Why I like the Ryan pick

I was out of the house all morning and didn’t have a chance until now to blog about Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as a running mate. But now I have time, and I must say: Ryan is an excellent pick.

I have made a few mentions during the past couple of months about my enthusiasm for putting Bobby Jindal on the ticket, and I still think he would have made a good choice. But he and Ryan, who for a long time didn’t appear to be on Romney’s short list, are like a No. 1 and No. 1a for me.

Some people will say Ryan is a risky pick because he has laid out the most detailed plan of just about any elected official — from either of the two major parties — about how to put Washington’s fiscal house in order. That means he brings a lot of targets with him onto the ticket, about Medicare in particular. To those people I say: You are crazy if you think the Obama campaign wasn’t going to make Romney answer for Ryan’s plan anyway.

For one thing, Romney already had endorsed the biggest aspects of the Ryan road map. For another, it’s already abundantly clear that the Obama campaign, which has already suggested Romney is a felon and tried to pin a woman’s death on him, considers nothing off-limits in this race. Romney could have disavowed Ryan’s plan altogether, and there still would have been a TV ad at some point showing Romney helping Ryan push Granny off a cliff.

So, I don’t think the risk is as great as you might be led to believe. But the potential reward is all there.

Paul Ryan has been the face of the GOP on these issues for more than two years now, and he has proven unafraid of taking arguments about taxes, spending, deficits, debt and entitlements straight to President Obama. He will boost tea-party enthusiasm about the GOP ticket, and he might be just the edge Romney needs to win in key Midwestern swing states: not just his home state of Wisconsin, but also Ohio, Michigan and perhaps Minnesota and even Pennsylvania. Giving him a national platform to talk about these issues and his plans to address them, and putting the Romney stamp of approval on those plans, means Obama won’t have to answer only about his mediocre record in office. He’ll also, finally, have to tell us exactly how he would tackle these problems.

Sorry, Mr. President, but the Buffett Rule won’t be enough.

It’s incredible, really, that the man who has presided over three straight trillion-dollar budget deficits, and whose proposed budgets make no attempt to rein them in, has been allowed to skate by as easily as he has on this topic. Even Obama’s own party, which still controls the Senate, makes no attempt to work with his budget proposals, much less approve them. He is very vulnerable on this issue.

Mitt Romney is not going to win a popularity contest, and he’s not going to win a small-issues election. Michael Dukakis tried to win on “competence” and couldn’t even beat George “The Vision Thing” Bush. Even the stagnant economy is not enough to put Romney in the White House — although he must still keep hammering at that issue. Incumbent presidents lose when the public thinks the challenger has a better idea of where to take us, and how to get there. Putting Ryan on the ticket means Romney intends to fight a big-issues election, and that he has the running mate to help him lay out that vision.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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getalife

August 11th, 2012
2:06 pm

The referendum on our President failed with his horrible Summer so he changed the course because he was losing the base.

I think he just lost the house and if you want to address welfare, include corporate welfare and the tax code or zip it.

The gop just spent another 642 billion on defense for the mic.

getalife

August 11th, 2012
2:07 pm

ByteMe

August 11th, 2012
2:21 pm

Some people will say Ryan is a risky pick because he has laid out the most detailed plan of just about any elected official — from either of the two major parties — about how to put Washington’s fiscal house in order.

… except that any fair assessment of the “plan” ends up with a conclusion that the plan results in a large deficit than the path the President has proposed. Such a plan you have in Ryan…..

Class of '98

August 11th, 2012
2:24 pm

I can’t wait to see Ryan debate that doofus Joe Biden.

getalife

August 11th, 2012
2:27 pm

Yes, lets talk about the votes to end Medicare.

Lets talk about the votes to march lock step with w to collapse the global economy.

Lets talk about the votes for the bailouts and the stimulus.

Lets talk about losing 9 million jobs then fighting against our recovery.

Lets talk about the gop do nothing congress then flip the house to the dems..

getalife

August 11th, 2012
2:31 pm

“Romney Immediately Distances Himself From Ryan Budget” aol.

Flip flop.

That was quick.

@@

August 11th, 2012
2:32 pm

Nobody can accuse Ryan of being a Washington slacker.

