It Begins… Salon Crank Joan Walsh Ties Paul Ryan to So-Called “Irish Mafia”

It took Salon editor Joan Walsh over 24 hours to come up with this outrageous attack.

Liberal crank Joan Walsh says Paul Ryan is part of “Irish Mafia.”
From Salon:

Paul Ryan was born into a well-to-do Janesville, Wisc. family, part of the so-called “Irish mafia” that’s run the city’s construction industry since the 19th century. When his lawyer father died young, sadly, the high-school aged Ryan received Social Security survivor benefits. But they didn’t go directly to supporting his family; by his own account, he banked them for college. He went to Miami University of Ohio, paying twice as much tuition as an Ohio resident would have; the in-state University of Wisconsin system (which I attended) apparently wasn’t good enough for Ryan. After his government-subsidized out-of-state education, the pride of Janesville left college and went to work for government, where he’s spent his entire career.

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  • Hugh

    Sad, pathetic, desperate.

  • Finncrisp

    BLAH BLAH BLAH Obama attended Columbia because Hawaiian schools were not good enough for him. Is it a crime now to go away to college. What a dope.

  • Stonedome

    His father dies and he gets Social Security survivor benefits, then uses the money for college. So he’s a bad guy? My best friends father died when he was 15 and he started receiving these benefits shortly after. His mother was a school teacher, you know, one of those tax payer funded jobs. We rented an apartment together when we went to college, his rent being covered by those payments, while I had to work a part time job to cover my share since my parents couldn’t afford it. These benefits were added to Social Security by Democrat majorities in Congress over a 40 year period…any questions?

  • Peregrine Took, Hobbit S.O.B.

    Irish mafia? Really? Two words for you, Joanie: Joe Kennedy.

  • Granny

    1. Other than the sons and daughters of the ultra-wealthy, there hasn’t been a single young person in the US who has gone to college anywhere without some form of “government subsidy” of their education, whether that is social security survivor benefits (which Ryan’s father PAID for I might add), or a Pell Grant or a loan guarantee or even the loan itself. Not to mention the HUGE subsidies the colleges themselves receive.

    2. “Irish Mafia”? REALLY? This is coming from the party of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, son of Joseph Kennedy. Old Joe was a smuggler during Prohibition. The biggest difference between old Joe and his ill-gotten “mafia” connected gains and Al Capone is that the IRS finally put Capone in jail for income tax evasion while Joe Kennedy went to London as Ambassador.

    3. Who paid for Barrack Hussein Obama’s education? Something tells me Social Security Survivor Benefits didn’t cover Harvard Law.

  • More liberty

    Ryan voted for TARP -he is no Tea Party conservative. Although I have to admit he is more conservative than Romney.

  • More liberty

    So when the government, under threat of force, takes your money, calls its social security and then gives it back to you it then becomes government money ie government subsidy. Wrong, for those that pay into social security (because the govt made them) and they get the money back, or their family member gets it back, it is not welfare.

  • MN Jim

    obama is the poster boy for working the system. He parlayed an illegitimate birth to a teen mother and polygamist father, foreign and Muslim upbringing, poor grades and drug use into admission to several prestigious colleges, government jobs and finally the presidency. Too bad he blew the latter, due to lack of any meaningful experience and radical beliefs.

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  • Hoser

    More top notch reporting.These people have the same credibility as Debbie Shultz and Obama.They lie their butts off and project their criminal activities on someone else.

    By the way, whats the chances of this media hack writing a piece on the Obama/Bill Ayers connection.Do you think they will press the LA Times for that video of Obama speaking at that PLO terrorist’s function?
    Doubt it, this is just yet another hack job write up that we can all ignore.

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  • SturJen

    Sh*t~! Anyone who knows Janesville KNOWS that the ones controlling the construction biz is the Cullen brothers. Timmy Cullen is a rep from there: one of the fleebag 14.

    I went to school with some of those Cullen boys. They’re d-bags. Elitist D-bags. Now I’ve spent time at Mr. Ryan’s church and have sat in the same congregation. Nice kids, well behaved just like their parents.

  • crackermike

    Dems love to separate and divide people. Irish, Black, Jew, all these groups must be kept at war with other groups to enable Dems to stay in power. It’s a hate based system.

