$1.50 and a deleted tweet says everything you need to know.

This is a real tweet, posted and then quickly deleted by Paul Ryan after an enormous backlash from the internet.

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    This is what Republican lawmakers actually think:

    An extra $1.50 per paycheck is a meaningful increase. Something worth bragging about. 

    Meanwhile, estimates

    What Ryan doesn't want you to know is five things:

    1. More than 80% of the tax cut benefits went to the top 1% (which is why this secretary is only seeing an increase of $1.50 per paycheck).
    2. Trump will save an estimated $15 million dollars thanks to the tax cut, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will save an estimated $12 million dollars. 
    3. The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year, thanks to the tax cut. 
    4. The rising national debt has already triggered a rise in interest rates, which were partly responsible for the Dow's 666 point selloff on Friday. 
    5. Ryan received a $500.000 donation from the Koch family immediately after the tax bill was signed. 

    This is truly the fleecing of America. Enormous sums of money are now running directly into the coffers of the wealthiest Americans, while high school secretaries are left with $1.50 extra per week. 

    It's not wrong. It's not irresponsible. It's just plain evil. 

    Republican men decide that women can't wear sleeveless dresses because they are apparently afraid of lady shoulders

    In an apparent effort to establish "appropriate business attire," House of Representatives under Speaker Paul Ryan is enforcing a dress code in the Speaker's Lobby—a space adjacent to the front of the House chamber—that bans women from showing their shoulders.

    Several female reporters have already been kicked out of the lobby for wearing sleeveless dresses.  

    Yesterday Republican Congressperson Martha McSally, a former fighter pilot and the first woman in American history to fly into combat, ended her speech in the well of Congress by saying, “Before I yield back, I want to point out, I’m standing here in my professional attire, which happens to be a sleeveless dress and open-toed shoes. With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.” 

    Some (mostly stupid white men) complained that with all the problems facing America today, dress codes should not be a priority.

    But here is the thing:

    Paul Ryan and his male dominated Republican caucus have decided to enforce this arbitrary dress code. Republicans like Ryan have also demonstrated an obsession with policing women's bodies, and this policing is highly relevant to many of their GOP positions. These are positions that impact economic policy, healthcare, civil rights, and the criminal justice system.

    When a man in power has creepy ideas about what women should be wearing and the freedoms they should be permitted to enjoy, it has far reaching consequences. 

    Yes, it's a dress code, but it represents a whole lot more, and in the battle for women to have control of their bodies and their destinies, not one inch should ever be surrendered. 

    Incompetent, racist, or both?

    I just don't get it. 

    Last summer, it was Paul Ryan taking a selfie with a sea of white Republican interns.

    Last November it was Mike Pence taking a selfie with a sea of white Republican Senators and Congresspeople.

    Last week it was Donald Trump announcing the passing of House's healthcare bill in the Rose Garden with a seas of white, almost exclusively male Congressmen standing behind him. 

    Then there was this:

    The new header on Donald Trump's Twitter feed, which featured a sea of white faces standing behind him (and the most oddly placed, overly defensive message in the history of Twitter embedded within).

    This header was so viciously mocked on Twitter that it came down hours after being posted. 

    Now Republican Senators have begun drafting their version of the healthcare bill. The Republican's working group:

    13 white men. No women. No person of color.

    One of two things is happening:

    1. The Republican leadership is completely blind to the optics of these photos and are clueless when it comes to the image they are presenting. 
    2. These photos are serving as dog whistles to those conservative voters who don't want their President to be black ever again.

    So incompetent or racist. Or possibly both. 

    A decidedly less white bubble on the other side of the aisle

    Here's some good news:

    In response to Paul Ryan's blindingly white photo of Capitol Hill interns, Democratic Representative E.B. Johnson asked her intern to take a selfie with her fellow Democratic interns on the Hill.

    A slightly different image when you compare the two, and hope that our future leaders might not all be one color.

    Paul Ryan is a boy in a white bubble

    I'm sure that Paul Ryan isn't responsible for hiring Capitol Hill interns, but this selfie, posted to his Instagram account, should have been an enormous red flag for him. 

