Saturday, May 13, 2017

Now, the Irish undertaker looks like he will help bury American democracy as we know it.

This past week two New York Times columnists, Maureen Dowd and Timothy Egan wrote about one of President Trump’s persistent enablers, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. I have interviewed both Dowd and Egan for profiles and we have stayed in touch. I was delighted to see that they both used my sobriquet for Ryan—“The Irish Undertaker.” When I first came up with the nickname it was solely based on Ryan’s perpetual gloomy appearance, which matched his dark tax cut scheme for the rich and plans for cutting social programs for the needy, such as food stamps and now health care. This is a man who prefers Ayn Rand polemics to people. That became obvious to me in the summer of 2012, when the news reached me in Dublin that Mitt Romney, a man who thinks corporations are people, had picked Paul Ryan to be his vice-presidential running mate.

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