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  • Except for the fact that this article gets it completely wrong because Ryan publicly REJECTED Randian philosophy, but admitted to liking some libertarian ideas…this article is dead on. Except for the fact that only the Democrats believe that Ryan is claiming these things when the GOP is only claiming that Ryan is an expert on the budget……its complete accurate.

    Another FAKE but Accurate report.

  • mg4us

    #5 Granny. . spot on. . . And let’s not forget the murderous Kennedy. . Teddy. . the Lyin’ of the Senate

    And even if it were true. . would rather have this than a bona-fide member of the socialist party and new Party like Obama. .

    Operation Boomerang. . make sure we turn everything MSM throws at Ryan around to Obama. . . like the SS Ryan saved for college. .so who paid for Obama’s college? Or his elite Hawaiian HS?

    And where is Obama’s college transcripts? Did he lie or pretend to be a foreign student or is he really a foreigner?

    Time to put MSM on the run!

  • Remco Kimber

    As Walsh unwittingly shows, every single one of her so-called criticisms of Ryan are found in the One in abundance beyond belief.

  • Fred Beloit

    Well, at least Ryan never got drunk and caused a young woman’s death [see Kennedy, Ted, Senate, Lion of].

    See also:

  • bobdog

    Ryan COULD have returned those Social Security Survivor Benefits back to the community by supporting his local drug dealer, like our heroic leader, Barack Obama.

    But no. Like some rich kid, he hides his money in a bank account for years, at the expense of the local economy, just so he can go to some hoity-toity Catholic PRIVATE school so he doesn’t have to rub shoulders with the poor kids in Madison and expose himself to modern political thought. He kept that money out of circulation for years. Who knows how many poor people died because of his selfishness?

    And I’m supposed to change my mind about Obama because of THIS?

    Boy, you just can’t make this stuff up.

  • JoyO

    And the DEMOCRATS CUT $700 BILLION from Medicare to “help” pay for Obamacare!

  • forest

    “he banked them for college”

    Obama would have bought cocaine to snort and puppies to eat.

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  • coolidgerules

    Funny. Read a story on American Thinker and Valerie Jarrett was using that exact wording when describing Bill Daley and his “kind”. Yeah, there’s no collusion between the WH and the press.

  • Notice the typical skanky cheap shots: attacking Ryan for ‘selfishly’ putting his death benefits towards college and then ‘selfishl’ choosing an out-of-state college to attend. Slimeball..

  • JenBee

    The Irish Mafia? REALLY? The Dem smears against Romney and Ryan have surpassed the silly and surreal… does ANYONE take this crap seriously???

  • TheEnemyWithin

    Telling it like it is:

    [Democrats’ scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners campaign is not a sign they’re desperate; it’s who they are. They’re the most subversive, dirtiest enemy America has, and they must be stopped.]

  • Marie

    Yet more proof of the distorted thinking of liberals. It’s acceptable to work in government, unless you are a conservative republican. Ironically they really believe what they say, and deny the hypocrisy of their words.

  • gwhh

    if hw come from a well to do family.

    Why did we work his tennage years as the oscar myer hot dog car driving?
    Why was college a burden for a well to do family?

    A branch of my family owns a mid size construcation company. Bonded out to 15 million dollors. And I could have worked for them at any time with good pay but would have to do all the hard jobs. So this story makes NO sense even from the mind of a liberal!

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  • TXPatriot

    And what family was Obama born into?

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  • Gail

    Sounds like this is just the start of a whole lot of Waa Waa Babies coming out to add nothing to the democratic “gutter snipe” brigade!

  • Grandma Perkins

    Oh dear!

  • west1890

    Personal attacks on Romney and Ryan? How about ….let’s talk about the issues.. let’s tallk about the economy…let’s talk about Obama’s Marxist philosophy…let’s talk about getting Americans back to work and ending the “entitlement” mentality in this country. But never you mind, Joanie, you just stay down there in the gutter and snipe because addressing the isssues is a guaranteed loser for the Chicago Jesus.

  • Valerie

    “Irish Mafia”? Did she really just say he’s an heir to the Kennedys?

    giggle, snort, pfft! guffaw

  • RL

    > the in-state University of Wisconsin system (which I attended) apparently wasn’t good enough for Ryan.

    Possibly he smelled your cheap stench and wanted out…

  • dnb

    Irish mafia: the entire Kennedy family, and don’t forget the Daleys of Chicago.

