[Marxism] Let them eat cake

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 8 15:34:10 MDT 2011


http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/rep-paul-ryans-pricey-pinot-noir.php

Rep. Ryan Tastes The Grapes Of Wrath
Susan Crabtree | July 8, 2011, 2:30PM

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a leading advocate of shrinking entitlement 
spending and the architect of the plan to privatize Medicare, spent 
Wednesday evening sipping $350 wine with two like-minded conservative 
economists at the swanky Capitol Hill eatery Bistro Bis.

It was the same night reports started trickling out about President 
Obama pressing Congressional leaders to consider changes to Social 
Security and Medicare in exchange for GOP support for targeted tax 
increases.

The pomp and circumstance surrounding the waiter's presentation, 
uncorking and decanting of the pricey Pinot Noir caught the attention of 
another diner who had already recognized Ryan sitting with two other men 
nearby.

Susan Feinberg, an associate business professor at Rutgers, was at 
Bistro Bis celebrating her birthday with her husband that night. When 
she saw the label on the bottle of Jayer-Gilles 2004 Echezeaux Grand Cru 
Ryan's table had ordered, she quickly looked it up on the wine list and 
saw that it sold for an eye-popping $350, the most expensive wine in the 
house along with one other with the same pricetag.

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