Paul Ryan: An Inspired Choice That Says “We Can Fix This”

Romney's surprising selection has galvanized a Republican party that was starting to despair

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Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) greets an overflow crowd before a campaign rally at Absolute Style furniture on August 12, 2012 in High Point, North Carolina.

In selecting U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney said the one thing Americans most desperately want to hear and believe: we can fix this. For the last several years, Americans have looked around and seen only a mess, with stubbornly high unemployment, anemic growth, rising debt, out-of-control spending and a stalemate in Washington. The steady downpour of bad news, combined with the disillusionment that Obama has failed to deliver on his promise of hope and change, have shaken our confidence and eroded our typical can-do American optimism.

That’s why the Ryan pick struck the political landscape like the lightning bolt of a sudden summer storm across an otherwise lazy August weekend. The choice has galvanized a Republican Party that was beginning to despair. Even more importantly, it said to all Americans that Mitt Romney is determined to fix our nation’s problems.

(MORE: How Romney’s Decision Stayed Secret)

Paul Ryan is a person of substance and ideas. He’s not afraid to take on the sacred cows that Americans know in our heart of hearts must be addressed if we are going to emerge from this fiscal crisis and leave a more stable and prosperous country to our children and grandchildren. He has earned the respect of his colleagues, Republicans and Democrats. And like Ronald Reagan, his is a sunny brand of conservatism with a smile, not a scowl.

The Ryan choice confirms that this year’s election is about two very different philosophies and visions for our nation’s future. Democrats will undoubtedly try to paint the Republicans as cold, heartless budget cutters. That’s a tired old tactic that won’t work this time. Americans understand that things have to change to return our economy to growth and to put vital programs like Medicare and Social Security on sound financial footing.

(MORE: Karen Hughes: How Bill Clinton Should Introduce Obama at the Convention)

With Ryan on the ticket, the Republicans look like the party of the future. Obama and Biden seem worn down, tired and out of ideas to turn things around. The party that looks like the party of the future usually wins presidential elections (think Bill Clinton’s “bridge to the 21st century”.)

The Ryan choice was not expected, but it was inspired. He will energize Republicans, but even more importantly, he will help Mitt Romney make the case to all Americans that this is the team that can deliver the turnaround that Washington so desperately needs.

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Swiftright Right
Swiftright Right

Oh joy I either get to vote for Obama or the Mormon/ confused catho-atheist ticket.

jjaylad
jjaylad

The message: "we can fix this" and Romney-Ryan's lack of enthusiasm for our economy's expansion in any particular industry--including their critical stance toward securing alternative energy patents-- are frankly entirely opposite messages!

Fixing Medicare and SS are all very well, but if we don't aggressively forge ahead in new industries(see: BRICS), Everyone will need unfunded programs like these some day :-)

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

Romney, "I'm urging you to follow the precedent of transparency set by past candidates and release your tax returns. Voters deserve to know your financial history."

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

 

So the economist joins the greed-ridden elitist to try and buy

their way to the White House- What a team! 

Ryan will need to get fitted for his Magic Mormon Underwear soon!  These sacred undergarments harness the power

of the Almighty to cough up enough cash for their crusade to the highest seats

in the land.  See for yourself how these

miracles are performed and how money plays its role in politics at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

  

JL 125
JL 125

So you vote Republican because they're fiscally conservative and will fight to the end out of control government spending. Please tell me more about all those Republican President that reduced our deficits and lowered the national debt.  

RobinDouglas
RobinDouglas

No Karen, honey, Romney/Ryan can't "Fix this." Republicans are the ones who broke things. You can't expect them to fix it with the same tired "take from the rest of us to give to the rich" policies. Your boy W almost brought us to complete disaster. He started two wars (not on the books), tanked the stock market, bled millions of jobs, trashed the environment, ruined our reputation overseas, and took taxpayer money to give to his rich friends, leaving us with enormous debt.

You don't give the keys back to those who drove the car into a ditch.

Go back to Texas.