  • Valerie

    #27 August 13, 2012 at 8:35 am
    Marie commented:

    You are watching the results of something called “cognitive dissonance” — when a person tries to hold on two antithetical ideas at the same time, rather than do the difficult work of thinking through the fundamental conflict. It results in ambivalence, that is, the flipping between two trains of thought or emotion, rather than following any kind of sensible thought pattern.

    The end result looks like quotes from two opposing articles strung together. If you’ve ever talked to an adulterer — that’s the thought “process.” That though process produces disaster in every context, because the resulting actions contradict one another at every turn, wasting energy and causing harm with every flip.

  • cal rifkin

    Joan Walsh = Commie Propagandist = Wicked Witch = Can’t Be Trusted.

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  • FurryGuy

    So by the (il)logic of Joan Walsh it is bad for Ryan to have gone to an “out of state” university, but what is her stance about Barry having done the exact same thing? The last time I checked Columbia ain’t in either Illinois or Hawaii, which means no matter how thinly a liberal whackadoo parses things Choomboy still got his indoctrination out of state.

    Ms. Walsh, why was the college/university system in Illinois or Hawaii not good enough for your Worshipful Messiah?

  • Michael Joseph

    Joan Walsh is not only the stupidest and most venal of all pundits, she is also a bigot.

  • Al in SoCal

    Anyone shocked that a conservative Republican is soaking up government $$. From Michele Bachmann and Jan Brewer. First in line for the government cheese they so desperately want to get rid of.

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  • BarbaraS

    I doubt the public will buy this tripe. Everyone knows if a working parent dies, the children will receive social security benefits. And they applaud it. What they do with that money is their business. This money has enough strings attached already without having to account for every penny to the press. Let Joanie talk abut the freeloaders in the dim party if she wants red meat in her stories rather than fluff. The days of unicorns and skittles are over.

  • Patty

    The Democrats are excited and they couldn’t be happier with Ryan. Why because they really believe that Ryan is some elitist like them.

    They are really going to stick with this. 😆 Who cares, when right is on the R/R ticket there is nothing that the Democrats can attack on, so, they will created lies.

  • Radegunda

    Al in SoCal# —
    Yeah, how horrible that a high school kid who lost his father was able to recover some of the money his father was forced to pay into a retirement fund that he could never use. (Isn’t it Dems who keep saying SS isn’t a tax, it’s a fund of our own money in a “lock box”?)

    If his dad hadn’t been forced to pay into SS, he could have set aside more for his children. But Dems hate the idea of people leaving money to their own children — unless those children turn out to be super-rich Dem politicians or donors who know how to put their money in tax-free shelters.

  • Patty

    Ryan pick makes presidential contest ‘into a 1980 election about ideas’


    “He is young and Catholic and Midwest. I really think the big thing with the Ryan pick is that it turns it into a 1980 Reagan election about ideas. Democrats can’t escape it. They’re going to have to scream about their socialist policies and we just have to, as [independent Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders says, raise taxes on the rich as high as they need to be and not touch the program that was ordained by the saint FDR. And, you know, they talk about fundamentalist and their beliefs and their inability to reconsider things. No, liberals will not reconsider Social Security. FDR gave it to us. It is set in stone. It was passed down by Moses. And we may not consider making any changes to it, no matter that it’s bankrupting the country.”

    Coulter went on to explain why defending programs like Social Security will become increasingly difficult as the demographic shift in the country takes place.

    “And because Democrats tend to be people that have never held jobs in the private sector, it doesn’t occur to them that if you try to fund Social Security as the retiring population becomes larger than the working population by just taxing the rich, the rich aren’t going to work that hard,” Coulter said.

    “In order to become rich, you have to work very, very hard and there’s no point to working very, very hard if 60 percent of it is going to the government.”

    Read more:

  • bg


    Go Greens!! 😀


  • Patty


    Obama’s Not So Secret Plan

    Alinsky divides the world into the Haves, the Have-nots, and the “Have some but want a lot more.” He has very little respect for the Have-nots, a group of people in America that has produced tremendous business and political leaders because we have income mobility. He writes that “The Have-nots have a limited faith in their own judgment. They believe the Haves are more intelligent and more competent.” He establishes the philosophy that you can lead the Have-nots wherever you want to take them.

