I just watched Paul Ryan on “Meet the Press“. Ryan is a smart man. It’s quite clear when you hear him talk. [I think he likes to hear himself talk.] But, I digress. Paul answered moderator, David Gregory‘s question with highfalutin talk encumbered by his brand of rhetoric and code words. Does this guy think he’s an ivy league professor addressing his elite students? Is he a wanna be? As I tried to understand Paul Ryan’s answers, I felt that he could be talking like in this video:
Joe Biden: Wise and Honest
As I watched the debate moments ago, I noted how confident Congressman Paul Ryan spoke. The problem is Mitt Romney has put the nation through a season of lies and flip-flops. Less than 4 weeks before the election, Republicans have lost public trust. Last night when Ryan spoke I silently said to myself, “We cannot believe a word that proceeds from his mouth!” On the other hand, it was easy to believe Vice President Biden whose speech was characterized by wisdom and honesty. I did not get the feeling that he might be lying. Paul Ryan continued his refrain, ‘Obama did not keep his promises.’ How could he Paul, when you and your entire party has waged a war on him to limit his success and gain the Whitehouse in 2013. Ryan is a leader in the House and bears responsibility for the gridlock that given us a “Do Nothing Congress” who have accepted paychecks but have done the people’s business. They were sent to Washington to represent us, not engage in the perpetuation of the Republican Party. The Romney-Ryan Team blames President Obama for the economic problems he assumed from Republican President George W. Bush. Former President Bill Clinton said that might take more than one president to clean up this mess. I chuckled when I heard Joe Biden talk about Romney’s “47% remark” which Paul Ryan could not defend. It was amusing to hear Paul recite a lecture on how to fight the war in Afghanistan when he never served in the military. [Perhaps he was in ROTC, like I was.] The most serious issue for me was Biden’s comments about the seriousness of electing a president who will appoint one or two justices to the Supreme Court. America cannot vote for a candidate who might nominate Justice Bork to the Court or reverse “settled law.” The Republican leaning of the US Supreme Court has not served us well, except, perhaps, for their decision on “Obamacare.” [Please do everything you can to support the repeal of Citizens United and deal the death-blow to the evil of SuperPacs and to that stupid notion, “Corporations are people, too, my friend.” (Romney)
If you did not get to see/TiVo the debate, please watch the highlight video and make your own decision. IMHO, the video is edited in Ryan’s favor. But, full disclosure: I am a life time Democrat. —GoodOleWoody
By Ryan Grim
WASHINGTON — “Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, share a similarly dim view of a very large portion of Americans, according to previously unreported remarks by Ryan. Both believe that many of their fellow citizens are dependent on government and have no motivation to improve their lives — but they disagree over the precise number.
Romney’s estimate, famously, is 47 percent. For Ryan, it’s 30 percent.
“Seventy percent of Americans want the American dream. They believe in the American idea. Only 30 percent want the welfare state,” Ryan said. “Before too long, we could become a society where the net majority of Americans are takers, not makers.” (It’s not definitively clear whether Ryan said “the welfare state” or “their welfare state.” HuffPost originally transcribed it as “their welfare state.” Regardless, the comment was made in reference to people on government assistance.)
Ryan’s comments were delivered as part of his keynote address at The American Spectator’s 2011 Robert L. Bartley Gala Dinner, which the magazine posted online. A reader tipped HuffPost to Ryan’s speech, given in November — six months before Romney’s videotaped remarks.”
“After repeated denials, Paul Ryan has admitted he requested stimulus cash even after sharply criticizing the program.
Two years ago, during an interview on WBZ’s NewsRadio he was asked by a caller if he “accepted any money” into his district. Ryan said he did not.
“I’m not one [of those] people who votes for something then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. I did not request any stimulus money,” the congressman answered.
But it’s all in the details. The Republican-backed shift to private insurance plans could saddle future retirees with thousands of dollarsa year in additional bills.
And there’s another angle consumers need to look at: Medicaid.
The GOP vice presidential candidate has also proposed to sharply rein in that program and turn it over to the states. Usually thought of as part of the safety net for low-income people, Medicaid covers nursing home care for disabled elders from middle-class families as well.
Medicare and Medicaid cover about 100 million people between them, touching nearly every American family in some way.
