Wednesday, August 15, 2012
On the 31st Floor
Apparently we're going to watch the Ryan/Romney team spend the next couple of months obfuscating the plain obvious fact that putting Ryan on the Republican Presidential ticket commits a Romney Administration to the agenda Mr. Ryan stands for, publicly, clearly, and for quite a long time. They'll come up with some glittering chaff almost hourly, aimed at distracting our horribly distractable media from actually telling us what and who we are voting for this fall--which is surely the fundamental job the media is supposed to be doing. (Except of course that a long time back there was a kind of bait and switch mind clamp applied by the businessmen who wanted to run the world, to the effect that anything on your TV is actually "entertainment," not "news," so of course the various "news" people are first and foremost obligated to bring in the passing throng, and to do that they need something spicy and striking--the throng, us'n, being rather of the Houdahenian persuasion that way).
So today it'll be some claim that Obama is the real "racist," and tomorrow it'll be that Obama is going to destroy Medicare, whereas the guy who wrote a big budget bill destroying Medicare was "really" saving it, etc. etc. Count on this. You will be amazed at what will be asserted by Ryan/Romney, and reported seriously by not only Fox News, but all the rest of the news outlets as well. If you can stay up for Rachel Maddow, maybe you'll catch some push back, but I'm not sure even Rachel will manage to just say what's going on. Romney/Ryan--the Liar Ticket. Start there.
However, and fortunately, it is now clear that Ryan does indeed stand for the Ayn Rand "Objectivism" "philosophy" which the far right oligarchs in this country, meaning among others the Koch Brothers and their organization, Americans for Prosperity, aim to shove down the American peoples' collective throats, like it or not. If you look in the right places--and not where the main stream media happens to be pointing at the moment--it's all right there.
Here's the trailer--the actually up front advertising--for the movie "Atlas Shrugged," which came out last spring.
Now, let me quote you some Digby quoting the New York Times:
This month, as a handful of Republicans auditioned at town halls and on bus tours to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan joined a private conference call. For 20 minutes, he walked through his plan to cut government spending and bashed President Obama for weakening welfare work requirements.
His audience: Several hundred field organizers for Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party-inspired group founded by the billionaire conservative philanthropists Charles and David Koch.
When Mr. Romney announced that Mr. Ryan would be his running mate, his campaign emphasized the congressman’s detailed knowledge of the federal budget and his chemistry with Mr. Romney. Less well-known are Mr. Ryan’s close ties to the donors and activists who have channeled Tea Party anger into a $400 million political machine, financed by a network of conservative and libertarian donors that now rivals, and occasionally challenges, the Republican establishment behind Mr. Romney.
Mr. Ryan is one of a very few elected officials who have attended the Kochs’ biannual conferences, where wealthy donors sit in on seminars on runaway government spending and the myths of climate change. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/us/politics/paul-ryan-has-kept-close-ties-to-conservative-and-libertarian-donors.html
As much as the Ryan/Romney team will try to distance themselves from the plans and goals of groups like Americans for Prosperity, the Ryan/Romney team is in fact the Administration of Americans for Prosperity. That's the deal. Toss in Sheldon Adelson as well, and a few other extremely rich oligarchs who want to entirely control the United States.
This is what the vote for President in November is about. It's a frightening situation.