Yeah, I know. This is news?
I don’t like to encourage taking Chris Matthews seriously… and I guess that I’m not doing that here, either. God knows that Rep. Paul Ryan (R) didn’t particularly raise a sweat in making both Matthews and Rep. Joe Crowley (D) look like dolts:
The ref should have stepped in and stopped that fight, huh? Crowley should be particularly incensed, given that he got knocked down by the spillover. I mean, really: by the time it was over Rep. Crowley was effectively bragging that his district was too poor to support small businesses that were successful enough to be affected by the tax rollback. That’s either… stupid, or ignorant; take your pick, they’re about equally unflattering to Crowley’s mother-wit.
Speaking of stupid and ignorant, did not somebody tell Matthews that Rep. Ryan was bitten by a radioactive copy of the budgetary process? – because Ryan does this sort of thing all the time, and you really don’t want to tangle with him on anything fiscally-related unless you’ve done your homework beforehand. Let me (via Newsbusters, via Hot Air) give you a taste of how badly Matthews was raked over the coals:
MATTHEWS: So, in other words, all this bitching about the deficit doesn’t mean squat, because you won’t do either, raise taxes or reduce spending.
RYAN: Let me answer it, then.
MATTHEWS: Neither one.
RYAN: This year, Congress isn’t even doing a budget, but, last year, when we did a budget, I brought a budget to the floor that specifically cut $4.8 trillion of spending out of the budget and paid for all of these tax cuts and debt reduction. Two months ago, we put out $1.3 trillion in very specifically listed and enumerated spending cuts. So, I can go on with you on cuts. I can show you all the kinds of cuts.
MATTHEWS: But that’s one-three hundredth (ph) of the deficit. That’s 0.3 of 1 percent you’ve talked about.
RYAN: Four-point-eight trillion dollars is not .3 of 1 percent of the deficit.
And that wasn’t even the best part. Watch the whole thing; it’s a treat.