All posts tagged paul ryan

→ GOP Trying to Become the Aspirational Party

Ramesh Ponnuru writing at Bloomberg:

Even the language the three men are using these days is similar. “We need to show folks that we are an aspirational party,” Jindal said. “We need to be the party that represents the upward mobility,” a party that believes “every single American has the same American dream, and we want to help them.”

I think this is similar to what the Democrat Party went through after losing in 2004. They realized their message was not resonating with the American people and they started to change the way they conveyed it. I think that the Republican Party now has to do the same thing, since I strongly believe that if people understand what the actual conservative positions were, they would support them in droves. I hope people like Governor Jindal, Congressman Ryan, and Senator Rubio are up to the task.

→ How Paul Ryan Can Win Tomorrow Night’s Debate

  1. Obamacare: Many doctors oppose the Obamacare plan, and many have said they will stop taking Medicare patients. This ends Medicare as many people currently experience it. While Ryan’s proposals to fix the health behemoth also included cuts to Medicare, the money was to go to shoring up Medicare’s trust fund – not to finance Obamacare.

Obamacare is fertile ground for Ryan. He can describe how the president’s health plan is helping stifle job creation, as businesses struggle against the law’s new regulations and higher taxes. He can cite the most recent NFIB survey of small business optimism, that has edged lower once again in the past month, and the decline in new-business start-ups. As much as the Obama administration has paid lip service to their enthusiasm for the private sector and for small firms in particular, their policies have buried the animal spirits of our entrepreneurs.

I really hope Congressman Ryan mops the floor with Vice President Biden.

→ Ramesh Ponnuru on Why Ryan Will Win the Debate

Mr. Ponnuru is more optimistic than I am about the debate. I have a fear that it will be a fairly even contest and the media will spin that as “Ryan underperforms in the debate.”

→ Ryan Gets Applause after he Explains his Medicare Plan

[T]oward the end of the speech, Ryan was gaining applause for the solutions he offered:“Medicare is a promise, and we will honor it. A Romney-Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare, for my Mom’s generation, for my generation, and for my kids and yours.”

What a surprise that this was not covered in all the news stories saying how Paul Ryan was “booed” for his talk about repealing Obamacare.

→ Exposing Ryan’s “Fact Checkers”

Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech was a tour de force, and a clear success. One measure of that success is the intensity and emptiness of the attacks coming his way. The irony is that these attacks — intended to damage Ryan by undermining his credibility — are more likely to be seen by the electorate for what they really are: desperate and dishonest tactics from those willing to say and do anything to hang on to power.

We are moving to a place where people’s political leanings will determine their news sources. I am fine with more and more people being exposed to how slanted certain media outlets can be when reporting on conservatives. It will allow people to have clear choices when choosing their news outlets.

→ A Real Fact Check of Paul Ryan’s Speech

An excellent write-up from Avik Roy1 on Paul Ryan’s speech and its factual accuracy


  1. Excellent unless you want a biased, left-leaning version. For that, you will have to go one of the numerous other “fact checkers” that have provided that. 

→ What I am Hoping Paul Ryan Says Tonight

From Christian Schneider at National Review:

Ryan can make the case to young people that they don’t have to wait in line to be successful. In tonight’s speech, young voters are going to be talked to like adults. They are going to be challenged to emerge from their ideologically safe college campuses and make the change they want for themselves and for the world around them. And they will be hearing it from someone who has written the blueprint for success.

That paragraph alone got me excited to hear Paul Ryan’s speech tonight.

→ Eric Cantor on Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

Mitt Romney and Paul [Ryan] get it. They believe we shouldn’t raise taxes on small business. They believe we need to reduce red tape and repeal Obamacare, which is making it harder for businesses to grow. They believe we need to develop our domestic energy resources, especially off the coast of Virginia. They believe we need to prevent the devastating defense cuts that will threaten our national security and jobs. With their help, we can finally do these things.

You have to think having someone like Paul Ryan on the ticket excites conservatives like Eric Cantor a lot more than Mitt Romney alone. I know that is how it worked for me.

→ Ryanism

Amid all this arcana, we must not lose sight of two main functions of Ryanism, now the core of Republicanism after being endorsed by the GOP’s congressional caucus and presidential nominee. First, Ryanism reminds the American people that a long-term trend is not the same thing as a law of nature. That the welfare state always has grown does not mean it always must grow. Indeed, a well-designed and well-administered welfare state can, in a welcome sense, grow and shrink at the same time. Second, Ryanism challenges the Democrats to finally come clean, 80 years after launching the New Deal, about the cost and consequences of their ambitions.

Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan will have to figure out a way to communicate this over the shouting coming from the left. Congressman Ryan is said to be an excellent communicator and we are about to find out how good he is.

