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So yes, Mittens and Paulo are good friends.   Friends with benefits?   We'll just have to wait and see.   Anyway, as the saying goes; just sayin'.

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But another saying -- "game recognizes game" -- also explains why the fact that the two get along so well shouldn't be much of a surprise.   After all, both are privileged millionaire doppelgangers who -- perhaps due to a head-start in life derived from family inheritances -- realize the cost of everything and the value of nothing.   Their relationship depicts the symbiotic bond between two distinct forms of fiscal/financial hucksterism -- Romney's gaming of the private domain via what Texas Governor Rick Perry described as " vulture capitalism " and Ryan's gaming of governmental largesse via a fiscal philosophy classified as " right-wing social engineering " by someone who should know: Newt Gingrich.

What's more, I'd argue that like Romney's thoroughly mythologized "rescue" of the 2002 Olympics, the most flagrant misnomer applied to Ryan is that his deficit-reduction proposals form a personal outline of undaunted political courage, deep philosophical integrity, and iron-clad core values.   

This seems to imply that in Ryan's case, political courage -- demonstrated by submitting a budget proposal that rakes the poor and middle class over the coals in order to protect the interests of the one-percent -- is set at a deplorably low standard.   Fair enough " I guess.   But wouldn't it also stand to reason that an even higher standard of courage would involve running on, not away from that budget proposal -- as Romney is already doing ?    But I wouldn't count on Ryan focusing on his budget during the remainder of the campaign any more than Romney -- unless he's trying to help Mitt lose.

The reasons are obvious. Ryan's budget plan makes for a nice way of sucking in the kind of national attention that's useful in a statewide election. But it's dead weight as a means to winning a national election.   Certainly, Paul Ryan had figured out from the onset that no economist is required for voters to figure out that his budget is fiscally sound -- but only if some country can be found that's willing to take care of about 47 million American retirees.

So today Ryan -- who one has to believe never dreamed his budget bluster would propel him to vice-presidential consideration -- probably now realizes that it would have been better had he sat tight on the plan rather than re-introduce slightly revised versions in 2011 and early 2012.  

In fact, maybe he never should have brought forth such a politically counterintuitive budget plan in the first place.    There's little that is smart, courageous or innovative in Ryan's conceptual approach to deficit reduction; he's just the latest new media-hyped "deficit hawk" to put something like it on the table.   Ryan's axe-murderer M.O. has been in use since the time when he was barely out of his Underoos (Remember them? "Underwear that's fun to wear).    It came about as a consequence of the trickle-down effect of Reagan-era federal tax cuts on localities.

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