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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

One For The Archives: Paul Ryan On Free Choice

Rep. Paul Ryan (#WI01) disputed reports that 22 million people would lose insurance under his health care plan. He said if they're not forced to pay for it like they are under Obamacare, they won't buy it.

Raw Story Excerpt:
“What they are basically saying at the Congressional Budget Office, if you’re not going to force people to buy Obamacare, if you’re not going to force people to buy something they don’t want, then they won’t buy it,” the Speaker opined. “So, it’s not that people are getting pushed off a plan, it’s that people will choose not to buy something that they don’t like or want.”

“And that’s the difference here,” he added.

Is Paul Ryan also suggesting that some taxpayers, in the name of freedom, can exempt themselves from the mandate of paying his handsome annual salary, health care benefits and retirement funding if we don't want or like the product? Sure sounds like it to me.

And, if freedom of choice is so important to everyone's pocketbook as he implies, why hasn't he made it a priority to dismantle that constitutional mandate forcing taxpayers to pay congressional salaries and compensation?

And, why would 22 million Americans, as Paul Ryan seems to imply, want to continue contributing to his health care insurance when they refuse to pay for their own? When given the choice. You know, for freedom.

Conversely, is he suggesting that health care in the United States should be free to all? Just like his? Mandated by law. That's another possibility we can draw from his remarks and build into a valid argument.

I will say this. Why hasn't any one of Paul Ryan's democratic challengers pounced on those statements immediately with the above or something similar?

Here's my other point. Nearly every time Paul Ryan opens his mouth, gifts pour out. That's how this has to be framed. His statements are not based in workable solutions or a sustainable reality, but are founded in fictional books of wrong-headed right-wing ideologies, pledges and theories. Think Atlas Shrugged, Laffer Curve and Grover Norquist.

In short, because Ryan has nothing tangible to show for in his nearly 20 years in office, he plays the rhetoric game for the win. He has to. And he wins. When his challengers don't respond, the voting public silently takes notice. He wins again.

Many voters think that when Ryan's statements go unchallenged - he must be smart. Challengers have to know there is no calvary to rescue them. Don't depend on journalists to challenge Ryan's remarks, most of them won't. When his challengers look the other way or pretend not to notice. He wins again.

So here's some free valuable advice that you can take or leave. With his national stature, ALL THE TIME is the right time to respond to (almost) every statement he makes. When Ryan opens his flapper, it's an opportunity for free publicity you could not afford to pay for at this stage in the game. And believe me - IT IS A GAME. Respond to his name tag on Facebook, Reddit, Twitter AND your other favorite social media sites AND call in to local popular radio shows in the First District of Wisconsin. Do that and more IF you're serious about having any chance to win. Remember, you're campaigning.

Of course you just can't respond willy-nilly without having the ability to back your argument up with sound common sense.

As of right now, I see the same drip, drip, drip rhetoric from Ryan that I've seen in the past that will carry him to an easy victory while his challengers have protested in front of his house, begged him with petitions to change his ways or complain that he's not the guy they thought he was. Get out of the race if that is your strategy. I've seen it all before. He'll win by default. By a large margin. Again.

1 comment:

Jake formerly of the LP said...

This is the correct strategy. Paul Ryan needs to be exposed as A CLUELESS MORON who has no ability to solve real problems.

Just like with Drumpf, the right strategy is not to say what a bad guy he is (even though Ryan,certainly is that). The right strategy is to show he is an incompetent fool.

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