According to an anonymous source within the Republican party, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is the Republican choice for vice president in the upcoming November election. Ryan, notorious for his plans to cut government health programs for the elderly and poor, student loans, food stamps and similar programs has a stated aim of cutting $5.3 trillion dollars from national spending. Ryan has spent most of his life as a Washington insider.
Following his early work as a Hill intern and aide, Paul Ryan briefly returned to his home state of Wisconsin and was subsequently elected to Congress in 1998. Rep.Ryan is currently in his seventh term and serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He has authored tax and spending blueprints that have been a source of consternation to the Democratic opposition. Ryan knows his way around the Capitol, and is a favorite of the far right conservative Tea Party.
At this writing, presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to introduce Ryan aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin, docked in Norfolk, Virginia at 9 AM today, August 11. Romney’s agenda would include upgrading the American defense capacity, and construction of an increased number of military battleships. It hardly seems coincidental that the USS Wisconsin is named for Congressman Ryan’s home state.
Ryan is a young man, at 42, still known for his fierce workouts and personal devotion to fitness. Romney is considerably older, at 65. The men joke and carry on. In April, as an April Fools prank, Ryan directed Romney to what Romney believed was a campaign event. As Romney was about to make his entrance to the hall, he heard Ryan’s introductory remarks calling Romney “the next president of the United States.” Imagine the Romney chagrin as he entered and found himself in a near-empty room. On other occasions, media coverage provided photos of the two comradely eating hamburgers.
Ryan is a champion of a reduced federal government, and stronger rights for individual states. Ryan’s budgetary approach would mean far greater expense for the elderly and the poor, who would receive vouchers to help them buy private insurance, or allow them to rely on fee-for-service help options.
Recent polls from numerous sources show Romney falling behind Obama, in a campaign revolving almost entirely around economic issues. Republicans have resisted every plan from the administration, and they hope that their criticism of jobs, unemployment, and the American economy will propel them to the White House. In addition Romney, who has little diplomatic experience, has made several gaffes in recent weeks, possibly costing him votes. He was critical of the London handling of the Olympics. Responding to the Wisconsin temple shooting, he mispronounced Sikhs (“Sheiks”, he said). Romney stands firmly behind any decision that the state of Israel makes, up to and including a unilateral attack on Iran. He is openly hostile to the people and government of Palestine.
Congressman Ryan and his wife have three children, and had been preparing for a week-long vacation in Colorado.
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