Without naming the title….

This morning on Twitter my friend posted a response to the question: Without naming the title, what is your favourite movie?

That question made me smile for just last night the Honey-do and I were talking about how much we loved growing up with our parents favorite movies and shows. We remember growing up with black and white movies on television and I remember having a black and white television when my parents could finally afford one. 

“Walk slow, like you do when you come to pay your taxes.”

It is difficult to choose my favorite movie but the above quote is from a movie I like very much. Seems appropriate to quote while waiting with bated breath to see if the Progressive Republicans will actually pass a meaningful #TaxReform.

Seriously, I do not see Paul Ryan or Mitch McCONnell running toward #StopSpending or permanently, let alone immediately, #Kill the #DeathTax or the #ParentTaxPenalty or #SALT either.

And what about that #ContinuingSpendingResolution vs #BalancedBudget? 

“You’d be surprised how quickly things get done when you do some actual work and don’t rely on political favors.”

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Is Paul Ryan trying to look Presidential?

It seems like Paul Ryan is working very hard at running for a future presidential campaign.  Everything is so well staged. Everything appears to be dignified. Most notably things seem to make him appear like a young Jack Kennedy. It seems like Ryan’s handlers are preparing him to look like a leader for a run for something bigger, in the near future.  

If that is indeed the case then Paul Ryan needs to be well vetted on his true leadership capabilities and where he specifically stands on smaller government because frankly, for all of his yammering and staged personality, I find him sorely lacking in his performance claims. 

  • What exactly, as a LEADER, has Paul Ryan done to cut taxes and spending and rein in the debt?
  • What exactly, as a LEADER, has Paul Ryan done to limit the size and scope of the federal government and return authority to states and to the American people?
  • What exactly, as a LEADER, has Paul Ryan done to get rid of Obamacare and promote health care solutions based on free enterprise, not government controls?
  • What exactly, as a LEADER, has Paul Ryan done to protect America from foreign threats, secure the border, and develop a robust, principled foreign policy that puts America first?
  • What exactly, as a LEADER, has Paul Ryan done to ensure that our judges and lawmakers uphold the Constitution of the United States, starting by halting executive overreach?

But first, let us flashback to November 17, 1998when Paul Ryan set foot on the political path to Speaker of the House…and beyond? Take your time and really listen to the whole question and answer segment, especially after the section on his family.

Note: And remember when Paul Ryan said“I want to say to the American people: We hear you. We will do right by you. And we will deliver.” (Begin at 4:19)  

In case you missed it, watch and listen to Thomas Massie: At least McConnell got health care bill to a vote.

And thanks to Thomas Massie, that is why I keep asking those original questions of Mr. Speaker and why you should ask him too, especially now it appears he is walking the walk on that path to a presidential run. 

#NoBailouts  #FullRepeal  #CutCapBalance  

#MakeGovernmentSmallAgain

#RealTaxReform 

In fairness I must point out Jim Geraghty’s piece in National Review: A Busy House but specifically quote him in paragraph three : 

“In fact, the House keeps sending bills over to the Senate, month after month: 250 in all so far this year…. Quite of few of those bills are minor — …but a significant number would count as accomplishments worth boasting about on the campaign trail next year if they were signed into law.

Oh yeah, and #WeAreStillWaiting Mr. Speaker.

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Rolling my eyes at the Paul Ryan survey

Here it is. Another useless survey with the goal being to get you and me to give the Speaker of the House campaign money.Screen Shot 2017-08-12 at 10.02.31 AM.jpg

Why? What difference does Paul-call-me-Mitch-McCONnell-Ryan make?

  1. Like he really is going to do something about cutting wasteful programs that redistribute wealth this time?
  2. Like he really will cap spending or actually make government live on a budget this time
  3. Like he pressed for and whipped the votes for Full Repeal this time?
  4. Like he is working hard to Make Government Small Again or keeping government policy as the new secular-civil religion, forever?

Right. Here is the pathetically staged survey: 

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So now I double check myself and my irritations regarding Paul Ryan to reread this article by Jim Talent. I like this particular quote:

“Ryan is entitled to the rest of this Congress to vindicate his leadership in the eyes of his colleagues, and he is entitled now to demand their confidence as well as their votes if they decide to elevate him.”

But what I really like are the last two paragraphs: 

“The issue of how much, and how long, to support a leader is a difficult one. I leave the last word to Winston Churchill, who wrote this about the days in May of 1940 when he was made prime minister:

‘The loyalties which centre upon number one are enormous. If he trips, he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes, they must be covered. If he sleeps, he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good, he must be pole-axed. But this last extreme process cannot be carried out every day, and certainly not in the days just after he has been chosen.'”

Now the question is: Is it time for the extreme process?  

According to Jim Geraghty at National Review “the House keeps sending bills over to the Senate… Quite a few of those bills are minor.”

I keep going to back to Clarence Thomas at the American Enterprise Institute’s 2001 Francis Boyer Lecture, February 13, 2001, titled BE NOT AFRAID

“Today, there is much talk about moderation. It reminds me of a former colleague at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who often joked that he was a “gun-toting moderate”—a curiously oxymoronic perspective. Just think of that, dying over half a loaf.”

Now my question is: Will Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, continue to drive Mitch McConnell’s, or whoever is pulling the strings, agenda just to die over half-a-loaf?

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Jim Geraghty link corrected: August 23, 2017

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