Part of the Republican cave-in over the economic crisis they caused is that a Budget Conference Committee will meet to try to work out an actual Budget, something they should have done months ago, but House Republican refused to appoint conferees. The Republicans have their big gun on on the committee, known for his draconian devotion to Ayn Rand, Paul Ryan (R-Fitzwalkerstan). He will be doing his best to cut Social Security benefits, turn Medicare into a program of vouchers that have ever decreasing value, and hand Medicaid control to the states, so Republican Governors can spend that money on billionaires, instead of poor sick people. But don’t despair. Democrats also have a big gun at the table.
Okay, it’s a fight to the finish. Harry Reid named Bernie Sanders to the budget conference committee. What are the odds that Paul Ryan’s head will explode?
In what can only be seen as good news for people who like traditional earned-benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare, here’s one name that appears on the list of Senate conferees in the upcoming Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget talks — Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. This ensures that beneficiaries of these programs will, at the very least, have one strong, supportive voice in the room who won’t go down in a squishy heap of "grand bargaining." (I’m sure Paul Ryan is thrilled.)
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Here’s the recent video of Bernie in action included in the article.
In the picture above, note how, in one economical gesture, Bernie perfectly describes both Ryan’s intellect and Boehner’s … never mind.
The best thing about having Bernie on the Conference Committee is that, no matter what vile machinations Lyin’ Ryan tries to pull, we will know about it.
Bernie to the rescue!!