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One and a Half Cheers for Paul Ryan

Written By: Travis Buhler  |  Posted: Monday, August 13th, 2012

I have some excitement over Mitt Romney choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate.  He is from Wisconsin and my patriotism has swelled over the nation's love for my fellow Wisconsinite.

Ryan also receives a lot of slack for being fiscally sound.  A recent statement by Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett illustrates this.

"Paul Ryan.  Architect of the GOP budget that ends Medicare as we know it for future generations of seniors.  The Ryan plan that cuts health care funding for low-income people.  The Ryan budget that makes drastic cuts to critical investments like education, veteran's heath care and clean energy -- while giving a tax cut to the richest Americans."

Mitt Romney has had a lot of criticism over his business expertise and success.  The two candidates being blasted by the left for good things they have done will doubtless expose the Democratic Party's real views on government spending and business.

But before one crowns Ryan as the savior of a less than exciting campaign among tea party members, one must look at Ryan's voting past.  Here is a brief but thorough outline of this by New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition's Jane Aitken.

Paul Ryan on Bailouts and Government Stimuli

  • Voted YES on TARP (2008)
  • Voted YES on Economic Stimulus HR 5140 (2008)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)

Paul Ryan on Entitlement Programs

  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on Head Start Act (2007)

Paul Ryan on Education

Rep. Ryan went along with the Bush Administration in supporting more federal involvement in education. This is contrary to the traditional Republican position, which included support for abolition of the Department of Education and decreasing federal involvement in education.

  • Voted YES on No Child Left Behind Act (2001)

Paul Ryan on Civil Liberties

  • Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)

Paul Ryan on War and Intervention Abroad

  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)

Congressman Ryan supports the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, federal bailouts, increased federal involvement in education, unconstitutional and undeclared wars, Medicare Part D (a multi-trillion dollar unfunded liability), stimulus spending, and foreign aid.

This November, remember to vote your conscience.

Travis Buhler is the Editor of the US Journal and the Eau Claire Journal.  Email: travis@eauclairejournal.com.

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