Mr. Ryan studied economics in college and meant to become an economist. Somewhere between stints working for Jack Kemp, a mentor, and Senator Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas, he meandered into public policy. The inner nerd seeps through: he often sleeps on a cot in the office, says he has “every 15-minute interval” scheduled months in advance, and writes up PowerPoint presentations himself.–NYTimes

Thank you, Bill Bennett! Ryan is just what this country needs. His objective is to reform Washington, not America.

@@

August 11th, 2012
2:35 pm

I read a funny take on Obama’s “They bring a knive, we bring a gun” comment.

When it comes to Ryan v Biden. Ryan brings the gun and Biden brings a butter knife.

Too cute.

@@

August 11th, 2012
2:36 pm

Oops! That should’ve been transform government, not America.

hsn

August 11th, 2012
2:39 pm

It should have been either Chris Christie or Marco Rubio.

Like Ryan, both are also smart, BUT Rubio and Christie are more exciting and would garner more votes which is what really counts…

JDW

August 11th, 2012
2:39 pm

@Kyle…”It’s incredible, really, that the man who has presided over three straight trillion-dollar budget deficits, and whose proposed budgets make no attempt to rein them in, has been allowed to skate by as easily as he has on this topic.”

Spreading the manure early eh Kyle. As you well know the first of those deficits was in fact inherited from Duhbya and while the decrease has not been much it has decreased since. As you also well know the defict been driven as much by revenues as spending which was also an inherited problem.

As for Ryan, this pick puts the Medicare issue front and center which is a net negitive for Romney/Ryan. The other issue is that this is clearly an attempt to make the deficit a central message…according to Rassmussen these are the top 10 issues of this election…

Economy 74%
Health Care 67%
Gov’t Ethics and Corruption 64%
Taxes 55%
Energy Policy 44%
Education 55%
Social Security 60%
Immigration 47%
National Security/War on Terror 46%
Afghanistan 30%

Please note where the deficit falls on that list.

Kyle Wingfield

August 11th, 2012
2:42 pm

JDW: FY10, FY11, FY12 — none inherited from anyone. Ryan will be an asset on health care, taxes and Social Security.

DannyX

August 11th, 2012
2:46 pm

Paul Ryan is an anti-Reagan Republican who will be cheered by the Tea Party, and most likely alienate independents. Romeny has gone from trailing Obama by 1.8% 2 weeks ago, to trailing by 4.6% today according to the Real Clear Politics average. In those 2 weeks Romney has lost support from independent voters not Tea Party voters who are motivated by one thing only, ending Obama’s political career.

Reagan- “Deficits don’t matter.”
Ryan- Hates deficits

Reagan- Largely responsible for the Earned Income Credit that Republicans hate. “42% pay no taxes.”
Ryan- Would end the Earned Income Credit.

Reagan- Expanded Medicare
Ryan- Would gut Medicare.

Reagan- Raised taxes
Ryan- Would cut taxes on the rich

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 11th, 2012
2:46 pm

All these people who have been lambasting Romney for lack of specifics can now shut up. I pointed out all along that after 3.5 years we still have no specifics from Obama, just give Romney a chance. Obama’s featherweight economic policy is just tax the rich and improvise from their.

Now, the left will not like the Ryan Plan, but at least Romney/Ryan can say we have a plan. Obama has no plan. That in itself is pathetic when our President does not have any semblance of an economic strategy to create jobs, nor address the deficit, nor address the debt, nor how to craft a budget, nor how to reform income taxes, nor a plan to control spending.

The Ryan plan is going to be attacked as “extreme”. Some one who believes in only spending what you earn is “extreme” in today’s America. This “Extreme” plan balances the budget in something like 28 years or so. How can that be “Extreme”. What, are we supposed to wait 100 years to balance the budget? What the heck is the Obama plan to balance the budget? No existent, that is EXTREME.

DannyX

August 11th, 2012
2:48 pm

“Ryan will be an asset on health care, taxes and Social Security.”

