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Paul Ryan: Poverty Caused By Lazy Inner City Men… And Other News

Paul Ryan vs Inner City Men

Thugs are the new n-word and “Inner City Men” are the new thugs.

In a thinly veiled racist (and classist?) comment, Paul Ryan told right-wing radio host Bill Bennett that poverty in America is largely a product of a “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.”

“So there’s a real [black] culture problem here,” Ryan continued, “that has to be dealt with.”

And by deal with it, the former GOP vice-presidential candidate means not deal with it. According to Ryan’s recently released 204-page report on American anti-poverty programs, the programs have actually contributed to the high rate of poverty. So instead of letting the government get involved in helping the underprivileged, Ryan believes it should be left up to volunteers to give charity or mentor inner city kids. Huh. Let me know how that pans out. Salon

SXSW CrashDrinking + driving + tragedy + Texas = death penalty. A drunk driver rammed into a crowd of music fans outside a South by Southwest event in Austin Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23. The suspect crashed through barricades outside the Mohawk nightclub shortly after midnight and was taken into custody after the police chased him down with a stun gun. 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens will be charged with two counts of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle – which in Texas means he could get the death penalty. Think before you drink! NBC News

Facebook BanWell, that’s one way to get the people on your side… Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warned the people of Turkey that Facebook and YouTube could be banned following local elections in March. Interesting platform to run on… Erdogan’s hatred of websites that “encourage every kind of immorality and espionage for their own ends” was triggered when audio recordings allegedly capturing the PM and his son discussing how to hide large amounts of money were leaked online. But stalking Facebook friends may be the least of Turkey’s problems now. Following the funeral of a teenager who died nine months after being struck by police tear gas canister, further clashes between the police and anti-government protesters have left two more people dead. CNN

Peter LanzaNewtown shooter Adam Lanza’s dad has revealed that he wishes his son had never been born – yeah, him and 20 other dads. In an interview with The New Yorker, Peter Lanza spoke publicly for the first time about his son, who shot 20 children and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook elementary school. The elder Lanza thought his son was “a normal, weird little kid” but by the time he reached middle school “it was crystal clear something was wrong.” But not wrong enough that it stopped his mother from keeping guns in the house… “How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he’s my son? A lot,” Peter Lanza said. The father also believes that his son would have killed him if he’d had the opportunity. “With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he’d had the chance,” Lanza said. New Yorker

FratSigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the oldest fraternities in America, is also one of the deadliest. Until now. The notorious frat, which has been linked to at least 10 deaths since 2006, announced last week it would stop the traditional pledging process. Past hazing rituals have included standing waist-deep in ice while wearing diapers to drinking until you pass out or.. die. “We have experienced a number of incidents and deaths, events with consequences that have never been consistent with our membership experience,” SAE said, acknowledging the faced multiple lawsuits and criminal investigations as a result of its pledging snafus. The frat will now have a more highbrow selection process they are dubbing “The True Gentleman Experience” which includes alcohol safety sessions. NBC News

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The Budget is Passed and Now Republicans Can Concentrate on Killing Obamacare

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Just in time for a nice, long holiday break, Congress put aside their differences, came to a budget compromise, and avoided another government shutdown.

The House passed a two-year bipartisan budget plan on Thursday night, their final task before the Christmas holidays. The Senate is still needs to pass the deal this week, but it looks like it will be smooth sailing. The new budget will reduce automatic spending cuts by $63 billion in the next two years and reduce the deficit by $23 billion. But most importantly, the bipartisan budget deal avoids another potential government shutdown – for two whole years!

The passing of the “meeting in the middle” budget seems to signal a shift for House Republicans away from the staunchly uncompromising attitudes that have given us multiple standoffs, threats of default and lingering government shutdowns.

But what sparked this sudden change in attitude? Was it the spirit of the season that prompted this compromise? Or was it something else? (It was something else)

On Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryan defended the budget deal to avert further shutdown, saying that it would allow the Republican Party to “focus” on destroying President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.

“I think we have to replace this law,” he insisted. “I believe we can have a system in this country where everybody has access to affordable health care, including people with preexisting conditions, without it costing a government takeover with more freedom.”

“We like the fact, for the economy, no shutdowns,” he said. “We also don’t want to have shutdown drama so we can focus on replacing Obamacare, so we can focus on showing better ideas than what this is coming.”

So first they caused a shutdown in an attempt to kill Obamacare, and now they’re avoiding a shutdown in an attempt to kill Obamacare. Makes sense. After all, according to Bob Rucho, a Republican senator from North Carolina, Obamacare is worse than Hilter and Stalin and bin Laden COMBINED.

“Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis, Soviets & terrorists combined,” he tweeted on Sunday.

Bob Rucho has been working tirelessly to kill Obamacare. He was the primary sponsor of a bill this year to prohibit North Carolina from setting up a health insurance exchange or participating in the Medicaid expansion, which has kept 377,000 North Carolinians from Medicaid coverage. And now with the new budget deal, Rucho will have plenty more time to work out his plan to kill Obamacare – unless the death panels get to him first.

Via: CBS News

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Paul Ryan Initiates the Budget Wars

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The budget wars are ON with Paul Ryan unveiling the House Republicans budget on Tuesday.

The Republicans’ plan, introduced by Representative Paul Ryan, is very “Paul Ryan” in that it’s similar to previous budgets he’s touted and it’s alarmingly Republican. Full of the same ideas already rejected by voters in November, the budget proposed to cut $4.6 trillion over the next ten years without increasing taxes.

The budget seeks to repeal Obamacare, cut spending on Medicaid, turn Medicare into a voucher system, get rid of the Wall Street regulatory laws, and scrap financing for the high-speed rail network. Not to worry, defense spending will remain essentially untouched.

Ryan’s budget also sets a goal of slashing the top tax rate for the rich to 25 percent from 39.6 percent. Yikes. How will this go over with the Democrats? Spoiler alert: Obama and Ryan very different visions of how to fix government finances.

Senate Democrats plan to offer a rival budget on Wednesday which will be a stark departure from the austerity measures of the Republican plan. More specifically, the Democrats’ budget would create new government initiatives, expand others and seek to generate more tax revenue. But the House Republicans will almost certainly reject whatever is thrown at them. Indeed, both Democrats and Republicans recognize that neither budget is likely to pass both the House and Senate as is. So basically, each party is just presenting its budget priorities in hopes of negotiating some kind of budget compromise.

Considering Paul Ryan’s budget pretty much wipes out some of Obama’s biggest legislative achievements, this is going to be one tough negotiation.

Via: New York Times

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