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Over the past decade, the conservative movement has held Paul Ryan up as a wonky policy guru dedicated to balanced budgets and free markets. Since Trump ascended to power, Ryan has revealed himself to be the ultimate fraud; the GOP tax bill will add as much as $1.5 trillion to the deficit.
The speaker and his venal allies in congress are more than willing to cry foul when the government spends money helping the neediest, yet are more than willing to use up the United States’ budget when it comes to pointless, economically damaging tax cuts for their political donors.
One of the reasons the Republicans were able to pass such an unpopular bill, of course, is Trump, whose noxious brand of nativism riled up support among everyday people on the right while—like thieves in the night—the GOP establishment took the money and ran. Now, this unholy alliance is unraveling. Republicans are leaving congress in droves as polls predict a “blue tsunami” in this fall’s midterms.
This now includes Ryan, who announced Wednesday that he plans on retiring before the upcoming midterms. What should have been a relatively easy win for the Speaker of the House will now likely fall to the Democratic candidate (the only Republican currently vying for the seat is a white nationalist).
This could be the beginning of the GOP’s demise. Ryan, having achieved his oligarchic goal of enriching the richest to the detriment of everyone else, is heading for the exit as the chaos unfolds.