E. Mathieu Sternberg
E. Mathieu Sternberg

Does anyone remember when "fiscally responsible" Paul Ryan demanded that George W. Bush pay for his two wars and massive tax cuts?

Yeah, me neither.

RobinDouglas
RobinDouglas

Dude, go learn something will ya? Obama didn't create a welfare state. Our nation has had programs to help the poor, elderly and children since FDR. And they've worked quite well - far more efficient than just about anything in the private sector.

Further, most of Europe provides free education and health care for their citizens with much better outcomes than here in the US. We can do better. But you can't let the oligarchs take over. A rich man never gave you anything, buddy, and he never will. A Romney/Ryan administration would mean the death of the USA.

Scott Horowitz
Scott Horowitz

oh yeah, and when did someone who's not considered a "rich person" give you or anyone else anything? How about a job? How about a wage with that job to pay for necessities and wants?

RobinDouglas
RobinDouglas

Rich people don't make jobs, they take their gains and re-invest them in offshore accounts, or buy another house, car, or dressage horse. And the rich ones who own corporations do anything and everything they can to ensure their CEO's make massive wealth at the expense of the few workers left (the ones whose jobs haven't been sent overseas), the workers who are constantly asked to make concessions, give up their pensions or benefits, etc. 

Small business people create jobs, but they need customers to do so. The top-down policies of the right have only led to massive deficits and job losses. 

Scott Horowitz
Scott Horowitz

those programs to help the poor, elderly and children were efficient and top notch--when they were utilized as intended to temporarily support a small segment of our population. But when you have modified these programs to the point that they are advertised as anyone can join..then a larger segment of our population becomes a little less trustworthy of said programs. I'm talking about the recent illegal modification of the welfare work requirements by obama, the constant push to increase the rolls on food stamps, and the increase of in-school meals so ANYONE can get free food.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

"anyone can join" -- what the heck are you talking about?

Swiftright Right
Swiftright Right

So scott your problem is that we feed to many hungry poor kids?

Scott Horowitz
Scott Horowitz

did you happen to read the very next sentence? I explained it there.

RobinDouglas
RobinDouglas

First, all those programs have not changed to allow "anyone to join." you can't just go and get SS or Medicare or Medicaid. 

Second, Obama did NOT reduce the work requirement (that's a Fox News talking point). he has asked that programs try and move as many people to work from welfare, for which they will benefit.

And since you are so against welfare, how do you feel about corporate welfare, which costs us far more? How about ending subsidies for Big Oil, which they don't need since their profits are astronomical? How about forcing corporations to pay their taxes instead of letting them offshore it? 

It's clear that you don't like your fellow Americans all that much. Especially those who have been marginalized by the "trickle down" economics that began with Reagan and have, with Bush/Cheney policies, brought us to near ruin. 

We can't go back. It's been tried and doesn't work. We need investment in THIS country - building and repairing infrastructure for one - that will give people good jobs and the money to spend which will put money in the pockets of small business, who will then hire more people.

Get it yet?

Scott Horowitz
Scott Horowitz

back in 96 there was a provision in the welfare reform laws that no modifications to the work requirements could be made..and what did obama do? he made revisions to the law...which is illegal. It's not a Fox News talking point--it's a fact. Go look it up yourself.

And great job putting words in my mouth regarding welfare. Did i explicitly say I'm against welfare? NO. That's your interpretation of it. I support welfare for those that are in absolute need, and for those that are in need of it temporarily. We have too many generational welfare recipients that are taking advantage of the resources that should be reserved for those in need.

And oil profits aren't "astronomical" in the sense that you're talking about. They are "large" because the the volume of oil is large. Think of the stock market--how many units of volume are traded on a daily basis? Millions? What's 1% of that? yeah..it's a lot.

We in this country have a social contract and that includes paying taxes. You want to talk about corporations paying their taxes? Talk to GE.

What's "clear" is that you don't know a damn thing about what you're talking about, and it's also clear that you like assuming things when, in fact, the reality is much, much different.

