Sucking on the People’s Teat

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Paul Ryan

Romney/Ryan, especially Ryan pontificate at great length about shrinking government, about how government boondoggles cost us all billions, how the indigent and poor are sucking us all dry using food stamps, or hospital emergency rooms, or all that wasted education.

Yet, Ryan has availed himself of government largesse for most of his adult life. He has been in the US house of Representatives since 1998. Before that he was an aide to a number of prominent legislators and later a speechwriter. During this time he was making a living on the backs of hard-working Americans.

Is it not ironic that as more than 40 million Americans struggle to afford increasingly expensive private health care, he luxuriates in one of the most expensive, and expansive,  health care plans in the nation. Blue Cross/Blue Shield is paid by the people to give people like him wonderful health care. Is it any wonder that John Boehner, leader of the House claims that we have the best health care on Earth? He probably does. The People of the United States do not, by any stretch of the imagination.

In addition, members of Congress have generous expense accounts, paid for again by the people, who have no expense account, except perhaps the very high-rate credit cards that help them live day to day. Members of Congress get to fly on chartered jets, courtesy of their wealthy campaign donors (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) , play golf on private golf courses and luxuriate in exclusive vacation resorts. The rest of us fly coach if we can bear the long lines, stay in Motel 6 and play pinochle on the sidewalk.

Members of Congress routinely vote themselves generous raises in salary and benefits while the rest of us toil for pennies or the trickle down beneficence of our wealthy idols.

To ice the cake even further, they receive lifetime pensions, even if they have Representatives for a single term. Where do I sign up?

Ryan contents himself licking the public teat and bathing in the lactating treasury. Perhaps it is time he received a voucher to pay for his care, and that of his family. When he realizes the intricacies of private insurance, especially as he ages, perhaps he wont be so quick to whip the carpet out from under seniors.

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