    Is there a single person of color in this photo?
    Reportedly, there is one, but I have yet to find him or her. 

    As Speaker of the House, Ryan might actually have some say over how the process that Capitol Hill interns are selected, but even if he doesn't want to involve himself in that process, he should at least have enough savvy to know that this photo - chock full of smiling, privileged white folk - does not belong on his Instagram feed unless he wants to appear like he's living in a tone-deaf bubble of whiteness. 

    Paul Ryan (and the Democrats) need my help. I am waiting for their call.

    Paul Ryan has called the Democrat recent sit-in "a publicity stunt." 

    This was stupid thing to say.

    I am a Democrat, but I also can't stand bad communication and poor messaging. Despite our political differences, Paul Ryan needs me.

    There were highly effective ways of responding to the Democrats' sit-in strategy, but calling it a publicity stunt was not one of them. Ryan is in an interesting position at the moment. Thanks to Donald Trump, he is perceived by many as a fairly rational Republican who would be much more palatable than Trump. Regardless of what happens with the Presidency, he has an opportunity to take a serious leadership role in this country in the minds of Republicans and many independents. More importantly. he has a chance to reach across the aisle and become a dealmaker.  

    Instead, he calls the Democrats strategy "a publicity stunt."

    If I was a Democrat, here is what I would've said in response to Ryan:

    Paul Ryan has called our sit-in a publicity stunt.

    Was Rosa Parks refusal to sit at the back of the bus a publicity stunt?

    Were the lunch counter protests by the Friendship Nine a publicity stunt?

    Was Martin Luther King’s march on Washington a publicity stunt?

    Was Gandhi’s hunger strike a publicity stunt?

    Were Betty Williams and Cezar Chavez and Nelson Mandela engaged in publicity stunts?

    Come down to the well of Congress, Mr. Ryan, and tell the great John Lewis to his face that this is nothing more than a publicity stunt. And while you are at it, turn the C-SPAN cameras back on. Turning them off was the act of a coward who is afraid of what the American people might think if they could witness our protest. Only villains fear the clear light of sunshine.

    The Democrats are just as foolish for not making this argument (unless they did and I missed it), and I'm more than willing to help them as well if they want to hire me.

    I promise you, Congressional and Senate Democrats, that I could craft a powerful, effective, cohesive, and inclusive message for your party as well. And I'm always quick with a stinging comeback.  

    But here is what Paul Ryan should have said:

    I admire my Democratic colleagues for their passion and perseverance. I disagree with them on their positions regarding gun control and cannot stand by as they attempt to erode the Constitutional rights of Americans, but I can certainly acknowledge the strength of their conviction, as misguided as it may be. Unfortunately this is not the way to pass legislation, and it hasn’t been the way to pass legislation for more than 200 years. We have rules and procedures that allow for lawmakers to vote on bills, and these rules and procedure have helped this Republic to stand strong when so many have faltered. I understand their frustration. I understand their desire to push forward their agenda. But there are agreed-upon ways of doing this, and this sit-in is not one of them. Congress cannot and will not operate under mob rule.

    This was the statement that you should've made, Paul Ryan. It would've been measured, thoughtful, convincing, and effective. 

    It also doesn't run the risk of implying that people like Rosa Park and Martin Luther King were engaging in publicity stunts. Ryan is lucky that I am not running the messaging apparatus of the Democrats or I would've blasted his "publicity stunt" statement to smithereens. 

    And I'm ready to help. Even though I am a Democrat, I would be more than willing to assist Paul Ryan. We need Republicans willing to make deals and legislate, and if working for Paul Ryan helps to make that happen, I'm ready to assist. 

    In fact, I tried to reach out to Paul Ryan a couple weeks ago to offer my services but can only send him an email if I live within his district. I was unable to contact him. 

    His loss. Sincerely. I would kick ass at messaging and communications for these politicians. 

    If you're smart, hire me. I will cost you a fortune, but I will help to craft an effective, compelling message that works. 

    Best hurricane naming system ever

    I love this idea. It’s brilliant. It’s hilarious. It may not change minds, but it might shame and embarrass the criminally stupid and make the rest of us laugh in the process.

    Sadly, radical ideas like this rarely see the light of day.