The Fly in the Ointment is Paul Ryan

paul-ryanExcept for the toddlers throwing temper tantrums in the streets for the past week, most Americans are elated that Trump won the election, and sincerely relieved that Hillary did not. The Trump victory gives the citizens a genuine chance at some of that elusive hope and change we’ve heard about for the past eight years.

Many people are of the mind that a Republican majority in both houses will make Trump’s job easier, but they’re forgetting just how far to the left some people in government actually lean. Case in point is Paul Ryan. Here is Lou Dobbs’ take on Ryan.

According to Politico via Breitbart, House Republicans on Tuesday afternoon unanimously nominated Paul Ryan for a second term as Speaker. The GOP conference gave the Wisconsin Republican voice-vote approval, forgoing a secret ballot tally that would have shown how many Republicans oppose Ryan leading the chamber.

“Ryan still must win a floor vote in January to officially retain his gavel. That will require him to garner the support of a majority of the House, typically 218 Republicans — giving him little wiggle room with his conference,” Politico notes.

According to the report, “Toward the end of the closed-door conference, Rep. Louie Gohmert used an open mic to accuse Ryan of being soft on border security after Trump won and ‘insulting’ the President-elect by suggesting in press conferences and on TV that Trump ‘heard a voice’ no other politicians had.”

Ryan was nominated by House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who shares Ryan’s support for open borders immigration policies. A 2015 PBS documentary revealed how both Ryan and Mulvaney were at the center of the 2013-2014 La Raza-backed effort to enact Obama’s amnesty agenda.

According to Pew polling data, Ryan’s expansionist immigration agenda is opposed by more than nine in ten GOP voters. Similarly, nearly nine in ten GOP voters oppose Paul Ryan’s vision on trade, according to polling data from a recent POLITICO pro-Harvard survey.

It remains unclear whether members of the House Freedom Caucus will vote in January to re-elect as House Speaker a man whose globalist positions on immigration and trade are opposed by the vast majority of their constituents.

I’m not sure who’s the worse culprit here, Paul Ryan or the Freedom Caucus, but I’ll stick with Paul Ryan because the Caucus has proven to be nothing more than yes men to him. They have completely foregone their stated purpose to give “a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them.”

Ryan is the one who sets the political agenda, determines what legislation makes it to the floor and assigns the committee memberships.

We’ve watched Ryan rubberstamp every request from O for the past few years, so it’s pretty much a given that he will be the roadblock for Trump. His agenda is the polar opposite of Trump’s claims to secure the border and boot out the illegal immigrants.

Every single Republican Congressman approved him on Tuesday and that floor vote in January will be no different.

~Kathy



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  1. One of the strangest things about this election is that I am continuously finding myself defending the people I don’t like from the attacks of other people I don’t like. I guess that’s what happens when you find yourself sandwiched between two equally problematic groups (i.e. “establishment” RINOs and Trump and his fan club).

    Here’s my question to Lou Dobbs: If Hillary Clinton had run as a Republican and had won the nomination by some miracle, would he be obligated to enthusiastically embrace her as the new head of the Party? I’m guessing that HRC might have been a bridge too far for Mr. Dobbs, and by that same token Donald Trump was a bridge too far for some Republicans. A person who’s expected to be loyal to the Party has a right to expect certain standards in a candidate, and Ryan’s reluctance to embrace a flip-flopping, narcissistic, womanizing former (maybe) liberal is the fault of those who foisted him on the Party. But as usual, that group gets off the hook.

    Having said all that, I agree it’s also true that Ryan has betrayed Republican voters and all Americans by his deals with Obama and his stance on immigration. And as I’ve said before, his proposals to “save” Social Security by means-testing amounts to nothing short of Marxism as far as I am concerned (From each according to his ability, to each according to his need).

    We’re going to find out eventually, but if I had to make a prediction I’d guess that Trump will be more amenable to negotiating with Ryan and moderate Republicans than his campaign rhetoric suggested.

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  2. Although millions of Republicans voted for Donald Trump (most reluctantly) as a form of protest over the establishment control of the party, we’re unlikely to see much change in D.C. unless Trump forces it. We still have Ryan and McConnell in charge of Congress and both are establishment RINOs.

