Steve Benen: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) spoke to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier, as part of the rollout of his caucus’ radical budget plan. Not surprisingly, the co-hosts gushed over the right-wing lawmaker – as the media nearly always does.

But Justin Elliott flagged the portion of the interview that was just over the top: “At the end of the show, Scarborough said the executive producer of the program, Chris Licht, said in Scarborough’s earpiece of Ryan, “I’m in love.”

There’s something deeply wrong with the political culture and discourse. Ryan is a snake-oil salesman. Media professionals – who are supposed to be hardened and cynical – have the responsibility of helping the public learn the truth, but that’s not happening because they’re “in love” with the mild-mannered extremist.

…Paul Ryan wants to eliminate Medicare and gut Medicaid. His goal is to impose hardship on the elderly, the disabled, low-income families, and the middle class, while rewarding the wealthy and corporations with even more tax breaks – which will cost a fortune, even in the midst of a debate that’s ostensibly about deficit reduction.

There’s nothing courageous or serious or “lovable” about any of this. It’s radical callousness at a level unseen in the United States in generations. Paul Ryan has seen the modern American social contract, and he wants to shred it, to be replaced with “Atlas Shrugged”.

The media’s “love” of Ryan and his agenda – rewarding the rich again, while taking life-saving benefits away from those in need – is nothing short of twisted. This is evidence of a pathology that’s come to dominate modern American thought, and it’s just not healthy.

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Jonathan Chait (The New Republic): Liberals are kind of short-circuiting in response to Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity,” which contains so many bad Republican economic proposals in one place you don’t even know what to say about it. But there’s really one clear issue here that encapsulate both the intellectual and the political vulnerablity of the plan: It contains a massive, regressive tax cut.

Ryan does not want to talk about the tax cut. His video touting the plan focuses entirely on the debt, and makes no mention whatsoever of the tax cuts.

Ryan doesn’t mention the tax cuts, of course, because they unravel the entire rationale for his proposal. Americans overwhelmingly oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Ryan understands he can only make his plan acceptable if those cuts are seen as necessary to save the programs.

And certainly some level of cutting is necessary. But Ryan’s level of cutting goes far beyond what’s needed to preserve those programs, and it does so in order to clear room for a very large, regressive tax cut. He is making a choice – not just cut Medicare to save Medicare, but also to cut Medicare in order to cut taxes for the rich.

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Republican Budget Proposal: The President believes that dramatically reducing America’s long-term deficit is essential to growing our economy and winning the future. Today, Congressman Ryan laid out his vision for how to do that, and he is right that we cannot solve our fiscal challenge by focusing on the narrow slice of domestic spending that has occupied so much of our recent attention. But while we agree with his ultimate goal, we strongly disagree with his approach. Any plan to reduce our deficit must reflect the American values of fairness and shared sacrifice. Congressman Ryan’s plan fails this test. It cuts taxes for millionaires and special interests while placing a greater burden on seniors who depend on Medicare or live in nursing homes, families struggling with a child who has serious disabilities, workers who have lost their health care coverage, and students and their families who rely on Pell grants. The President believes there is a more balanced way to put America on a path to prosperity. But despite our differences, all of us – Democrats and Republicans – have an obligation to find common ground in a way that is true to our values and meets our responsibilities to the American people.

25 Responses to “love?”

  1. 1 Ladyhawke
    April 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Apparently, President Obama showed up in the briefing room today and is now giving the press and the American people a bit of truth about what needs to be done about the budget. He’s making it plain. He is absolutely fierce.

    The Republicans are going to regret this. He is making them look unreasonable and petty. He is truly the only adult in the room.

    • 2 Hachikō
      April 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      I wanted to get up and smack the tv screen when one of the reporters asked him: “Who should the American people blame if there’s a government shutdown?” Grrrrr!!! How about you, you twit for not doing your job of reporting facts and truth and creating an environment wherein voters remain fooled and ignorant and end up voting against their own self-interests? Aaaaghhhh!

      • 3 Ladyhawke
        April 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

        Hachiko, don’t get me started. I just posted a similar comment at BWD about the questions. I could not believe the (who should be blamed and what does it say about your leadership) question. Totally out of line in my opinion. Obnoxious….

        How did you like Chip Reid of CBS obsessing about whether or not President Obama will cancel his plans for tomorrow. And Dan Lothianof CNN asking the probing question about why everything comes down to the wire. Unbelievable….

        I think Jay Carney is getting more comfortable with his new job. He hasn’t been taking any guff either. I don’t know how he stands the “jackals”. They are the worst. It’s no wonder the American people are clueless about the accomplishments of President Obama. The reporters sound more like nosey gossip columnists.

        I just checked cspan to see if they had posted the press conference yet. I can’t wait to see the whole thing. President Obama was masterful. He just makes sense.

      • 4 Dorothy Rissman
        April 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

        Hachiko, what did he say? I have not been able to finish it. Frankly, I was avoiding the questions.

        • 5 Hachikō
          April 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

          He said that Americans aren’t looking for us to tell them whom to blame. They’re looking for us to solve the problems. Something to that effect. His answer was great though.

  2. 6 m
    April 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    ladyhawke….is there video of that?

  3. 8 MoObama
    April 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    How in the world can people be fooled by these wackadoodles! God gives everybody a measure of good sense…what has happen?

