Posts Tagged ‘Paul Ryan’

“Emasculating the Debates”

This article has been posted on The Huffington Post. Click on the link to read it at Huff Post.

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Millions were focused on the Vice Presidential Debate.

The first two debates were emasculating, first to Obama in the Presidential debate, then for Ryan in last week’s Vice Presidential encounter.

The importance of this second, usually benign exercise, was heightened by the lackluster performance of President Obama in the first debate — a night I’m sure he wishes he could do over.

The contrast between the first two debates was obvious and so was the spin. But, for reasonable people, Vice President Biden was effective at pointing out the deficiencies of not only his opponent, but the Romney/Ryan ticket — something the President failed to accomplish in the previous battle.

Was there a winner in Thursday’s debate?

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“A Colorless Convention”

Republicans try to paint a more colorful self-portrait!

Last week in Tampa, a pretentious Republican party officially nominated their candidate for the office of President. They hoped to arouse their base and make the ticket more pleasing to the American voters.

Trailing by large margins in key voting groups — women, African Americans, Hispanics, gays — Republicans marched out token minority speakers to present themselves as a party of diversity; a party of color.

But is this the real Republican Party?

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Posted in Election 2012, Mitt Romney, Politics, Romney2012 | 3 Comments »

“Paul Ryan: A Gift to Democrats”

This article has been posted on The Huffington Post on August 27.

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Ryan is Romney’s choice for his 2012 running mate.

Just over a week ago Republican Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, selected, Representative Paul Ryan, from Wisconsin’s 1st District to be his Vice President.

The selection was a surprise to many on both the right and the left. Most had narrowed the field down to Senator Rob Portman or the ex-Governor from Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty.

Was the professed deficit hawk a good choice?

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Quick Hit: “Hochul Turns New York Blue”

The Special Election in New York was a referendum on Medicare.

Democrat Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Jane Corwin to represent the people of NY-26 which has been very red since 1857!

Hochul garnered 48% of the vote in a three candidate race which included Tea Party candidate, Jack Davis, who received 8% of the vote. Jane Corwin, the presumptive winner just two short month’s ago received just 43% in a district that has 30,000 more registered Republicans.

Corwin, like nearly every Republican, supported the Ryan Plan and seems to have paid the price for that endorsement.

Seniors have not been fooled by the medical voucher plan that Representative Paul Ryan presented as part of his budget proposal, realizing it is a veiled attempt at privatization. All but four Republican members of the House of Representatives voted for it last month and faced stiff opposition in town hall meetings throughout their districts. Nearly 80% of Americans polled do not want Congress to touch their Medicare.

Just as Corwin paid a steep price for her endorsement of the Ryan Plan, House Republicans will face tough challenges in the 2012 elections as a result of their ideological mistake.

Senators will be challenged in the Senate vote on the Ryan Plan that Harry Reid has called for this week. Republican Senators will be on the record and the 10 who are up for election in 2012 will have to answer to their constituents.

The win by Kathy Hochul in the 26th District in New York will send tremors through a Republican Party already in disarray.

This was a big victory for the Democrats and should be repeated—ad infinitum—in every election for the next year and a half.

The American people have spoken loud and clear.

Keep your hands off of my Medicare!

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“Slip Sliding Away!”

Republicans are eating away at everything that is great about democracy!

Paul Ryan introduced his Republican version of a budget, and like his Road Map for America’s Future, it’s aim is to privatize everything and destroy America.

The budget and deficit are in desperate need of adjustment and rebalancing, but Ryan’s plan fails in its exclusion of many equally important issues that need to be part of the discussion. This would include an honest evaluation and truthful discussion of taxes and past budget deficits.

As is typical of all Republican fiscal legislation, Ryan’s plan has the greatest impact on the most needy and transfers taxpayer money to corporations and wealthy Americans.

Can we really go down this destructive path?

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“Our Social Net Is ‘Not’ An Entitlement!”

Franklin D. Roosevelt was visionary in the establishment of Social Security.

Roosevelt was determined that the devastation and poverty he witnessed during The Great Depression would never befall hard-working Americans again. The Social Security Act was enacted to allow aging Americans to retire comfortably and with dignity. As he stated in his proposal to Congress in January of 1935, “It is a sound idea–a sound ideal.”

The program has worked well since its ratification in 1935 when a small amount of a worker’s pay was held out of each paycheck and saved for the individual until they retired from the workforce.

Social Security is ‘not’ an entitlement—it’s our money, our savings, that ‘we the people’ allow the government to protect for our future.

Defined broadly one could argue that Social Security is an entitlement—under both definitions of the word. But the usage by the Republicans has made the word dirty, its association with Social Security obscene. Listening to Ryan, Cantor, and Boehner’s negative references is offensive.

The people’ need to take back the argument from those that try to distort it.

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