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April 10, 2012 4:44 PM Secret Squirrels

By Ed Kilgore

So Paul Ryan claims there are “a dozen” Democrats in Congress who secretly support his budget proposals, but fear to say so because they’d get “killed.”

Wonder how many Republicans there are in Congress who secretly oppose Ryan’s budget—if only because it’s so politically risky—but fear to say so because they would most definitely get “killed” by the commissars of conservative orthodoxy? Bet it’s a lot more than a dozen.

But speaking of secrets: Ryan also says he just can’t understand why his “tax reform” ideas can’t draw bipartisan support:

“Why don’t we stop subsidizing the wealthy, why don’t we stop subsidizing corporations, why don’t we stop corporate welfare?” he asked. “There is an area I think we can get consensus on.”

Gee, Paul, if you’d just bother to actually spell out your tax reform ideas in public, that could happen! Or are you afraid you’d get “killed?”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • kevo on April 10, 2012 5:11 PM:

    Perhaps Huey Long is Paul Ryan's secret hero! -Kevo

  • The BPI Squirrel on April 10, 2012 5:14 PM:

    Umm, why would Democrats who secretly support the House Republican budget be squirrels? No squirrel I know likes that budget, and I know a lot of squirrels. Just sayin.

  • Neil Bates on April 10, 2012 5:18 PM:

    One of the main reasons for disdain of Ryan's plan (on top of everything else, like not balancing budget for like 20 years): In his "Pink Slime Economics" editorial, Krugman wrote that the plan didn't really cut any loopholes, despite pretending that savings could come from doing that.

    Pink Slime Economics

    "... on Thursday Republicans in the House of Representatives passed what was surely the most fraudulent budget in American history."

  • Rich on April 10, 2012 5:24 PM:

    Like McCarthy's Commies i the State Dept, they are probably hypothetical at best.

  • T2 on April 10, 2012 5:24 PM:

    am I to understand this quote “Why don’t we stop subsidizing the wealthy" to be from Paul Ryan? Isn't he the guy who has just put out a budget dropping the tax on millionaires to 25% ? I may be confused, but if this is THE Paul Ryan saying “Why don’t we stop subsidizing the wealthy", shouldn't he start by RAISING the tax on the wealthy instead of cutting it????? Or is he really that far wacked out? Certainly Krugman thinks so and this quote would tend to make me think so, too.
    And yes, I think there are lots of GOPers that would call Ryan's Folly a disaster, except for the fact Gover Norquist likes it and it would cost them their seat if they said so

  • Bokonon on April 10, 2012 5:47 PM:

    I guess it all defines on how you define "subsidize the wealthy", Congressman.

    Sort of like that term "premium support" that you like to use (and call the Democrats liars when they say it really means "vouchers"). Words are just so slippery!

  • AndThenThere'sThat on April 10, 2012 6:22 PM:

    am I to understand this quote “Why don’t we stop subsidizing the wealthy" to be from Paul Ryan?

    He's a young, athletic, tall, handsome man with dark mysterious eyes. You don't need to listen to the words coming out of his mouth, you only need to "feel" them. When he tells you the sun rises in the West, you just want to close your eyes and believe him. That's Paul Ryan's schtick in the GOP. It's why he's their front man to sell this plutocracy shit-sandwich to the middleclass rubes.

    Ryan was on the Today Show this morning. Introduced as a "rising star in the Republican party", he was given the liberal media's usual puff interview treatment reserved for conservatives. This came on the heels of the Today Show coincidentally "inviting" Sarah Palin on for interviews/ guest hosting at exactly the same time the Republican establishment began dispatching damage control emissaries for their war on women.

  • Neil Bates on April 10, 2012 6:26 PM:

    The main way Republicans and corrupt Democratic allies subsidize the wealthy is through the lower rate on capital gains and related, as Krugman sagely noted (we are so blessed to have that Nobel-prize winning economist pulling for the 99%.) That has no real basis in terms of encouraging capital investment, since the low rate also applies to later trading. Also, it contradicts conservative doctrine about flat rates, not picking favored classes (?) and not trying to manipulate the economy.

  • schtick on April 10, 2012 6:41 PM:

    I just can't wrap my head around anything Eddie Munster proposes. He's just another lying member of the tealiban party.

    crapcha....Munityp for....that's what I said.