For the third time this week, National Syndicated Columnist and Fox News contributor, had more than harsh words about President Barack Obama’s DNC acceptance speech given Thursday evening. He called it. “one of the emptiest speeches” ever given by a presidential nominee for a major party.
Charles Krauthammer on Special Report with Bret Baier
“I was stunned,” he said. “This is a man who gave one of the greatest speeches of our time in 2004, and he gave one of the emptiest speeches I have ever heard on a national stage.”
Krauthammer continued to say that, as in normal Obama fashion, the speech itself was good, but there was no substance to it, concerning the actual content of the speech, which was given to thousands of delegates, politicians, and reporters at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. We must note, that the skies were clear at the time of the Obama’s acceptance speech.
“Yes, it had cadence. And yes there were deceptions in it. That‘s not what’s striking about it,” he said. “There was nothing in it.”
He continued: “This is a man who believes that government can and should do a lot. There’s nothing in here that tells us how he is going to go from today to tomorrow. And what government is going to do, what’s he going to enact? At least Romney had a five-point plan.”
Krauthammer continued to drill Obama about how the president continues to present his personal agenda to the American people, but never has offered any real plan on how to get there.
“I have a vision of America where there is no disease and everyone has a private airplane, but unless I tell you how to get there, I’ve said nothing,” he added. “I am simply amazed — this is a guy who is the A student in the class who turns in a paper that is clearly a C.”
Also, Vice President Joe Biden delivered his speech and Krauthammer commented that Biden’s speech was “infinitely better” than the president’s. “The Obama speech I thought was flat and had no content in it. Otherwise, I loved it really.”
Much has been said in the media about how Paul Ryan is an “extremist”, how he plans to “destroy” the lives of everyday people, especially the elderly. A lot has being written about how his fiscal positions make him hostile to middle class Americans. After extensive, intensive, investigative research there is now a Top Ten List to explain Ryan’s “unlike-ability.”
1. His economic plan will benefit the private sector economy by reducing big government spending and eliminating unnecessary regulations. If only he would slow job growth, cripple the economy and inflict further damage on the private sector by hiking taxes and continuing trillion dollars a year deficit spending. Finally there would be a plan with which “progressives” could “compromise”.
2. He has a plan to reform and save Medicare. He will secure the future of Medicare with volunteer vouchers for future retirees, thus preserving the Medicare guarantee for current seniors by preventing the bankruptcy of the Medicare system. If only he would put the entire Medicare system at risk by sticking his head in the sand and pretending that maintaining the insolvent status quo is perfectly fine. Then maybe the White House, the DNC and the mainstream media would celebrate him as a hero of the common man.
3. The Ryan jobs plan will invite investments by lowering of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. His plan to cut those tax rates will stimulate the creation of middle class jobs, enhance and preserve private wealth and reduce deficits by increasing revenues to the IRS. If only he would raise taxes on rich. Then America would be more like Europe, causing insulated “progressive” “elites” in academia and the media to rejoice. Heck, maybe even Sean Penn would join him on the campaign trail.
4. He’s a pro-life candidate who believes that “in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope.” If Ryan would just come to his senses and support government funding the systematic slaughter of millions of innocent, unborn babies the largely post-menopausal National Organization of Women would celebrate his “choice”.
5. He will reform Social Security and put it on firmer fiscal ground by ending the current bankrupt Ponzi scheme system and providing future generations the option of controlling their own retirement money. If only he would agree to big government bureaucrats and me-first career politicians remaining in charge of the money, then they could continue to spend it wildly and stuff more IOUs into the Social Security “lock-box”. After all, the money really belongs to the big government sophisticates. Americans are lucky they deem to allow taxpayers to keep any of it. You did not earn it, they did.
6. He will reduce Pell Grants that have been greatly expanded under the current administration. His proposal calls for reducing Pell Grant spending to pre-stimulus levels. His plan will help curb tuition inflation and ensure the aid reaches the truly needy. If he was only willing to continue the government’s sole proprietorship over college loans, then college students would remain beholding to Big Brother and the Nanny State.
