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Patricia Williams: Paul Ryan's Libertarian America | The Nation

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Out the other side of his mouth

Wisconsin congressman and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan portrays himself as a free market–loving, fiscally responsible, socially conservative guy. However, during the Wall Street bailout debate, he emphatically argued in Congress on behalf of the Wall Street. To quote, “Heaven help us if we fail to pass this [referring to then–Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s three-page proposal seeking $700 billion to bail out Wall Street banks], I fear the worst is yet to come.” Thanks to C-SPAN and Michael Moore’s film Capitalism: A Love Story, the video clip is preserved. The Etch-A-Sketch makeover is not only applicable to the Republican presidential candidate Romney but also to the vice presidential candidate Ryan.