Dick Cheney remains one of America's most odious Republican politicians in recent memory. Rep. Paul Ryan is looking for all the support he can get, ever since Boehner allowed his Randian Budget Bill to get voted on and passed in the House. Since five Senate Republicans have now joined in voting against his Medicare nightmare plan (though 40 of them drank the Kool Aid and voted for it), I'm sure Ryan will take solace from all friendly faces, even Dick Cheney.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave the afternoon keynote address at the KPMG Global Energy Institute conference in Houston yesterday. While his remarks were focused on energy and the oil markets, Cheney also opined on other popular current events. During the question-and-answer period, Cheney gave a ringing endorsement of embattled Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the Republican Medicare-killing budget:
“I worship the ground the Paul Ryan walks on,” he said referring to the Republican congressman from Wisconsin. “I hope he doesn’t run for president because that would ruin a good man who has a lot of work to do.”
I think we get the Jesus reference, Dick, but the code words won't help you this time. What Paul Ryan has done is put out there in a crystal-clear vision how Conservatives think seniors should be treated when it comes to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
When the Beltway Village calls him bold and brave for offering up a plan, it still can't make up for the fact that it's dangerous to the well-being of our seniors. Seniors are paying attention to it, and even the Prophet Cheney is powerless to help. Ryan is smart enough not to get involved in the 2012 election with the anger and fury coming from Wisconsin voters after Scott Walker abused his powers against public workers.