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5 Reasons Paul Ryan And The GOP Can’t Quit Trump

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5 Reasons Paul Ryan And The GOP Can’t Quit Trump

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Marco Rubio still doesn’t think Donald Trump should be trusted with nuclear weapons. And Marco Rubio is still endorsing Donald Trump for president.

Paul Ryan spent the weekend at Mitt Romney’s donor summit listening to Ebay CEO and former Republican candidate for governor California Meg Whitman warn that, according to the Washington Post, “Trump is the latest in a long line of historic demagogues, explicitly comparing him to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.”

Yet Ryan — and many of the donors at Romney’s summit — will support Trump.

Their reasoning? It’s plain-old transactional politics. Ryan said he’ll back Trump because he believes President Trump will put Ryan’s agenda into place.

So it’s worth reminding ourselves why the Party of Lincoln is backing a man whose behavior exemplifies “textbook racism,” in Ryan’s own words, and can’t be trusted to not destroy the planet.

Here’s what they want and why they’re willing to risk a nuclear winter. Bundle up.

More massive tax cuts for the rich.
“Paul Ryan is not going to blow his chances for a huge tax cut merely because he’s worried about a dangerous maniac,” New York Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait wrote. Some conservatives have argued that in an era of persistent deficits, retiring Baby Boomers, and massive inequality, cutting taxes for the very rich — and selling those cuts by calling them “across the board” — doesn’t have the same punch in 2016 as it did in 1980, or even 2000. But Ryan refuses to give up his passion to make life easier on the richest, who have never been richer. And he shares this passion with Trump who — though he occasionally tries to obscure this — is proposing trillions in giveaways to those who need them the least.

A Supreme Court that will allow abortion to be banned and preserve Citizens United.
After Ryan said he wasn’t “ready” to endorse Trump, the presumptive GOP went on another of his rolls, as MSNBC’s Steve Benen explained, “Trump started peddling Vince Foster conspiracy theories, called for more guns in school classrooms, got caught lying about money for veterans’ charities, falsely attacked a federal judge for being ‘Mexican,’ got caught up in ugly new revelations about ‘Trump University,’ and went after Republican Governors’ Association Chair Susana Martinez because she’d hurt his feelings.” So what persuaded Ryan. Most likely something Trump did before Ryan blanched: offering a list of 11 white partisan justices he’d choose from to fill Supreme Court seats. The next appointments will settle the direction of the Court for a generation. You’ll notice any time Trump feels very threatened by the right’s lack of enthusiasm for him, he says these two words: Supreme Court.  The base hears “Roe v. Wade” and the donor class hears “Citizens United” and dreams of the end of all limitations on measures that make it harder to buy an election and easy to vote in one. This is the hostage in the Trump/GOP hostage drama.

20 million people stripped of health insurance.
If Trump wins in 2016, he’ll have a Republican House and Senate filled with men — mostly men — who have been promising to abolish Obamacare for almost a decade. While that’s been the standard opinion on the right even as 20 million have gained coverage, there is no alternative plan — because, as we all know, Obamacare was the alternative to single payer. The pressure to end a program that has cut the uninsured rate to the lowest number ever recorded will be immense, with no hope of a decent replacement.

Destroy the few new consumer protections put in place since the financial crisis.
Paul Ryan’s “plan” to fight poverty is a mishmash of every conservative dream for cutting the few things we do do as a nation to prevent poverty. These programs, with the addition of Obamacare and the end of some of the Bush tax breaks for the rich, are a big part of why inequality is finally shrinking. Also in Ryan’s plan is a giveaway to the big banks that would end a little noticed but huge Obama Administration achievement — the fiduciary standard for retirement accounts. Conservatives and their pals on Wall St. hate this rule that will simply “require that investment professionals act in their clients’ best interests.” Including this in your anti-poverty plan is like including a mink coat in your anti-dehydration kit. But it betrays Ryan and Trump’s shared interest in gutting consumer protections — especially the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — by repealing Dodd Frank. Trump’s life is increasingly looking like one scheme after another that sees him profit by fooling people into believing he can make them as rich as he pretends to be. Ryan’s agenda is to make sure that the Trump Universities of the world can continue to profit off uninformed consumers without government interference. And Trump surely supports that.

