This is a tale of two race cards. Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan's home state highlights challenge for GOP high-risk insurer pools Trump 'disappointed' in congressional GOP Bipartisan push grows for new war authorization MORE (R-Wisc.) insulted black males on right-wing radio by suggesting that inner-city folks, especially men (read black males) lack a culture of expecting or valuing work. I suspect Ryan's slander of African American males who live in inner cities will not go over well with Pope Francis, though it will be a big hit with the limousine libertarians of the Ayn Rand persuasion, although I do not recall many Ayn Rand devotees refusing to cash Social Security checks or forsaking their Medicare benefits.
Ryan says he was misunderstood. Time will tell. For now, let him do what is called in church circles "penance." Perhaps Ryan will support rather than oppose jobs programs for all jobless workers, including inner-city blacks, though I counsel readers to not sit by the phone waiting for this to happen. In the land of limousine libertarians such as Ryan, aid for big banks, yes, and jobs for jobless workers, no.
One can imagine Obama grinding his teeth when he heard about Paul's charge, which was politically clever of Paul, and not fundamentally unfair, which is why I do not criticize Paul in this case.
The magnitude of NSA spying is, in my opinion as well as Paul's, out of control. Similarly, the allegation that the CIA under Democratic President Obama may have spied against the Democratic Senate under Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (Nev.), who is correctly pushing for a full investigation, is extraordinarily serious.
For these reasons, I give Ryan four Pinocchios for his defamation of inner-city black men, but suggest Obama might be wise to seriously consider Paul's comments about Martin Luther King.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.