The New York Times’ latest smear of America’s leading conservative Republican.
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Of course Mr. Weisman, being the good liberal that he is, buys into the liberals’ notion that the actual results of redistributionist government policy must be ignored; it is only the Nanny Statists’ claimed Big Rock Candy Mountain intentions that matter. And those Republicans are just so damn mean…the repeatedly-demonstrated positive results of such things as tax cuts, welfare reform, airline deregulation — and the concomitant failed “we’re doomed” predictions by Democrats every time — notwithstanding.
It’s not just Ryan who Weisman targets. He describes the work of Nobel laureate Friedrich Hayek as “bootstrap economics.” However, Hayek was not wildly opposed to a limited welfare state, but rather to the intrusions on freedom that such a state was morphing into.
From his 1960 book “The Constitution of Liberty”: “…we must recognize that, as a service agency, [the state] may assist without harm in the achievement of desirable aims which perhaps could not be achieved otherwise.” (Hayek goes on to explain that “many of the new welfare activities of the government are a threat to freedom” is because “they really constitute an exercise of the coercive powers of government and rest on its claiming exclusive rights in certain fields.”)
But of course, Weisman wouldn’t know any of this because Hayek is to Weisman what zombies are to my four year-old son: a mythical creature to be hated and feared, understood only through horror films or their political equivalent. And unlike President Obama who got his Nobel Prize for a result to be named later, Hayek actually made a lasting and positive impact — not just on Paul Ryan but on humanity itself.
And then it’s back to the ultra-fit knuckle-dragging cult leader that is Paul Ryan: “Among Republicans in and outside Mr. Ryan’s immediate circle, the admiration verges on infatuation. They gush about his athleticism… They laud his bowhunting…”
Even the DailyKos wouldn’t allow “reporting” as juvenile and unprofessional as this. Well, they probably would, though I doubt such schlock would get past your local high school newspaper’s editor.
But Weisman saves the most damning charge for last: Paul Ryan, the Great White Hope of the GOP, is a barefaced liar. Yes, it’s true. The wailing and gnashing of teeth can be heard in country clubs across America. To wit:
Ryan claims that “he never drove the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.” But in a bit of investigative reporting sure to garner the admiration the Pulitzer committee, we learn that “As for the Wienermobile, one summer as he was pressing Oscar Mayer Lunchables and turkey bacon on meat buyers in rural Minnesota, two ‘very nice young ladies’ who were driving the hotdog-shaped vehicle did let him ‘take it for a spin,’ he confessed.” How he got that out of Ryan without training by the CIA in enhanced interrogation techniques will ever be one of the great questions of modern journalism.
And there we have it: Paul Ryan’s political future, done in by luncheon meats and the intrepid reporting of Jonathan Weisman.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?