Predicted in Summer 2011
Paul Ryan Pick Political Suicide
KINGSTON, NY 15 August 2012 — One year ago, in the Summer 2011 Trends
Journal, we focused on the 2012 Presidential election. At that time,
we analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of both President Obama and
the cast of Republican challengers.
Trends Journal subscribers were provided with yet another vivid, important
insight into “History Before it Happens” as we spelled out, in great
detail, why the Republicans were on a political suicide mission and
singled out Paul Ryan as the chief suicide strategist. Even though he
was not in the running, we devoted an entire story to his policies,
his credentials (or lack of them) and the consequences the GOP would
suffer by adopting his policies.
Thus, a year before the media was looking closely into Ryan’s past and
his qualifications for designing a massive budget deficit reduction
plan, we had singled him out as THE politician whose views and values
best represented a Republican platform that led us to forecast an Obama
victory in October.
In that Trends Journal we wrote:
Not Playing with a Full Deck In the Spring of 2011 Republican hopefuls
were on a political suicide mission. Yes, entitlement excesses had to
be addressed, but making that the main focus of their campaigns was
a strategy that might have been devised by insidious Democratic infiltrators
The Republican final solution was to reduce and/or eliminate “entitlements”
a word that had taken on a pejorative meaning. How dare people who
had worked all their lives, acted responsibly and paid their taxes,
feel entitled to anything from their government? Health care, elder
care … Republicans were running on a “we don’t care” platform. And,
if they got their way, any care the people did receive would be less
than what they got before and would come from the private sector; the
health industry that gives generous campaign contributions (i.e., bribes
and payoffs) to politicians for passing legislation that will further
Another main Republican plank was the reform of Social Security. Under
a complex partial privatization plan crafted by Wisconsin Representative
Paul Ryan (Roadmap For America’s Future), Social Security and Medicare
benefits would be cut, cost-of-living increases trimmed, and the retirement
age for those under 55 would be “modernized” to eventually reach 70.
At the same time, the Social Security agency itself would be significantly
downsized to a level of predictable inefficiency.
The end result of their “Roadmap” would be to steer as much tax money
as possible away from the public sector and into the private sector.
It was passionately held GOP Gospel that corporations operated more
efficiently than government bureaucracy.
The third major plank of the Republican platform called not only keep
in place the Bush-initiated and Obama-perpetuated tax policy that gave
breaks to the richest, but under the Ryan plan, to further lower the
top tax rate from 36 percent to 25 percent. Incredible as it may sound,
the GOP genuinely believed that the more the very rich made and the
less they paid, the better off everyone else would be.
The Republican platform boiled down to: “What can we do to make the
biggest bigger and the richest richer?” Not surprisingly, for the small
percentilethat stood to benefit, the Republican platform was attractive.
Just as we wrote “History Before It Happens” before it happened, so
now we are forecasting “The Next Four Years: What to Expect, What it
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