    Electing someone who was an “outsider” as POTUS was a start, but we also need to get the attention of the rank and file of both the House and Senate to keep them honest until Ryan and McConnell can be replaced.

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    • Being that outsider, Trump will need all the expertise he can draw on, so I hope he gets the best & brightest, as he likes to say.

      The voters in Kentucky and Wisconsin need some of that fire people felt when they chose Trump if they’re ever going to replace McConnell and Ryan. We absolutely need voters to pay more attention and we need those term limits Trump wants.

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  3. Darn 9 key is next to the 8 key.

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  4. It is probably true that most Americans are sincerely relieved that Hillary did not win the election. But it is definitely not true that most Americans “are elated that Trump won.”

    Trump got only 47.2% of the vote, which means that 52.9% of voters preferred another candidate. Additionally, that 47.2% includes many people who had to hold their noses to bring themselves to vote for him.

    Exit polls indicated that most Americans were disappointed in the nominees, and voted for the lesser evil. Only about 1/3 of voters were pleased with the person they voted for. Only 38 percent of the voters had a favorable opinion of Trump. Only 33% said he was “honest and trustworthy.” 38% percent said he was “qualified” to be president. 35% said he has the “temperament to serve effectively as president.”

    What’s more, a lot of Americans didn’t vote for any of the candidates. It is safe to say that most of them are not “elated” that Trump won, since they didn’t care enough about the outcome to even show up and vote for him.

    Obviously, the Republican nomination process failed badly in its purpose of selecting an attractive, well-qualified candidate. The fact that he won anyhow just proves that that the Democrat nomination process is equally broken.

    Trump is a horrible candidate, who barely eked out a win, because he had the good fortune to run against another horrible candidate. Clinton/Kaine was the weakest Democratic ticket since McGovern/Eagleton, yet Trump just barely managed to beat them, with the help of a last minute Democrat scandal and a timely Obamacare price hike. Just enough Americans in the right states thought Hillary Clinton was even worse than Donald Trump to barely give him a victory.

    I pray that he will prove to be a better President than he was a candidate. That’s not a high bar.

    A good start would be to ditch Steve Bannon, the sleazebag who destroyed the great legacy of Andrew Breitbart.

    Ref: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/10/the-13-most-amazing-things-in-the-2016-exit-poll/

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    • Well, thank you Dave for the election analysis and for going completely off topic. If you’ve read some of the posts here at PT, you know that most all of us are elated that Trump is president ONLY when compared to the alternative of Hillary. There are millions who are elated with him and many more like us who prefer him over her and since he won the nomination and the election, I’d say my statement is fair.

      Now….whatcha think about Paul Ryan?

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      • You said that “most” Americans are elated that Trump won. They aren’t. Nearly half of American voters preferred him to a miserable alternative, but that is not elation, and that is not “most.”

        I feel like a condemned man who is pleased to learn that I get to choose between a firing squad and the gallows. My “pleasure” is something short of “elation.”

        As for Paul Ryan, “No one is good except God alone.” [Mark 10:18] But, as politicians go, he’s okay.

        (Yeah, I sure am grumpy, aren’t I?)

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  5. Well, this is right along the lines of my post-election column: will the Establishment GOP listen to the voice of the people as expressed in this election of Trump, or will they continue down the path they’ve been following since Reagan of turning into the Dem-Lite party?

    This is where the rubber meets the road.

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    • We’ll have to wait and see of course, but knowing how few real conservatives we have in the Senate and in the House, it’s going to be a battle if Trump aims to keep his promises. It’s disappointing to see the handful of conservatives in the House line up so easily with Ryan.

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      • True, true, Kathy.

        This could well lead to the confrontation that’s long been needed in the GOP between the real conservatives and the… “moderates”. Let’s see if they remain the PSP — Perpetually Stupid Party.

        There was a pretty clear message sent with this election, I think.

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      • The message was clear to the rest of us Brian, but I’m not so sure about them.

        If this voice vote is any indication, then the conservatives have no more backbone than the GOPers do. If they blow it this time, with the advantage they have, then we will be a country ruled by one party.

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