    Let’s discuss Obama’s plan for America. Eye opener

  • Patty

    Obama Was Against Demonizing Ryan Before He Was For It

    by Keith Koffler on August 13, 2012, 11:48 am

    President Obama once counseled against the very attacks his campaign is launching against Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan, saying during a January 2010 appearance that politicians shouldn’t demonize proposals by charging they would harm seniors:

    We’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, “Well, you know that’s – the other Party’s being irresponsible, the other Party’s trying to hurt our senior citizens.”

    Have a look:

  • do you think she could tell us about obama’s college career?

  • Patty


    Obama Jokes to NASA: ”I’ve Thought About Getting a Mohawk Myself!”


    Obama repulses many in NASA. He really has no morals, how can he even weigh in on anything to do With NASA. SHAME SHAME ON HIM

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    “…the in-state University of Wisconsin system (which I attended) apparently wasn’t good enough for Ryan.”

    So-fecking-what? Where does it say people are required go to college only in their state of residence?

    “After his government-subsidized out-of-state education,…”


    Someone who no doubt votes Democrat seems to be criticizing a situation that was brought about by the efforts of Democrats (Social Security).

  • snappercat

    So Joan Walsh is ashamed of her UWis degree? And she doesn’t believe that SS survivor benefits should be paid to what – white people? Irish people? People who go to college out of state? Men? Children whose parents evidently hit the yearly ceiling on SS payments? Republicans?

  • bg


    Patty #50 August 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Obama’s “shared values” (#17)

    scroll for more (#14) in connecting links & threads..

    lalalalala, they can’t hear you, me, and everyone else who’s been sharing
    this Obama “secret” since before the Selection via the elitist powers that
    be.. 🙁


  • STl Hawkeye

    Joan’s having a bad day with her vibrator being broken.

  • Al in SoCal

    LOL – conservatives cheer Ryan for taking the money he wants to remove for everyone else. Hypocrisy is one of the few tools in the GOP toolbox.

    Ryan – what has the man accomplished? He wrote a budget that does away with SS and Medicare? Wow – he’s never even run a statewide race. Shocking as it seems – EVEN Sarah “I don’t read” Palin had better governing creds than Ryan even if she did make women pay for their own rape kits. (gotta love the party of “moral values”)

  • GP Fan

    (FYI: I can’t do italics on the comments, so that’s what the capital words signify.)

    #56 August 13, 2012 at 11:46 am
    bg commented:

    “…they can’t hear you…”

    I’ve been sharing/educating my nephew, who is in university indoctrination right now, and as many others as I possibly can from my miniscule post. I wish like heck the campaign and super pacs and $$ people would put out some ads with this EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFO about WHO this tyrant actually is, and what he is actually trying to do! They can’t play nice gentlemen against these nasty creatures who’s mission is to destroy AT ANY COST. The LSM is against us, so we need to GET IT OUT THERE ANY/EVERY WAY POSSIBLE!!!

    When they were going to air the ad regarding Wright, I was thinking, “FINALLY! They’re FINALLY going to DO THEIR JOB” (My nephew had never heard ANYTHING about ANY of this dictatorial tyrants past! Just how wonderful he supposedly is, and the libs are! GRR!!). But as always, our side turns into yellow bellies at the very first tiny sign of criticism, and give in/up and wont even air it. THEY SURRENDER BEFORE THEY BEGIN!!! AAAHHHH!!!!

    And look now at what the libs have done, how far into the gutter with LIES they’ve gone, and OUR INFO IS TRUTH! TRUTH and nothing but TRUTH! But our side are yellow as can be and wont DO ANYTHING! And the saddest and most frustrating part of all is that their gutter lies are actually working.

    Okay, I’m done now. Sorry for the rant! lol

  • Al in SoCal


    Don’t go “Page” on us now. We know the extreme right is a violent breed, let’s just hope your words of hate don’t spark some other nut to go on a death rampage.

  • Al in SoCal

    @STI – Jealous? Of course you are. Guess it’s lonely in your trailer.

  • bg


    Al in SoCal

    aah, for once i can say “move on, nothing to see here”,
    and not only mean it, but be absolutely 100% correct!!

    it’s said there’s a reason for everything, you served a purpose..

    thank you Al in SoCal..

    carry on..

    as i will enjoy scrolling for a change as well, woot!!


