This article originally appeared on AlterNet.
While most college kids have big dreams of moving out of their parents house and making a major impact on the world while in college, House Speaker Paul Ryan was having slightly different dreams. His hatred for the working poor and government services designed to assist them during financially difficult times has been going on since his college days. Just like the ambitions of every normal college kid, Paul Ryan was hoping that someday he could kill off Medicaid. After all, college is no place for idealism and striving to be a better human, but rather fulfilling the dreams of sociopathic (and hypocritical) philosopher Ayn Rand in between bong hits.
Speaking at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit this past March in Washington D.C., Ryan told Rich Lowry, the current editor of the long-time Conservative publication founded by William F. Buckley, just how he felt about the program that has saved millions of lives and benefited hospitals.
So Medicaid, sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking at a keg. . . . I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time. We’re on the cusp of doing something we’ve long believed in.
So then he's always been a sniveling little weasel who misses the message of Rage Against The Machine.
The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) has already estimated that Trumpcare (or TrumpDon'tCAre) would cause 24 million people to lose their health insurance by 2026, with 14 million of those losses due to the cuts Ryan is planning to the Medicaid program.
College is a time for personal growth and shaping one's social and political outlook. So let's take a look at some of the more egregious things Paul Ryan has said about the working poor since his medicaid-killing day dreams in college.
Ever since assuming office in 1999, Congressman Paul Ryan has made every attempt to take a chainsaw to the entire edifice of the New Deal programs. With a smug Eddie Haskell-like smirk, he cynically acts as though he's trying to combat poverty when he's really just trying to rip apart the safety net Ryan, a total fanboy of Ayn Rand, once made a glowing comment about her that runs completely counter to helping the poor.
"Rand makes the best case for the morality of democratic capitalism." –Paul Ryan, praising the anti-democratic Ayn Rand, who once said, "Democracy is a totalitarian manifestation; it is not a form of freedom."
Ryan has even cited the anti-democratic Rand as his reason for getting into politics in the first place, and we're all just ever-so thankful for that. He's been using her perverse philosophies to justify a sickeningly fake concern for eradicating poverty.
Because if anyone is deserving of drug testing, it's laid off workers and not the guy who does the bidding for a pu$$y-grabbing sociopath.
And never missing an opportunity to kick someone while they're down, Ryan has perpetually introduced legislation that seeks to block grant the poor into starvation with cuts to the SNAP program. Under a block grant program, the federal government would allocate each state a set amount of food stamp funds per year, and the state would decide how to distribute them. Ryan seems to think that 48 million Americans--including 1
"We see food stamp reform as our second wave of welfare reform," said Paul Ryan during an interview with Larry Kudlow in 2013.
Worse yet, Ryan;s anti-poverty efforts often a mount to nothing bu thinly veiled racism. Case in point, here were some racially-tinged comments he made back in 2014 with respects to his anti-poverty program. Ryan essentially called inner city men lazy with no work ethic.
“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 to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” said Ryan.
For Ryan, a supposedly nominal Catholic whose positions over the years on feeding the poor and healing the sick are ridiculously opposed to anything remotely resembling Christian values,the AHCA may be the apex of his youthful dreams. Again, totally normal and exactly what Jesus would've wanted since everyone knows that Jesus was a fan of the Boards of health insurance companies. Let's just hope that this bill dies as much a slow and agonizing death in the Senate as the millions of Americans expected to live on it.