— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 29, 2018
Almost titled this “Respite from A WCF”, because we know he’ll be back on the Very Serious Media no later than Jan. 6 2019 (even sooner, if Trump completely decompensates and/or flees the country before then), making bank to represent whichever batch of oligarchs and kakistocrats offers him a dirty dollar.
But in this happy moment, let us remember the True Paul Ryan: lifelong suckler upon the gubmint teat, devout Ayn Rand fanboi, personage who stood out for unlikeability even in a party figureheaded by Donald Trump and frontlined by such specimens as Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and Stephen Miller…
Pour one out for Paul Ryan, who leaves office without accomplishing his lifelong goal of killing every poor person in America pic.twitter.com/Juqma4aQak
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) November 29, 2018
A special panel dreamed up by Speaker Paul Ryan to end the constant cycle of government shutdowns crashed and burned on Thursday.
The special panel tasked with recommending budget fixes overwhelmingly rejected its own set of proposals, even after lawmakers admitted the package included only modest changes to the way Congress approves budgets and funds the government…
Over several months, the leadership-appointed panel swatted down the most ambitious ideas for overhauling the budget process. The final text of the agreement contained changes like requiring Congress to pass a budget every two years, instead of annually. It also would have required a “fiscal state of the nation” report each year.
Sweeping proposals to “de-weaponize” the debt ceiling, tighten spending limits and disband Congress’ budget committees were all voted down or withdrawn…
He’s going out as he came in, attempting to delegitimize votes along strictly partisan lines…
Hey Paul Ryan: In California, we don't arbitrarily stop counting votes.
You raised taxes on millions of Californians, sabotaged health care & hated on immigrants. What did you think was going to happen? Don't blame CA voters, blame yourself.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 29, 2018
… Gee, ZEGS, let’s try to parcel this out, shall we? You fronted for an administration* that was xenophobic to the point of ripping families apart, apparently for sport, and for taking a brutally hard line on all immigrants, legal and otherwise. A somewhat gentler version of that was enough to end Pete Wilson’s political career in California 20 years ago. And Wilson was reasonably popular at the time and not a maniac…
Remember when people thought this guy was smart?
Who indeed could have predicted that immigration restrictionism and a tax cut that punished wealthy people in blue states would hurt in [checks notes] Fresno and SoCal. https://t.co/rhqFr642Bv
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 29, 2018
Jon Chait, at NYMag, “Paul Ryan Departing Washington in a Blaze of Fraudulence“:
In a valedictory interview with the Washington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan depicted himself, and was in turn depicted by his hosts, as he has always chosen to be seen: a wonk-statesman, a little too good and pure for the ugly world of politics, who pointed the way toward a brighter and more responsible future and of whom it could be said, at the very worst, failed only to achieve the ideals for which he strived…
Nobody present was so impolite as to point out that Ryan has devoted his career to passing policies that would increase the national debt. Under the Bush administration, he supported every one of the debt-financed measures that turned the surplus the administration inherited into the trillion-dollar annual deficit it bequeathed its successor: tax cuts, a Medicare prescription-drug benefit, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a large security buildup, all financed by debt. Indeed, Ryan distinguished himself from his party by urging the administration to support even larger, costlier, and more debt-laden versions of the tax cuts and Social Security privatization schemes than it was willing to endorse. Ryan’s primary complaint with Bush was that he was too fiscally responsible.
Under the Obama administration, Ryan opposed the deficit-reducing health-care reform that has led to falling health-care inflation, and foiled efforts by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to craft a bipartisan deal to reduce the debt. Once he was able to enjoy a Republican president who would sign his bills, Ryan passed a huge debt-financed tax cut…
“I think history is going to be very good to this [Republican] majority,” he proclaimed. Only if historians are as gullible as the news media.
He made both worse. He blocked House votes on bipartisan solutions to address both issues. Our skyrocketing debt and broken immigration system aren't Paul Ryan's "regrets:" they are his handiwork. https://t.co/TGlahuQGfA
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) November 29, 2018
.@SpeakerRyan exploded the debt by giving tax cuts to the super wealthy. Always remember his crimes.
— phx-flo (@phxfloaz) November 29, 2018
— Cake or Death (@Johngcole) November 30, 2018