Robert Koehler: What stunned me about this relatively small national controversy wasn’t so much the fact that Ryan’s action blew up in his face and he wound up having to “unfire” Father Conroy, but the fact that the prayer got to him in the first place.
Peter Laarman: Asking God to guide the nation’s legislators in not aggravating inequality as they re-write the tax code strikes me as a reasonable thing to include in a public prayer.
WJ Astore: Ike knew that national safety shouldn’t be equated with military prowess; quite the reverse, as he warned us against the unchecked power of a burgeoning military-industrial-Congressional complex.
John Peeler: While 95 percent of taxpayers may see some short-term reduction, their taxes will go up again in just a few years.
Berry Craig: The Senate tax bill is a trifecta for McConnell: It would boost his bank account, ingratiate him with President Trump and overjoy the Koch sibs and the rest of the GOP’s deep-pocket donors.
Richard Eskow: This budget is designed to serve the unbridled greed of the ultra-wealthy, offering them even more tax cuts and inflicting suffering on the least of us to do it.
Mario Solis-Marich: This week Speaker Ryan will be on CNN in a desperate attempt to save his currently vulnerable congressional seat. While it is clear that this is a free reelection commercial from the perspective of the Paul Ryan campaign, CNN’s motivations are yet to be seen.
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.