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I just did a quick Nexis search, and discovered that the query “(Paul Ryan) and serious” produced 314 hits in the last 48 hours.

Browsing through a couple of dozen of them I discovered that Paul Ryan’s budget proposal is a serious proposal, which seriously engages with our serious budget problems.

Now here’s what puzzles me: chairs of congressional committees issue legislative proposals all the time. This proposal obviously has no chance of going anywhere. Democrats control the Senate and the White House, and privatizing Medicare (the centerpiece of the whole thing) is no more likely to be approved by either entity than a proposal to change the motto on our currency to From Each According to His Abilities; To Each According to His Needs would get serious consideration if Sarah Palin were president and the Tea Party had 52 senate seats.

So why are “we” (meaning, I suppose in the first instance the Village) all talking about this?

. . . Reading the comment thread in Scott’s post below, it suddenly seems clear that having a “national conversation” about this Winger fever dream is a classic goal post shifting move, whereby the Catfood Commission suddenly becomes David Broder’s the ghost of David Broder’s favorite example of moist, tender and flaky moderate consensus goodness.

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  • rea

    Paul Ryan is seriously evil, and his plan is seriously stupid.

    • srsly

      And quite possibly, all 314 hits were democrats doing the same thing Paul just did. (Here’s hoping anyhow.)

      I like the theory that Ryan’s new proposal was put out there to make the catfood commission look acceptable by comparison.

  • c u n d gulag

    The “Privatizing Ryan” plan is the Conservative wish list for the future when they have the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. Add, of course, the privatization of SS as the cherry on top.

    Meanwhile, they’ll settle for Obama and the Democrats falling on their sword via ‘The Alan Simplton/Festering Boils Catfood Commission’s” slightly less radioactive turd.

  • gnarlytrombone
  • Incontinentia Buttocks

    This proposal obviously has no chance of going anywhere. Democrats control the Senate and the White House, and privatizing Medicare (the centerpiece of the whole thing) is no more likely to be approved by either entity than a proposal to change the motto on our currency to From Each According to His Abilities; To Each According to His Needs would get serious consideration if Sarah Palin were president and the Tea Party had 52 senate seats.

    Do you really think this, Paul?

    I mean in a politically sane country such a proposal would have zero chance of passing, especially with the executive branch and half the legislative branch controlled by the party of the “left.”

    But I honestly think there is a small, but greater than zero, chance that the Republicans will get the Democrats to cave on this. Cf. last December’s tax “compromise.”

    • wengler

      The tax cuts for the rich was the continuation of a horrible policy, while this is the introduction of a new horrible policy.

      In DC there is a difference. The cowards are tentatively moving forward, each one watching what will happen to the first person that steps out on his own. If he gets whacked, they will scurry back into the shadows, to write further fevered dreams of having the hell-bound pay for the excess of the Elect.

  • rj

    This really says a lot about the Village and its weird kind of instinct to respond to Rebpublican daddies. The need gather together about a simplistic yet stern narrative ensures that nothing remotely reality based will ever be considered “serious.”

  • azelie

    Or at least the Catfood Commission becomes the favorite consensus proposal of the Ghost of David Broder.

  • DrDick

    The only way Ryan’s proposal is “serious” is that it is seriously deranged, deluded, and dangerous.

  • Dan

    Seriously, will someone ask Paul Ryan why he voted for Medicare Part D back in 2003?

  • dangermouse

    Holy shit

    David Broder died???

    I completely missed that.

  • SP

    314 hits and I have yet to see the inevitable LOLcat of “I haz serius planz”. Someone fix the internet, immediately!

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