3 Strikes: Why Paul Ryan Is A Bad Choice For Veep

By | August 11, 2012

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”
~Albert Einstein~

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The buzz is deafening.

Social Media, the Mainstream Media, and seemingly everyone in-between is buzzing with excitement at Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan being named as Mitt Romney’s possible selection for the Vice Presidential nominee on the GOP ballot this November.

Sure, Paul Ryan is young, handsome, and intelligent.  However, his voting record is not as appealing.

Ryan’s voting record is pock-marked with questionable votes, but there are three major “YES” votes that should concern every voter.  Moreover, the selection of Paul Ryan should further call into question the decision-making abilities of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
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STRIKE 1
The USA Patriot Act of 2001 – http://t-j.cc/TqrWJb

– Eleven years after The Patriot Act was passed, the controversy and stigma has not diminished.  The Patriot Act was a gross attack on the 1st and 4th Amendment protections of all Americans.  A number of the provisions included the original bill signed by President Bush were overturned by the US Supreme Court as unconstitutional, while most of the remaining statutes have been extended multiple times by Congress.

 

STRIKE 2
Medicare Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement & Modernization Act of 2003) –  http://t-j.cc/Tqscry

– Medicare Part D – which has existed for less than a decade – is already one of the greatest unfunded liabilities on the government’s ledger, as it will surpass $21,000,000,000,000 ($21 Trillion) within a matter of weeks from the date of this article.  This means that Medicare Part D is currently $5 Trillion more than our National Debt ($15.9 Trillion), and $5.1 Trillion larger than the liability of the 77 year-old Social Security program – which stands at $15.8 Trillion.

 

STRIKE 3
Iraq War (Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002) – http://t-j.cc/TqsA9C

– Nearly 4,500 American soldiers dead in a “war” that was initiated on lies and/or faulty intelligence.  Enough said.

 

Three strikes and you’re out, right?

Apparently, that rule only applies in baseball.

 

“I hope they don’t look at my voting record”

Only in the toxic, sulfuric political atmosphere that currently resides in America, can these votes be rewarded with an appointment as the Vice Presidential candidate.

We aren’t even taking into account the abysmal “Ryan Plan” that was released to be a “blueprint for American renewal”, which had the US Government racking up large annual deficits until the year 2040.

The “Ryan Plan” wasn’t only about the budget, but it also included plans to reform the Medicare program.  Due to this, many people believe that as VP Candidate, Paul Ryan would bring entitlement reform to the table.

Wait.  Do people actually expect the same man who voted for the $21 Trillion Medicare Part D catastrophe to discuss or propose reforms that will improve Medicare itself, as well as cut costs?

Is that not akin to entrusting a known burglar to install your home security system?

With the track record that Paul Ryan brings with him, how can this be viewed as positive for America – much less the GOP and the Romney campaign?  The record shows that Paul Ryan is unable to be trusted to make proper decisions on important issues that affect the lives of the American public, and the forthcoming generations.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “3 Strikes: Why Paul Ryan Is A Bad Choice For Veep

  1. JimBo

    Well – If your premise while very subject to interpretation is correct then it is time for Obama and his entire cabinet to resign in disgrace. Three strikes? Hell I stopped counting at constitutional runarounds and programs designed to void our laws yet garner votes such as promoting illegal invasion of the US.

    What time did you get this Soros/Media Matters Hit piece last night? Were they on the ball or did they pick one of the prepared articles?

    LET’S move the conversation to budgets and the economy…Let’s.

    1. TJ Thompson Post author

      What time did I get this?? Let’s see, I sat down and wrote this between 1am and the published timestamp of 2:18am EDT.

      3 words: Prove Me Wrong: [email protected]

      You want to talk about budgets and the economy? LET’S do that, shall we?

      The Ryan Budget Plan has the United States financial ledger running a deficit every year for the next 30 years – only THEN will we see an annual surplus.

      Further budget analysis from his voting record is not much better:
      -Voted YES on TARP (2008)
      -Voted YES on Economic Stimulus HR 5140 (2008)
      -Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
      -Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)

      The Ryan Plan also addresses entitlements – specifically Medicare and Medicaid. The problem is that there are no changes made to Medicare for 10 years, which leaves a full decade for the Medicare program to expand on it’s current $83.3 TRILLION unfunded liability.

      And again, to refer back to Paul Ryan’s record on entitlement programs:
      -Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
      -Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
      -Voted YES on Head Start Act (2007)

      …..so please… LET’S talk budgets, economy, and entitlements (which fit naturally into that mold)

    2. TJ Thompson Post author

      And I will agree with you on Obama and everyone else around him.

      I despise Obama, and everything that he’s done, doing, and wants to do.

      I’m not some idiotic liberal, as you rudely insinuated.

      I am a Conservative, and I have no problem pointing out when Republicans are not Conservatives — and most aren’t.

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