Aug 11 2012
Mitt Romney made a bold move today – he picked a running mate that will easily overshadow him for the rest of the election cycle (like Sarah Palin rapidly overshadowed Senator McCain). And like Sarah Palin before him, Rep Paul Ryan is going to be the small-government, Libertarian, Tea Party voters’ rallying point on the ticket:
As the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan gives Romney a link to Capitol Hill leadership and underscores Romney’s effort to make the election a referendum on the nation’s economic course. Romney also could see his standing improve in Wisconsin, a state President Barack Obama won handily four years ago but that could be much tighter this November.
Even so, Ryan has been a double-edged sword for Romney. The congressman’s endorsement of Romney came at a critical stage of the GOP primaries, giving him a boost in the Wisconsin race that effectively buried Romney’s final threat. But it also meant Romney was embracing the Ryan-sponsored budget proposal that Democrats fiercely target as painful to the poor and elderly.
The 2010 voter no longer has to hold their nose and vote for the father of Romneycare, predecessor of Obamacare. They can now put some energy and hope that the GOP VP will be strong and influential enough to be more than a bridge to the GOP establishment, but an educator and counter force to the entrenched interests who keep looking to DC for solution instead of masses of fiscal savings opportunities:
If Ryan can stay on the message he sent in Wisconsin before the recall election, a message of balancing fiscal reality (government living within its means) and government employee benefits that are not gold plated (and beyond the private sector) then we will have the leadership and focus we need in this election.
I too worry about the career pol who has polished the art of the bait and switch speech (see all of Obama’s 2010 promises). But Ryan has risen in DC while holding true to his fiscal morals – getting government back down to its needed, affordable size and eliminated failure and fraud in government execution (see US Post Office for the failure side). He rose by sticking to his guns, and has taken a lot of heat for it.
There is a lot of good discussion on this over at Hot Air today, and I may even sit down to watch the Sunday morning news shows again (maybe….).
Meet the new addition to the Republican presidential ticket: Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan.
Under Ryan’s plan, the government would help seniors buy health insurance — rather than receive coverage straight from Medicare, as they do now.
And as much has been written already, there are a few surprises. For a guy who hates “Obamacare” so much, for example, Ryan doesn’t throw it all out the window. And in the latest version, seniors can still choose traditional Medicare — with a catch.
You can read the details at the linked article – but this is the EXACT kind of policy and fiscal surgery required to the out of control entitlements to avoid America turning into a Greece.
Update 2: BTW, no need to go out spending a lot of money on advertising – just run this clip:
What else needs to be said? Role portions, note the actual results, present the way out of this mess – win in November. Best line – Hiding spending does not reduce spending.