Pulling no punches, President Barack Obama’s campaign launched a new online video Monday attacking what it called the “Romney-Ryan” Medicare plan. It features anxious seniors and closes by accusing the Republicans of “ending Medicare as we know it” to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.
Mindful of the risks, Romney is trying to put some distance between his agenda and the specifics of Ryan’s budget proposals.
Breaking from Newsmax.com
Ryan Sought ‘Wasteful’ Stimulus for Green Firms
WASHINGTON — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been one of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. But months after Congress approved the nearly $800 billion package, the Wisconsin lawmaker was trying to steer money under the program to companies in his home state.
Rep. Ryan wrote letters in 2009 to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis seeking stimulus grant money for two Wisconsin energy conservation companies. One of them, the nonprofit Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp., later received $20.3 million from the Energy Department to help homes and businesses improve energy efficiency, according to federal records.
In a letter to Chu in December 2009, Ryan said the stimulus money would help his state create thousands of new jobs, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That contrasted with his public statements denigrating the stimulus program as a “wasteful spending spree.” It also conflicts with his larger federal budget proposal, which would slash Energy Department programs aimed at creating green jobs.
Ryan’s office says his budget plan “calls for getting Washington out of the business of picking winners and losers in the economy — and that includes our energy sector.”
Ryan’s actions in Congress and as chairman of the House Budget Committee have been drawing fresh scrutiny since he was named last weekend as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate.
A Ryan spokesman, Brendan Buck, noted the congressman’s office’s previous explanations that he was “providing a legitimate constituent service.” The Wall Street Journal reported Ryan’s efforts to secure stimulus money two years ago.
“If Congressman Ryan is asked to help a Wisconsin entity applying for existing federal grant funds, he does not believe flawed policy should get in the way of doing his job,” Ryan’s office said then.
Ryan also sent three letters to Chu in October 2009 seeking stimulus money for the Energy Center of Wisconsin, another nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency. The company later received $190,000 in stimulus money to conduct research on geothermal heating and $50,000 more to develop a training curriculum for students at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Ryan’s letters to the Energy Department were first reported by the Boston Globe.
“It’s another example of how he talks out of both sides of his mouth,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, director of the NRDC Action Fund, the political arm of the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council. “It goes to show that their energy policy always has been, and probably always will be, disingenuous.”
The vice presidential contender is not alone among Republicans who criticized the stimulus plan only to seek money later. Georgia’s Republican senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, for example, blasted the bill as a bloated government giveaway yet asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to steer $50 million in stimulus money to a constituent’s bio-energy project.
Ryan’s stated views are also consistent with his running mate’s long-held position that the stimulus was a flawed idea that did not create private sector jobs.
“That stimulus didn’t work,” Romney said at an Ohio speech in June. “That stimulus didn’t put more private-sector people to work.”
Yet, in Ryan’s letter to the Labor Department in October 2009, he backed the Energy Center of Wisconsin’s grant application for stimulus money “to develop an industry-driven training and placement agenda that intends to place 1,000 workers in green jobs.”
The company did not win the Labor Department grant.
Frank Greb, president of the Energy Center of Wisconsin, said the company sought help from the entire Wisconsin congressional delegation, a practice he described as routine. He said other lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — also sent letters in support of the grants.
“I’m not surprised that any congressman would be supportive of entities within his district if he saw merits in the work and it was going to be beneficial to constituents,” Greb said.
Ryan’s budget proposal would cut billions in Energy Department funding for the development of clean energy and eliminate loan programs that have helped support 60,000 jobs, according to Rep. Henry Waxman, top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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How Ryan killed President Obama’s deficit reduction plan
The President has been fighting to protect and preserve
Medicare as part of an overall plan to reduce the deficit,
and pay down our debt in a balanced way that lets us
continue to invest in what we need to grow our economy.
Last year, he proposed a “grand bargain” that not only
would have extended the life of Medicare but would have
also resulted in trillions in deficit reduction. It asked both
sides to make tough choices and compromise, including
asking the wealthy to pay their fair share. A new report in
The New York Times shows that Paul Ryan fought to kill the
bipartisan deficit-reduction agreement because it “would
pave the way for Mr. Obama’s easy re-election.” That sort of
politics may be standard for some Beltway insiders like
Paul Ryan, but it’s not what voters want in a vice
Ending Medicare as we know it
Romney and Ryan are committed to a plan that would end
Medicare as we know it. They would create a voucher system
that would increase seniors’ health costs. Ryan even
proposed a plan, which Romney endorsed, that would increase
costs for seniors by $6,350 a year. To cover for their own
plan, they have been distorting the President’s record.