→ Framing the Candidates

As Victor Davis Hanson points out:

Expect the Ryan selection in the next few days to spawn a new flurry of “wealthy white man” invective in a manner that two Clinton-Gore tickets, a Gore-Lieberman ticket, and a Kerry-Edwards ticket never did.

These next few months are going to be interesting.

→ Paul Ryan’s 2011 Speech on the Constitution

Freedom is lost by degrees, and the deepest erosions usually take place during times of economic hardship, when those who favor expanding the sphere of government abuse a crisis to persuade free citizens that they should trade in a little of their liberty for empty promises of greater economic security.

We can strengthen our defense of liberty if we remember to keep in mind those who are struggling to make ends meet. What makes our Constitution such an extraordinary document is that, in making the United States the freest civilization in history, the Founders guaranteed that it would become the most prosperous as well. The American system of limited government, low taxes, sound money, and the rule of law has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.

If we succumb to this view that our problems are bigger than we are — if we surrender more control over our economy to the governing class — then life in America will become defined by a new kind of class warfare: A class of bureaucrats and connected crony capitalists trying to rise above the rest of us, call the shots, rig the rules, and preserve their place atop society at the expense of working Americans, entrepreneurs, and the small businesswoman who has the gall to take on the corporate chieftain.

By respecting the rule of law, reclaiming the prominence of our Constitution, and reforming our government, I have no doubt that we the people, working together, can help ensure that the next generation of citizens inherits a stronger, freer, more prosperous America, and a more perfect union.

Well said.

→ Does Having Paul Ryan on the Ticket Matter?

Dan Mitchell points out that the vice presidential selection rarely matters in elections. He also gives some of the positives and negatives of Paul Ryan from a libertarian perspective:

Here are the reasons why I’m happy.

I think Ryan genuinely believes in small government, low tax rates, and free markets. Heck, he’s even read Ayn Rand, and is willing to admit that he likes her writings.

He understands that not all entitlement reform is created equal. Instead of supporting means-testing (which produces implicit higher marginal tax rates) and unsustainable price controls, Ryan got his colleagues to support Medicaid block grants and premium support (or vouchers) for Medicare.

Here are … reasons why I’m worried.

Both Romney and Ryan are somewhat sympathetic to a value-added tax. My worst-case scenario is they win the election, but then can’t get a good budget approved because of some squishy Republican senators who put self interest above national interest. Romney and Ryan then decide that this European-style national sales tax is the only way – on paper – of making the budget balance. In reality, of course, we’ll suffer the same fate as Europe since the VAT revenues will be used to finance ever-larger government.

That is just a sampling, but I think Congressman Ryan’s positives far outweigh his negatives.

→ National Review on the Romney-Ryan Ticket

Governor Romney has made an inspired choice. Paul Ryan will make an excellent running mate and, if elected, vice president. What is most gratifying about the decision is, however, what it says about Romney himself.

Romney could have decided to run a vague and vacuous campaign based on the idea that the public would default to the out party in a bad economy. By selecting Ryan, he has ensured that the campaign will instead to a significant degree be about a conservative governing agenda.

I agree with National Review. This is the choice I was hoping Governor Romney would make.

→ What do you know about Paul Ryan?

Probably not much:

Over the last several months, roughly 43% of Americans report that they have never heard of Paul Ryan. In mid-July, 52% could not even make a guess as to whether Ryan was a member of the House, the Senate, was Secretary of State, or was a Governor (32% got it right). Republicans are more likely to know that Ryan was a member of the House—42% of Republicans knew this, compared to 29% of Democrats and 34% of independents.

This means it will be up to the Romney-Ryan ticket to define him before the media and the rest of the left do.

→ Making the Argument for Ryan

A description of Paul Ryan from Rich Lowry over at National Review:

Ryan is an ideologue in the best sense of the term. He is motivated by ideas and knows what he believes and why. But he’s not blinkered. He is an explainer and a persuader.

The media and the rest of the left will attack any selection1 of Congressman Ryan as Mitt Romney simply “catering to the far right.” Such criticism is usually code for “damn it, that was a good move.”


  1. For an explanation of how a running mate is selected, see today’s National Review article from John Fund 

→ Another Reason to Pick Paul Ryan as the VP

According to Romney insiders, Romney deeply appreciated Ryan’s willingness to privately share his critique of the campaign during the heated Republican primary, where Romney often struggled to make his case. As he watched from afar, long before he endorsed, Ryan drafted a series of detailed strategy and policy advisories, and discussed them with Romney over the phone. For Romney, those corporate-style memos made a lasting impression — and catapulted Ryan into Romney’s circle, where he has remained since.

Someone who can help Mitt Romney better explain conservative principles? That sounds like VP material to me.