    • 9 Audrey
      April 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Racism will look for cover behind any number of things! A lot of those who WANT to be fooled, do not want to know the truth! They are eager to be thought “ignorant” than RACIST! It is awfully convenient that way!

  4. 10 Hachikō
    April 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Well, this was bound to happen:

    Republicans Say Boehner Created 216,000 Jobs In March

    The recent employment figures show 216,000 jobs were created in March… According to David Dreier, Republican Chairman of the House Rules Committee, John Boehner is the one responsible for these newly-cre­ated jobs.

    Mr. David Dreier praised John Boehner, saying:

    Speaker Boehner has consistently been saying not only, “where are the jobs,” and we’re all gratified that the positive signs of getting our fiscal house in order played a big role in creating 216,000 non-farm, payroll jobs last month and brought the unemployment rate from 8.9 down to 8.8%.

    Full article here: http://ezkool.com/2011/04/republicans-say-boehner-created-216000-jobs-in-march/

    It must have taken a great deal of effort to say that with a straight face.

    • 11 lisa
      April 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      If this is an April Fool’s joke it’s not funny and it’s four days too late. Those dummies are beyond ridiculous. Ugh. It’s times like these that I wish God would just send down a swarm of locusts right into the Repugs den of iniquity. So disgusting. I mean, just when I think they can’t get anymore horrifying, they go right ahead and smack me upside the head with their nastiness.

    • 12 Theo67
      April 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      I can’t take these “people” anymore. They are shameless. Absolutely shameless!

    • 13 HZ
      April 6, 2011 at 12:05 am

      Hello Hachiko. Thanks for this article. Rep. David Dreier represents my district, and I can’t wait until tomorrow to make a call to his office and write a letter to him. He has not done anything for my district because he has it sewed up with his Republican pals. But I will give him an ear full tomorrow. I have my facts. We need so much done in this town, but Dreier refused to take the money and help because he was trying to hurt POTUS and VPOTUS. Thanks so much for this. He is lying!!!!

  5. 14 Audrey
    April 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    This Ryan guy is evil! Just look at those eyes! The filth and bile that dwell behind those eyes. Ughhh!

    • 15 Dorothy Rissman
      April 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      I do not know about evil, but I do think he has no interest in the American people. He just likes numbers. He can work his numbers anyway he wants to, but he will never be president. All of the repugs are rats. To the bone.

      Ooh. I just really looked into them. Maybe you are right.

  6. 16 Sue in Minnesota
    April 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Republicans seem to have no compunction with lying. We need to be prepared to untangle these deceptive webs they continually weave.

    • 17 sherijr
      April 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      I think thats a given: lying republicans.. they’ve always done it and they’ll always do it imo. It is the media we have got to take to task, specifically the national media, who continue to carry water for republicans. We really imo need to get serious about both calling them out enmasse and going around them to get the facts out to the public at large. They are dishonest and they are extreme in their bias.. not just Fox.

  7. 18 fluffylove
    April 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    The Path to Prosperity!!. What the heck are these Republicans talking about. They are trying to gut every program in the US, that helps the poor, middle class and seniors. And you are right the media is not talking about how this can affect this country, because half of them don’t care. The media has lost its purpose in providing us with facts, and this is why I thank God for chipsticks.

  8. 20 UT Austin Liberal
    April 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    It was soooooo disgusting to watch morning joe this morning and hear and see joe and his executive producer (EP) slobber over paul ryan. when the EP chris licht whispered in joe’s ear “I think I’m in love”, I almost threw up. Thank goodness for John Heileman and Andrew Ross Sorkin asking the tough questions. John had this wonderful look of disdain on his face as if to say i can’t believe this guy is trying to sell this bunch of dog crap to the american people. joe was sooo disgusting.. praising ryan all over the segment. I swear if you glanced at ryan’s butt through his pants, you would see a face print of joe’s face and drooling tongue…. GROSS!!!

    • 21 Dorothy Rissman
      April 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      What did Mika say? She is a sheeple isn’t she?

      • 22 UT Austin Liberal
        April 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm

        She was slightly cynical about paul ryan’s budget plan and she made a snarky comment about the plan that kinda offended joe scarborough.. but she didn’t really care.

        • 23 Sue in Minnesota
          April 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm

          Mika was probably jealous that Joe was slobbering all over Ryan. She needs his attention to feel worth while. She’s little more than eye candy and attitude. Nothing about her impresses me, if you have ever seen her without Joe, she is meek, and dull. She seems to rely on male energy to boost her self-esteem. Actually I feel sorry for her.

  9. 24 Shirley
    April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    So now they are saying that It’s Boehner that have created jobs. LIARS, LIARS, LIARS, your house on fire!!! Do they believe In God?? Do they know that God Is WATCHING and LISTENIBG? Do they know that they will have to answer to all the lying deeds? Do they have a “SOUL”? How long can they continue to LYE to the People? They are ABSOLUTELY LIARS and CROOKS!!! SHAME ON THEM!!! GREED, GREED, GREEDY!

  10. 25 Ladyhawke
    April 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

    From Talkingpointsmemo.com (4/5/2011)

    CBO: GOP Budget Would Increase Debt, Then Stick It To Medicare Patients

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s initial analysis of the House GOP budget released today by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is filled with nuggets of bad news for Republicans.

    In addition to acknowledging that seniors, disabled and elderly people would be hit with much higher out-of-pocket health care costs, the CBO finds that by the end of the 10-year budget window, public debt will actually be higher than it would be if the GOP just did nothing.

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