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Okay, his proper title is Representative Ryan, but I’ll call him “private” as he’s been enlisted in the battle to reclaim America. Plus, “Picking Private Ryan” had a better ring to it. (And that reminds me how even after all these years, I’m still pissed at Hollywood for giving the Oscar to Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan, but that’s for a different rant.)
Obama’s loyal henchmen and women in the Mainstream Media wasted no time blasting away at Romney’s pick of Representative Ryan – CNN’s Candy Crowley, who in her awesome impartiality, described the pick the day it was announced as a “ticket death wish.” If you were a real journalist, you could accurately describe picking a convicted child molester as a “ticket death wish.” Calling a Romney-Ryan ticket that by any objective prognosis will get between 47 and 53 percent of the vote as a “ticket death wish” exposes you as the partisan hack you are. And this partisan shrill actually got a gig as the moderator to one of the three presidential debates!
CNN’s Gloria Borger painted Paul Ryan as someone who “hasn’t always been popular among Republicans” and yet in the very same breath also got in another dig in describing him as “a polarizing figure.” So let me get this straight – he’s upset some of his own party by being flexible enough to vote across party lines, yet he’s been intractable enough to alienate the other side. Got it.
George Stephanopoulos on GMA intoduced him as as a “Former Prom King That Once Drove the Weinermobile.” That’s what ABC and their national morning news program considers an introduction worthy of the Republican nominee for vice president. If only I could find the clip where GMA introduced Obama as a former member of the Choom Gang who only lasted two weeks in the real world working for Baskin Robins, I’d silence my complaints.
It’s plain to anyone but the blindest of partisans that the members of the Obama State Media turned in their careers as journalists to work as political operatives. I wonder, are they as aware of this fact as the rest of us are?
Regarding what Ryan brings to the ticket, it’s true that Ryan made many votes that could be described as the antithesis of the Tea Party philosophy (the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, TARP, the auto bailout) but his embrace of some of the Bush-era big-government conservatism hasn’t made him a Tea Party target, far from it, he may have energized the Tea Party base more than any remaining viable candidate could have. Perhaps it’s the way he is a policy wonk who knows the budget numbers better than most anyone in D.C. and can articulate better than anyone just how crippling these runaway deficits will be on future generations.
But more than anything, the Ryan pick will shift focus of much of the debate to Medicare and what to do to keep it afloat. Ryan has offered a plan. Obama has only offered attacks against the Ryan plan.
There is not a member of Congress who isn’t full aware that Medicare is just a few years away from reaching the “iceberg dead ahead” stage. Every two years that Congress fails to act and passes the problem off to the next Congress, the iceberg looms larger and the impending doom more difficult to steer clear of.
Every year that the vast majority of elected politicians play it safe by putting their own re-election prospects above the needs of the country in refusing to propose or endorse any tough solutions, they prove themselves to be cowards, more concerned with their political careers than the future health of the nation. This is a perfect description of the man who cast “present” votes over “aye” or “nay” nearly 130 times in seven years in the Illinois State Senate and went on to be come the perpetual campaigner for president.
Paul Ryan will be demonized by Democrats as the candidate who wants to throw granny off the cliff by daring to address a problem that only gets worse the longer it remains unaddressed but with Romney knowing full well the furious medi-scare campaign the Democrats are going to be waging, it brings a new level of seriousness and focus on the issues to the campaign. The third rail of fixing the insolvency of senior entitlements will finally be addressed.
Barack Obama offers no plan, is unwilling to make any tough choices in addressing the senior entitlement plans heading for disaster.
Paul Ryan has offered a solution that strikes a balance between those who have already paid in and are collecting now and those who are still contributing and will never collect anything if some tough choices aren’t made.
What a stark difference now in the choice between the two tickets.
After finally defeating Hillary Clinton in one of the most drawn out and contentious Democrat primaries in recent memory and finally reaching the finish line, in his primary victory speech Barack Obama promised America this:
“This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
So when the greatest wildfires in Colorado history hit, the obvious question was, where was the messiah in his duties of healing the earth and stopping the fires?
98% of the time Obama goes infront of the press, he reads prepared remarks from his teleprompter and then quickly leaves the podium before any questions can be asked, but were I given a media pass and afforded the opportunity to ask a question, here’s what I would ask:
Mr. President, your defense budget cuts 65 C-130 aircraft from our national fleet at a time when the available planes are stretched to their thinest by your escalated war in Afghanistan. These C-130 planes can be fitted to drop 3,000 gallons of fire-retardent material in 5 seconds and are our most powerful weapon againt raging wildfires such as the one in Colorado which has now become the worst in state history.
As the man who promised to America that he would be the president who would slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet, how do you explain the fact that your policies have actually made worse the attempt to slow the massive wildfires in Colorado?
To which I’m quite certain he’d reply something to the effect of:
Let me be clear, our administration inherited an unprecedented level of drought and high temperatures across the nation, which caused the unprecedented amount of dry brush in Colorado which has fueled this unprecedented firestorm.
Make no mistake about it, it was the policies of the previous administration that were responsible for the climate change in America, so to remedy this, our administration has created an all-powerful EPA which answers to no one. By bypassing and circumventing all existing laws and even Congress itself, this administration’s EPA has been given free reign to fine, harass and destroy any businesses that it deems as having contributed to this unseasonable pattern of hot summer temperatures and climate change in general.
The solution is clear. It won’t happen overnight. There will be setbacks and false starts, but ultimately, we can borrow enough money from China to have all of my billionaire campaign donors receive lucrative government contracts to install solar panels on every building in America and end once and for all the scourge of dry brush and hot summers in America.
Next time you see the Occupy Movement claim they are the 99%, consider this latest poll from WSJ/NBC:
Do you consider yourself a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street Movement?
28% Yes, 63% No, 2% Depends, 7% Not sure
source: WSJ/NBC Poll via The Washington Examiner
When 63% of America does not support you and only 28% does, you are NOT the 99%! You are the misguided people marching against business, industry and Capitalism in general when the real source of your grievances are all created by the 1% running the government and making the rules.
If you ever want to regain any credibility with the 99%, stop harassing the 99% just trying to make it to their jobs, stop making the 99% late to job interviews, stop making the commute home a nightmare for the 99% and start marching on the 1% in Congress and at the White House.