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‘The GOP’s Biggest Con Man Isn’t Donald Trump’: NYT Column Unmasks Paul Ryan

Ever since taking office, nearly all the oxygen and outrage in DC is being sucked up by Donald Trump and his chaotic administration. Trump’s presidency has been engulfed in a firestorm of endless scandals and his approval ratings are down the toilet. But let’s not forget about the man without whom Trump could not push through his outrageous agenda.

Paul Ryan, the spineless speaker of the House who has become Trump’s mainstream defender and apologist at every turn, has cultivated a sham image as the “reasonable” Republican for years, has backed virtually all of Trump’s most controversial and cruel policies.

Ryan manages to never buck Trump on anything of significance while getting publicity for meaningless, quasi-critical statements. He is the biggest fraud in American politics.

For evidence of his fraud, one need look no further than House Republicans’ so-called tax reform bill, which appears as slapdash, ill-conceived and just plain cruel as the GOP’s attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

In his Friday New York Times column, Paul Krugman warns this is what happens when you hand the federal government over to the country’s biggest con man. No, not Donald Trump—Paul Ryan, who has successfully duped the media establishment into believing he’s some kind of policy wonk.

“What we’re witnessing now is the end of the charade,” Krugman writes. “The political equivalent of what happened when graduates of Trump University tried to get some value in return for their money.”

As Krugman writes, the bill’s proposed tax cuts disproportionately benefit multinational corporations, foreign investors and the country’s wealthiest families, which just so happen to include the Trumps. It also “[blows] a multitrillion-dollar hole in the budget,” offset only in part by a 250 percent tax hike on millions of Americans.

Why are Republicans doing this? And why are they even considering tax cuts for the rich when the U.S. is running a deficit in the trillions?

“The answer,” Krugman continues, “is that this week’s debacle was predictable from the moment, more than seven years ago, that Ryan began establishing himself as a media darling by publishing impressive-looking blueprints for fiscal reform with titles like ‘Roadmap for America’s Future.’”

“Most Americans realize that Donald Trump is a very bad president,” Krugman concludes. “They need to realize that his party’s congressional leadership is pretty awful, too.”

Make no mistake: there is no daylight between Ryan and Trump. They are one and the same. The question is, when will everyone stop falling for his act?

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