Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (2 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   2 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Paul Ryan's Labor Day Promise to American Workers: Candy and a Sports Schedule

By       Message John Nichols     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 1   Interesting 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H3 9/3/12

Author 29155
Become a Fan
  (19 fans)
- Advertisement -
Cross-posted from The Nation

With his speech to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Paul Ryan attempted to reposition himself as someone other than the millionaire son of privilege and career politician that he is.

The Republican vice presidential nominee made the break with himself by talking about "guys I went to high school with [who] worked at that GM plant" in Janesville. Like a lot of other guys, and gals, across America, those guys lost their jobs when a multinational corporation shuttered a productive plant.

The problem is that Ryan's has never taken the side of those guys, and of all the working Americans who will march Monday in Labor Day parades from Janesville to Detroit to Toledo and Pittsburgh.

Technically, Ryan has represented Janesville in the US House of Representatives since 1999. But the House Budget Committee chairman's real designation has always been Paul Ryan, R-Wall Street.

Janesville used to be a major manufacturing center. Now it has fallen on hard times. Like so many manufacturing communities in the Great Lakes region, it has been rocked by the outsourcing of US jobs. That's not Ryan's concern, however. Since his election to the House in 1998, Ryan has voted for free-trade pacts -- including the extension of most-favored-nation trading status to China -- that have been absolutely devastating to his hometown and other communities in his southeastern Wisconsin district.

So how has Ryan kept getting re-elected? He's a smart politician. At election time, he spends millions of dollars collected from Wall Street speculators and CEOs to tell his constituents that he really is determined to save their jobs -- or, at the very least, to find them new jobs. He cuts lovely television ads on the assembly lines of the factories that remain in operation and promises to fight for working families.

Click Here to Read Whole Article

- Advertisement -

Next Page  1  |  2


- Advertisement -

Well Said 1   Interesting 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Paul Ryan? Seriously?

Scott Walker's Austerity Agenda Yields 'Worst Job Losses in US'

The Koch Brothers, ALEC and the Savage Assault on Democracy

The Deafening Silence of the Republican Field in the Wake of the Planned Parenthood Shooting

How Socialists Built America

Bernie Sanders: "I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States"