Sunday, August 12, 2012

How about that Paul Ryan guy?

Paul Ryan is a fantastic Vice Presidential choice.  Honestly, I think I'd prefer him in the top slot.  Romney would make a great VP.  Democrats are pretending to be excited about his selection.
After trying--and failing--to make Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) the Republican bogeyman throughout 2010 and 2011, Democrats are now telling the world that they are thrilled Mitt Romney has chosen him as his running mate, because they can run against Ryan's ideas, including his proposed entitlement reforms. But no one should take such adolescent displays seriously--firstly, because if Barack Obama could win by running on the issues, he would be doing so already; and second, because such pretenses at glee are a Democrat tradition.
Smart Democrats, however, should be very worried about this choice.
Ryan has pointed out to me that no Republican has carried his district for president since Ronald Reagan in 1984. “I have held hundreds of town-hall meetings in my district explaining why we have to take bold reform steps, and I’ve found treating people like adults works,” he told me...

Ryan’s ideas aren’t that novel or scary. The idea of “premium support” for Medicare, which would change the program’s one-size-fits-all policy to a private-insurance model with public options, was endorsed by a bipartisan commission appointed by Bill Clinton back in the 1990s. Late last year, Ryan announced a new version of his proposal with a new partner signing on: Democratic senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who first achieved political prominence as an advocate for seniors.
 More here.  Ryan's smart, capable, has good ideas and he understands math.  That should scare the daylights out of President Obama.

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