Friday, April 27, 2012

Pope Paul Meets The Catholics

"For what shall profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

The Siren thinks "someone" may have been talking to you Paul Ryan...

Pope Paul Ryan went to Georgetown University yesterday and got an earful. 90 faculty members including two dozen Jesuit priests sent a letter of protest - pointing out Congressman Ryan doesn't seem to understand the teachings of Catholicism as it applies to his budget - and should maybe stop saying it does.

Non-plussed, Ryan had this to say:
"I suppose there are some Catholics who for a long time have thought they had a monopoly of sorts… not exactly on heaven, but on the social teaching of our Church. Of course there can be differences among faithful Catholics on this."
The Siren had no idea Ryan was such a moral relativist. The clergy at Georgetown were equally unimpressed with his conclusion they were not the only Catholics in town with a monopoly on heaven. Protesters lined the streets before his speech which has become Ryan's perpetual "new normal" over the last year.

Showing perhaps a crack in his "holier than thou" assessment of himself, Ryan publicly disavowed his dream girl Ayn Rand later day to the National Review. Which shows what happens when you read the Cliffs Note version of novels...no tells you the author was an atheist who derided compassion for the poor. (Of course we're being kind, EVERYONE knows Rand was a selfish hypocrite who left the earth a little easier because of social security and Medicare - two institutions she despised.)

So what exactly does Pope Paul's budget do that has riled up the dusty Jesuits at Georgetown?

~Cuts $389 billion from Medicare.
~Cuts $735 billion from Medicaid.
~Cuts $923 billion from domestic programs like transportation, housing, food stamps and services for  women, children and the elderly. (62% come from programs that directly affect the poor.)
~Increases Military spending by $554 billion.
~Cuts the top tax bracket from 35% to 25%.
~Cuts corporate tax rate to 25% and virtually eliminates taxes on corporate profits from overseas.
~Makes the Bush tax cuts for wealthiest permanent.
~Raise the age of Medicare while repealing the Affordable Health Care Act.
~Slashes college Pell Grants and doubles the interest rate for students loans.
~Privatizes Medicare into a state voucher program.

A budget only Jesus could love.