Ryan’s Hope could be America’s Nightmare

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By TriceEdneyWire.com | September 1, 2012

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republicanpresidential nominee announced that he has selected Rep. Paul Ryan ashis vice presidential running mate. Conservatives are hoping against hope thatthis selection will relaunch Romney’s campaign by providing the necessarypolicy focus that has been lacking up to this point. Conservative columnistPaul Gigot recently wrote,”The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes ofthis election…Against the advice of every Beltway bed wetter, he has putentitlement reform at the center of the public agenda…” Gigot calls Ryan “a manof big ideas”. Ryan’s hope could be America’s nightmare. Romney’s choice of Ryan was not as muchof a bold move forward as it was a bad selection from a pool of bad options.Conservatives looked at Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, Chris Christie, Condie Riceand others as potential running mates for Romney. Before Louisiana GovernorPiyush “Bobby” Jindal started palling around with Romney he endorsed TexasGovernor Rick Perry, “Rick Perry is the candidate who can lead our partyto victory in 2012…” And Jindal is hailed as one of the “brightest mindsin the Republican Party.” Really? Can anyone honestly believe thatultra-conservative WASP’s in the Republican Party would vote for a VP nomineenamed Piyush? To them that is almost as bad as a president who’s middle name isHussein. {{more}} Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wouldhave had trouble overcoming his primary challenges to Romney’s health careinitiatives. According to Pawlenty, “President Obama said that he designedObamacare after Romneycare and basically made it Obamneycare…” By his ownadmission, New Jersey Governor Christie understood that he was not ready. “Itdoesn’t feel right to me. If I do this, I just feel like I’d be second-guessingmyself the entire time I was out there, and I can’t do it that way.” FormerSecretary of State Rice’s perspective’s on Affirmative Action and abortion makeher too liberal and like Jindal, I have a difficult time seeingultra-conservative WASP’s backing an African American woman on the Republicanticket. Usually, during the primary process acandidate will track towards the extreme end of the political spectrum tocapture their party’s nomination and jib back towards the center to capture themore moderate faction of the electorate in the general election. In thisinstance, Mitt Romney tacked to the furthest extremes of ultra-conservativeideology by changing his positions on issues such as immigration, health carereform, and contraception. With the selection of Paul Ryan as his running mateRomney has compounded his tack towards the right in an effort to convinceultra-conservatives that he’s really in their camp. Conservatives will have the electoratebelieve that Ryan’s budget, his so-called “Path to Prosperity” is new andinnovative. It is actually the latest version of Reagan administration budgetdirector David Stockman’s “starve the bast” fiscal philosophy. “Starvingthe beast” is a fiscal-political strategy of American conservativesto cut taxes in order to deprive the government of revenue in a deliberateeffort to create a fiscal budget crisis. Creating the crisis then allowsconservatives to make the case for cutting the social programs “the beast” theyhave opposed since their inception. They force the federal government to reducespending by cutting programs . Ryan’s proposed cuts to social programssuch as medicare, medicade, food stamps, and housing assistance whilemaintaining the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy is a 2012 version of a failed1980’s idea. The “trickle down” economics of the Reagan era as applied duringthe Bush 43′ era has contributed to sinking fiscal boat America finds itself intoday. During the 1980 presidential campaign, George H.W. Bush called it”voodoo economics.” Part of the solution is to simply go backto the tax rates of the Clinton era. Congressman Bobby Scott idea ofallowing the Bush-era tax cuts and the 2% payroll tax holiday to expire is avery simple way to revenues back on track. According to Scott, “ThePresident’s FY 2013 budget proposes ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy;among other savings…My proposal is to let all the Bush-era tax cuts and the 2%payroll tax cut expire as currently scheduled. This would yield approximately$5 trillion – $4 trillion more than the sequestered. In the first year, theadditional revenue could be immediately put towards direct job creation, suchas investments in transportation and infrastructure, to accelerate economicgrowth. It would also be more than enough to cancel the economically damagingsequester. These proposals put real numbers on line items, and do not hidebehind poll tested talking points and generalities, such as ‘reduce the size ofgovernment,’ which do not propose any concrete solutions.” Conservatives hope that Romeny’s addingRyan to the Republican ticket will provide the policy focus that the campaignhas sorely lacked. If Ryan is the “man of big ideas” they are the wrong ideas.It’s bad policy with the wrong focus. Ryan’s hope would prove to be America’snightmare. Go to www.wilmerleon.com or email: wjl3us@yahoo.com.www.twitter.com/drwleon © 2012 InfoWave Communications, LLC.