What I Know About Paul Ryan

by Norm Gregory on August 11, 2012

in Politics

How radical are the positions of newly anointed Republican Vice Presidential nominee?

Like Paul Ryan I too was enamored with Ayn Rand in high school. Unlike Ryan when I got out in the real world I realize how fanciful & detrimental her views were. Not everyone was born into a life with unlimited opportunities. I remember Ayn Rand sneered at those who would give to charity.

Paul Ryan is the extremist who authored the Republican plan to end Medicare. Making him a big fan of the Tea Partiers.

Ryan’s budgetary ideas would jeopardize Social Security . . you know . . that privatization idea that even George W Bush ran away from! You wouldn’t mind having the future of your retirement monies rely on the stock market . . would you? By the way that “socialist” program paid for Ryan’s college after his dad died.

Ryan wants to bring non-defense discretionary spending down to 3% of the federal budget. He wants to slash taxes on the wealthy, giving them an average 12.5% in additional after-tax income.

The core of Ryan’s budget is to whack poor folks and promote tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The Republicans have a very different view than I of what America is about . . . They, and the Tea Party folks, what to squeeze the poor, while boosting the rich. Ryan would cut Medicare, food stamps and other vital programs in order to finance a huge tax cut for people who don’t really need it. Two-thirds of the $4.3 trillion cuts in Ryan’s widely admired, by the right wing, budget plan come from low-income programs.

President Obama has called Ryan’s budget “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”

Ryan has also been a reliable party-line conservative on such key issues as abortion and immigration.

I know I am getting redundant here . . . but Ryan reinforces the fundamental stereotype of Republicans: Screw the poor, aid the rich. Let me be blunt: Ryan wants to mug the poor and the elderly to underwrite a tax bonanza for the wealthy.

Paul Ryan and the Influence of Ayn Rand
With the choice of Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney adds more to the Republican ticket than youth, vigor, and the possibility of carrying Wisconsin—he also adds the ghostly presence of the controversial Russian émigré philosopher and writer Ayn Rand. ● More: The New Yorker

The Ryan Pick Confirms Romney’s Commitment To A Radical Conservative Agenda.
Many millions of working-age Americans would lose health insurance. Senior citizens would anguish over whether to pay their rent or their medical bills, in a way they haven’t since the 1960s. Government would be so starved of resources that, by 2050, it wouldn’t have enough money for core functions like food inspections and highway maintenance. And the richest Americans would get a huge tax cut. ● More: The New Republic

Ryan’s Record
One last mammoth post from me and then I’m done for the morning. In sifting through the 290-page Ryan file I linked to last night, I saw that Paul Ryan has a highly consistent legislative record. He has voted against regulations of all kinds—environmental protections, work safety laws, controls on the banking, credit card, and health care industries—and against spending on things like food stamps, arts funding, Medicare, and infrastructure. He wants to decimate Pell Grants and he votes against education funding almost every time. He’s strongly anti-abortion. He votes against protecting minorities and women—against The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, for example—but he votes for religion, arguing against the separation of church and state whenever possible. He claims to be for small government, but he votes for military spending a whole lot. He was against drawing down in Afghanistan, and he’s for government wiretapping and the PATRIOT Act. The only real divergence from that record comes from his votes to bail out GM and his support for TARP, when the entire country was teetering on the edge of a Bush-inspired collapse. ● More: Slog

Romney Selects Ryan as Running Mate: What Do You Think?
Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur issued a statement calling Ryan, who serves as budget committee chairman in the U.S. House of Representatives, a “bold and exciting choice for Mitt Romney.” ● More: Kirkland, WA Patch

Romney Stumbles In Running Mate Announcement
With the political world watching, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney misspoke while introducing his running mate.

Romney mistakenly introduced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on Saturday as the next president of the United States. Ryan, of course, has been tapped to serve as Romney’s vice presidential nominee.

● More: National Election Wire – The News Tribune

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kurt Clark August 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Amazing how so many have come out with so much to say about a person – who until this morning – I had never heard of. It reminds me of the man I saw on the news, literally three hours after Sarah Palin was announced as McCain’s running mate, talking her down with the standard-issue left-side rhetoric about God and guns – and then suddenly proclaiming in snotty form that she was from a “know-nothing town in the middle of nowhere.” So incredibly intolerant. Sad that the intolerance never stopped.

Let’s be realistic: Just how much pull does the Vice President have on policy, especially in an environment where the Potomac Two-Step is needed to accomplish virtually everything? I suspect that Paul Ryan’s ideas and policies – however right-wing they are considered – would end up as watered down in DC as virtually any other Conservative lawmaker.

Election years suck. Badly.

2 Norm Gregory August 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I was curious to find out how many folks “know” Rep Paul Ryan . . . I have been aware of him since the Republicans took over the House. He has been the darling of the Tea Party / Right Wing since Obama starting ruining, in their opinion, the country. Everything I wrote above came straight off the top of my head. I have been well aware of these, in my opinion, scary positions.

Oh there has been some speculation his selection might help Romney win Wisconsin . . . but I doubt it.

But what this choice does is help Romney convince the “base” of the Republican party that he is one of them. Many have been skeptical for months. My first thought was that Ryan’s views aren’t really Romney’s. I bet we hear more about that. . . But . . If not it tells me a lot about where Romney stands and underscores the fact of how radical the modern Republican party has become. Where are all the moderate, common sense, Republicans like we used to have around here, i.e. Dan Evans, Slade Gorton, John Spellman, etc.? Long gone.

And oh . . I love Election Years . . because it wakes up folks. And maybe, just maybe, some of these issues can be debated.

One more thing. What was wrong with the early analysis of Gov. Palin? Everyone, including honest Republicans, now acknowledge it was a really bad choice.

3 Kurt Clark August 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I agree with you on the moderates; while I steer to the conservative side of the middle, I also think there are far too many hardliners on both sides of the aisle. I think one responds to the other; when one political line gets more fundamental/progressive, the other side feels it must do the same to somehow balance out. In the end, they get farther away.

The wrong I saw done to Gov. Palin was that – out of the gate and literally hours after the candidacy announcement – a person was spouting off like he knew her. It shows how quick people are to assume and ultimately lay waste without thinking or researching like you did. I trust your opinion because you’re straight, honest, and study the facts. Do I trust some guy on the street talking smack? Not so much :)

4 Norm Gregory August 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I have to say Palin did herself in . forget what others said about her. Here are a few things I remember her saying,

She thought the queen is the actual head of the U.K. government
She didn’t know what “the Fed” is, as in the Federal Reserve System.
She was not clear on who we were fighting in World War II,
She confused North and South Korea.
And of course there’s that seeing Russia thing.

Then after the election McCain staff people talked about her arrogance, refusing to prepare and blaming others for that Coric interview.

Enough of the past.

I don’t think much about where I land on the political spectrum.

I have a definite vision of what kind of country America should be. I think the role of government is to do the things we can’t do ourselves. It really irks me whenever I hear these folks talk about government as if it’s some evil monster squashing our rights. WE are the government and every two years we pick those who run the it.

I have a vision and I have a plan to make it happen.

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