It's no secret that I detest the way politicians are always slobbering all over one another. (Well, maybe it's a secret, but if it is, it shouldn't be!) Republican Senators on round table shows are always falling all over themselves to call the Democrat at the table, "My friend," "The Honorable," etc. I can't stand it. I'm not saying they should be mean, but there's no excuse for fawning all over the opposition. (BTW, this is what almost Kansas politician does at the mere mention of Bob Dole.)
I hate it for two reasons: One, this fawning and groveling falls just short of worship, and false idols are bad. (I read that somewhere.) Two, it's dishonest. If the two parties in question are friends, surely they don't hang out on the golf course slobbering praises all over one another. At least, that's not how I act with my friends, and that's certainly not how they act with me. (Mental note: Get better friends??)
Anyway, so I mention all of this, because someone should be sitting in his office wearing a dunce hat. Gov. Sam Brownback just couldn't help himself when Paul Ryan was elected U.S. Speaker of the House. Ryan once worked for Brownback, so of course, the Kansas Governor trotted out a healthy press release praising Ryan.
"Paul Ryan is a great policy mind with a proven record of working with others to find solutions to our nation's challenges. The country needs solutions right now. He will be a great Speaker."
Here. Hold my vomit bag. (Hands imaginary friend bag full of yesterday's meals.)
So, let's talk about how ragingly awesome Ryan is as Speaker, shall we?
Rush Limbaugh is calling Ryan a "Democrat's wet dream" for that disastrous budget bill in which Republicans didn't fight for a single thing. Not one. The Republicans, under the awesome tutelage of Sam Brownback's favorite puppy Paul Ryan, just handed the entire country to the Democrats on a silver platter. Those wusses didn't even put up a fight.
I guess they couldn't be bothered to, you know, do the will of the American people. This was the ultimate back stab.
These lying liars who lie -- ahem, U.S. Congress -- are the reason I refuse to have my picture taken with any politicians. You know, you've seen a million of these vanity photos on Facebook -- the ones where Random Friend is posing with his arm around Sam Brownback, and then there's Random Friend again posing with Kevin Yoder, and then there's Random Friend again with Paul Ryan, and there he is AGAIN with an arm around Bobby Jindal. Facebook photos of individuals cozying up to politicians are the equivalent of skinny jeans -- they just make you look ridiculous. And that, my friends, is what Brownback has done by slobbering all over Paul Ryan.
Pro Tip: When you're the Governor of a state, and someone you know is being noticed by the news media, you don't HAVE to send a press release. You can just ignore it.
For what it's worth, 95 courageous Republicans opposed the monstrosity that fully funds EVEN MORE Syrian refugees and worse, gives the Baby Part Chop Shop (Planned Parenthood) every dime they sought. Kansas can take pride in the votes of Lynn Jenkins, Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp.
Go ahead and make a note, Yoder voted with Ryan.