While conservatives are fired up about the selection of Paul Ryan for VP, primarily because of Romney’s lackluster campaign, I don’t share their enthusiasm. Paul Ryan is another big government neocon. Conservatives are fooling themselves to think otherwise.
I started to call this post, Paul Ryan is Another Big Government Phony, but that’s not correct. He’s openly advocating that his principles really don’t mean anything to him. It’s the conservatives who support him that are the phonies because they make excuses for the stupid things that he does.
One need only look at Ryan’s speech on the House floor in support of the TARP bailout to see that this guy is just another big government neocon.
“Madame Speaker, This bill offends my principles, but I’m going to vote for this bill in order to preserve my principles, in order to preserve this free enterprise system…”
A few months later he railed against the stimulus, when Democrats were in control.
Paul Ryan is a water boy for Republicans. I wouldn’t hire him to work in my company, let alone vote for him to be VP.
The Ryan plan doesn’t solve our debt problem. It just slows it down.
There are only 2 things that I see in this Republican Presidential ticket being superior to the Democratic one. Romney-Ryan will support lower taxes than Obama-Biden. That won’t solve the reckless spending problem.
The other is that they are eye candy. Unfortunately good looks are about all that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan bring to the table.
Paul Ryan on Bailouts and Government Stimuli:
-Voted YES on TARP
-Voted YES on Economic Stimulus HR 5140
-Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler.
-Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending.
Paul Ryan on Entitlement Programs:
-Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients.
-Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks.
Paul Ryan on Education:
-Voted YES on Head Start Act
-Voted YES on No Child Left Behind Act
Paul Ryan on Civil Liberties:
-Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists.
-Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent.
-Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant.
Paul Ryan on War and Intervention Abroad:
-Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq.
-Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan.
-Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date.
-Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days.
Possibly of even greater concern is Ryan’s ongoing record of absolute irresponsibility in the area of civil liberties. Since 2010 Ryan has been on the wrong side of almost every important vote involving basic Constitutionally protected rights. He voted to extend the PATRIOT Act, for CISPA, for DOMA, for the NDAA (three times), to expand the Department of Homeland Security, to extend troop commitments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and to give the President the power to appoint department heads without Senatorial approval. At a time when more and more Republicans are waking up to the threat of expanded government power to operate without observing traditional limits on their police power these votes are a major concern.
TARP, bailouts, entitlement expansion, endless military spending and bigger, more intrusive and less constitutional government. Is the Ryan record an example of the kind of policies a financially imperiled nation needs and which grassroots Republicans are demanding? Ryan is probably a gesture in the right direction, but Liberty Republicans should be concerned that the gesture is more symbol than substance and demand a clear and aggressive fiscal plan from the Romney campaign.