Gutting Social Security and Medicare.
Trump was smart enough to realize these programs are three times as popular as the Republican Party and running against them — as Romney/Ryan more or less did in 2012 — was a mistake. Ryan has made no effort to hide his passion for trimming the social insurance programs so he can afford tax breaks for the rich. And if he has a majority in the House, there’s no doubt he’ll push the same agenda he has for half a decade, which has always called for turning Medicare into a voucher program and at times called for the privatization of Social Security. Trump reportedly told Ryan that he backed these policies from “a moral standpoint” but doesn’t believe he can be elected on them. So would President Trump veto one of the longest sought-after goals of the conservative movement knowing he had to avoid a primary challenge? Don’t count on it.


Photo: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 



  1. FireBaron June 13, 2016

    Why does Paul Ryan scare me more than any other Republican serving today in the House and Senate? Because he believes in what he preaches, and has the votes to pass what he wants. Luckily, he does not have the votes to override a veto.

    1. plc97477 June 13, 2016

      I would say it was a toss up between cruz and ryan. that they are both in the same party scares me a lot.

    2. Paul Bass June 13, 2016

      Because he’s an Ayn Rand lover?

      1. stcroixcarp June 13, 2016

        Trump is the Ayn Rand hero. He is the face, the heart and soul of the Republican party.

        1. Luba Petrusha June 14, 2016

          Perhaps the soul, but not the heart. The GOP has no heart.

  2. Granite Skyline June 13, 2016

    Repubs like to elect sock-puppets, i.e. Ronald Reagan, Dubya.

    1. The lucky one June 13, 2016

      True but Trump is more of a Frankenstein type creation.

  3. TZToronto June 13, 2016

    The idea that self-reliance will cure all ills is just plain dumb. There are some people who, if they were required to depend on themselves for survival, would not be able to survive. The uber-conservative position is that those whose self-reliance would be insufficient to ensure their survival are simply lazy and would, if forced to rely on their own devices, suddenly discard their sloth and start being contributing members of society or would at least start working diligently for their own betterment. This view is ignorant–or deliberately cruel. It ignores the fact that there are plenty of predators who take advantage of the weak, the elderly, the gullible, and the overly trusting–and Ryan and his ilk, including Trump, can count themselves in that group. In Ryan’s perfect world, there are no weak and gullible people, no unscrupulous bankers, no disabled people and no victims of discrimination, no mentally ill people and no veterans suffering from PTSD, no people with diseases or injuries requiring treatment, no inept financial advisers, no greedy politicians, no prejudiced police officers. There are only people with an equal chance to succeed, just like Donald Trump. Getting a head start on most others apparently does not give one an advantage.

    1. plc97477 June 13, 2016

      In ryans world the only person who matters is ryan.

      1. TZToronto June 13, 2016

        Ryan is one of the self-reliant people–and he’s in a position to make sure he gets what he wants, just like everyone else, right?

      2. dpaano June 28, 2016

        LIke I said earlier….Trump and Ryan are two of a kind!

  4. jmprint June 13, 2016

    So in other words Ryan won’t give up his agenda to destroy America, since it will be destroyed anyway if Trump gets the presidency.

  5. Siegfried Heydrich June 13, 2016

    This is the last gasp of the old conservatives. Starting in ’20, as the boomers age out, the next gen will be taking over. They’re not afraid of socialism; the conservatism of the Tea Party and the republican party dead-enders are utterly toxic to them, and the young are rejecting them en masse. They like the things that the democrats and Bernie stand for. And if Bernie is smart, he’s organizing, recruiting, and mentoring people to step in and carry his movement forward. They are the future.

    the republicans have no future. There’s no one on the right who has a vision or a message. Ryan? It’s rather doubtful he’ll survive his next election. The party is old, decrepit, moribund, morally, spiritually, and intellectually bankrupt.The GOP knows it, but can do nothing to save itself. The demographic handwriting is on the wall. There just aren’t enough old, angry rural whites for them to carry national elections any longer. Age and Alzheimer’s will winnow their ranks with ruthless, relentless inexorability. This is their last hurrah, and they know it.

    This is why they CAN’T reject Drumpf – he’s all they’ve got. They know it’s a forlorn hope, but he’s all they’ve got. They know that even if he wins, he’s going to destroy the party, but he’s all they’ve got. They know he’s going to lose in a Goldwater-style landslide, but he’s all they’ve got. They’re a dead party walking, but he’s all they’ve got. They have nothing, but at least they have it in plentitude . . .

  6. fortunev June 13, 2016

    Cronus has arisen and is ready to eat its offspring.

  7. dpaano June 28, 2016

    Ryan and Trump are two of a kind!!


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