They have labeled the $700 billion that Obamacare saved
from trimming excessive payments to corporate insurance
companies as “Medicare cuts.” That’s false, as Paul Ryan
should know — he includes these savings in his own budget.
By By John Aloysius Farrell
a) A right-wing ideologue with extreme views whose economic blueprints would further enrich the wealthy; strip the middle class of hard-won medical, education and retirement benefits; expose old folks to rapacious health insurance firms; and return America to dog-eat-dog social Darwinism, redolent of the age of the robber barons,
b) A brave and bold young visionary in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt or John F. Kennedy who, with his intricate knowledge of the federal budget, will combine with Romney to prune extravagant government entitlements; free business from the shackles of federal regulation; relieve upper income Americans from unwise and unfair taxation; and spur the creation of millions of jobs.
So contended Democratic (a) and Republican (b) partisans and campaign operatives, who used Sunday’s talk shows as a forum to hone the lines of attack they have chosen for the coming days and weeks.
President Obama’s senior campaign advisor led the assault, calling Ryan a “right wing ideologue” who was chosen by Romney “to thrill the most strident voices in the Republican Party.”
Advisor David Axelrod said Ryan is the “intellectual energy” behind a right-wing budget plan that would “end Medicare as we know it,” slash federal student loan and research programs and “lavish millions of dollars of tax cuts, most of them on the wealthy.” He said Ryan is “outside the mainstream” on abortion rights, and reminded viewers of the ABC’s This Week that the congressman was the architect of a proposal to privatize Social Security that was “so out there” that even Republicans deserted him.
“Go Back Team” would be more appropriate — because a
Romney-Ryan administration is the definition of a fast track back to the failed, top-down economic policies of the
In Ryan, Romney has selected a running mate best known for
designing the extreme GOP budget that would end Medicare as
we know it, and — just like Romney’s plan — actually
raise taxes on middle-class Americans to pay for an
additional $250,000 tax break for millionaires and
billionaires. As a leader of the House Republicans and a
Tea Party favorite, Congressman Ryan has led the
relentless, intensely ideological battle for these kinds of
budget-busting policies that punish seniors and the middle
Today, Romney doubled down on those policies.
But most Americans don’t know Paul Ryan. In the coming
days, the other side will spend a lot of time trying to
define Romney’s choice and what it says about his candidacy
— so we put together a brand-new website on Romney-Ryan
with everything you need to know.
If their records are any indication of how they’d govern,
it’s not looking good (unless you’re a right-wing
conservative in the top 5 percent of income-earners and NOT
a woman or a worker counting on Medicare in your future).
This isn’t a matter of opinion:
— As an architect of the extreme GOP budget, Ryan will be
Romney’s biggest advocate for his plan to give more tax
breaks to millionaires, paid for by $2,000 in higher
taxes on middle-class families with kids.
— The Ryan plan, which Romney said is “an excellent piece
of work, and very much needed,” calls for deep cuts in
education — from college scholarships to Head Start —
critical scientific research, and clean energy investments,
all to help pay for those tax cuts.
— Ryan authored the original plan to convert Medicare into a
voucher program, costing seniors an additional $6,000 or more
— Ryan talks tough on balancing the budget, but his own
plan would fail to do that for a generation. The burden of
balancing any Ryan budget falls squarely on the backs of
seniors and middle-class families — while no one at the
top is asked to pay even a dollar more.
— Both Romney and Ryan are severely conservative,
threatening to take us backward on women’s issues and civil
rights. Ryan cosponsored a bill that would ban common forms
of birth control, in vitro fertilization, and abortions
even in cases of rape or incest. He voted against the Lilly
Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, voted against the repeal of “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell,” and sponsored a constitutional amendment
to ban marriage equality.
On so many issues, Paul Ryan, like Mitt Romney, has taken
extreme positions that are out of touch with the values
most Americans share.
It’s our job, especially in these first few days and weeks,
to make sure voters get the facts on his record, and a
clear picture as to what a Romney-Ryan administration would
look like for regular people, when the slogans fade away
and the real policy decisions they’d face as president and
vice president are on the table.
Check out the new video and site on Romney-Ryan:
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