Paul Ryan has some snake oil for you


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Paul Ryan has some snake oil for you

Attention people, there’s big news out of Washington: “Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Speaker of the House, has announced that he has an idea!

This is news because the GOP leadership hasn’t offered an idea in years. Instead, they’ve simply been the Party of “NO,” opposing all proposals put forward by Democrats and nixing everything that big majorities of us commoners want Congress to act on – like a jobs program to repair America’s collapsing infrastructure and raising the minimum wage above the poverty level. So we were excited when Speaker Ryan called a major press conference to present his idea for fixing the economy.

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But – sheesh – it’s a rehash of the same old stale “idea” the GOP has for every issue: The elimination of government protections for consumers, workers, our environment, and so forth, so corporate profiteers can run roughshod over us. That’s the sole idea in the highly-hyped, 57-page “economic agenda” that Ryan is peddling like a snake oil salesman. His “fix” is to roll back hundreds of important regulations that restrain corporate rapaciousness. For example, he wants to free Wall Street bankers, for-profit colleges, cable giants, and others from rules that prevent them from ripping-off and otherwise harming consumers.

His plan also repeals “all climate change regulations under the Clean Air Act” – a sweet favor for Big Coal and electric utilities. Ryan would even cancel ethics rules that require retirement advisors to act in their client’s best interests, rather than taking kickbacks for persuading clients to put their savings in bad investments.

By calling these rank corporate giveaways an “economic agenda,” Ryan himself is committing a shameful, immoral fraud against the American people. His plan would “fix” our economy in the same way a veterinarian fixes your dog.

Mr. Ryan’s One Idea,The New York Times, June 19, 2016.

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