Like I said earlier--you're condescending and you really need to get off of your high horse. Get it yet? You're the type of person that I always laugh AT (not with) when they think they have a tremendous grasp regard the subject they're talking about.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

Is it any surprise that Karen Hughes relishes a return to Bush Days?

Still, it's always amusing to watch the true-believers dance around the funeral pyre of Failed Conservatism, looking for a flicker of light.

RobinDouglas
RobinDouglas

No Karen, dear. 

Mittens and Ryan aren't going to "fix this." Your boy W and his puppet master Dick were the ones who broke things with their wanton spending, givebacks to the rich, and two wars (one of which was morally, if not legally, wrong).You don't give the keys back to the very people who drove the car into the ditch. Republicans don't know how to fix things. They only make everything worse. We cannot afford to ever again allow Republicans to hold the power of presidency. And if it were up to me, they wouldn't have a majority in Congress either. Perhaps there are jobs for them in the Congressional custodian department or sweeping up after the elephants for Barnum amp; Bailey.

Michael Larson
Michael Larson

Paul Ryan cannot defend his Path to Prosperity and cannot provide any specifics on how he will pay for his tax cuts for the wealthy (just like Romney), cannot explain his flip flops about social darwinism, cannot justify clearly that his plan to privatize medicare won't lead to the collapse of the system.  It doesn't say "we can fix this"; it simply says "Tea party politics are now the new Republican party.  If you don't fit in with Tea Party beliefs, you better get the heck out."

CeceliaHolland
CeceliaHolland

except that ryan's plan is cotton candy. he says he wants to reduce discretionary spending to 3%, but he won't cut defense spending, which romney wants to raise to 4%. ryan's numbers are based on unrealistically rosy estimates of what throwing a million people out of work and lowering tax rates would do to the revenue. his plan shifts huge burdens to the states, which had no resources to foot the bills. in fact his plan is not a way to save medicare and social security, but to eliminate them.  

Tibor Machan
Tibor Machan

Finally one media figure saying a nice thing about Mr. Ryan!  The rest seem to be cheerleaders for Obama's welfare state, the impossible public fiance regime.  How has America become some enthralled with European style welfare statism?

Swiftright Right
Swiftright Right

As opposed to Soviet style military welfare? (and we all know how well that worked)

Dawn
Dawn

Obama  is the WORST president in the history of America. Without an ear bud or a teleprompter, he sounds like a bumbling buffoon.  His entire life history –the actual records, not his lies, are sealed. 

Obama has taken an economy hurting because of the moron Bush, and drove it right off a cliff. He has absolutely no idea what the free enterprise system looks like because he was raised by, and was surrounded by Marxists hi entire life. His specialty is destroying business, not creating jobs. Four more years of this will make America a third-world country. No thanks.

Paul Ryan is a fantastic addition to the ticket. Get ready for another shellacking in November!

RobinDouglas
RobinDouglas

Golly sweetie, you really are a clueless wonder aren't you?

Fact is, Obama has done quite a lot in 4 years, with no help from the right. He's actually ensured, with the health care act, that YOU, a female, can get health care! He ended DADT, brought the stock market to the highest levels in ten years, killed the Somali pirates, got bin Laden, created a health care plan, created more jobs in 3 years than W did in eight...shall I go on?

Your veiled racism is amusing, but sad. yeah, Bush drove the country off a cliff. Obama's trying to fix it. he's not a Marxist, Socialist or a Muslim. (And, BTW, everyone uses teleprompters...EVERYONE. And Obama is far more eloquent than anyone on the right, now or before.)

It might help if you turned off the Fox.

Scott Horowitz
Scott Horowitz

robin, going through all of your posts on this article..you sure do seem to think of yourself as a big shot with your condescending snippets..."golly sweetie.."; "no karen, honey,..."; "dude..."; "buddy..." Get off of your high horse!

RobinDouglas
RobinDouglas

How can anyone be anything but condescending to right wing arguments and policies that will only take us back to the Bush era policies that got us into this mess in the first place. What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. 

