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Elizabeth Warren, Paul Ryan Square Off Over The American Dream

Elizabeth Warren, Paul Ryan Square Off Over The American Dream

Elizabeth Warren has built her career on advocating for the middle class. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), on the other hand, is the Republican’s face for privatizing Medicare in order to subsidize enormous tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, a position that is not exactly popular with a majority of Americans.

Nevertheless, Ryan has become the GOP’s answer to the Elizabeth Warren juggernaut, and his responses to Warren show just how entrenched the right is with corporate interests.

At a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation Ryan attacked Warren directly for calls to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans, predictably pulling the “class warfare” card. But it is not just Ryan’s insistence that attacks on social policy that focus on economic fairness amount to “class war” while attacks on poor Americans amount to “brave and necessary austerity measures” that shows a significant tone-deafness to the current economic situation. It’s his insistence that the American myth of upward mobility has remained untouched by the Great Recession that should worry anyone hoping for serious domestic policy suggestions from the right.

That’s because there is no longer upward mobility in America–and that is precisely why thousands have taken to the street in protests. In fact, downward mobility is more likely to happen for middle class Americans than upward mobility.

Once that reality is acknowledged, then the case for taxing high-income earners to shore up a safety net and domestic infrastructure sounds a lot less like class war and a lot more like common sense.

 

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7:05PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Elizabeth Warren is the bees' knees! Paul Ryan needs to be stung!

12:17PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Logic might not be our best tactic with them, but spewing hate on them can't help but make things worse, despite the small smug satisfaction we get from it in the short run.

12:16PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Ryan is such an embarrassment and a total ass-hat. He's not qualified to carry Ms. Warren's purse. They call it "class warfare" when we peacefully resist their destruction of our lives, our communities, our world.

Logic, reason, facts don't have ANY impact on supporters of people like Ryan, they are deeply into the doublethink. What do we do? How do you reason with people who refuse to think? I have read that people who do not use logic or reason to arrive at their views will not have their minds changed by logic or reason. They disbelieve the facts even right before their faces, they vote against their own best interests - they are like crazy cultists needing a de-programing. How on earth do you begin to approach this kind of intractable nonsense? I don't get any satisfaction from hating the Teaparty, they are disaffected, oppressed, underprivileged people too, suffering with the rest of us - but they are being manipulated by belief into serving as "the opposition" when we really should be in this together. Like them I love the Constitution & self-determination, I have things in common with them - I don't want to be on "different sides" that's how the oppressors of us all want to frame it. Stylistically we irritate each other, but from a strictly fact-based assessment we are in more or less the same boat and should be allies. I'd like to hear more ideas, and less hate spewing, as fun as it can be to slag them off, they are the 99% too. Logic might not be our best tac

11:34AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Elizabeth warren is a hero, who stands up for the working class people in this country. Paul Ryan is a criminal liar, who like all republicans, is bought and paid for by his corporate backers. We must vote this evil scumbag, and liar Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Boener, and the rest of these worthless republicans, out of office as soon as possible.

2:24PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Elizabeth Warren, a TRUE American for President, enough said!!!!

4:28AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Elizabeth Warren is great. We need people like her in our government. Lots more.

9:58PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

"Greed Is Good" is all Paul Ryan needs to say. He shouldn't be wasting anybody's time with his condescending bullshit! We already know this about all these Republican parasites.

6:23PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Elizabeth Warren is in fact one of the most remarkable women in the US.

Had she been actually been installed as Special Advisor to oversee the development of the new Consumer Financial Protection Board, she would have sought to insure that the rights of all Americans were better preserved.

It appears Obama was under a great deal of pressure, to not appoint her, it seems as though the people in the shadows of American life did want her upsetting business as usual.

Well, she is out there now, I suggest that you stand back and let Ms. Warren get to work.

6:12PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Ryan is a nobody who thinks he's great and his so called ideas are great.The people in Wisconsin don't like him and are embarrassed by his ideas.I tyink he needs to just go away,fae away.

6:10PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

I agree with Michael M.

Warren vs Ryan is like Einstein vs the Three Stooges. Wait - I take that back - at least the Stooges are funny. More like the Keystone Cops????

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