We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
1. Who are "the poor" who Ryan wishes to "mug"? He speaks as if they were some vast, permanent American oppressed underclass. Who, exactly, is he talking about so condescendingly? What individual people?
2. What do these "poor" want? Opportunity in a busy economy, or eternal redistribution with money on loan from China, in a downward American economy? That's the choice. I've been poor, wanted opportunity, and eventually found some through doing a very good job in a thankless workplace. Difficult, never impossible, depending on how the economy is running, and whether you are willing to do some things you do not like to do.
When I am ready to take the plunge and to live up to the Maggie's Farm ideal of being my own boss and running my own show, I will be poor again, at least for a while. I am counting on that. When that day comes, David Corn is the last guy in the world I will want concern or pity from.
...and, where IS Mr. Corn's plan? I mean, its really safe to snipe from the fringe, but, really! where IS your plan, Dave?
Seeing how our esteemed leftists are so forward to tar/feather Mr. Ryan's plan, where IS theirs? Its the dirty little fact that what we currently toil under is not sustainable, quickly reaching the 'point of no return', and been kicked down the road where it cannot be kicked any longer, where is their plan to either modernize, reform, or safeguard it, besides yelling (again, and again, and again...) "Those meanies are gonna starve Grandma and make her eat dog food".
You're all supposedly to be the best/brightest of the heard - how about a little leadership, some bravery, courage, and some common sense to go with the grandstanding?
I recently read "The Big Change" by Frederick Lewis Allen (1952). It is an examination of the social, political and economic changes in America from 1900-1950. Mr. Allen opens the book with the observation that today (1952 and still in 2011), when both sides speak of capitalism, socialism, the poor, etc. we seem to be stuck in the 1910s and 1920s. For the Left, this is especially true it seems with unions, the "poor" and for some odd reason trains.
The poor they speak of, the lost, the downtrodden were offered a way out by mass production and capitalism turned to democratic ends. This blunted the socialist paradise being brought forth in America. It has taken a good long while for the Left to create the Dependent class, who are their "poor."