Aug 20, 2012
Republican Party officials chose Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, as their nominee for vice president.
Ryan espouses the most disgusting attacks against the working class and poor for the benefit of big business and the wealthy. He declared open season on every social program and entitlement, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He is for slashing them all, and turning what is left over to big business and the banks. Ryan supports enormous new tax cuts for big business and the wealthy, as well as big increases in military spending. And, by opposing women’s right to an abortion, even in the case rape and incest, Ryan openly foments the most backwards and reactionary attitudes in the population.
Obviously, Republican Party officials are using Ryan’s nomination to energize their right-wing base made up of religious fundamentalists and some parts of the middle classes. Of course, behind these reactionary forces are the usual financiers, like the infamous Koch brothers, who use their money and influence to gain a lot of publicity and credibility for what amounts to crack pot ideas of a tiny part of the population.
President Obama and the Democrats jumped at the Ryan nomination as ammunition to scare their voting base to come out and vote.
With good reason, the Democrats can’t really run on their own record of the last four years, during two of which they controlled the presidency, the Congress and most state governments. They presided over enormous attacks on social programs, vital services for working people, mass layoffs of government workers and employees, while they handed out trillions of dollars to big business and the wealthy.
From now until November 6th, Republicans will attack Democrats, and Democrats will attack Republicans. Starting November 7th, the day after the election, no matter who wins, they will join forces to attack the population. Congress is already scheduled right after the election to vote on enormous cuts to social spending and vital services for working people, including to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.
We need to know that and to prepare to defend ourselves against both parties and the class they represent, the U.S. capitalist class.