Not so long ago, Representative? Paul Ryan voted against financial reform. Yes, he voted against regulating the very industry that nearly brought down the entire global financial system. The same industry that he decided to bailout with billions of tax dollars of TARP funds. I guess he figured "hey, lesson learned. We can't regulate business because that would be bad for business! It isn't like it could ever happen again!"
So let me get this straight - he was willing to financially reward organizations and CEO's that through bad business and corrupt decision making brought our economy to a halt; but is then unwilling to vote for consumer protections that would help to ensure it doesn't happen again? Taxpayers got stuck with the bill while Wall Street executives made out with ridiculous bonuses and golden parachutes. Paul Ryan was showing the love! It sounds like a pretty sweet deal for Wall Street. You could call it a free ride even. Privatize the profit and put the risk on the public. Nice Paul, really nice.
It got me thinking about Paul Ryan's love affair with Wall Street and how he could take that love of the Wall Street game and make some serious money (apart from campaign contributions). That's when I saw a commercial for Southwest Airlines where they were advertising that "bags fly free". An idea was born. Enjoy.
RACINE - August 5, 2010
PAUL RYAN ANNOUNCES PAUL RYAN AIRLINES
After years of catering to Wall Street from Washington, D.C. Paul Ryan has decided to take that expertise to the friendly skies. He has announced his resignation from Congress to embark on a new adventure as owner of Paul Ryan Airlines.
Paul Ryan Airlines will specialize in what Paul Ryan does best - serve Wall Street. He business plan includes a targeted marketing campaign focused on frequently flying Wall Street executives. When asked about this strategy, Paul Ryan said: "I'm targeting the most productive members of our society. The ones that actually create jobs and command top dollar for their talent. That and they're the only ones in this country with any money left."
Service is the name of the game for Paul Ryan Airlines. In a move to help unemployment in Kenosha, Ryan will be hiring unemployed auto workers from the Chrysler Plant to carry the Wall Street executive's bags. Ryan said, "After I voted for the Wall Street bailout and then against the bailout for the auto industry a lot of people were upset and said I favored Wall Street over Main Street. I can understand that and I hope to make it up to all of the laid off auto workers in my district by giving them these jobs carrying bags. It might not pay nearly as well but it will give them back their self esteem if they got lazy living off of unemployment benefits. I don't consider myself a great man for doing it but maybe a little greater than yesterday. That's all anyone can hope for."
When asked if he'll miss politics, Ryan added: "Yes but I'm not going away completely. My customers demand the best and when it comes to the best I think they should get the best tax cuts. I plan to lobby Congress to make sure the Bush Tax Cuts that I supported and didn't pay for are continued for the top wage earners."
As part of the announcement, Paul Ryan displayed a banner with a tag line for the new airline. It reads: "Paul Ryan Airlines - Where Wall Street Flies Free."
"I fell in love with this the minute I saw it. By free I don't mean literally at no cost although that would be ideal. I would like it if Wall Street Executives could fly free because then they could travel to all parts of the country to scout out new places to create jobs with the tax cuts they just got. But no, when I say "free" I'm talking freedom! This is a free market economy and that's why I voted against regulation. Wall Street doesn't need to be held back with regulations, they should be free to create whatever they want regardless of the consequences and not have to pay a price for it in any way later. That's called the free market and I like to think that is what I have created here."
Paul Ryan is seeking a loan from the government for his start-up company and plans to open the VIP doors on April 15th, 2011. The public is not invited to attend but you can request a reservation after passing a very quick income validation. Reservation requests should be sent to:
145 Washington Insider Way
Washington D.C. 50111
If you get lost please request Paul Ryan send you a roadmap. They weren't very popular around the office so he has plenty left.