Paul Ryan, Mitten’s new running mate and one of the Repugnicans leading the dismantling of our social safety net, was at the Iowa State Fair the other day. This was his first solo outing since being picked to be the VP candidate for the Grumpy Old Plutocrats and it did not go well. For anyone. Hecklers disrupted his speech with chants of “”stop the war on the poor” “stop the war on the middle class” and “stop the war on the common good.” In turn he refused to discuss two issues of vital importance to the farmers of Iowa and the rest of the country. When asked why the Repugs were blocking passage of the 2012 Farm Bill his reply was “I’m here to enjoy the fair.” In fact, he used that line several times. Someone asked about the recently expired temporary emergency drought relief bill and again he claimed to be only at the Fair for the pure enjoyment of it.
I’m no fan of Obama but I am glad that some folks at the fair took his advice (including a group of “Nuns on a Bus” who are bird-dogging the Catholic Ryan):
President Obama: “I am told that Governor Romney’s new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days. He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. We’ve got to put politics aside when it comes to doing the right thing for rural America and for Iowa.”
With the drought in the southern states now classified as the worst since the Dust Bowl Era, and food prices soaring as a result, it is difficult to imagine the poor and middle class working folks experiencing anything but continued economic hardship. But I’m glad you enjoyed the Fair, Mr. Ryan. And thanks for not eating any fried Twinkies for the cameras.