Posted by Curt on 5 April, 2011 at 9:13 pm. 45 comments already!


I agree somewhat with what Jennifer Rubin writes here….there aren’t many people on the Republican side with “the “campaign” skills, the depth of knowledge and the philosophical gravitas of a Paul Ryan.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R- Wis.) and his staff obviously planned the budget roll-out with meticulous care. The right is gushing (at Heritage, at Americans for Tax Reform, and on talk-radio with conservative favorites such as Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh). In the Senate, Ryan snagged the support of two stalwart conservatives Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) praised the effort.

This tells us a few things. First, there is very little room on the right to criticize the Ryan budget. To be blunt, is a Republican freshman going to accuse Ryan of “selling out” when Ryan has so many rock-solid conservative rock stars on his side? Second, this doesn’t happen by magic. I’m guessing — wild guess here — that Ryan and his staff spent hours and hours lining up support. It’s like they understand how to drive a message, flood the airwaves and capture the momentum. You know, there’s another national contest underway where those talents would be of help.

He’s impressive I will give her that. Check out his answer to the “distortions and demagogueries” about his budget:

But from what I’ve read, he doesn’t want to run, which is a shame.

One thing his meticulous budget proposals highlight tho is the stark contrast between what the right is proposing and what the left is proposing…namely

Tax the rich….and tax the rich some more

Which reminds me of this post I saw yesterday at DummiesU:

John Paulson, who rose to fame in 2007 with a prescient bet against subprime mortgages, earned a record $4.9 billion in 2010 as a result of a big wager that his fund, Paulson & Company, made on gold. The metal soared last year, lifting the values of some hedge funds by more than 30 percent.

Last year was very lucrative for some of the biggest and best-performing hedge funds’ chiefs. Wealth was so concentrated that a mere 25 people pocketed a total of $22.07 billion, according to this year’s annual ranking by AR Magazine, which tracks the hedge fund industry. At $50,000 a year, it would take the salaries of 441,400 Americans to match that sum.

So why can’t we get our paws on this treasure? We are cutting here there and everywhere mainly the poor. Why can’t we claw in some of the fat cats’ windfall?

The mind of lefty is a scary place.

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