t. Ryan politely asked Biden to stop but he continued anyway. It was obvious Biden was given the job of “attack dog” after President Obama’s poor

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Oct.
10th

DEBATE: What doesn’t Biden know?

Why does Vice President Joe Biden need four days in Delaware with seasoned debate coaches to prep for Thursday’s debate with Paul Ryan?

Does Biden need to memorize something he doesn’t already grasp after having been at President Obama’s side for almost four years and in the Senate for a quarter of a century? Is he rehearsing funny lines (Ryan, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama aren’t known for their hilarity, and Lord knows Americans love a good laugh).

We’re routinely told that Biden is a veteran debater and the White House’s most passionate defender of the working class. With all

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Oct.
4th

ELECTION: No details of Romney’s magical plan

I almost fell off my dancing Olympic horse and had to quit counting my kazillion dollars saved in taxes by stashing my money in offshore tax havens* when I heard Mitt Romney detail how he is a champion of the middle class at Wednesday’s debate.

Oh, except there were no details other than a tired rehashing of trickle-down economic theory, which has never worked.

Romney may as well have chanted “trickle down, trickle down” for the duration of the debate, with a chorus of “state’s rights” as a special carrot for the tea party.

Romney is apparently saving the details

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