CeceliaHolland
CeceliaHolland

you have really bought the whole pile, haven't you, hook, line and sinker

Bretfox
Bretfox

Ryan for President in 2020.  What a good vision !!!

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

vision?  you mean can you see Canada from Wisconsin?

Michele Fouchey
Michele Fouchey

lmfao !  what tripe !

most of Americans agree we are in this hole due to republican financial policies and the Bush era .... they caused it.  It wouldn't have mattered which party was elected in 2008 we'd still be in the same financial boat.

Americans Still Blame Bush More Than Obama for Bad Economy

http://www.gallup.com/poll/155...

 Unless Etch a Sketch and Eddie Munster are going to reverse all those policies ? Even the ones Obama compromised on to placate the do nothing except whine and filibuster con congress ?

their handing the gullible a pile of crap on a plate. 

damindo
damindo

It's decision time ! People are continually worried about the direction of our country and what effect it will have on our children. Are you all ready to stand up and take a small hit now or will you wait and see us go further down the tubes? Romney/Ryan may well be our last chance to help this country through the mess we're in.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

Are you all ready to stand up and take a small hit now or will you wait and see us go further down the tubes?

If you call the financial collapse of 2008 a minor blip, then I guess it's okay for you to call the Romney/Ryan plan and what it will do to the American economy a small hit. In my vocabulary, it will be a huge disaster.

RobinDouglas
RobinDouglas

Republicans CREATED the mess we're in. You don't look to those who trashed the country to try and fix things. If Romney gets in, you can kiss America goodbye. We will be a third world country where the rich own everything and the rest of us fight for the crumbs. That's NOT America. 

ronnyone
ronnyone

Paul Ryan is a great choice for V.P..  Finally Republicans can get down to the business of ending socialist Medicare program.  As Ryan’s hero Ayn Rand would put it, if you haven’t saved enough for your retirement too bad, you’re a parasite on people who produce.  Romney/Ryan 2012

cronewinter
cronewinter

So in your eyes  the low paid people who take care of the demented and dying in nursing homes, preform the household and child care duties that are beneath you, wait on you in restaurants and in a million other ways keep the lives of the rich running smoothly are worthless? The wealthy who create those jobs don't create much in the way of retirement or healthcare so these folks should just be tossed aside? I believe you have it backwards..the rich are the leeches who suck the life out of the people and the earth. 

ronnyone
ronnyone

Paul Ryan is a great choice for V.P..  Finally Republicans can get down to the business of ending socialist Medicare program.  As Ryan’s hero Ayn Rand would put it, if you haven’t saved enough for your retirement too bad, you’re a parasite on people who produce.  Romney/Ryan 2012

RobinDouglas
RobinDouglas

Then that makes both both Ryan, as well as his heroine Ayn Rand, parasites, for both took government benefits. yup, those anti-gubmint folks sucked at the teat of the government! How about that!

And son? Turn off the Fox and try reading and learning about your country. We're in this together - "a more perfect union" remember?

But fact is, if you want peace, economic prosperity, equality, fiscal sanity, etc., you DON'T elect Republicans.

ronnyone
ronnyone

Paul Ryan is a great choice for V.P..  Finally Republicans can get down to the business of ending socialist Medicare program.  As Ryan’s hero Ayn Rand would put it, if you haven’t saved enough for your retirement too bad, you’re a parasite on people who produce.  Romney/Ryan 2012

E. Mathieu Sternberg
E. Mathieu Sternberg

That's right.  Because nothing says American "We the People" or "Promote the general Welfare"; nothing expresses Ryan's Catholic faith; quite like Social Darwinism.

When the left is in office, Jesus supplies a guiding principle to life, and Darwin is a guy in our science textbooks.  When the right is in office, Darwin supplies the guiding principle of life, and Jesus is a guy in our science textbooks.

Kir (Politicoid)
Kir (Politicoid)

"We can fix this" huh? Well considering you helped created the mess it would be a shame if you couldn't help fix it. Of course is Romney/Ryan actually going to fix the damage? I highly doubt it.

