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Does Paul Ryan Have A Big Oil Conflict of Interest? [VIDEO]

Does Paul Ryan Have A Big Oil Conflict of Interest? [VIDEO]


Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is best known for proposing some of the most draconian cuts to the social safety net ever, including ending Medicare.  But now he’s being hit hard on another issue — his loyalty to big oil.  Via Think Progress, the League of Conservation Voters has released a new ad asking Ryan to come clean about his dirty oil ties.


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4:19AM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

It is hard to tell whether he has stock in companies that would benefit from the Republican back to the days of the robber barons position, or is hoping for re-election campaign donations from them, or if he really believes in welfare for corporations and sink or swim for individuals.

9:04PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

While both Republicans and Democrats can both be corrupt, it tends to be the conservatives that are the most cold, cruel and uncaring when it comes to the needy or the environment. Republicans have no problem spending money on the military, or for corporate hand-outs, or for bank bail-outs - but scream about the "cost" when it comes to helping truly needy Americans or protecting the environment. Republicans vilify the unions - attacking workers rights. They attack environmentalists as "extremists" - you don't get much of that from Dems.

In this sense - how the Republicans cater to big business, disregard the environment, attack teachers salaries, cut funding to Planned Parenthood, cut funding to Meals on Wheels, cut funding for veteran food and housing programs, give money to wealthy corporations, give tax breaks to big oil, vilify environmentalists --- this is indicative of focusing on money and profit over the people, the environment and their true needs.

There are of course some very corrupt Dems - see Blagojevich for example - as a whole the Dems don't seem to be nearly as destructive, cold or cruel to the average American - or to nature. With this focus on "greed over need" - and ties to big business instead of workers - Republicans as a party - can often come across as corrupt.

8:49PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Tim L,
Surely you don't think it's only republicans that are corrupt?

7:34PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Put a law in place that people like him, family or close friends, CANNOT be found to be gaining in any manner or form for supporting these ridiculous laws.
THEN and only then will we see their truly HONEST point of view

6:37PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

He sucks as much as Stinko Walker

2:06PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

The Republicans swept into a House majority and added seats in the Senate in November of last year because they ran on their standby of 'FEAR', and "Jobs, jobs, jobs!" I'm in Ohio where the voters (by a narrow margin) elected John Kasich (ick, ick). We're just one of many states who, by electing Republican governors and giving Republicans majorities in their state legislatures have opened a Pandora's box of chaos for us all. Women's rights, union rights, and now voter's rights are all coming under extreme assault from the steamroller that is the Republican agenda (including Paul Ryan's 'plan'). Disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters by requiring a photo i.d. is being billed as 'protection' against voter fraud, which has never had a high instance of occurrence to begin with. When all the Koch brother's cronies took office, I knew jobs would be the last thing on their minds, as I figured they'd want to roll that one out again during the 2012 elections. Wow...what a surprise that after the damage they've already inflicted upon the middle class and the poor, once more they've taken up the mantra of 'jobs'...anyone surprised? States like mine are merely a blueprint of what's at stake if we develop a nationwide amnesia in 2012 and are fooled or 'feared' into handing over further majorities in either branch of Congress or the Presidency to Republicans or their Tea Party alternates. There've certainly been some 'BIG' government policies passed by a party supposedly running

1:37PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Paul Ryan has the big oil companies so deep in his pockets, it is constant masturbation.

1:34PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

The answer to this question is obvious - DUH !!!

11:31AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Politicians only care about themselves, we all know that. Their empty rhetoric is just that and has always been empty. Everything they do is for the benefit of themselves. American public beware!!!

11:21AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

How far done does the rabbit hole go, how far up the rabbit hole does Ryan's head go?

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