I got this on another post: “Still confused as to how posting a bunch of links to Paul Ryan’s voting record has disproved the general attitude of this post. Paul Ryan still voted for the Patriot act and the NDAA. What is your point?”
I’m with you on this being the point:
If you are unhappy about having Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee for President, we feel your pain. We would have much preferred a principled conservative with a better record. However, as we have said before, Mitt Romney is now the choice unless you want a second Obama term.
Thankfully, Mitt Romney just made his first important decision as the nominee and it’s a good one. Here at PRN, we are big fans of Paul Ryan and think he’s an excellent choice for Vice President. These are just a few reason why:
- Paul Ryan is a tested opponent to Obamacare. He understands Obamacare inside and out.
- Paul Ryan supports the full repeal of Obamacare. He doesn’t want to “keep the good parts.” He wants the whole thing gone.
- He supports a balanced budget amendment and has fought for it on the House floor.
- He is one of the few people in Congress to speak out on the House floor against baseline budgeting and accounting gimmicks.
- Ryan understands the un-sustainability of Social Security and has already written legislation to reform it.
- He knows the huge problems with Medicare and has a plan to reform it.
- Budget. Budget. Budget. While Obama hasn’t passed a budget in almost four years, Paul Ryan wrote a budget that actually pays off American debt.
- Paul Ryan is pro-life and has a solid pro-life record.
- He already knows how to stand up to the liberal media and Democrat attack machine.
- He will mop the floor with Joe Biden in the debates.
And to our libertarian friends, I totally understand that Ryan doesn’t have aperfect voting record. However, he gets the thumbs up from CATO. He gets high marks from Reason. He reads Ayn Rand. He espouses theeconomic theories of Hayek.
In November, I’ll be voting against Barack Obama and for Paul Ryan.
1. Paul Ryan wants to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. I don’t want government in healthcare at all. Strike one for Paul Ryan.
2. Paul Ryan’s budget plan pales in comparison to say, Ron Paul’s or his son Rand’s. (Also, let’s remember that that Romney has already revealed his allegiance to Keynesianism. See also here). Strike two for Romney/Ryan
3. Paul Ryan deserves credit with his budget proposals. I give him credit for that. Along Washington’s standards, Ryan is pretty bold when it comes to government spending. But he doesn’t go far enough. And let’s not forget that the nominating process isn’t over. Juxtaposing Paul Ryan’s economic plans with Ron Paul, still a potential nominee if the RNC doesn’t get their way, shows just how superficial Ryan’s plans really are. I’ll call this foul ball. He’s still in it for now.
4. The Cato link’s headline is “Paul Ryan Gets Free Markets.” I disagree. Paul Ryan voted for TARP, Medicare part D, No Child Left Behind, both stimuluses, and the auto bailouts. That is not free market. That is not fiscally responsible. That is not limited government. Strike 3. As far as I’m concerned Paul Ryan is out but I want to keep going.
5. Big government doesn’t only mean big spender. There is economic freedom as well as social freedom. How does Ryan stand on civil rights issues? Horribly: He voted to make the Patriot Act permanent. He voted for electronic surveillance without a warrant. He voted to amend the constitution to define marriage as one man and one woman. He voted for NDAA and against the repeal of the provision that would enable due process of law for detainees. He voted for military interventionism in the war on terror indefinitely. He thinks abortion is a federal issue. Strike four for Ryan.
There isn’t a limited government case for Paul Ryan. He’s a partisan. He’s a statist. And he’s only going to be VP next to the phoniest conservative in the world. Hayek and Ayn Rand would laugh in his face if they were alive today.