7. His budget retains $40 billion in tax deductions for energy producers, thereby ensuring that they remain capable of researching, developing and delivering affordable energy to all Americans.If only he would continue using taxpayer dollars to investment in impractical, inefficient “alternative” fuels and “green” energy technologies. Then the government could continue to redistribute billions to the pockets of big “progressive” campaign bundlers and America could continue to burn corn in internal combustion engines instead of feeding its people.
8. He supports the private sector economy. Not surprisingly, the Koch brothers support Ryan with political contributions. Too bad he refuses to side with “progressives” in pushing for the growth of big government, the destruction of free enterprise and the elimination of national sovereignty. Then he could reap huge financial rewards from ner do well George Soros and his ill-gotten billions. Even if Ryan lost his government job, Uncle George would be sure to find a place in one of the hundreds of anti-American foundations he supports for someone dedicated to the “progressive” overthrow of America. Just ask Van Jones.
9. He supports traditional marriage. If Ryan would just support adoption by gay couples, same-sex marriage, and repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Then his positions would align with the demands of a tiny fringe minority. Movie and television scripts would be written singing his praises. Perhaps even Alec Baldwin would play the starring role.
10. He believes in private property rights and that entrepreneurs built their own businesses. Ryan ascribes to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of individual success. If only he would get on board with collectivist thought and support “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. Then his election campaign would garner huge support from “progressive” activists and Communists backed labor unions. Perhaps they would resurrect ACORN to ensure enough dead people, family pets or felons voted to clinch his election. Then he and Al Franken could have a laugh swapping stories about the naïveté of the voting proletariat.
Paul Ryan’s background, experience and trustworthiness demonstrate that he is a proven leader and a fine citizen who is ideally qualified to become Vice President of the United States. America knows where he was born, that he will support small businesses and private enterprise, understands the threat posed to America’s unreformed “entitlement” programs, and will not redistribute taxpayer’s money to fringe radical self-separating hyphenated identity victim groups.
America will not like taking some of the steps necessary to recover from a mountain of debt, but someone with Ryan’s extensive knowledge of the issues, experience in how Congress works and exceptional, American bred humility knows how to accomplish the task.
With reports swirling around Washington that president Obama might put Secretary of State Clinton on the Democratic ticket in November instead of Joe Biden, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed those reports, and addressed the lunch meetings as ‘routine’. But is there anything really routine about this schedule?
10:15AMTHE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:45AMTHE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of State Clinton
12:30PMTHE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch
August 11, 2012: GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney made the announcement that Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan is his Vice Presidential running mate for the 2012 Election.
Paul Davis Ryan, Jr. was born January 29, 1970, the youngest of four children of Betty and Paul Murray Ryan. His father (now deceased) was a lawyer, and his mother is an outdoorsy lady who kept her family busy on hiking and skiing trips.
Congressman Ryan is a fifth-generation Wisconsin and native of Janesville, where he was born and raised. He is the great-grandson of Patrick W. Ryan, who founded the Ryan Incorporated Central Construction Business in 1884.
Family Congressman Paul Ryan and his wife Janna (Little) Ryan married in December of 2000, and they now have three children- a daughter and two sons.
Education Joseph A. Craig High School
1992- Graduated Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a B.A. in economics and political science
A member of St. John Vianney’s Parish.
The Ryan Family Heart Congressman Ryan was just sixteen-years-old when he found his father in bed, deceased at the age of 55, from a heart attack. Congressman Ryan’s grandfather also died of a heart attack at the age of 57, and his great-grandfather also died of a heart attack at the age of 59.
Organizations Delta Tau Delta- Social Fraternity (was a member in college)
Ducks Unlimited- Member
Janesville Bowmen, Incorporated- Member
Rock County Junior Achievement- Board Member
Political Affiliations Republican
Member of the House Republican Young Guns
Private Sector Career Oscar Mayer- In college, he was a Wienermobile driver
Marketing Consultant for an earth moving company
Economic Policy Analyst
Ryan Incorporated- Former President
Political Career 1999 to Present- Congressman from the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin- Currently serving his 7th term
Jack Kemp Vice Presidential Campaign- Former Speechwriter
Office of the Director of National Drug Control Policy- Former Speechwriter
Senator Bob Kasten, United States Senate- Former Staff
In 1999, new to the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan sought advise from other members of the House on how to be an effective Congressman. It was none other than the very liberal Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts that gave him the advise that has defined him.