How so? Recent polls show Ryan’s proposals are unpopular.

yuzeyurbrane

August 11th, 2012
2:52 pm

As Dirty Harry would say, “make my day.” I hope Romney clearly and unequivocally runs on Ryan’s proposals for Medicare, Social Security and taxes and that Obama clearly points out the disaster they would be for most people. But they won’t. Mitt’s in charge and both will soon start backing away and otherwise obfuscating their positions on these issues.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 11th, 2012
2:53 pm

JDW

Where the deficit falls on your list. #1, 74% think the economy is the number one issue. Paul Ryan believes the debt and deficit are two of the biggest reasons for the economic malaise. He is pretty good at explaining his reasoning and the fact that those have to be addressed to get the economic engine moving again.

Shine

August 11th, 2012
3:01 pm

bwah ha ha ha…….look at all the deficit voting Ryan did while Bush was president…GM bailouit, TARP, medicare part d unfunded, wars and more wars, etc etc etc…now by golly he and the rest of the kooks is serious about cuttting spending, just not their stuff. Republicans have gone to crap and make me sick.

Truth Squad

August 11th, 2012
3:04 pm

Romney/Ryan plan is Tax cuts for the rich + making future seniors pay thousands more for Medicare = a massive loss in November for Republicans.

The truth is Team Romney made a desperate pick. Too bad they didn’t consult Team McCain for lessons learned before they did so.

Another truth is that Romney is still at the top of the ticket, is wildly unpopular except with the unreconstructed Obama haters and needs to show his tax returns already.

I ‘m sure Obama/Biden thanks the Republican Party for conceding the White House and Senate and making the election about control of the House. All the Super-Pac money in the world isn’t going to convince enough voters to vote to cut Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid while adding trillions to the nation’s debt!

getalife

August 11th, 2012
3:05 pm

Shine,

Yes, real Americans are sick of the gop and the radical cons.

This election is the pay back.

Four more years!

RW-(the original)

August 11th, 2012
3:06 pm

Most of the FY 09 budget wasn’t passed until W was long gone either. Ryan was far and away my first choice so I couldn’t be happier about it.

getalife,

Butch Patrick is indeed still alive but I don’t know that he still has the hairline to pull off an impression.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 11th, 2012
3:07 pm

Kyle, Ryan was a good pick, if for nothing else it shifts the topic off Obama’s mudslinging to the real issues.

It will be hard for Obama to continue the personal destruction attack on Romney, when Ryan is out there everyday explaining how he is going to get America working and the economy moving again. Some MSM reporter inevitably will slip up and ask Obama a question about something Ryan has proposed. I’m sure Obama will try and get by with slinging mud at Ryan/Romney, or by tossing out his mumbo jumbo about going back, the “we ain’t going back” crap, but eventually he will be forced to explain how his plan/policy differs from Romney/Ryan. That is where he is on shaky ground, as he has no plan and his policies have failed and are not supported by the American people.

Bruno

August 11th, 2012
3:11 pm

As you also well know the defict been driven as much by revenues as spending which was also an inherited problem.

JDW–It’s this simple: The budget for the majority of the Bush years averaged in the $2.5 T range. It spiked at the end due to TARP and some stimulus spending, both one-time expenditures. Since then, federal spending has remained in the $3.5 T range, a nearly 50% increase. Though revenue has been down, spending has gone waaaay up. We need to roll back the spending, period.

Ray

August 11th, 2012
3:16 pm

It is going to be a great race. Mitt needs to man up on his tax returns if we are going to take up tax and entitlement reform. Just get it over with, Mitt. I like to learn how Mitt avoided taxes, we all could learn from Mitt’s experience, truly.

All the same, I admit, I am one of those “idiots” that doesn’t take every deduction I am entitled to by law, because frankly some years it gets to the point where it feels immoral to do so. It cost money to run this country, and I have been blessed. Yes, they are off the books contributions to my country. I didn’t deduct my daughter’s Dressage classes, for strengthening or repairing her torn ligaments. Yes, some folks stretch deductions to cover all their hobbies and vacations, and, later brag about it. Ayn Rand fan, I am not.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 11th, 2012
3:19 pm

RW

That 09 ruse about it being Bush’s budget is just so much horse hockey. Bush has said he never asked for all those earmarks and would have vetoed many of them. Obama vetoed none deliberately. At the time, Obama was signing off on all the earmarks and excessive spending tucked into those bills, he was advocating that Government needed to stimulate the economy. He was lobbying for the Porkulus Bill to be passed. He would have looked like he didn’t believe in his ideology if he vetoed spending in one place and lobbied for more spending in another.

