Ryan has carefully nurtured his deficit hawk image by expressing his Randian ideology in the high-minded language of the establishment. His favorite attacks on President Obama have revolved around failure to lead and a refusal to openly embrace the fiscal commission report (a report Ryan voted against, but never mind). Now, the work of that fiscal commission has passed into the hands of the Gang of Six, which has commanded strong Senate support and might have a chance in the House if its deficit-cutting recommendations were embraced by a figure with the right-wing fiscal credentials of Ryan. Instead Ryan “dropped what one Republican Senate adviser called a ‘bomb’ on the Gang of Six,” snuffing out any chance of success.
And it’s not just the mere fact of Ryan’s opposition that’s telling, it’s the basis of it. Ryan’s budget plan always relied upon a strategy of obscuring his priorities — Ryan wants to cut entitlement spending in order to preserve low tax rates on the rich, while the public overwhelmingly prefers the exact opposite. And so he has carefully obscured his choices. Does Ryan’s plan cut taxes for the rich? No, no, he says — he simply “reforms” the tax code, just like the fiscal commission does:[….]
So here comes the Gang of Six with a plan that does everything Ryan proclaims to love. It reduces tax rates. It removes loopholes.
I don’t expect this will make much of an impact on the fanbois, but it’s clear now, Ryan doesn’t give a fuck about anything except lower taxes on the rich. He never even put that much lipstick on the pig to begin with, but it was enough to win the hearts of the Village, and once smitten, they’ll never fall out of love.