The news broke earlier today that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) may retire from political life after the 2018 mid-terms. Disliked by the Democratic Party as a whole, and hated by the far-right wing of his own party for not being conservative enough, Ryan will not be missed when he does finally depart.
In the intervening time, he’ll aim to attack entitlement programs because apparently, it isn’t enough for him to shoulder the middle-class with crushing tax hikes, he also has to further strip away their access to healthcare and retirement aid.
The Congressman, who never wanted to be Speaker and had to be convinced to accept the job in the first place, apparently hates his current position. It’s proven to be a thankless job, with attacks coming consistently from both Democrats and the crazed far right-wing segment of his own party. The left rightfully sees him as an enemy of the average American and a lackey for corporations and the 1% while some Republicans see him as not conservative enough.
Tim Alberta and Rachel Bade of Politico wrote:
“Ryan has never loved the job; he oozes aggravation when discussing intra-party debates over ‘micro-tactics,’ and friends say he feels like he’s running a daycare center. On a personal level, going home at the end of next year would allow Ryan, who turns 48 next month, to keep promises to family; his three children are in or entering their teenage years, and Ryan, whose father died at 55, wants desperately to live at home with them full-time before they begin flying the nest. “
Sources close to the Speaker told Politico that one of the biggest upsides for Ryan not running after 2018 is that he won’t have to subject himself to the humiliation of appearing on a ballot with Donald Trump in 2020. Ryan was a vocal opponent of Trump during the 2016 election before grudgingly endorsing him. Since the election, Ryan has muzzled his criticisms so as to make it possible to work with the leader of his party.
Reportedly, the reason Ryan hasn’t announced his retirement yet is that he fears becoming a lame duck Speaker, which would sap him of authority and fundraising capabilities ahead of what already promises to be an arduous stretch of legislative heavy lifting and difficult contested GOP elections.
A CNN article reporting on the story ran the title “Paul Ryan ‘soul searching’ on his future. Popular late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel retweeted the article and took a shot at the Speaker by saying “Search all you want, you won’t ever find it.”
Search all you want, you won't ever find it https://t.co/jy2fhtoIMT
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 14, 2017
Kimmel’s assertion that Paul Ryan is soulless could a be a reference to any numerous of horrible, retrograde things the Speaker has done in the past or plans to do in the future. Earlier this year, Kimmel’s heartfelt appeal to Republicans not to repeal the Affordable Care Act went viral. Ryan advocated for that repeal, which would have thrown millions of Americans off healthcare, killing many of them.
Now, Ryan is pushing for a medieval tax bill that will foist massive tax cuts on the middle class in order to cut the taxes of the superwealthy, allowing them to buy bigger yachts, or mansions, or whatever it is that billionaires think they so desperately need more of.
Paul Ryan is a stain on the United States Congress and an absolute enemy of the common good. He’s a stooge for corporations and a dangerous ideologue that clings to economic theories put forth by rank opportunists that have been proven not to work time and time again. Not only is he soulless, he’s heartless. The country will be glad to see him go.
Slither back to Wisconsin and never come back Paul Ryan.