He believed that Gov spending was the way out of the downturn. He owns it. He then turns around and said all this 2009 delusional spending and the Porkulus Bill should be credited to Bush. He then uses 2009 as a baseline, so all outlying years, where spending was minutely less, would look like he cut spending. A Deceiver in Chief, is what he is.

Dusty

August 11th, 2012
3:27 pm

Ohh let us Republicans dance in the streets while Dems sulk in the shade over Romney’s delightful choice of Paul Ryan.

I mean, poor old JDW has resorted tooooo…BUSH …..(Ryan just like him, whatever, and the world ends soon).

Then Danny boy X has to turn to REAGAN…(Ryan not like him, whatever, and the world ends soon)

Such somber Dem faces at these races! Go Romney! Go Ryan! and of course Go Braves!! (All of them winners!)

Truth Squad

August 11th, 2012
3:30 pm

It will be hard for Obama to continue the personal destruction attack on Romney, when Ryan is out there everyday explaining how he is going to get America working and the economy moving again.

Haha! I don’t think so. I’m sure the press will give him a honeymoon period, but he is going to have to explain his votes in Congress just as both then Senators Obama and Biden had to do. So what he is actually going to explain is why he voted for two wars and a drug prescription plan that are still driving up our debt. Of course he’ll brag about voting no on the stimulus plan, but he also voted for the bailouts!

Ryan may like to think he has “ideas”, but it is just the same stuff. Perhaps Senator Ran Paul will explain why he voted not to pass the Ryan Plan due to the trillions it will add to the debt. We can then follow that with ads featuring Newt and “right-wing social engineering”.

getalife

August 11th, 2012
3:31 pm

Lets see both of their taxes for ten years like our President.

Just to be fair and balanced.

DannyX

August 11th, 2012
3:39 pm

“when Ryan is out there everyday explaining how he is going to get America working and the economy moving again.”

I can’t wait until Ryan tells us what is in all of those secret plans.

From Kyle’s blog a few days ago…”According to statements by Governor Romney and his advisors, the remainder of the plan will include policies to offset this revenue loss, although there are no details on how that would be achieved. (emphasis added)”

Maybe now we will find out what the super secret tax plan and the super secret plan to add 12 million jobs plan are all about.

Dusty

August 11th, 2012
3:44 pm

getalife

You make me laugh. So predictable. Let’s see THEIR tax forms! Oh yeah!

And while we are dibbling around, let’s see Obama ’s university transcripts. Ho hum.zzzz..

But speaking of propaganda efforts, you want to make a bet? I bet at this moment Luckovich is drawing up Ryan pushing an old lady in a wheel chair right over a cliff. Check AJC Monday. Dems don’t waste any time when it comes to misleading.

getalife

August 11th, 2012
3:50 pm

Dusty,

Great idea for a toon.

I hope he reads it.

Dusty

August 11th, 2012
3:52 pm

DannyX, stop crying! 3:39

I will send you the Super Secret Code ring so you can call up the Super Secret Tax Plan and the Super Secret Job PLan you so desire..

The ring will be in the Super Secret Corn Flakes Box. Enjoy!

getalife

August 11th, 2012
3:53 pm

robme’s plan is to raise taxes on you so he does not have to pay.

I hope y’all have the 8000 increase if they win.

The IRS will own you if you vote gop.

Are you going to vote for that?

