Category Archives: Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan’s Line Of The Night

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”

That’s so good, someone should do a commercial about it.  Oh, wait…

And if you didn’t watch the speech, you should.

Obama’s War On Seniors

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan made a great point last night.  The biggest threat to Medicare is Obamacare.

The President and his defenders like to say that they didn’t take $716 Billion from Medicare.  They say that it is still there.  But, you and I both know that if you are using that $716 billion for Obamacare then it isn’t there for our seniors.  You can’t use the same (huge) pile of money to fund both programs.  If Medicare costs will be reduced through improvements and cost savings, who gets paid less?  The doctors and hospitals that are currently treating our seniors are already paid way below market for their services.  More cuts mean fewer doctors will take Medicare patients.  Those that do will have to make up in volume what they lose in per patient reimbursement.  Less time with your physician and longer waits for visits will play nicely with the government overseers that get to determine what kind of treatments you will be allowed to receive.

But, Medicare is not the only place that the administration is covertly hurting our seniors.  look at this economy.  Higher gas and food prices hit those on fixed incomes especially hard.  To make ends meet, more seniors are trying to stay in the workforce longer or find work after “retirement”.  The current high unemployment is forcing generations to move back in together just to keep afloat, further depressing housing values that seniors thought formed the backbone of their retirement portfolio.  Add to this the abysmally low-interest rates that seniors are receiving on their savings and you have a real disaster on your hands.

Glenn Reynolds (the Instapundit) has a great analysis of these and other economic problems created or exacerbated by this President.

Our seniors are suffering and face increasing hardship.  Yet, the media choose to ignore the crisis at hand.  I guess we can tell who they are rooting for.

Do Democrats Really Want To Campaign On Their Medicare Record?

The Democrats seem to think that they can win by making Medicare reform a key issue in the upcoming election.  They hope to scare seniors in crucial battleground states like Florida and Ohio – telling them that Paul Ryan’s budget would “end Medicare as we know it”.

Well, Obamacare HAS ended medicare as we know it.  The Romney/Ryan campaign points out that The Affordable Care Act stole $716 billion out of Medicare; cutting benefits for seniors, giving us bureaucrat run rationing boards, and bankrupting the trust fund.  If the Democrats insist on attacking Ryan and Romney over their plans, then Democrats will have to defend their own as well.

National Review lays out rather succinctly why this strategy may be a losing one for the Obama campaign.

Their defenses so far fall into roughly three categories: Ryan did it too, the Obamacare Medicare cuts aren’t very serious, and finally what can only be called frantic distractions. Even as pure demagoguery (let alone as efforts at actual substantive arguments) all three are exceptionally weak defenses, and suggest the Democrats could be in serious trouble. Let’s examine each one.

The “Ryan did it too” defense is perhaps the most amusing of the three, as it succeeds in being simultaneously untrue, irrelevant, and an admission of the basic charge against the Democrats. Even as they call Paul Ryan a cruel and merciless budget cutter who cares not for the weather service and would gladly see children exposed to E. coli, the Democrats justify their taking $710 billion out of Medicare and spending it on Obamacare over the next decade by pointing out that Paul Ryan didn’t put that money back into Medicare in his budget. So if he had, would that have made their cuts unjustifiable? Well it so happens that he did. By repealing all of Obamacare’s spending, the Republican budget does not spend the money Obamacare took out of Medicare and thus those funds are used to extend the Medicare trust fund. And this point is hardly hidden in the Ryan budget. The budget document spells it out in its spending tables and also explains it in its narrative section, noting on page 54 that:

This budget ends the raid on the Medicare trust fund that began with passage of the new health care law last year. It ensures that any potential savings in current law would go to shore up Medicare, not to pay for new entitlements. In addition to repealing the health care law’s new rationing board and its unfunded long-term care entitlement, this budget stabilizes plan choices for current seniors

The Republicans so far are giving as good as they get; staying on offense where Medicare is concerned.  Check out the new video:


Romney / Ryan 2012

The forces are in place.  The battlefield chosen.  Now the fight to retake America really begins.

If you slept in this morning, you may have missed the announcement that Paul Ryan has been selected by Mitt Romney to be his running mate.  Reactions have run along a predictable course amongst the mainstream press.  They are making their biases know from the start.  Amongst the more asinine comments are:

“Ryan has no significant private-sector experience… Ryan’s Washington experience is also light” ; The New Yorker

“This is not a pick for suburban moms, this is not a pick for women.” ; Andrea Mitchell, NBC

“looks a little bit like some sort of ticket death wish” ; Candy Crowley, CNN

“Is Mitt Romney’s decision to choose Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate the GOP equivalent of a concession?What happened to strategic political importance of Ohio, Florida and Virginia? What happened to emphasizing job growth, to voters who say that is their number one priority? What happened to appealing to independent, suburban women voters concerned about maintaining the social safety net? What happened to seniors concerned about their Medicare and Social Security? “ ; Juan Williams, FOX News

Absurd on their face, these comments give us just a taste of what will be coming from the left as the campaign moves on towards November.  In the mean time, Obama’s Hollywood stormtroopers took to Twitter to vent about the Ryan pick for Vice President.

Russell Simmons: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, two men who will destroy our people…

Michael Moore: Paul Ryan? I guess they plan on winning. It’s all about who is able 2 get more ppl 2 the polls. Ignorance fear & hate r great motivators.

 Olivia Wilde: Two R’s won’t make it right. Romney/Ryan are Wrong for America.

Michael Ian Black: Romney/Ryan = same initials as Ronald Reagon. THINK ABOUT IT.

 The bothersome thing about these people is that I don’t think they have even started getting warmed up.  The smear and distort machine that Obama has built will take campaigning back to the days of Adams v. Jefferson.  Hang on to your hats.  It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

Principle over posture… Rep Ryan speaks the Hamilton Society

Posturing comes naturally to political figures.  Nuanced stances protect their escape routes when circumstance change.  The problem is that principles are not negotiable.  They are not optional.  You either know what you stand for or you will fall for anything.  Rep. Paul Ryan(R) shows us why principle matters in this June 2nd address.

“America is an idea. And it was the first nation founded as such. The idea is rather simple. Our rights come to us from God and nature. They occur naturally, before government. The Declaration of Independence says it best: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

There are very good people who are uncomfortable with the idea that America is an “exceptional” nation. But it happens that America was the first in the world to make the universal principle of human freedom into a “credo,” a commitment to all mankind, and it has been our honor to be freedom’s beacon for millions around the world.

America’s “exceptionalism” is just this – while most nations at most times have claimed their own history or culture to be exclusive, America’s foundations are not our own – they belong equally to every person everywhere. The truth that all human beings are created equal in their natural rights is the most “inclusive” social truth ever discovered as a foundation for a free society. “All” means “all”! You can’t get more “inclusive” than that!

Now, if you believe these rights are universal human rights, then that clearly forms the basis of your views on foreign policy. It leads you to reject moral relativism. It causes you to recoil at the idea of persistent moral indifference toward any nation that stifles and denies liberty, no matter how friendly and accommodating its rulers are to American interests.

This raises an important question: What do we do when our principles are in conflict with our interests? How do we resolve the tension between morality and reality?”