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

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