Digesting Paul Ryan
It’s been 24 hours since Mitt Romney announced that Paul Ryan was his selection for Vice President. Depending upon which of the blogosphere pundits you follow and the media’s reaction, it was either a sublime choice, or a “ticket death wish.” Whichever camp you find yourself in, Romney’s selection of Ryan is a game-changer for his campaign, and it has changed the dynamics of this election.
I watched the announcement on Saturday morning, and paid particular attention to Ryan from the moment he appeared on deck. First impressions, as they say. I watched him as he greeted the crowd — his demeanor, smile, wave — all spoke self-confidence and that he was in it to win it. He connected with the crowd on a different level than CEO Romney, and you could see in people’s faces and reactions that they knew they were witnessing the beginning of the end. There are less than 90 days to the general election, 86 to be exact.
Ryan’s selection by Romney demonstrates to the populace that he is serious about taking this country back from the financial precipice and turning it around to become once again a nation of laws based upon the Constitution, not Executive Orders. He is ensuring that we have, in this election, the discussion we need to have as a nation about not only jobs and the economy, but how policies bolstered by trillion dollar deficits, unsustainable spending, and the entitlement crisis is bankrupting not only our cities, but our children’s future. We don’t have to talk about becoming Greece. We should talk about becoming a nation that dissolves into 50 Californias.
Paul Ryan brings to the table a credible understanding of how economics work, and his ability to explain data with nine zeros in terms that the adults among us can understand. In his opening speech, he wasted no time in mentioning the dire condition we’re in, but also that we can turn the situation around. Some voters fear Paul Ryan and call his budget plan extreme, and his opponents will waste no time trying to drive that point home.
Ending Medicare as we know it? Obamacare’s taking $500 billion from Medicare ended Medicare as we know it. Throw Granny off the cliff? Trillion dollar deficits are throwing all of America off a fiscal cliff, let alone Granny. But Paul Ryan is not extreme, if you actually listen to and watch his explanation of Medicare,
and his appeal to the President during the healthcare summit. He does worry about people going bankrupt from healthcare costs, or being denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions. But as he maintains, the cost of Obamacare will contribute to bankrupting this nation as well as being obstructionist in our economic recovery.
There is a formidable contrast between the Romney/Ryan ticket and the Obama/Biden ticket. It’s up to the us the voters in the coming weeks to ask questions, to compare and contrast, and decide which road we want our nation to go down. As Paul Ryan said yesterday in his speech,
Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.
And if you have a small business, you DID build it.