RYAN REDUX: What the hell is wrong with Paul Ryan? This time, it's Ryan for and against the defense | WisCommunity

RYAN REDUX: What the hell is wrong with Paul Ryan? This time, it's Ryan for and against the defense

A week ago in these pages, we asked the same question as above. That time, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) had just flip-flopped and voted against a clean bill to raise the federal debt ceiling, even though his own, pre-existing budget proposals in the House strongly depended on a vote in favor. You really could only explain the flip-flop as a political tactic to deflect blame onto President Obama for the unwillingness of Ryan and many of his fellow Republicans to support actually consistent fiscal policies.

Well, it's a new week and here Ryan goes again, but in another context. This time Ryan is acting even more outrageously. Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "Last Word" political report nailed it down for viewers. See the URL in the links below, leading to the video clip of O'Donnell's segment (sorry, embedding here not allowed).

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Republican, this week announced Obama administration proposals to adapt and reshape the US military to meet modern threats. The administration would do that while cutting defense spending noticeably in order to approach the spending limits imposed by the Ryan-Murray Bipartisan Budget Act. That act, trumpeted more than two months ago by Ryan himself, required the administration to cut defense spending to about $496 billion in 2015.

But while Ryan was proud of his budget deal cutting military spending, he said this week he's "disappointed" that Obama is ... wait for it .. cutting the defense budget! Even though Obama isn't proposing to cut military spending by quite as much as Ryan himself was so adamant in achieving just weeks earlier.

As O'Donnell summarized: "Paul Ryan was for defense cuts until President Obama was for defense cuts."

It's more evidence that Ryan, the Janesville Republican who is chair of the House Budget Committee, is quickly becoming the have-it-both-ways, flip-flopping lawmaker of all time. Watch the video if you don't believe that.


February 25, 2014 - 8:20pm