Be a specialist, not a generalist. Pick two or three issues and really focus on them rather than being a yard wide.
His Motto “Inquire, inquire, inquire, read, read, read.”
Committees Chairman of the House Budget Committee
House Ways and Means Committee- Senior Member
Subcommittee on Health- Ways and Means Committee- Member
Non-Legislative Committees Community Solutions and Initiatives Coalition- Member
Congressional Sportsmens Caucus- Co-Chair
The Ryan Plan “The Path to Prosperity- Restoring America’s Promise”
The Plan- a 2012 budget resolution would:
End “uncontrolled government spending” and “crushing levels of taxes
“to tackle our looming fiscal crisis, driven by the explosion of entitlement spending. ‘The Path to Prosperity’ helps spur job creation today, stops spending money the government doesn’t have, and lifts the crushing burden of debt. This plan puts the budget on the path to balance and the economy on the path to prosperity.”
Political Accomplishments An expert on the budget, taxes, and health care.
He “knows more about the federal budget than anyone else on Capitol Hill and talks about it more fluently”
Political Positions Pro-Life voting record
Pro-Family voting record
Pro-Business voting record
Pro-Free Trade voting record Pro-Military voting record Pro-gun rights voting record Pro-Israel– committed to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond.
Supports the requiring all laws to cite Constitutional authorization
Supports the elimination of the federal estate tax
Supports The United States military action in Afghanistan
Supports privatizing elements of Social Security
Supports domestic oil drilling
Supports drilling in ANWR
Supports Sealed Border
Supports Immigration Reform, DOES NOT support amnesty
Believes marriage should only be between one man and one woman
Tough On Crime- Believes in Consequences for actions (Voting record reflect anti-rehabilitation crime votes)
“Hard On Drugs” Stance
Anti-public health voting record
Anti-union voting record
OPPOSES progressive taxation
DOES NOT support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy
DOES NOT support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns
DOES NOT support a publicly-administered health insurance option
DOES NOT support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants
DOES NOT support National Education Association, earning him an “anti-public education” from the NEA
** To see Congressman Paul Ryan’s voting record on the issues, visit Project Vote Smart and On The Issues. Direct links to Congressman Ryan’s voting record are found at the bottom of this page. **
Throwing Grandma Off the Cliff The infamous “Paul Ryan Throwing Grandma Off the Cliff” commercial, sponsored by the liberal group “The Agenda Project”.
“The majority of Americans believe the LIE that Democrats have put out. The fact of the matter is that NO ONE 55 or older will have ANY changes and the rest of us will get a choice from what ever plan WE want – EXACTLY like congress has. This is to be paid for out of block grants INDEXED for inflation so people are guaranteed their benefits.
The Democrats? They have offered NOTHING, and by doing so they are GUARANTEEING that NO ONE will have those benefits before long.”
ARA (Alliance for Retired Americans- who’s mission statement is “to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security”) indicates an “anti-senior” voting record. If you read Mr. Ryan’s plan, you will see he has a plan to save Medicare, proving he is NOT “anti-senior”. **
Obamacare Drudge Report ran this video, with the headline: “Paul Ryan took apart Obama and Obamacare — in 6 minutes!”
The long wait is over. Mitt Romney has selected Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate. The weeks leading to this moment was beyond stressful for conservatives. Will Romney go bold and pick Ryan, Jindal, or Rubio– or be boring and select Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio or former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. I’ve been against picking members that constitute the point of the lance of the conservative moment for the number two spot for the simple reason that, historically, the VP position is where political careers go an die. We are going to need Jindal, Ryan, and Rubio, who are all very young, to fight the left-wing dependency agenda in the future and cannibalizing their political careers didn’t seem like a rational choice.
