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The Party of No Moves Into Glass Houses

Paul Ryan (R-WI), the head budget writer for the Republicans in the House, has repeatedly attacked Obama for ignoring the recommendations of the bipartisan deficit commission (Ryan was one of the people whom Obama appointed to that commission). Here’s part of a recent interview:

Ryan: President Obama, through an executive order, created his own commission to solve this plan.

Q: You were on it.

Ryan: I was on the commission. And you know what he did? He didn’t accept — he didn’t take one of the big recommendations of the commission, he basically disavowed the commission. …

Q: So, do you think the commission was worth having?

Ryan: I thought it was great worth having [sic]. I thought it advanced an adult conversation that we needed to have. But the president just took us a few steps backwards by ignoring the commissions’ findings, by ignoring its conclusions.

The only problem here is that Ryan himself voted against the recommendations of the deficit commission.

I can only presume that if Obama did accept the recommendations of the deficit commission, Ryan would attack him for that too.

And speaking of glass houses, I’m still waiting for Mitt Romney to discuss why universal health care was a good idea when he signed it into law in Massachusetts, but is a bad idea when Obama signed it into law.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    I noticed the irony of Mitt Romney. I think states should be allowed to opt out of health care for all just like they had the option of opting out of highway funds from the government. (55 MPH limit) Now those like Massachusetts can get funds from the government. So the Red States Federal Taxes can pay for the Blue states’ health care for all.

    Friday, February 18, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  2. Sammy wrote:

    Mitt’s hypocrisy is borne out of the need to move to the right, the far right, to stay relevant in the new Republican/Tea party. He will couch his rebuttal in terms of the neocon’s ubiquitous “states’ rights” meme.

    Friday, February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink
  3. Tim Firch wrote:

    There is actually a way perhaps, but it is subtle. The Florida district judge who struck down federal legislation as beyond the enumerated powers didn’t need to point out that the lynchpin individual mandate flies under state’s police power in Massachusetts. I could believe in four votes for that opinion on arrival at the United States Supreme Court, making another Kennedy the decider on healthcare.

    Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
  4. South Park’s Eric Cartman is the perfect example of a politician, and how a politician thinks. Once you know that, you understand everything.

    Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 2:24 am | Permalink

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