Posts Tagged ‘Paul Ryan’

Laughing at the Issues

October 12, 2012

It didn’t take long for the RNC to come up with a ad showcasing Joe Biden’s inappropriate laughter during the the debate.

I wonder what drugs Biden was taking before the debate. I could use a good laugh myself.

If there are any undecideds reading this, ask yourself, do you really want to take the risk of having this clown becoming President?

I love the twitter reactions. Here is my favorite comment.

I’m not a gambler, but I would play poker with Biden. In the mean time, he should get that smirk off his face, bc he’s not winning.

 

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Doogie Howser Vs. Mr. Wilson

October 12, 2012

I watched the Vice-Presidential debate last night and it was interesting. Paul Ryan turned out to be knowledgeable, well spoken, sincere, and young. For the first time in my life, there is a candidate for the highest office in the land who seems younger than me. I know Ryan can’t be much younger than me and still qualify as a Vice-Presidential candidate and a quick check on Wikipedia shows that he is about a year younger than I am, still he came across as almost boyish. I half expected his voice to crack. Still, for all his youth he carried himself with dignity.

If Paul Ryan was the boy wonder, than Joe Biden was Mr. Wilson, that cantankerous old man who is always yelling at the kids to get off his lawn. He was rude and disrespectful, continually interrupting Ryan and even the moderator. At first, while Ryan was speaking, Biden kept grinning and even laughing, even when the topic was as serious as Iran’s possible acquisition of nuclear weapons. He all but called Ryan a liar several times. As the debate went on Biden became less jolly and more angry, shouting all of his answers and generally behaving like a jackass. Strangely, Ryan remained calm and poised and did his best to get his points across. That couldn’t have been easy for him.

Who won this debate? I am not sure. I think Ryan did the better job but I am prejudiced, not just because Ryan is the Republican, but also because I think Biden acted like a bullying jerk. I do not like bullying jerks.

I imagine that the more devoted Democrats think that Biden did a terrific job. No doubt, they are boasting to one another that Biden stood up to Ryan’s lies, he kept attacking him, etc. But then, these are the sort of people who think that it is appropriate to tell a 12 year-old boy his parents should have aborted him because they have a Romney sign in their yard, or to tweet about assassinating Mitt Romney. I am not sure sure how Biden’s behavior will be seen by more normal people. It would seem that Biden hasn’t impressed the people of Iowa.

The Vice-Presidential debate probably won’t change the dynamics of the race much. After all, no one really pays much attention to the Vice-President. I do think that Biden’s debate behavior reflects very badly upon him. It is obvious that he has no respect for the dignity of the office he holds, nor with his generally buffoonish demeanor,  can he ever be taken seriously as a leader. If Obama is reelected, he had better be extra careful with his health and safety. Speaking of Obama, Joe Biden’s behavior also reflects badly on the one who picked him as his running mate. I hope that Obama does not draw the wrong lesson from yesterday evening’s debate and decide that he needs to be aggressive. Obama should be more assertive than he was in the first debate and he needs to take the debates more seriously, but if he attempts to be a bullying jerk, like Biden, it will cost him.

 

 

Straight Talking Joe Biden

October 11, 2012

The Vice-Presidential debate is this evening and I am sure it will be fun to watch. Meanwhile, I received the latest update from the Truth Team regarding all of the lies that Paul Ryan has been saying. I think they believe that if they say liar often enough, people will start to believe it. We’ll see.

David —

Over the course of his career, Joe Biden has always said exactly what he means, and people know they can count on the Vice President to be straight with them.

You can’t say the same about Paul Ryan.

Out on the campaign trail, Ryan has followed Mitt Romney’s lead — making a habit of misrepresenting or flat-out denying his unpopular, extreme positions, while distorting President Obama’s record. Both Romney and Ryan know that if they’re honest with the American people about their proposals and their records, it’ll hurt their chances to win the election.

Actually, that is sort of the problem with Joe Biden. He really does say whatever happens to be on his mind and he seems to lack the filter most of us have that keeps us from saying stupid or inappropriate comments.

 

I do hope that Paul Ryan is not underestimating Biden. Granted, that would be hard to do, but we really don’t need to be overconfident at this stage in the game. For that matter, I hope that no one is showing Romney and Ryan the latest polls. They need to campaign as though they are five points behind.

 

 

Paul Ryan is not Joseph Goebbels

September 4, 2012

I have said before that Barack Obama is not in any way like Adolf Hitler and any such comparisons are despicable. Now, I feel I have to say the same about the Republican nominees. Mitt Romney is not Hitler and the Republicans are not the Nazis. If there is anyone reading this who sincerely believes that either of the two major American political parties are anything like the Nazis than I have to say that you have become completely unhinged by political passion. I should also say that Paul Ryan is not Joseph Goebbels despite what the leader of the California delegation to the Democratic convention might happen to believe. Here are the details at ABCnews.

