Seniors boo Ryan at Medicare speech

The Hill Newspaper
 
By Sam Baker – 09/21/12 01:25 PM ET

Paul Ryan met loud boos and taunts, as well as deep skepticism, as he attacked President Obama’s healthcare law at an AARP event Friday.

The unwelcome reception was a clear sign of just how big a challenge Medicare poses to the Romney campaign — and a setback for the idea that Ryan can successfully explain away seniors’ concerns.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, proposed controversial changes to Medicare in his House budget plan. Democrats, including Obama’s reelection team, have used Ryan’s proposals as bogeyman on the campaign trail and see it as a winning issue for their party. Continue reading “Seniors boo Ryan at Medicare speech”

Stop Paul Ryan & Mitt Romney From Writing Checks to Millionaires

 

Stop Paul Ryan & Mitt Romney From Writing Checks to Millionaires

Did you know that Paul Ryan recently voted to give a huge tax cut to millionaires and billionaires — effectively handing them an average check for $160,000?

Did you also know that Mitt Romney wants to double down and give an even bigger tax break to millionaires? Continue reading “Stop Paul Ryan & Mitt Romney From Writing Checks to Millionaires”

Ryan Adds Some Loaded Examples to Question of ‘Better Off?’

New York Times

Ryan Adds Some Loaded Examples to Question of ‘Better Off?’

By TRIP GABRIEL and KITTY BENNETT
 
Representative Paul D. Ryan spoke to an overflow crowd at a campaign event on Monday at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
Max Whittaker for The New York TimesRepresentative Paul D. Ryan spoke to an overflow crowd at a campaign event on Monday at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

9:02 p.m. | Updated A revised version of this post is available here.

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Representative Paul D. Ryan compared the struggling economy to Jimmy Carter-era malaise, when a candidate named Ronald Reagan denied a president re-election by asking an unsettling question: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

“There’s a little gathering going on over in Charlotte,” Mr. Ryan said here in eastern North Carolina, about a four-hour drive from the site of the Democratic National Convention. “The president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can’t tell you that you’re better off. Simply put, the Jimmy Carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are right now.”

The Republican National Committee and the Romney-Ryan campaign sounded the charge on Monday morning with a new video, a Web site and a statistics dump attacking President Obama on what they consider his biggest vulnerability, all asking the question: “Are you better off?” Continue reading “Ryan Adds Some Loaded Examples to Question of ‘Better Off?’”

Paul Ryan’s Top 10 Falsehoods and Outrages… from Just His First Week on the Campaign Trail

August 22, 2012  |
 

1. Ryan’s position opposing abortion even in cases of rape, and his attempts to define cytoblasts as legal ‘persons’ (which would outlaw all termination of pregnancies and some forms of birth control) came under scrutiny when Republican Todd Akin, running for the Senate in Missouri, provoked a furor. [3] Akin said he opposed abortion even in cases of rape because in ‘legitimate rape’ the woman’s body rejects fertilization. Akin’s insensitivity to a situation that affects a third of a million American women every decade, plus his ignorance of Biology 101, drew widespread condemnation. Mitt Romney put out a statement that both he and Ryan believed abortion was permitted in case of rape. Problem: Ryan has repeatedly opposed that position and appears to agree [4] with Akin more than with his running mate. Continue reading “Paul Ryan’s Top 10 Falsehoods and Outrages… from Just His First Week on the Campaign Trail”

How ‘Government’ Became A Dirty Word

How ‘Government’ Became A Dirty Word

by NPR Staff; September 1, 2012

 President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan, in the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., in January 1981. In his speech after being sworn in, Reagan called government "the problem."

Enlarge APPresident Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan, in the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., in January 1981. In his speech after being sworn in, Reagan called government “the problem.”

The message at the GOP convention this week was clear: Government is too big, too expensive, and it can’t fix our economic problems.

“The choice is whether to put hard limits on economic growth, or hard limits on the size of government. And we choose to limit government,” said Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

There’s nothing new about the message. Anti-big government sentiment is practically part of the American DNA, and it has deep roots in the Republican Party. Continue reading “How ‘Government’ Became A Dirty Word”