the high life

TPM: Rep. Paul Ryan, a leading advocate of shrinking entitlement spending and the architect of the plan to privatize Medicare, spent Wednesday evening sipping $350 wine with two like-minded conservative economists at the swanky Capitol Hill eatery Bistro Bis.

…Susan Feinberg, an associate business professor at Rutgers, was at Bistro Bis celebrating her birthday when she saw the label on the bottle Ryan’s table had ordered … it sold for an eye-popping $350, the most expensive wine in the house…

Feinberg, an economist by training, was even more appalled when the table ordered a second bottle. She quickly did the math and figured out that the $700 in wine the trio consumed over the course of 90 minutes amounted to more than the entire weekly income of a couple making minimum wage.

“We were just stunned,” said Feinberg, who e-mailed TPM about her encounter …After ending their meal and paying the check, Feinberg decided to give Ryan a piece of her mind. She approached the table and asked Ryan “how he could live with himself” sipping expensive wine while advocating for cuts to programs for seniors and the poor…..

The clash became especially heated when Feinberg asked the men if they were lobbyists. “F—- her,” one of them replied and stood up in a menacing way, according to Feinberg’s account…

… The one major aspect of the story in dispute was the topic of conversation at Ryan’s dinner table. Feinberg said all three men were “droning on loudly during the evening that liberals think that if you’re a millionaire, you have done something wrong.”

Full article here

Thanks Fred – and Susan Feinberg 😉

29 Responses to “the high life”

  1. 1 Brian
    July 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    In a day of frustrations and discouragements, this is the most revolting thing I have heard. This story should be trumpeted at the embodiment of the GOP “Let them eat cake” mentality. “If you’re a millionaire, you have done something wrong.”… Isn’t that entitlement of the worst kind?

  2. 2 Betsy
    July 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Another example of GOP values and “do as I say, not as I do” mentality. Fu*k them all.

  3. 3 gc
    July 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Edwards is an ass, but he was right: there ARE two Americas.

    • 4 Audrey
      July 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Oh puleeeze! The man is a hypocrite! He was part of the same “other” America that exploits the downtrodden!
      The fact that he “articulated” something so obvious even to the blind, does not make him any better or equipped to fix the problem!
      Chanting “there are 2 Americans” while getting 500 dollar haircuts is quite amusing!

      • 5 Gc
        July 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        I misarticulated that. I meant his words were correct. Edwards is awful. Do not assume I respect him. I do not, Elizabeth was a sister.

  4. July 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Ha! These SOBs ALWAYS get outed for their hypocrisy. Same old GOP Same old Shenanigans.. tweet it loud and long folks~ LOL.

  5. 8 meta
    July 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you, Susan Feinberg. She was awfully courageous to approach a right-wing “menacing” table that had consumed two bottles of wine. Ryan and his cronies deserves to be pilloried.

  6. 9 Audrey
    July 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I only wish Ms. Feinberg had taken a picture of the trio with their bingefest! Would have been lwonderful to I’d sleazy Ryan’s dinner dates!

    The man has areal nerve!

  7. 12 HZ
    July 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Let’s see how that reported” high end wine” taste buds for Mr. Ryan helps his stomach while little ones and older ones are having hunger pains in their stomachs each day and night on the curbs of the DC streets. Where is your love for country, Mr. Ryan, or it is just love for the millions that you are trying to work out to come to the House floor to help these who are in real need of some stimilating of the taste buds for a decent meal. You sad person of a leader.

    • 13 utaustinliberal
      July 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      He and his colleagues have no conscience. Everytime I vacillate between who is more conscienceless; Eric Cantor or Paul Ryan. They are definitely tied for first place. These are the same people who want to privatize medicare so that if anything happens to the economy, everyone will be beholden to wallstreet and corporations. I don’t begrudge anyone their wealth but when people wtih said wealth callously screw everyone else time and time again then we the people have to speak out and they cannot be mad about it. Paul Ryan is schmoozing with asshats and crowing about sticking it to the middle and working class, Eric Cantor is holding the country hostage with the debt ceiling negotiations and he compounds it by betting against US Treasury bonds. Karma as they say is a bitch and right now, she’s knocking on Cantor’s and Ryan’s doors.