The chairman of the California delegation to the Democrats’ convention was criticized by both parties for comparing Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to the Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday,  John Burton said, “They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie. Joseph Goebbels . It’s the big lie, you keep repeating it.” Goebbels was the minister of propaganda during Hitler’s Nazi regime.

Burton was referring specifically to Ryan, whose  speech at the Republican convention in Tampa last week has been criticized by Democrats for inaccuracies.

At least the Democrats chastised him, this time.

President Obama’s campaign rejected Burton’s comments just hours before their convention kicked off.

“That obviously doesn’t reflect the views of the campaign,” said Obama for America National Press Secretary Ben LaBolt. “That doesn’t have any place in the political discourse here in Charlotte.”

And John Burton did apologize, after a fashion. From Foxnews.

Burton later issued a statement claiming he didn’t actually call Republicans Nazis and noting he didn’t actually use the word “Nazi” — though he made repeated references to Goebbels.

“If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie — I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment,” he said.

I think we are going to see a lot more of this in the next few months. The Democrats can’t run on President Obama’s sterling record of accomplishments so all they can do is demonize their opponents. If that involves comparing them to some of the most evil men in history, than so be it.

Oh, by the way, Paul Ryan didn’t lie in his speech. Sorry if that disrupts the narrative.

A Little Optimistic

August 20, 2012

 

 

I don’t want to be overconfident, but I am starting to feel just a little optimistic about our chances in November. Most of the polls that I have seen have Romney and Obama tied. That is not the reason for my slight optimism. Polls this early don’t really mean a lot. I have, however, seen all kinds of signs that voters do not like Obama, or what he represents very much.

There was the Chick-Fil-A incident. I imagine that a lot of the people who went out of their way to buy chicken sandwiches can just as easily go out of their way to vote. I doubt many will be voting for the first Presidential candidate for support same-sex marriage. Then there is the baker who refused to be part of a photo-op with Vice-President Joe Biden, and who saw his business increase exponentially.

There is Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Ryan was supposed to be too extreme with his plans to reform Medicare. The Democrats are already planning to depict Ryan throwing old people over a cliff, but according to Michael Barone, this doesn’t seem to be working out so well.

Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan was supposed to be a problem for the Republicans. So said a chorus of chortling Democrats. So said a gaggle of anonymous seasoned Republican operatives. All of which was echoed gleefully by mainstream media.

The problem, these purveyors of the conventional wisdom all said, was Medicare — to be more specific, the future changes in Medicare set out in the budget resolutions Ryan fashioned as House Budget Committee chairman and persuaded almost all House and Senate Republicans to vote for.

But while Democrats licked their chops at the prospect of scaring old ladies that they’d be sent downhill in wheelchairs, the Medicare issue seems to be working in the other direction.

Romney and Ryan have gone on the offense, noting that while their plan calls for no changes for current Medicare recipients and those over 55, Obamacare, saved from demolition by Chief Justice John Roberts, cuts $716 billion from the politically popular Medicare to pay for Obama’s politically unpopular health care law.

The Romney campaign is putting TV advertising money behind this message, and it will have plenty more to spend — quite possibly more than the Obama forces — once the Romney-Ryan ticket is officially nominated in Tampa, Fla., in 10 days. Team Obama is visibly squirming.

It turns out that Ryan and Romney, who in late 2011 and early 2012 moved quietly but deliberately toward embracing the Ryan agenda, may have outthought their adversaries.

Those last-minute Mediscare-type mailings to seniors, which enabled Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles to narrowly defeat Jeb Bush in the 1994 Florida governor race, don’t work so well anymore when the issue is brought out fully in the light of day.

Dare I hope that the American people are ready for an intelligent conversation on our looming entitlements crisis? If so, than Obama doesn’t have a chance. All he and the Democrats have to offer is scare tactics and a stubborn refusal to permit any reform that might possibly harm any of the interests that fund their party. So much for being “progressive”. As Barone concludes.

This election can be seen as a contest between the Founders’ ideas and those of the Progressives, who saw the Founders as outmoded in an industrial era.

Ryan strengthens Romney in his invocation of the Founders. Obama is stuck with the tinny and outdated debunking of the Progressives. Which rings truer today?

 

 

The Grownup

August 14, 2012

 

Here is a clip of that dangerous Tea Party extremist Paul Ryan explaining to Barack Obama that given the fact that we can’t afford our current entitlements, adding a huge new entitlement program like Obamacare might not be a good idea.

 

Obama clearly doesn’t like what he is hearing. It is a strange world we live in if asserting that 2 plus 2 does always equal 4 gets you labeled as an extremist.

On that note, the latest edition of the Truth Team deals with the lies that Paul Ryan has been saying.

