Posts Tagged ‘Paul Ryan’

Opportunity vs. Outcome: Acknowledging Inequality Is Not ‘Resentment’

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Conservatives love talking about the idea that if everyone works hard, plays by the rules, they too shall prosper. Hell, even President Obama has used this same rhetorical refrain on many occasions. And whether he believes it’s true or not, it never quite rings true for me when he says it, because it seems he’s still trying, over five years into his presidency, to win over at least a few conservatives. And nobody here is knocking hard work, but people need to acknowledge a reality, regardless of whether this reality is favorable to their neatly prepackaged belief system. The reality is, there are…
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Boehner, Republicans, Know Something About Party Annihilation

John Boehner - photo by Gage Skidmore

A few days ago, Speaker John Boehner said President Obama was trying to “annihilate” the Republican Party. We’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration — as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us into the dustbin of history. Representative Paul Ryan echoed Boehner when he said, “He [President Obama] needs to delegitimize the Republican Party and House Republicans in particular.” And let me just tell you John Boehner and Paul Ryan, Republicans are doing more to…
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President Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech: Memorable Moments

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Today President Obama delivered what many are calling a notably progressive inaugural speech. It was a speech that some on the Right may find partisan, but if you understand the history of this nation’s founding you will find a parallel between Obama’s address and the preamble to the constitution. Preamble to the United States Constitution: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this…
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The Romney-Ryan Roadside Campaign Sign Problem

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So I’m driving to work today along the same highway I use every day to get to work and I see the same two Romney-Ryan signs in the grassy area between northbound and southbound traffic. These signs have been there since well before election day, possibly placed in the ground only days after Ryan was named as Romney’s running mate. Anyway, as I’m passing these two signs, a thought occurred to me: Who is responsible for removing those signs, and all the other campaign signs staked along roads and highways around the country? Well, if the campaigns and the people who posted…
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Real Time with Bill Maher: Highlights from Episode 262, October 12, 2012

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Highlights from Real Time with Bill Maher Episode 262, October 12, 2012 Guests: Ben Affleck, actor — Ann Coulter, conservative author — Darrell Issa, congressman (R-CA) — Brian Schweitzer, governor (D-MT) — Sheila Bair, former FDIC chair & author Bill Maher monologue highlights Look how happy old grandpa Joe Biden made the liberals. Right? That’s why you’re in this kind of mood, because last night he ate little Eddie Munster’s lunch. I have not seen an old Catholic guy give it to a young Catholic guy like that since… — since I was an altar boy, anyway… You could tell…
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