Thursday, April 12, 2018

There’s Retired, And Then There’s RETIRED



Paul Ryan isn’t retiring. He’s not running for re-election. Big difference. My guess is he’s not even retiring from politics. I’ll bet he will soon become another highly-overpaid lobbyist. And maybe he’ll accept an invitation to a corporate board or two, to add a few million dollars to his annual earnings.

I’m retired. Not capital-R retired, but I’m down to one personal services contract that keeps me off the streets and keeps my mind active. I’m going to be 69 in a few weeks, and I’m counting the days until my child-bride retires. Capital-R retires.

At age 48, Paul Ryan probably could actually capital-R retire, but I don’t think that’s likely.

For my friends from out of state who follow politics, you may or may not be aware that it’s quite likely that Ryan would not be re-elected in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. For one thing, Ryan has served well the interests of the Koch Brothers in Washington, but as for the folks in Janesville and the eastern part of the 1st WI District – not so much. That fellow with the hard hat and prominent moustache is looking more and more likely to win that election, no matter who he faces.

I’m not a historian and I don’t know how the historians will write Paul Ryan’s chapter. I’ll remember Ryan as a failed candidate for Vice President, and a failed Ayn Rand acolyte who leaves office with a trillion-dollar nation debt as his heritage. How ironic, for someone who billed himself as a policy-wonk fiscal conservative.
I will say this: Ryan is gettin’ our while the gettin’ is still sorta good.

There’s a storm a’comin’.

8 comments:

  1. Great observation of a career politician's travels through life...I agree with your assumptions wholeheartedly...wish there was a way to have him unravel the financial mess he is responsible for and that he does it very very soon.."There's a storm a'comin'."

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  2. We will probably never understand what Ryan was thinking when he signed on to Ayn Rand’s fictitious and impossible sociopathically selfish society. When he promoted a $1.5T tax giveaway, then attacked Social Security (an insurance plan we pay for all our working lives) as a cause of the budget deficit. When he doggedly supported Donald Trump - who repeatedly insulted and humiliated him. My best guess is that money creates enough noise in a political brain to drown out the ethics signal.

    By some accounts, Paul Ryan is embroiled in the Trump-Russia affair deeply enough to be at risk of serious legal problems. He may simply be following the advice Bret Maverick’s old pappy used to proffer: “You better git while the gittin’s good or you’re gonna git got.”

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