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This Modern World: A Modest Proposal + Soylent Green = the Medicare-gutting budget of Paul Ryan

Some conservative pundits and blogs have tried to spin the draconian, Medicare-gutting budget of Congressman Paul Ryan (Republican-Wisconsin) as somehow "courageous". As an antidote to this GOP duckspeak, Tom Tomorrow borrows from A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift's satirical essay from 1729, which suggests that the Irish eat their own children, and also from the 1973 dystopian sci-fi film classic, Soylent Green.

"To pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, I believe we should euthanize the elderly and then process them into tasty snack crackers, the profits from which can be used to finance further tax cuts for the wealthy."

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