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Pity the Poor Tea Partier!

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The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center puts the cost of the Ryan tax cuts for the rich at $2.9-trillion over the next decade.

Ryan's 2012 proposal doesn't envision balancing the budget for almost 30 years. So, as the Tea Partier hobbles through his late 60s, suffering through insurance-induced poverty and anticipating an early death, the prospect of the government having its fiscal house in order will still be a hazy future promise, maybe a decade or more still to go.

The Tea Partier, however, will be able to take some solace in knowing that he contributed to the luxury of the moneyed interests and multinational corporations. Freed from government rules and enjoying historically low tax rates, the rich will be the nation's new royalty, able to hire servants at sub-minimum wage (since, thank goodness, those oppressive wage laws would be repealed, too).

Indeed, the excess wealth of the wealthy might be the only hope for our Tea Partier. He might get to work for one of America's "winners" as a pool boy or a gardener, although there will be desperate competition from many able-bodied people for those lowly jobs.

More likely, our Tea Partier will just have to accept his fate of an early and ignominious demise. He will die a mostly anonymous death. Neither the Koch brothers nor the Murdoch family will waste any of their precious money on flowers or a card.

So, pity the poor Tea Partier!

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