Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Amanpour: How’s that war in Libya going
Reporter: well there’s been a lot of killing
Amanpour: Great now let’s go a real battle zone - Wisconsin!
Paul Ryan: Let’s cut taxes for the rich and privatize Medicare!
People: Fuck that shit!
Ryan: the Democrats are trying to scare seniors!
Grassley: yeah it’s not like we’re trying kill grandma!
Ryan: We’re only eliminating Medicare for people under 55!
Audience under-55: uh ok
Ryan: my urgent terrible ideas don’t go into effect
for 10 years
Audience: that burns may potatoes!
Amanpour: Old people would pay an average
of $6,000 more
Audience: yes but the entire system is going
Ryan: it’s all unsustainable!
Amanpour: this is going to cost you the election
Ryan: I don’t care
Amanpour: you don’t?
Ryan: in democracy good politicians have to be willing to be widely hated
Boehner: we’re not wedded to the plan we passed through the House of Representatives
Amanpour: the Speaker thinks you’re radioactive
Ryan: yes but I have developed wonk superpowers
Audience: why not tax the rich?!
Ryan: that’s just fairy dust - we have to tax those greedy dying old people
Amanpour: you’re a reverse Robin Hood -
you take from the poor and give to the rich
Ryan: so what?
Amanpour: you don’t feel bad taking away health guarantees for poor old people?
Ryan: we give cash to the poor after we take away their benefits
Amanpour: could you compromise with Obama?
Ryan: I would be willing to serve on a
Death Panel with him
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Amanpour: Is cutting Medicare and Medicaid while giving more money to the rich a good idea?
Will: Marco Rubio ran on raising the retirement
age in a state full of old already retired people and he won
Huffington: people care about unemployment and foreclosures
Freeland: No one has the courage to raise taxes on the middle class
Stockman: we are going to have a huge crisis in 2 years and Ryan doesn’t do anything but give massive tax cuts to the rich
Freeland: David could Americans pay more taxes and survive?
Stockman: yes we raised taxes 1% and it worked
Will: everyone hates a consumption tax cause it’s
all taxy and shit
Huffington: All of a sudden Paul Ryan cares about corporate welfare
Amanpour: thanks for coming