8 Disgusting Things To Remind You Just Who Right-Wing Soon-To-Be Speaker Paul Ryan Really Is (IMAGES)

It seems like Paul Ryan is about to become the next Speaker of the House. Not because he’d be good at the job, not because he’s been angling for it for years. No, Paul Ryan is the only option the fractured GOP really has. These folks put the fun in dysfunctional, simply because they seem to enjoy it so much. So, Ryan wants to be the guy who brings everyone together. Bring them together for what? To lead them off a cliff?

If bringing people together means anything, it’s Ryan’s leadership leading the moderates in the GOP over to the right-wing. How do we know this? Just look at Ryan’s own statements. Here are eight things the former VP candidate actually said and believes that will disgust you:

1. Some rapes are worse than other rapes.

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Ryan actually co-sponsored legislation that is a little too “Todd Akin” for my taste. The “Sanctity of Life” Act is basically a federal personhood law which classifies a fertilized egg as a person. It would outlaw all abortions, but it would also outlaw many forms of contraception as well as pregnancy terminations that would result from complications arising from fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization. It would also outlaw abortions in the cases of the many other problems that could arise in pregnancy that would require a termination. So if you get raped or you’re going to die along with the fetus, too bad. That’s Paul Ryan.

2. He wants time with his family but denies American families time with theirs. 

Hypocrite alert! “I cannot and will not give up my family time,” Ryan said as a condition of being Speaker. “Janna and I have children who are in the formative, foundational years of their lives.” Except, Ryan has a substantial number of votes against bills that would ensure working Americans could spend time with their families if needed. Probably not what we want in a leader. Let’s avoid the hypocrites in the Speaker’s office, eh? Who’s with me?

3. Paul Ryan voted for George W. Bush’s tax breaks for the rich that blew up the budget and added to the deficit.

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Paul Ryan loves to talk about debt and deficits. If the quote above is any indication, he hates having debt. But he blew the deficit when he voted for W’s tax cuts to the rich. And guess what, the trickle-down… didn’t. Because it NEVER DOES!

4. Paul Ryan blames poverty on lazy bastards. 

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” Ryan said on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America.

That’s not how this works! That’s not how any of this works. The truth is that most in poverty work, if not full-time, multiple part-time jobs. Sometimes they have a full-time job AND part-time jobs. They probably don’t get a lot of time with their families like Paul Ryan is demanding.

5. Paul Ryan wants to turn Medicare into a voucher system.

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Medicare costs significantly less than private insurance. As much as the right-wing wants to hate on the government, the fact is that Medicare is more cost effective. For reasons passing in understanding, Ryan supports privatizing senior health so corporations end up scoring more. It might make more for big pharma and Wall Street, but it hurts people like my grandpa.

6. Paul Ryan LOVES subsidies for big oil. 

At a time when we need to be investing in sustainable energy and green technology, Paul Ryan loves his subsidies for big oil. Maybe the reason is because his family has investments that earn him hefty profits! The Ryan budget maintains $45 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for Big Oil over the next 10 years while other things get slashed. Passing bills that help your own interests must be part of the Ryan way. Ethics are for wimps.

7. Ryan isn’t Catholic enough for most Catholics. 

Because Ryan doesn’t support poor people, The Council of Bishops is a little cold on the Ryan leadership. Ryan might be Catholic, but his budget idea about food stamps cuts to support tax cuts for corporations and Wall Street millionaires was so absurd to the Nuns On The Bus they went on the road to advocate against him and his policies.

8.  His obsession with Ayn Rand. 
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In Ayn Rand land, selfishness is a virtue and altruism is a sin. Ryan doesn’t have any of business experience and he has spent his adult life in politics. Ayn Rand wanted a limited government that contained only the military, police and judiciary. So, basically no services and a nice cozy police state. People like Paul Ryan and Rand’s many other right-wing teabagger followers want to slash government spending and eliminate the social safety net.

This is who your next Speaker of the House is going to be. He’s apparently trying to bring everyone together around his ideas. Not exactly inspiring, but this is what America gets when they vote for the GOP.

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