  • bg


    GP Fan #59 August 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    imho, getting the word out is the
    #1 reason for the TEA Party.. 🙂

    am hoping & praying they become
    hyper active right after the RNC..


  • GP Fan

    Well, MOST of the capitals anyway, LOL.

  • MicahStone

    It Begins… Salon Crank Joan Walsh Ties Paul Ryan to So-Called “Irish Mafia”
    …but, but…Ryan has NOTHING IN COMMON with the kennedys !!!!!!!

  • bg


    May 30, 2012

    Obama Misrepresents Ryan’s Plan

    July 18, 2012

    No End to ‘End Medicare’ Claim

    [Democrats are still hammering an old, and since replaced, GOP proposal, claiming it would “end Medicare,” and cost seniors $6,000 more a year for their health care. The newest Republican budget, proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, keeps traditional Medicare — unlike his plan from 2011 — and the increased cost claim is no longer applicable to it.]

    July 24, 2012

    Obama uses out-of-date data to criticize Romney’s Medicare plan

    ht GotFreedom

    Understanding Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan in three minutes

    [The Ryan plan doesn’t end Medicare, but it is a huge reform effort.

    The proposed plan seeks to lower costs to taxpayers by using
    a system of payments given indirectly to seniors, who would in
    turn use the money to buy health insurance.

    The Ryan plan calls them premium-support
    payments. Opponents call them vouchers.

    The free market would then force insurance prices lower, according to
    the theory, through competition among insurers, while cutting costs to
    the federal government.]

    ht Valerie

    More Seniors Prefer Ryan Budget Plan Than Obama’s: Gallup

    btw, i though BUSH ruined Medicare & Taxes on the Middle Class.. can’t
    imagine why Obama & the Dems fought against him reforming Medicare,
    but now say it’s the best thing since sliced bread & Ryan will ruin it..

    ipso facto: the base of the Ryan plan, more or less, encompasses
    the plan that both Clinton & Bush were prevented from enacting..


  • SnarkParty

    So you talk of the fact you went to the University of Wisconsin and say it wasnt good enough for Paul Ryan. I guess that explains why he’s the next Veep and you’re .. what exactly? 🙂

    Just sayin ..

  • Patty


    The Facts of Ryan’s Medicare Plan

    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: All right, folks, I just saw during the break at the top of the hour a story that says that every Democrat congressional race this November will now be run against Paul Ryan. Do you remember, I think it was New York 26, Kathy Hochul, the Democrat who won that race? I think it was New York 26. The number doesn’t matter. It’s a New York House rate, and it was a Republican district since the dinosaur days, and the Democrat won the race. County clerk Kathy Hochul, all she did was tell people that Paul Ryan’s…

  • sandy

    I find it interesting that every attack on Romney and Ryan calls them Criminals. Why criminals? Can’t a candidate have a different set of beliefs without being a criminal? Free speech is not against the law YET.

  • sandy

    President Romney needs to put controls on the media and find reporters who don’t have skin the game.

  • sandy

    Obama said today DON’T GIVE UP ON HOPE. All we have left is Hope and that’s for real change. Romney/Ryan 12.

  • Fionnagh

    #67 Thread winner!!! 🙂

  • aGrimm

    Dems: Ryan’s a right wing ideologue!

    Anyone with a brain: Obama’s a prevarication ideologue*

    *(a zealous student and expert in the political art of lying)

  • CT

    One scared dried-up female organ.

  • [email protected]

    Paul Ryan’s family was rich. Why was he going on the dole to collect welfare? He didn’t need it. And now he wants to take it away from everyone else? How convenient. Just like that putz, Clarence Thomas. Welfare for them; screw everyone else.

    Talking the talk is for babies. If you’re going to argue against social programs, MAN UP, and walk the walk.

    No wonder the lefties don’t respect these guys. They’re silver spoon whiners.


  • Lou

    Liberal crank? That’s redundant.

  • Michael Quane

    So, Joan, if Ryan came from a “well-to-do family,” what was the problem with his saving the social security benefit (which his father paid for) to help him attend college, instead of “supporting his family.” You can’t have your criticism both ways.

  • dominoe4

    Seems the in-state Wisconsin University system failed Joan…miserably. I guess he should have been an illegal Mexican invader, it would have cost him less, eh Joan?

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