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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14:  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) addresses The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's annual conference June 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the conference, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that lawmakers need to increase the federal debt limit or risk economic damage.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) It is just like an America-hating socialist to caricature my beliefs.

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Paul Ryan Slays Irony, Buries It in Cellar

Paul Ryan gives an interview with conservative pundit James Pethokoukis, and he does the Paul Ryan thing of sadly decrying the mean things that President Obama has said about his plan to effect a massive upward transfer of wealth:

To me it’s the laziest form of a debate to affix views to your opponent that they do not have so you can demonize them and defeat them and win the debate by default ...

the only thing stopping him are these meddling conservatives who believe in these founding principles so he has to caricature them in the ugliest light possible to win the argument.

Paul Ryan believes that elected officials must never caricature their opponents' views! Meanwhile, here is Paul Ryan characterizing Obama's views in the same interview:

His comments seem to derive from a naive vision of a government-centered society and a government-directed economy. It stems from an idea that the nucleus of society and the economy is government not the people. ...

He’s got this very government-centric, old 20th century collectivist philosophy which negates the American experiment which is people living in communities, supporting one another, having government stick to its limits so it can do its job really well...

I think he believes America was on the right path until Reagan came along, and Reagan got us going in the wrong direction. And and he wants to be as transformational as Reagan by undoing the entire Reagan revolution.

Right, this is exactly how Obama thinks of his own ideas: undo every single thing Ronald Reagan did, including the things Obama likes, create a government-centric economy, and negate the American experiment. How cruel it is that Ryan uses fair and accurate descriptions of his opponents' beliefs while Obama viciously caricatures them by reciting statistical descriptions.

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