Eddie Munster seems to believe the 2012 election, in which he and his running mate were decisively trounced, never happened.
In an Electoral College landslide, Americans rejected Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and all their little ideas. A big part of what they said no to was the celebrated Ryan budget, which Mitt characterized as "marvelous" when he brought the young congressman onto his ticket.
Upon further review, however, the public came to understand Ryan's budget would eviscerate the social safety net while sparing the wealthiest Americans any sacrifices at all.
But that was four months ago. We're moving on, right? Wrong.
Ryan unveiled his so-called "Pathway to Prosperity" budget today and it's nearly identical to the one voters nixed. It will cut spending by $4.6 trillion through 2023 by killing or maiming most everything Obama has been able to do since taking office in 2009.
You have to admire Ryan's arrogance. He represents Wisconsin's 1st District, a blighted Rust Belt backwater, but thinks he's Master of the Universe.
Ryan lunched with the president last week as part of Obama's charm offensive with select members of congress and reportedly the two had a productive meeting.
But now Ryan is behaving like he's the one in the White House and it's Obama with his cap in hand. Ryan says it's about time for Obama to stop "campaigning" and come over to his way of thinking.
Then Ryan, who fancies himself presidential material in 2016, started campaigning. "People do not find happiness in grim isolation or by government fiat," he opined. "They find it through friendship — through free, vibrant exchange with the people around them. They find it through achievement. They find it in their families and neighborhoods, their places of worship and youth groups. They find it in a healthy mix of self-fulfillment and belonging.”
How would Ryan know any of this? He's been inside the Beltway since before he graduated college 20 years ago, feeding at the public trough and producing budgets his fat cat benefactors call marvelous.
What Ryan's budget does do is eliminate Obamacare, which even House Speaker John Boehner calls the law of the land. So that's D.O.A.
Medicaid would lose almost a trillion dollars. Food stamps and agricultural subsidies would be cut by $31 billion. Pell grants would be chopped. Ryan was forced to back off his threats to voucherize Medicare. He'd prefer you shop for health insurance with your $6,000 government voucher when you're 88 years old, but that'll have to wait.
No mention anywhere of closing tax loopholes for wealthy Americans or big corporations, so those deductions for private jets are safe if Ryan gets his way.
Fortunately, his budget proposal is as meaningless as Ryan's presidential ambitions.
The tax increases Obama wrested from Republicans in January along with sequestration cuts are already putting a dent in the deficit. The Senate will present its budget next week, one that's sure to be in line with what the majority of Americans think is reasonable.
There are even signs that some Republicans in the House have begun growing backbones, sick of the self-serving games guys like Ryan are playing. Chances are good a true bipartisan budget could be forged, one that continues to reduce the deficit without putting the entire burden on the poor, elderly and middle class.