At the time, Romney and Obama were tied in the polls. It wasn’t like the 2008 hail mary pass McCain took with Sarah Palin to boost support– a move that turned out to be the only good decision his team made during that tumultuous campaign. However, with Obama leading by nine in the most recent poll, it was time to be bold. While I still feel the American people like the president personally, which explains his lead, it was not a time to over-analyze.
With Mr. Ryan, Romney has chosen a running mate who is intelligent, vibrant, and articulate. Ryan is a conservative candidate who understands the philosophy and disseminates its message well. I’m confident he won’t have any ‘Andrea Saul’ moments. This is a key element for the conservative base, who are still apprehensive about Romney’s “severely” conservative credentials. Ryan is also the brainchild for the Roadmap that will get this nation back on a track to fiscal health. He knows the budget. He knows that popular programs will need to be heavily reformed, cut, or dissolved. He’s bold. As a result, I expect the Vice-Presidential debate to nothing short of entertaining.
Ryan will also certainly beef up the vision of America Mitt Romney is trying to illustrate– as a nation still committed to the Madisonian experiment of limited government. Lastly, according to Business Insider last July, a Romney/Ryan ticket could win the youth vote.
Though President Barack Obama has a 6-point lead in Wisconsin over Romney, Ryan narrows the gap to a statistical dead heat in the crucial state.
Here’s an even more surprising finding: the 42-year-old Ryan could help Romney win the youth vote, at least in Wisconsin.
PPP found that a Romney-Ryan ticket would actually win the 18-to-45 age group in Wisconsin over an Obama-Biden ticket. This is the first poll that has found that Ryan would have a substantial effect on the youth vote.
Part of the reason is that Wisconsinites view Ryan favorably, whereas state and national polling has found Romney with an overall negative favorability rating. Forty-four percent of Wisconsinites say they have a favorable opinion of Ryan, compared with 39 percent that do not. He has a 45 percent favorability rating with Independents. And 52 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds view him favorably.
Obama leads the head-to-head race in Wisconsin, 49 percent to 43 percent. But when Ryan is added to the theoretical ticket, the gap narrows significantly. An Obama-Biden ticket would only lead a Romney-Ryan ticket by a single point: 47 percent to 46 percent.
Mr. Ryan is an excellent choice. I still may not like the timing, but he’s certainly dynamic and qualified for the position.
Mitt Romney has selected House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) as his running mate, and will unveil the ticket at an event in Norfolk, Va. Saturday morning, Republican sources confirmed…The move is a bold choice for Romney and one that a number of conservatives had urged him to make in recent weeks, with some of the loudest calls coming from the pages of the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal.
Wisconsin, Ryan’s home state, has been ground zero for one of the major fights over public-sector unions — and it’s a state where, after Scott Walker defied a gubernatorial recall effort, Republicans are hoping to succeed in the fall. He is the first House member to be selected as a vice presidential contender since Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.
Late Friday night, the announcement was previewed in a press release from the Romney campaign and a tweet from Romney’s communications director. The Ryan unveiling will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday morning as Romney, presumably with the 42-year-old congressman by his side, launches a four-day bus tour through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.
Late Friday night, as speculation gathered that Ryan was the pick, a source deeply involved in the vetting process said “the obvious clue is in the Romney press release” — alluding to the Norfolk event taking place at the USS Wisconsin.
Pressed, this source said: “all signs point to Ryan.”
This same source indicated that Romney had made his decision some time ago and that the other finalists had been playing the role of decoys.
By announcing now, at a moment when he’s dropping in the polls and facing rising criticism, Romney has the opportunity to change the conversation about his campaign. And in tapping Ryan, who is serving his 7th term in the House, the GOP nominee will immediately put a stop to conservative second-guessing about his campaign’s strategy.
In May, Ryan showed off his attack-dog skills in a highly visible speech at the Reagan Library, where he repeatedly attacked President Obama, calling him “just another Washington politician.”
In June, Ryan was one of several possible vice presidential contenders who joined Romney on his bus tour, which was seen as a running mate tryout. Romney made one stop in Wisconsin on that tour — to Janesville, Ryan’s hometown.