Mr. Howell

August 11th, 2012
3:57 pm

To day we have seen and heard about Ryan being Romney choice for the VP. Now on the other hand it was said they came out swinging. No matter what is said by Ryan and Romney being best for America..when we know romney selected him to take the heat off of his past with Bain and not producing his income tax. It is hope that this can be about all of the things they want to make an issues of; such as jobs, economy, healthcare and spending. Romney and Ryan needs to be careful because Romney had an opportunity to clear up his CEO at Bain, sending jobs overseas, not producing his income taxes, and lied saying he step down at Bain when he was still in charge. Yes, we all can open our mouths and talk about what President Obama have done or did not do…..the fact remains is he is trying to do something verse not doing anything. When converse about Democratis and Republicians….that means nothing to me because both side are playing a game and they are merely human beings who can’t get their act together for the people of America. Let there be no misunderstanding, we can say what we want about either party, or continue to make jokes and critized President Obama and his administration about takiing on what was left behind; there is perhaps another side to this whole thing and when we seek to destroy or comdem one it turn the table around on us because we really don’t know what good it has done no for us personally; but what things could have been. Romney, and Ryan might think they can do better in their minds but not one have actually been down in the ditch looking at things from the bottom because they have merely looked at the icing that has not been even broken, yet! As we have found out that our own Governor here in Georgia a Repubilcan who have lied on his financial statement while he was running for the governor of Georiga also has indeed tarnish himself and Georgia Republician Party. How can one not know about the finance they are involved in and then not tell the truth! Governor Deal should resign; and so now we look at Romney, he knows he are lying and have not faced up to his responsibilities to those who might vote for him for the highest office here in the US. The question is; do you want someone who is dishonest or honest….he is going to lead you all right up to the election and then spring a trap on his taxes. I say this to all; something “wicked” thisway comes and I think it is best to not let that wickness make you vote for anyone who can’t tell teh truth. Ryan……..perhaps is just doing it to make a point or get recognized because he too is in for a rude awaken!

Dusty

August 11th, 2012
4:00 pm

getalife, 3:50

Lay your money on the line. You gotta match my two cents.

Rodert Rudis

August 11th, 2012
4:05 pm

Well, what about the Republican National Convention in Tampa? Shouldn’t Rmoney have waited until at least he knew for certain that he has the nomination? This is a desperate move by Rmoney, who is falling so fast in the polls he needed to do something, anything to get the focus off himself. But shifting to focus to Paul “Brown-Noser” Ryan (as he was voted in his high school), may not bring about the desired results, since Ryan carries very heavy kill-medicare baggage.

Dusty

August 11th, 2012
4:05 pm

That does not sound like @@ at 3:58. Just wondering….

Hillbilly D

August 11th, 2012
4:08 pm

My theory on VP candidates is that they can’t really help but they can hurt. This one looks pretty neutral to me. He may fire up some folks but they were going to vote for Mitt, anyway. I’m sure they’re thinking is that he may tip the scales in a close swing state, we’ll see.

Dusty

It’s her same ol’ name-jacker, probably

Kyle Wingfield

August 11th, 2012
4:10 pm

Yep, Hillbilly and Dusty, that was an imposter. Gone for good.

Dusty

August 11th, 2012
4:14 pm

RUDIS, you are the cutest…of the paid Dem posters here. Unfortunately, you prevaricate!

There is no medicare baggage for Ryan except the one you put together..

Spin a better web. That one is useless.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 11th, 2012
4:17 pm

Look you libs, Ryan doesn’t have a family. He is a single man, and has never married! So immediately cease looking in the windows of his home! Come out from inside of his toilets! You, there in the garbage can, cease and desist!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 11th, 2012
4:18 pm

Now, if Ryan DID have a wife, and she was a plumper who lectured everybody else on what they ate, then sure, have at it.

But he doesn’t have a wife!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 11th, 2012
4:22 pm

All across the land, armies of lib perverts, psychopaths, molesters, stalkers and other assorted trash emerge from their filthy holes and shamble forth towards the Ryan residency.

ew

Dusty

August 11th, 2012
4:22 pm

Thanks, Kyle. Off with his head, I say!!

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right

August 11th, 2012
4:23 pm

Excellent pick by Romney.

Excellent column by Kyle.

Typical uninformed responses by the libs.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right

August 11th, 2012
4:25 pm

Uh, I/YW? zRyan as a wife. And kids.

JDW

August 11th, 2012
4:28 pm

@kyle…we shall see, but I think his reception, particularly in most of the swing states will resemble the embrace of Goldwater.

obozo

August 11th, 2012
4:28 pm

Yes, reporter, you are correct in what you say, I have seen the likes of whom you speak of, many of them are indeed insane, need to take a bath and be castrated. I hired quite a few of them myself. And now we have some clearly identifiable victims. Onward, degenerates!

allah akbar!

Just Saying..

August 11th, 2012
4:29 pm

Oh oh oh, if ONLY those mean nasty Democrats would campaign as fairly and honestly as our gentlemen Republicans…

Jeffrey

August 11th, 2012
4:31 pm

Romney and Ryan have as much foreign policy experience as a mama grizzly bear.