#1 Ending Medicare as we know it
Romney and Ryan are committed to a plan that would end Medicare as we know it. They would create a voucher system that would increase seniors’ health costs. Ryan even proposed a plan, which Romney endorsed, that would increase costs for seniors by $6,350 a year. To cover for their own plan, they have been distorting the President’s record. They have labeled the $700 billion that Obamacare saved from trimming excessive payments to corporate insurance companies as “Medicare cuts.” That’s false, as Paul Ryan should know — he includes these savings in his own budget. Check out this video of Florida voters responding to the Romney-Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it to pay for a tax break for millionaires and billionaires, and share it with others:

Medicare is going to have to be ended as we know it or it won’t be there at all. Right now the program is unsustainable in the long term and even in the medium term. If action is not taken soon the money to fund it just won’t be there. The Chinese have problems of their own and won’t be willing or able to lend us money we can’t pay back forever. If the Democrats don’t like Paul Ryan’s plan, then where is their plan? At least he has a plan. The Democrat controlled Senate hasn’t even passed a budget in three years. There are few Republicans willing to face the fact that we are headed toward the abyss. So far, I haven’t seen any Democrats at all who are willing to acknowledge the problem and act like adults to solve it. Instead, they just make commercials showing Paul Ryan throwing an old woman off a cliff.

It would be nice to have two parties trying to solve our problems.

 

Paul Ryan for Vice-President

August 11, 2012

 

 

I read the news this morning that Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, selecting the Republican Party’s go-to man on budget issues in a decision that signals the campaign will make the nation’s spiraling debt a centerpiece of its attacks on President Obama.

Romney made the selection official during a campaign stop Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., before launching a four-day bus tour.

The Republican presidential candidate called his new running mate a man of “steadiness” and “integrity.” Speaking Saturday morning, Romney praised Ryan as an “intellectual leader” of the party, one who understands the toll the debt is taking on the country but is optimistic about the future.

“He doesn’t demonize his opponents. He understands that honorable people can have honest differences and he appeals to the better angels of our nature,” Romney said. “He’s never been content to just curse the darkness. He’d rather light candles.”

To the backdrop of retired battleship USS Wisconsin, an energized Ryan then riled up the crowd with a feisty speech that promoted Romney as the solution to the problems under President Obama. Ryan, met with chants of “USA, USA,” gave a sweeping vision speech on free enterprise, one laced with attacks on the White House incumbent.

This is an interesting choice. Romney doesn’t seem to be interested in balancing the ticket. We have two white men from the north. I might have thought he would have selected a woman or a minority but it seems that highlighting economic/budgetary issues was foremost on Romney’s mind. Given that Rep. Ryan has been one of the few men in Congress who is serious about doing something about the looming entitlements crisis, this was a good pick.

Naturally, given his reputation, we can expect the Democrats to unleash their attack ads describing Ryan as a “Tea Party” extremist who wants to kick old people out on the street to pay for tax cuts to the evil millionaires and billionaires. These attacks won’t be honest or responsible but what does that matter to the Obama campaign?

I’m already getting Democratic emails about that fiend Ryan.

The news just broke: Mitt Romney has announced GOP Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Ryan is best known for the extreme budget that bears his name — one that would end Medicare as we know it while giving huge tax breaks to billionaires and corporations. A Romney-Ryan ticket is a frightening prospect for the middle class and anyone who might one day need Medicare or Social Security.

The GOP has their team, and now it’s more important than ever that we stand behind ours. Will you sign our petition and stand with President Obama and Vice President Biden?

Sign the petition: http://dscc.org/obama-biden

Thanks,

Patty Murray

The thing that really bothers me about this is that the Democrats have done nothing to secure the future of Medicare or Social Security even though they have to know perfectly well that neither program is sustainable in the long, and not so long, term. If Medicare is not ended as we know it, it will not be there at all when I am old.

Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney’s running mate.

What you need to know right now: This election is about values, and today Romney doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past.

Congressman Paul Ryan is best known as the author of a budget so radical The New York Times called it “the most extreme budget plan passed by a House of Congress in modern times.” With Mitt Romney’s support, Ryan would end Medicare as we know it and slash the investments we need to keep our economy growing — all while cutting taxes for those at the very top.

Over the next few days, Romney’s campaign and its allies will tell a very different story about Paul Ryan.

Our job is to make sure Americans know the truth about what Romney’s choice says about him as a candidate and leader, and to stand with President Obama and Vice President Biden at another major moment in this campaign.

Say you’re with them:

http://my.barackobama.com/Obama-Biden

Thanks for all you’re doing. More to come.

Messina

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

Coming from the New York Times, that is a rousing endorsement of Ryan. Note the reference to the “failed policies of the past”. As opposed to the absolutely disastrous policies of the present?

 

 

About Newt

May 17, 2011

Jonah Goldberg is still a fan of Newt Gingrich. Well, I’m not. I have no doubt that Newt Gingrich is a very intelligent man. The problem is that as an intelligent man he likes to play with ideas, out loud, and is therefore apt to say the stupidest things imaginable. He simply lacks the proper temperament to really succeed in politics. Next candidate!

Newt Gingrich

Image via Wikipedia


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