  8. 14 Fred
    July 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    my pleasure Chip 😉

  9. 18 lochelle
    July 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I was reading this article on the way home today and thought it is great example of how the questionable policy decisions by the Republicans, especially on the state level, are actually hurting their chances of economic recovery, especially after natural disasters such as the tornados that tore through Alabama:


    Then, there was another article I found when I got home regarding the the pushback on Alabama’s immigration law:


    Btw, let’s not dwell in the negative news about the minimal job growth. The silver lining is that we still net positive job growth despite the losses in public sector. The sky is not falling and it is not the end of the world – we are just dealing with a lot of fear, desperation and outright stupidity – and the media machine just loves that . We must continue to put the sticks to Congress, especially the House Republicans and those wishy washy Democrats. They should actually want to create substantive job legislation, so that they can actually tout some real accomplishments instead of whining, lying, cheating and stealing. God knows our Prez is working hard but he is not on the ground like the rest of us. As he says, change starts on ground and works its way up. Any victories for “regular” folk have always started on the ground and therefore, we must endure; I compare it to being a cross country runner – patience and consistency with the fire to win. Onward and upward!

  10. 19 feelin the love(FTL)
    July 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Hello everyone. I have not posted a comment in a while, but with the jobs report and all of the saddness I wanted to say something. When I saw the jobs report for the first time I kept thinking well when will they put out the jobs report? I had to read it several times before I realized ooohhh dang!!!! I was sad for a little bit but then I took a nap during my lunch break and I woke up feeling better. While on my break I heard three gospelsongs Already Here by Brian Courtney Wilson, Over and Over by Trinitee 3:7 and their other song No weapon. It made me realize that while I was asking God where he was in all of this mess that he was already here. That he is blessing us even when we don’t do everything we should and that no matter all the EVIL these crazy a** repugnikans do that no weapon will prosper. I just can’t wait until they get their’s. Also let us remember the ones in the know state that the SECOND half of the year will be a heck of alot better than the first. We have just started the second half. Just remember the deeper you dig your foundation the higher you can build. I hope this helps someone. Oh and by the way I don’t comment often but I read the blog several times a day everyday.

  11. 21 Brian
    July 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    It’s sobering (no pun intended) to think that if an unemployed person could find a job where the weekly salary would equal Ryan’s bar bill, they’d be making $36,000 a year.

    • 22 m
      July 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      I surely could use that $700 for many real meaningful uses like filling our home’s oil tank for next winter!

  12. 23 isonprize
    July 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    That $700 would put a little dent into the bill for building a wheelchair ramp for a family member. Ramps are often NOT covered in most service plans for people with disabilities

    • 24 m
      July 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      let’s keep going? what else could that $700 go towards in real life?

      • 25 isonprize
        July 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm

        How about ….

        5 school uniform pants ($15 apiece) – $75
        5 shirts ($8 apiece) – $40
        2 pair of shoes ($25 apiece), $50
        socks/tights & undies ($20), – $20
        belts or hair accessories ($15), – $15
        2 sweater vests ($20), — $40
        windbreaker ($15) — $15
        winter coat ($60) — $60
        school back pak ($25) — $25

        And that’s STILL LESS than one $350 bottle of RYAN’S WINE!!!

        Prices from 1. French Toast school uniforms and 2. Target Stores

  13. 26 isonprize
    July 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Meanwhile. in “post-racial” America…. (NOT!!)

    Jailed for cashing Chase check at Chase bank

  14. 28 GGail
    July 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks Fred, Chipsticks and Susan Feinberg! If we regular American’s keep this kind of pressure on the greedy GOP, they will very soon realize that what they do and how they think about the rest of us is beginning to come to the light. Instead of fuming to each other, let’s call them out!

  15. July 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    She should have whipped out her telephone and taped them.

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