Sunday, May 01, 2011

This Week with Christiane Amanpour - May 1, 2011

Guests:
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
David Stockman
George Will
Ariana Huffington
Chrystia Freeland
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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
to crash!

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

[ break ]

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
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