Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What If Michael Sam Had Kissed Paul Ryan?

Well, it probably won't ever happen, but it doesn't mean we can't get a good idea what that might look like:

Awww. Paul Ryan could certainly do worse. Heck, Michael Sam is going to be nearly as rich as Paul Ryan's wife.

Anyhoo. Paul Ryan just got done giving a speech in New York City yesterday for a bunch of really rich guys wearing tuxedos where he appeared with Jeb Bush for a "make me President" contest.

Both Ryan and Bush performed separate interpretive dance numbers to the theme of "traditional marriage." Not necessarily new ground for these guys - but since the GOP has become too embarrassed to keep bringing up climate denial, voter fraud, Cliven Bundy and Obamacare - this is New York, afterall. They only had their old favorite of gay marriage to rail against.

Bush went full "traditional marriage" by claiming that children fare better in avoiding poverty with two parents - and he's almost right. Two parents in the home does increase income - but since gay couples earn more money per capita than straight couples (and are higher educated), mom and dad families do better than single parent families - but the gays win. We give Jeb points for being partially correct.

Ryan weaseled his marriage/poverty equation by saying:
"The best way to turn from a vicious cycle of despair and learned hopelessness to a virtuous cycle of hope and flourishing is by embracing the attributes of friendship, accountability and love. That's how you fight poverty." 
So...poor people don't have friends, loving relationships and are unaccountable?

This guy needs to stop talking. I mean really - wasn't it bad enough when he basically said black men were lazy? Now, poor people don't embrace friendship?

(Ahem, in case you were looking for the dog whistle comment: Poor people don't get married - which Ryan says is a traditional American value - unlike gay marriage which is not - even if 53% of Wisconsinites say they support it.)

That's just nuts, but can someone please explain how that fights poverty?

The Siren imagines in Ryan's world if you have a bunch of nice friends you can borrow their car to get to work or they will lend you some cash for food - no need for public transportation or food stamps.

What an ass.