March 29, 2012
What happened to the Irish?
Good lord, where do these Irish-Americans come from? Gore Vidal once proclaimed that U.S.A. stands for United States of Amnesia. Pretty accurate. For the Irish-Americans it is amnesia in Technicolor.
Paul Ryan, Irish as Patty's pig, puts out a budget that will cripple the social compact, drive millions of Americans into poverty, and be responsible for tens of thousands who will lose their homes. But Ryan smiles like a Cheshire cat curling up in the laps of the super rich and claims that he prays every day for our economy to improve. He probably crossed himself as does an athlete on the foul line or batter's box so people would know he is a good person! It is comfortable being rich says Romney--try it you will like it! Apparently he never even read the stories "IRISH and DOGS not permitted." He never knew about "Irish need not apply" signs in the store windows. Nope! Paul Ryan, millionaire, would apparently like us to forget that he is Irish-American and so would I; forget the deaths he will cause, the suffering he will bring to those poor folks, some Irish, but not even a majority. Ryan will bring suffering to German, Polish, Hispanic, African American and Norwegian poor. Is this what his church teaches?
So, where is the church's "Happy" Timothy Dolan? Archbishop of New York, another Irish-man? Did Irish-American Dolan ever break bread with Dorthy Day, an Irish woman we remain proud of? Did he meet with Michael Harrington or even read his book The Other America? The book that inspired JFK and RFK? Could it be that Bishop Dolan also prefers Ayn Rand to the Sermon on the Mount.
Ryan would cut $200 billion from federal Pell Grants; 100 million students will lose Pell Grant money over 10 years. My grandparents on my father's side came to America because their children would get a first rate education. Believe it, now Santorum, Romney, and Newt are telling us, that college education is unnecessary! Over-rated! Only "snobs" think a college degree is essential. Oh my god. Count me as a snob. Please.
Doesn't Ryan have any sense of history? Were his grandparents always rich? Did they buy his way out of the Civil War? You know, when the poor starving Irish arrived in the new world the young men had to join the war effort. Did Ryan escape that duty?
Finally, another Irish-American now luxuriates in the Vatican. Yes, Raymond Burke, who did nothing we know of to help his fellow Irish out of poverty is, quote, comfortable as well. Whoa Nelly!
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Conservatives are not about others. They are all about themselves. The Irish are good people. Make one into a conservative and the goodness is gone.
We are doomed unless we can turn this nonsense around.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | March 29, 2012
In his Sunday, March 25 2012 interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday", Paul Ryan said "we believe in government by consent of the governed". Really? It seems that Mr. Ryan has somehow missed the fact that a majority of "the governed" are opposed to eliminating Social Security benefits, Medicare benefits, educational grants, etc.
-CM | Brookfield, WI | March 29, 2012
Yes, Franz is right, the conservatives are not about others only theirselves. The real problem is these conservatives who never had to work for their wealth, Rommney, Ryan, Bush, Sensenbrenner all heirs to a fortune. I often wonder why these "bright" born with a silver spoon in their mouth people never joined the family business, perhaps it's because the family wanted the best and the brightest in the family business. Where better for a child of luxury with little business or people skills to go than politics.
-Dole O'Mite (not really Irish, silurian) | Waukesha, WI | March 29, 2012
I bet you won't publish the letter that I wrote! I am willing to bet that you, your liberal cronies and union bosses who so willingly got those Cadillac pension, and health plans, on the backs of tax payers won't do any soul searching anytime soon!
I read most of the distortions in your blog, and had to quit because of the ugliness!
The same ugliness displayed by the left during their disagreements! It was plain disgusting! My wife who is not political at all; will never support any Democrat ever because of their despicable behavior.
I truly believe that you have committed political suicide!
-Gordon Wellman | SunPrairie WI | April 4, 2012