A Good Choice
I was very pleased to hear Mitt Romney’s pick of vice-presidential running mate Paul Ryan. Representative Ryan was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1998 and has been serving steadily since then. He is widely recognized as intelligent and a problem solver. He has a degree in economics and is probably one of the few (even in Washington) that actually understands the Federal Budget. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, he produced a budget that actually tried to reduce the Federal debt. A novel concept in political circles! He understands that the problem is not the lack of revenue, but the excessive spending the government is doing coupled with irresponsible borrowing practices. (We currently borrow $0.43 of every $1.00 the Federal government spends.) He understands the basic concept that increasing taxes can actually reduce revenue (the Laffer curve). (You will be able to see a very good example of this with what happens in France if the new socialist government there actually approves the proposed 75% tax on the "wealthy".)
The House, the Senate and the President are all supposed to propose a budget every year. Ryan’s House Committee is the only one of the three to have actually produced a viable budget. The President produced a budget proposal that raised spending and debt. Not even one member of his own Democrat party would vote to support Obama’s budget. It was unanimously defeated in both the House and the Senate votes! The Democrat led Senate has not even produced a budget proposal in over three years – totally ignoring their Constitutional responsibility!
Paul Ryan had the courage to actually address Medicare’s insolvency problem. As the program is now, it is doomed to bankruptcy. It is in desperate need of reform so that it will still be available for the America’s senior citizens. The liberals and Democrats immediately began lying about the proposals affecting Medicare, accusing Ryan and the Republicans in the House of "trying to end Medicare", a charge that Politifact determined was "The Lie of The Year 2011".
He produced a plan called the "Path to Prosperity" which would help fix many of the problems facing America now. Of course, his political opponents have lied about what this plan would do the same way they lied about his suggested Medicare reforms. (If anyone asks me to, I will elaborate on this in a future article. It’s your call, let me know if you would like that.)
A very nice bonus in my opinion is that after almost 14 years in Washington D.C., this man does not seem to have succumbed to the beltway mentality. He still knows and understands how our lives are being lived outside of the DC corridor.
I think this ticket, Romney/Ryan, gives us a very clear choice in the election this November. We can vote for more of the same – Obama with his anti-business, anti-middle class, high spending, debt raising, red tape producing, high tax, big government agenda moving us closer and closer to a European style socialist country. Or, we can vote for a President and Vice President that are serious about fixing our fiscal mess, turning around the economy, reducing unemployment, bringing prosperity back and trying to reign in the over-controlling, invasive and liberty reducing bureaucracy the our Federal government has become.
I really have no problem with people having different opinions and beliefs. America has always had this – from before the revolution to the present day. At the time of the revolution, it is estimated that a third of the populace wanted to remain a colony, a third wanted independence and a third didn’t really care one way or the other. When the Constitution was being presented to the American citizens for their approval or rejection, there was tremendous debate about it. These debates gave rise to the Federalist and Anti-federalist papers, and the people all understood and discussed the ideas and details of the proposed Constitution.
Talking and discussing opinions and facts is a good thing. We all benefit from honest discussion and debate. It increases our knowledge so that we can make better choices in our lives and better choices in voting for candidates.
Lies, innuendos and mudslinging are not good things. I especially dislike the character assassination techniques that politicians have been using so much lately. It seems that ever since the Clintons were in the White House it has been getting worse and worse. It’s sad that American politics has deteriorated to this state.
The lies and innuendos just distract attention from the problems that need to be solved. They have nothing to do with facts or ideas/ideologies; they are designed to appeal to the emotional, non-logical side of people. For what little it is worth, I encourage everyone from the local level to the Federal level to stop the personal attacks. Present the facts and your ideas in your campaigning. If you are talking about the candidate’s character, character is important but stick to the truth and facts.
An honest reporting of a candidate’s character or behavior is fine. I don’t want to hear that so-and-so "is a fool" – that may be your opinion but it’s not a fact. I know the person I heard this about and he is a successful business man, an experienced and good legislator. I don’t want to hear an advertisement that a woman died from cancer because so-and-so did something. I’m a nurse and believe me, when people die from cancer and it has nothing to do with if they had insurance or not. That ad was even more dishonest since the person accused had nothing to do with whether or not the woman had health insurance.