Letters to the Editor

Letter: Paul Ryan will quickly be more of the same

The Nobelist in economics Paul Krugman noted that a remark, originally targeted at former U.S. Rep. Dick Armey, applies equally as well to today's Speaker-apparent Paul Ryan: "He is the stupid person's idea of what a smart person sounds like."

Ryan's ideas when closely examined, particularly on economics and taxation, are patently feckless. Yet because of his demeanor, he's taken seriously by the many who don't think things through.

As I write this, he has a supermajority of the "freedom caucus" willing to support him for the speakership. He will soon find out that his brand of nuttiness isn't crazy enough for them and we'll be back to the anarchy that the Republican Party epitomizes and espouses today.

David D. Peterson