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Irregular commentary on whatever's on my mind -- politics, sports, current events, and life in general. After twenty years of writing business and community newsletters, fifteen years of fantasy baseball newsletters, and two years of email "columns", this is, I suppose, the inevitable result: the awful conceit that someone might actually care to read what I have to say. Posts may be added often, rarely, or never again. As always, my mood and motivation are unpredictable.

Buster Gammons

Saturday, March 25, 2017

All Shadow, No Tree

"Reputation is the shadow.  Character is the tree." -- Abraham Lincoln

Since coming to Washington in 1998, House Speaker Paul Ryan has somehow gained a reputation among some as an intellectual conservative and a wonky policy genius.  But in reality, he's an ineffective hack with no significant accomplishments.  All he's done is push a bunch of goofy dogmatic ideas which have all gone nowhere -- from privatizing Social Security to replacing Medicare with private insurance vouchers to various cruel budget proposals to his latest debacle, the failed American Health Care Act, which died a well-deserved death yesterday.

Ryan's reputation as the philosopher prince, the GOP's big thinker, is horseshit.  He's a zombie-eyed granny killer, an ideologue and political extremist dedicated to serving the corporate class and the super-rich.

And his decision to advance those greedy goals by playing opportunistic kiss-ass with the horrific Donald Trump reveals his true character, or rather, his complete lack thereof.

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