It is 2:30 a.m. and I am working to address what was billed as the high point for the RNC this election year. Has Paul Ryan established himself in the annals of history as a viable vice president who will accompany Mitt Romney to help the nation turn the economic corner from something of a deep and depressing hole toward a lasting turnaround? Can he and Romney make it a better place than President Obama and Vice President Biden? Let’s hear the answer?
In his opening paragraph, Ryan accepts “the duty to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity.” He is confident that he can do that.
He speaks to all generations, young and old, including everyone’s participation in the task and he underscored that Mitt Romney is ready too.
Ryan’s focus turns immediately to addressing presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
What has Mitt Romney done in his life to prepare to become president of the United States? That is an interesting and direct way to address the subject. As an analyst of the American political system, I studied the resumes of all past presidents and past vice presidents to form a body of knowledge for comparison. Seeing how vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan performs the assessment is most helpful to voters.
Instead of getting on with his analysis, Ryan demonstrated the very behavior that divides extreme conservatives like himself from Middle Class Americans who are mid-stream in politics, neither far left nor far right.
He implies that the present administration makes “excuses” and uses “idle words”. He says that President Obama has given Americans the “run-around” and not the “turnaround” that it needs. So, he has set up to establish Mitt Romney as the turnaround candidate.
Interfering with his storytelling about Romney, the extreme conservative underscores that he is just getting on board with the Romney campaign and is sharing his “first impression.” That sounds pretty arrogant to me.
Though Ryan attacks Obama and Democrats again by saying how “silent they are about their record, and how desperate they are to keep their power.”
He said the incumbent has “run out of ideas,” and that Democrats have lost their opportunity. Sharing their fear is all Democrats have, he said.
A son of a small town lawyer, he introduced his family and acknowledge his father’s passing early in his life. Without Social Security, it may have been harder for him, though he didn’t say that. He acknowledged and thanked his Wisconsin constituents for electing him to office.
Ryan’s theme is to address the nation’s challenges and get it done.
At this point in the speech, we have yet to hear anything about Mitt Romney, and now we are going to hear more of Ryan’s assessment of the President.
“President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory,” he said verbatim.
The fact is the plant closed and government wasn’t able to save it as President Obama had promised government would do. Well, I don’t think the President promised he would save that specific plant because it may have been too late. His actions did save a couple of the nation’s leading auto plants, however, with some suppliers being in Wisconsin.
Ryan framed up the symptom and indication of the problem: “Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed, and nearly one in six Americans are living in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for, or any work at all.”
Ryan’s conclusion is that “presidential leadership” is the problem.
The trouble is that Ryan just glossed completely over an analysis of the problem. He went from symptom to accusation without sharing a single bit of insight about his analysis and what he and Mitt Romney would do. “Leadership” is an ambiguous term that people like to use while waving their hands because they don’t know what to do.
He characterized the stimulus as the trouble. The notion of stimulus was already in the air when President Obama arrived because stimulus is one way government responds to financial calamity that was factually caused by Republican foreign policy that got America into wars we could not afford. Financial calamity was also brought by Wall Street and bankers floating paper derivatives that were fraudulent in value.
President Obama bailed out the banks and auto industry as a desperate measure to buy time. In the process, some of the characters – wealthy Americans, were rewarded for their mistakes. For that it is fair to criticize the President. Would Republicans have done anything less or different? Probably they would have done the same thing as they set the stimulus in motion.
The President bet $831 billion to stabilize the economy and to buy time for recovery and it worked.
Now, Paul Ryan reminded Americans that one government loans to a solar power venture didn’t work. In cost hundreds of millions in taxpayer loans where the government acted as venture capitalist.
Solar power and renewable energy is good policy. Government being in the venture capital business is bad implementation and on that Ryan’s critique is correct. However, one policy misstep does not a presidency make. So the question is, has President Obama learned from that mistake?
Ryan then made a leap to a different topic, healthcare, in which he tried to associate Solyndra failing with Affordable Care Act. They are obviously completely different issues in scope and scale and his attempt at comparison is apples and carrots, fruit and vegetables.
Affordable Care Act is something that legislators can improve upon as needed, but it is the law of the land as confirmed by the court. Ryan’s radical extremism is now exposed. His behavior as a U.S. representative has now run counter to the way the U.S. system works. Now, he and Mitt Romney want the extreme right to control what they could not accomplish in the legislature. They want empowerment to dictate as they have accused the president of doing.
Ryan alleged that Affordable Care that he still calls Obamacare that was Romneycare is at the expense of Medicare. That is false. The reduction in Medicare expense was not a reduction in benefits but was an improvement in administration. Republicans will now try to confuse the two issues.
He says, “A Romney-Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare, for my Mom’s generation, for my generation, and for my kids and yours.” How is that different from Obama saying government will save the factory in Janesville Wisconsin?
With that, Ryan thinks that he has framed the debate.
- End Affordable Care
- Address the job crisis
- Address the on-going housing crisis
- Regain the Triple-A credit rating that was lost because Congress didn’t balance the books with Ryan as a “leader”
Now, Ryan pointed out that what Obama said was unpatriotic debt at $10 trillion is now $16 trillion. Yes, “we need to stop spending money we don’t have.”
At that point, perhaps Ryan should have said, stop the foreign policy we cannot afford and launch Romney’s energy strategy as means toward that end. But, he didn’t say that.
Ryan wants to be a part of the solution but his resume doesn’t provide sufficient experience or knowledge to address the nation’s considerable needs. We’re hearing a smart congressman who may be representing Wisconsin’s rural conservative enclave, but this is a much bigger nation of constituents with vastly larger needs and complexity than what is being discussed in this speech.
After all of those words, Ryan says “We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years.”
Government doesn’t create jobs. Government creates policy and the environment for economic performance. Where are the details and substance in that plan?
A litany of negative babble followed. Then can Ayn Rand, “I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, and define happiness for myself. That’s what we do in this country. That’s the American Dream. That’s freedom, and I’ll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners.”
With that, he asked to be vice president of central planning.
Now, back to Mitt.
Mitt turned around the Olympics. Mitt was a governor. Mitt goes to church. Mitt is a businessman.
Ryan has done nothing like that and wants to be back up to being in Mitt’s shoes.
Mitt’s resume isn’t bad, but Ryan’s is deficient and that puts America at risk.
What we see here is someone who confuses talk with walk.
No one is trying to change America’s founding principles as Ryan alleges, they are trying to produce a sustainable economy and we haven’t learned anything from this speech about that.
Read the speech: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/29/paul-ryan-speech-text_n_1829354.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2012