Part of me wants to be really excited, while other parts are
terrified and incredulous over the selection of Ryan as Mitt Romney’s
THE GOOD- Ryan is young and articulate. The kind of guy that “believes
what he says and says what he believes.” He’s well liked by the grass
roots of the Republican Party, has a very telegenic family and has
been consistently re-elected in a Democrat majority district.
Can you tell I’m struggling to find good things to say?
The one criticism Ryan does not deserve is that he wants to “gut Medicare.” His plan to overhaul the system does not affect anyone over 55. No seniors would be forced out of Medicare against their will and overall spending stays the same as it would under Obama.
Ryan’s plan gives seniors options other than Medicare, which is not a bad thing.
Spending on the “War Machine” is now over half of all “discretionary” expenditures!
Don’t know how you balance a budget when a trillion dollars a year is going towards meddling in the affairs of other countries and unwinnable wars.
THE UGLY- Ryan has not met a stimulus or a bailout he hasn’t liked, voting yes on TARP, “ObamaBush’s” first stimulus in 2008, the bailout of General Motors and Obama’s supplemental stimulus in 2009. That’s about $2 trillion in deficit spending voted for by this “Deficit Hawk.”
He’s not very good where civil liberties are concerned.
With yes votes on making the PATRIOT Act permanent in 2005 and allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant in 2006.
He loves war too, with yes votes on authorizing military force in Iraq in 2002, for emergency funding for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003 and on declaring Iraq part of the “War on Terror” with no exit strategy in 2006.
Romney needed to pick a Governor to avoid having someone on the ticket that could have all their Washington votes used against them- Governors Christie, Jindal, hell even the Wizard of Oz would have been a better pick than Ryan!
I’m willing to give Romney/Ryan a chance only because Obama/Biden has been such an unmitigated disaster.
I still love Romney, I’m just very disappointed in who he picked to be a “heartbeat” away from the Presidency. And I LOVED Palin- so its not like I expect perfection at Veep…