News Roundup for 4/20/11

Ryan looks sad
"Paul Ryan, welfare-state success story" was not the way the narrative was supposed to go

-Headline of the day-
"Paul Ryan already benefited from the Social Security fund he now wants to gut."

There are a lot of things you can say about Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, but you can't say he's a welfare queen.

Oops, scratch that. Paul Ryan is a welfare queen.

See, according to the report, "From the age of 16, when his 55-year-old father died of a heart attack, until he was 18, Ryan received Social Security payments" which he used to save up for college. He then used that degree to get into politics, eventually becoming the GOP's budget guru. Since Social Security is a deficit exploding entitlement (it's not, but don't try to tell him that), this makes Paul Ryan -- acolyte of the Great Ayn Rand -- a welfare queen.

"Ryan's so-called Roadmap for America's Future budget plan proposed machete-like cuts — most notably to social services like Medicare and Social Security," the report goes on. "Paul's idea was to invest portions of Social Security funds in Wall Street, essentially forcing future recipients to make unsecured investments with with money they'll later need for retirement -- and endangering survivor benefits like the ones he received."

That's right, following the greatest market collapse since the Great Depression, Ryan thinks it'd be a great idea to make every gamble their benefits on the stock market -- because that's so much safer, I guess. Not surprisingly, this plan isn't going over real well.

But hey, he's just being consistent with the Republican Party motto: "I got mine. Screw you." (Raw Story)

-Trumping Trump-
With Donald Trump taking birtherism mainstream, hardcore birthers are forced to step up the crazy to stay ahead.

Bearhters group questions if Obama was born on Earth
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For updates on this and all your Obama/outer space news, tune in to Fox News... (Bad Reporter)

-Bonus HotD-
"Are You Kidding? Sarah Palin Aide Complains About Not Enough Media Coverage."

Attention-whore Palin is starting to get jealous of better attention-whore Trump.

It was fun while it lasted, but it looks like all the cool kids have moved onto The Donald and Sarah's yesterday's fad -- like the Spice Girls.

Call her "Shooty Spice." (Mediaite)

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