Wisconsin is one of 12 swing states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election. Obama leads by 5 points there, according to the Real Clear Politics average, but the selection of Ryan turns the state into a toss-up.
A July survey from Public Policy Polling showed Obama leading Romney in Wisconsin 50 percent to 44 percent, but that lead would shrink to 47 to 46 percent with Ryan on the ticket.
A rising star in the Republican Party, Ryan became a nation figure with his budget proposal, which called for reducing the federal deficit almost entirely through spending cuts.
The left is probably rejoicing at the news and lusting to smear Ryan as a person who wants to kill grandma. However, what does the Obama team have to offer to curb the programs that are about to bankrupt the country? As Guy Benson of Townhall.com noted today:
Medicare’s own bookkeepers warn that the program will be insolvent within 12 years without meaningful reforms. Barack Obama has no plan on this front, aside from robbing $500 Billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, and empowering an unelected panel of bureaucrats to ration care. Paul Ryan is very adept at making this case, and every bit of that skill will be essential over the coming three months. Barack Obama’s reckless budgets have been unanimously defeated for two consecutive years, and the Senate has not produced a budget in over 1,200 days. The president — by his own administration’s admission — has no plan to deal with our long term debt, which threatens to swallow our economy and change the very nature of the American idea. Whether we like it or not, this is a debate America must have. Paul Ryan is one of the very best — if not the best — conservative communicators on the biggest issue of our time. Buckle up, guys. This is going to get intense.
In all, we have a solid conservative to balance the ticket. With eighty-six days until November 6th, it’s time for Mitt, with the help of Ryan, to unleash the fury on Obama. In doing so–I’m sure victory will be assured on Election Day. Romney/Ryan 2012! Visit romneyryan.com for more details.
P.S. I’m sure Ali Akbar and Robert Stacy McCain are beyond ecstatic.
August 11, 2012, 9:15am ET
Mitt Romney made the announcement official- Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is his 2012 running mate. Governor Romney and Paul Ryan appeared together for the first time as running mates at a campaign event in Norfolk, Virginia.
7:00 am, ET
As was previously reported, the Romney Campaign made the official announcement via a new mobile app that Paul Ryan was indeed Governor Romney’s running mate for the 2012 Election.
August 11, 2012 , 12:00 midnight: After much speculation about when the announcement for GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick will come, the campaign has announced that he will announce his choice at 8:45 am ET tomorrow morning, Saturday, August 11 in Norfolk, Virginia.
According to sources, the finalists for the Vice Presidential choice has come down to:
Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Tim Pawlenty, Chris Christie, Rob Portman and an “unnamed wild card”.
His official campaign press release states that Governor Romney will kick off “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour after the official announcement is made, and he and his running mate will attend rallies in Ashland and Manassas in the afternoon.
Rep. Allen West threw his hat into the ring for the Vice-Presidential post in the 2012 election saying “he would be honored to serve” if asked to be on the ticket by the nominee. At a Jupiter, Florida town hall meeting on Friday, in an appearance on a TV internet show hosted by Boca Raton public relations agent Barry Epstein, West departed from his usual answer to the VP question with this:
“I’ve always said that that’s something I’d have to pray about, I’d have to talk to my family about, make sure we make the right decision,” West began. “But if someone asks you to step up and serve your country, I’m not going to turn my back on my country.”
“I’m not going to say no, but I doubt that I’m on anyone’s list for consideration.”
West has continually been one person mentioned by many people as a good choice for the 2nd in command position but reiterated that he has not been approached by any contender for the presidential nomination.
The audience applaused when West said:
“If people come to me and ask me to continue to serve my country in a higher capacity, I’m not going to say no. It would be an incredible privilege and honor. I doubt that I’m on anybody’s list. Thank you for asking and if it came to fruition, yeah, I’d step up to the plate.”
West retired from the U S Army after an interrogation of a Taliban prisoner in which he fired a pistol near the head of the prisoner in order to obtain information about an ambush facing soldiers under his command. As a result of that interrogation the ambush was thwarted with the probability that Lives of American soldiers were saved.