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According to information received by the Modern Times Magazine Lighter Side Division, the code name for The Path To Prosperity was The Path To Pottersville. Images by Gage Skidmore and others.
New Information Reveals The Path To Prosperity Was First Titled After Nightmare World From It’s A Wonderful Life

By Jimmy Bailey
Modern Times Magazine

April 19, 2011 — Confidential information received by the Modern Times Magazine Lighter Side Division has revealed that the secret code name for Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to balance the federal budget was The Path To Pottersville, a reference to the 1946 film by Frank Capra.

The unnamed source said the Wisconsin born Ryan watched the film incessantly as a child and would always remark how Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey was a complete dope for staying and helping people in Bedford Falls. He should have taken the job Mr. Potter, portrayed by Lionel Barrymore, offered him.

“A high school friend of the congressman’s once told me that he had once mentioned that Pottersville seemed like a more realistic place, a world where everyone minded their own business and where a drunk guy who was bothering the town would be chased down,” the source said.

Ryan reportedly won over republican leadership that was reticent to go after Medicare when he reminded them that maintaining these programs would mean the death of the Bush tax cuts. Besides, Ryan reportedly said, any time the government spends money on the people — not corporate subsidies, but small business grants and health care — the result is an unworthy citizenry.

“What does that get us? A discontented, lazy rabble instead of a thrifty working class,” Ryan reportedly said.

News of the working title of The Path To Prosperity caused democrats to quickly launch a new campaign identifying the vision of a democratic United States as akin to Bedford Falls and Barack Obama as akin to George Bailey.

“If you give me a choice between Bedford Falls and Pottersville, I vote for Bedford Falls,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Regardless of the rhetoric, there are some interesting correlations between the fictional George Bailey and the real Rep. Paul Ryan.

According to wikipedia, Ryan is the youngest child of Betty and Paul Ryan Sr., a lawyer, Ryan was born and raised in Janesville, Wisc., a town not completely unlike Bedford Falls. He is a fifth-generation Wisconsin and Janesville native and a great-grandson of Patrick W. Ryan, who founded the family's construction business, Ryan Incorporated Central, in 1884. When Ryan was 16, his father died. George Bailey’s father died near his 18th birthday. He worked for the family business as a marketing consultant in the 1990s before becoming an aide to Sen. Bob Kasten in 1992 and as legislative director for Sam Brownback of Kansas from 1995 to 1997. He worked as a speechwriter to William Bennett and Jack Kemp during the latter's run for the vice presidency in 1996.

Matt Zarella, a former Janesville resident and sometime psychiatrist/clairvoyant, said Ryan became the anti-George Bailey after entering politics.

“He used to be like the rest of us, now, he is acting out what he always thought: that he was entitled to be better of than the rest of us. But in the end, we all like cheese. Every damn one of us,” Zarella said.
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