A quick look at their history and their support for massive government spending and power grabs as well as ignoring promises and forming lies means zero trust for these two and zero support from me.http://politicoid.blogspot.com/2012/0...

As a quick edit, I find it amusing how people automatically jump to the conclusion that just because I don't support trash like Romney/Ryan I must support Obama. That's a joke. I won't support either of these two candidates. http://politicoid.blogspot.com...

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Bretfox
Bretfox

You say: "A quick look at their history and their support for massive government

spending and power grabs as well as ignoring promises and forming lies". 

Well, Let's see who's lying.

Obama has Czars like in Russia, talk about power grabs.  Obama stole 700 billion from Medicare and put it in his risky unproven forced Obmacare by lying and being totally nontransparent.  "you can read the bill after we pass it" Pelosi said.

Obama said "If you like your plan you can keep your Plan. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor."  It is now very clear that Obama has devised a plan to force Obamacare on every American.  Obamacare will decide who gets care and what doctor will treat you.  Obamacare will decide when you will get care and where you will get care.  Get in line and wait for the cheapest doctor they can find.  What a massive lie Obama told us.

Obama, shut down Gulf of Mexico oil drilling, an entire industry, now that's a power grab.  Obama gave Brazil billions of taxpayer dollars to develop their oil industry right after he shut ours down. Obama refused two court orders to allow oil drilling to resume. What a power grab.

Obama gave over 33 billion of taxpayer money to GM and they do not have to pay it back.  The unions love him because they get their fat pay checks and retirement plans while the average Joe continues to pay forever. He forces the Federal government to buy GM vehicles to hike up sales.  Now that's a real power grab. 

Obama took taxpayer money and put our money into failed businesses like Solyndra.  His friends were guaranteed to get their money back if the business failed.  No risk except to the taxpayer.

Obama tells business owners that "you didn't build that".  Now that is a massive lie.

Obama believes in stealing from the rich and giving to his supporters.

Obama has not had a federal budget to run the largest nation in the world.  No budget in nearly three years.  Obama/Biden have repeatedly said that government spending is the way save the American economy.  More debt, bigger government.  Now that is massive government spending and a debt we the taxpayer will never pay off. 

Obama supports gay marriage and has "evolved" from traditional marriage being between one man and one women to a marriage between two men and/or two women or who's knows what.

Obama has plans to take your guns.  Just Google it.

Obama has hired 16,000 new IRS agents to crack down on Americans.

Obama has plans to take control of the Internet.  He will implement Internet taxes, personal data collection, site filtering, and the elimination of any negative post like this one.

So, if you want massive control over your life then Obama is your man.  If you want to be strapped with debt for you and the generations to follow then Obama is your man.  If you want to live in a delusional world of lies then Obama is your man.

You have lived under Obama for four years.  He has  blamed Bush, tsunamis, ATM machines, Arab Springs, earthquakes, Republicans, revolutions, climate, etc for his failure.  He is an excuse maker.  Not a leader. 

And you call this man Hope and Change.

KevinWarren
KevinWarren

Czars are NOT an Obama creation.  They have been named since the early 1900's when Woodrow Wilson appointed financier Bernard Baruch to run the War Industries Board. And just to circumvent assumptions to the contrary, I despise the use of the title Czar in America.

And to parrot Kir, just because one isn't crazy in love with the Romney/Ryan ticket doesn't mean one is a liberal.  I've been voting republican since 1980 when I turned 19 but I'm NOT going to make excuses or give a pass to anybody just because they call themselves conservative.  We have been and continue to be screwed by both major parties. 

Wouldn't you agree?

For me, I'll be voting Romney/Ryan not because I think they are awesome choices but rather because IMO, four more years of Obama would be much, much worse.

Kir (Politicoid)
Kir (Politicoid)

No; I do not call him hope and change, I call him a piece of trash crony capitalist just like Romney/Ryan. Do not assume that because I dislike this group that I like Obama. That's absurd.

If you read more of my posts you'll find that I do plenty of attacking against both of these pieces of trash. http://politicoid.blogspot.com...