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Paul Ryan's Faux Populism

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His budget shrinks government mainly by cutting benefits and payments to the poor and lower-income Americans. Over 60 percent of his spending cuts target programs for Americans in the bottom third of the income ladder.

Ryan is correct when he says "it's the people who are politically connected, it's the people who have access to Washington that get the breaks."

But his faux populism obscures the main point. A much smaller government still dominated by money would continue to do the bidding of billionaires like casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, energy moguls like the Koch bothers, military contractors, and other high rollers now actively trying to put Ryan and Romney into the White House.

It just wouldn't do anything for the rest of us.

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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

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the same tired argument. Let me clue you in on som... by sbaker on Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 10:00:33 AM
Prof Reich gives a very cogent description of just... by manifesto 2000 on Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 6:28:19 PM