What came into question, but a question never asked
by the media was: what were the credentials of
those politicians leading the budget deficit reduction
charge that was primarily aimed at cutting Social Security,
Medicare and Medicaid benefits?
What was their life experience? What qualified them to propose
policy changes so sweeping that even self-proclaimed conservative
Newt Gingrich labeled them as “radical” examples of
“right wing social engineering”?
In endless hours of debate, not one word was devoted to the
crucial subject of the character and life styles of the politicians
promoting these dramatic proposals. Just who were they?
An admirable model and poster boy for the lot was the
41-year-old Congressman from Wisconsin, Paul Ryan, who was
leading the charge for the “radical” change. What expertise did he
possess? What was the personal experience and hands-on qualifications that gave Ryan the professional and moral authority to
craft a program that would impact every living American?
It was not only an appropriate question, it was an obvious one. But the media, supposedly charged with a duty for investigative
journalism, never investigated his resume. Was it that the question never occurred to them, that they didn’t care, or that they
didn’t want to take a few minutes off from the scandal du jour to Google his past?
According to Wikipedia and other sources, Ryan was brought up solidly middle class. His father, a lawyer, died when he was
sixteen. Ryan collected Social Security survivor’s benefits for two years that he claims to have put toward his college tuition.
During his senior year in college, he worked briefly as a “Hotdogger,” driving an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Upon graduation in 1995, he worked briefly as a staff member for Sen. Bob Kasten. In 1996, he worked as a speechwriter
to both former US “Drug Czar” William Bennett and former US Rep. Jack Kemp. In 1997, he was legislative director for US
Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas. According to his congressional campaign, Ryan’s only experience in the private sector
(evidently overlapping his political jobs) was as a “marketing consultant” for his family’s construction business.
Ryan was first elected to Congress in 1998 at the age of 28. What goes unmentioned in neutral biographical accounts and
his omnipresent press coverage is that, apart from his Wienermobile days and a vague nepotistic stint in the family business,
Ryan never worked a day of his life in the private sector.
Publisher’s Note: As I can personally attest from experience in not dissimilar jobs – running political campaigns in New York’s
Westchester County and as assistant to the Secretary of the New York State Senate – these “jobs” mainly consist of brownnosing,
glad-handing, sucking up and bowing down … all in preparation for a life in politics.
It is a matter of record. Since his election to Congress at the age of 28, Ryan has been living off the taxpayer. Unlike the
hundreds of millions in the private sector who have to make it on their own, Ryan’s job comes with substantial health care
benefits and generous retirement programs, plus innumerable perks … all approved by Congress, without having asked approval
from “we the people” who pay them.
In short, Ryan didn’t have the experience, training, nor the moral authority to so rabidly wave the banner of sacrifice that
he and the vast majority of his colleagues so ardently championed, but never carried.
Determined to launch a “Crusade to Kill the Deficit,” the deficit hawk is the domestic equivalent of the chicken hawk. Just
as the gutless chicken hawk, a well known fightless bird who has never worn a military uniform, screeches “War” and sends
others out to fight and die, so the windbag deficit hawk pontificates from the political stump and on the media circuit, exhorting
others to tighten belts and pull up bootstraps, while they get fatter sucking on the public tit.
And speaking of Wienermobiles and the psychological Congressional profile, in the midst of the deficit reduction wrangling,
the news was diverted by the scandal du jour. Anthony Weiner, the New York Congressman, was forced to resign in disgrace for
social networking his weiner for the world to see. Regardless
of the side of the aisle he sat or where he stood on the
issues, the Weinergate episode provided an exemplary illustration
of the divide between “them” and “us.”
Weiner lost his job, but kept intact his bountiful pension
and many of his perks:
Weiner’s Pension, Benefits
Could Top $1 Million
While Rep. Anthony Weiner may no longer have
the benefit of Congress’ generous health care
plan once he resigns, he will still be able to collect
his pension and other benefits that could total
more than $1 million during his lifetime.
According to an analysis of his available benefits
by the National Taxpayers Union, the New
York Democrat’s pension and a savings plan lawmakers
have access to similar to a 401(k) could be
worth $1.12 million to $1.28 million.
At 46, Weiner will not be eligible for his pension
for another decade, at which point he could
begin drawing a reduced rate of $32,357 a year,
according to NTU. If he waits until age 62 to begin
drawing his pension, he will receive his full benefits,
or $46,224, according to NTU’s calculations.
Additionally, if Weiner aggressively invested
in the Thrift Savings Plan, his balance would be
roughly $216,000, the organization said. (Roll
Call, 16 June 2011)
The House of Weiners (a.k.a. Congress) was filled with
Ryan/Weiner clones who went into politics never having
known what it was like to have a real job. Weiner, like
Rep. Ryan, immediately began working for a member
of Congress upon graduation from college. Like Ryan,
while still in his 20s, Weiner began the life of an elected
“public servant” (i.e., began sucking off the public tit).
And as members of the privileged political class,
special Congressional privileges come with the job. For
example, no one else in the workforce who quits a job (or
is forced to resign in disgrace) gets a penny in unemployment
benefits, let alone a generous pension and perks.
Should history serve as a guide and repeat itself,
perhaps Anthony “The Weiner” Weiner, will be rewarded
with a lucrative new job as a primetime CNN (Cartoon
News Network) host, a la disgraced (and recently
discarded) former NY Governor Eliott “$4,300-a-Night-
There were two sets of laws: one applying to those
that made the laws, and another applying to those who