Mel Gurtov: They have no principles, no scruples, only a skewed sense of party loyalty that communist party apparatchiks would surely appreciate.
Peter Dreier: Although Ryan has consistently said he’s not interested in running for president this year, his recent behavior suggests otherwise. In the past few weeks he’s been much more visible in the media than he’s been since he assumed the Speakership in October and has been positioning himself as the leader of his party.
Tina Dupuy: He says he doesn’t want Trump to have the nuclear codes. When he mentions “the wall” he punctuates it with the word “moron.”
Radical Paul Ryan: Let’s hope that the mainstream media will remind voters of Ryan’s consistently ultraconservative views.
Brent Budowsky: The world has been blessed with a powerful, loving, compassionate, humble, faithful, wise and transcendent voice for the poor and downtrodden in Francis.
Walter Moss: House Republicans once against demonstrated why they so well deserved the contempt of most Americans and why the question “Have You No Shame?” is so appropriate.
Richard Eskow: Simpson and Bowles, those two hired pitchmen for budget-cutting hysteria, are still hawking an economy-killing product called “austerity economics,” a product that’s designed to benefit their wealthy patrons at everybody else’s expense.
Tina Dupuy: Trump has basically blamed all servicewomen for being assaulted. They’re culpable in their own rape because a) they’re women and b) they’re serving alongside men.
Rich Broderick: Pope Francis should ask himself, what would Jesus say and do — what would the new Pope say and do if he were to act upon Church teachings — in response to Paul Ryan’s mendaciously entitled “Pathway to Prosperity” budget proposal?
Shamus Cooke: At the end of the day a so-called progressive Democrat is still a Democrat, and the Democratic Party has re-made its image to reflect the interests of its new big donors from Wall Street, who now feel as comfortable buying Democrats as they do purchasing a Republican politician.
Walter Brasch: The American people broadly rejected Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in 2010. They need to now reject Ryan’s so-called new budget that proves the Republicans are nothing more than the lackeys of corporate greed at the expense of the rest of us.
Robert Reich: The President needs to deliver the same message to the public, loudly and clearly. The biggest problems we face are unemployment, stagnant wages, slow growth, and widening inequality — not deficits. The major goal must be to get jobs and wages back, not balance the budget.
Carl Matthes: In 2012, conservatives lost the Presidency plus seats in the Senate and House. They see America changing and, wIthout a national leader, conservatives have splintered.