What the Ryan Choice Means for November

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One can criticize Ryan’s plan and fault some of its details or assumptions, but at least Ryan has put something on the table, unlike the Democrats, who have not passed a budget in 3 years. Back in February, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner admitted that his boss had no plan to solve the debt and deficit problem: “You are right to say we’re not coming before you today to say ‘we have a definitive solution to that long term problem.’  What we do know is, we don’t like yours.” No wonder, then, that the Democrats have smeared Ryan and his plan with outright lies. Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recycled those distortions by saying of Ryan’s plan, “It suggests that we should end Medicare as we know it, shred the safety net for seniors in health care that we had in place for more than 50 years, turn Medicare into a block grants (sic) and send it to the states, which would really jeopardize seniors in nursing homes, potentially take 10 million students off of Pell Grants, cut health care, cut education.” And it took just a few hours after Ryan was picked as Romney’s V.P. candidate for the notorious Mediscare ad showing Ryan pushing granny off a cliff to resurface, confirming that irrational emotion rather than sober discussion and debate is all the Obamites can appeal to.

The most important consequence of picking Ryan, however, is that it clarifies what the election is really about––reining in an out-of-control federal government that if the current policies continue will bankrupt this country and eat away at our freedom. It focuses the choice between two visions: one that sees the energy, creativity, and autonomy of free individuals as the best way to create prosperity and guarantee our freedom; the other that considers techno-elites in government bureaucracies better able to manage more and more of our affairs.

The critics of democracy have always argued that most people are incapable of choosing wisely, and so they need “guardians,” as Plato put it, to limit and guide their choices, backed by the coercive power of the state. The latter vision has dominated our government for the last several decades, and its wages are evident in the current fiscal implosion of California and the Eurozone. Nor are the reasons for this failure beyond the understanding of most people. The fiscal crisis we face is a simple question of mathematics: lavish social welfare entitlements work until you run out of other people’s money, which is what we are currently doing.

The problem, its causes, and its solution are clear. The only question left is, will enough people rise above their own interests and make a choice for individual autonomy, responsibility, and freedom, or will they confirm the criticisms of the enemies of democracy and vote for dependency, bankruptcy, and “democratic despotism”? Paul Ryan’s candidacy will give us the opportunity to keep that stark choice at the forefront of the coming election.

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  • stevefraser

    Time to bring out the ads showing Obama as a dangerous extremist: Theme: "Obama's War Against America". Use his own words and ads with young people talking about how much Obama scares them…give examples.

  • WildJew

    "The critics of democracy have always argued that most people are incapable of choosing wisely…."

    How true! Barack Obama is a case in point.

    • Looking4Sanity

      My main criticism of democracy is that it glorifies majority tyranny. It delights in crushing opposition under its iron heel. Democracy is the wet dream of tin pot dictators.

      • tagalog

        That's why our Founding Fathers were so strong about the role of religion in American life. They believed most strenuously that without a foundation of moral belief democracy would inevitably deteriorate into authoritarianism.

        As we see religion under attack over the past half-century, we can glean the meaning of what they were driving at when they (Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and others) made their remarks about the need for the American people to be a virtuous people. Religion is the best mechanism for getting virtue and morality to the masses of people.

        • Looking4Sanity

          Agreed. You have struck the heart of the matter. It explains perfectly the saying, "You get the government you deserve", doesn't it?

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Thornton believes Democracy is threatened by the Obama ad campaigns. However, he is untroubled by the fact that the Jewish owner of one of the most corrupt casinos in the United States pledged unlimited funds to the other guy and is buying both the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Apparently that is no threat to Democracy at all.

    • CHOI

      ANOTHER ANTI-JEWISH post by the JEW-HATING TROLL.

      • A.T. Halmay

        You said a mouthful.

        • A.T. Halmay

          And I mean Choi. Schlomotion seemingly has protection here. You can't reply to him and get printed.

          • aspacia

            I often do, and it is published.

    • A.T. Halmay

      I repeat, precisely how is that casino corrupt?

    • Ghostwriter

      Why am I not surprised that you'd resort to Jew-bashing,Schlomotion? That's what you excel at.

    • Stern

      Of course, Schlo-mind has absolutely no problem whatsoever with all the millions donated to Obama by Soros.

  • Gar

    I think Ryan is a great choice. He's smart, he's articulate, he's confident. I think Romney and Ryan will shred Obama and Biden. Obama without his teleprompter is an empty suit, a fake, fraud and phony, an intellectual light weight.

    I feel energized.

  • clarespark

    The American Enterprise Institute did a breakdown on the Ryan Budget 2012. It is lucid and detailed. Please read: http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/ryans-h….

  • dennis x

    Opps, there goes Florida to The President!!!!

  • CHOI

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    Report
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    Replying to Schlomotion

    Enter text right here!

    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    This Administrator is BLOCKING ANY RESPONSE by me to the BLATANT BIGOTRY of Schlomotion.
    Note NO REPLY BUTTON,but rather an OFF-COLOR "Posting" button that does NOT WORK

  • tagalog

    Paul Ryan comes across as considerably more articulate than Mitt Romney. He is considerably better at insuring that he answers the questions answered of him and doesn't come across as trying to smooth them over or ducking them. On that point, he's right up there with Newt Gingrich, except without the baggage. Too bad Ryan isn't the candidate for President, with Romney as HIS running mate.

    He also seems to be one up on Mitt Romney in having real, workable ideas that can be put into the debate over what must be done, very quickly after Romney takes office (assuming the election goes to the Romney-Paul ticket).

  • CHOI

    MORE JEW-HATRED BY THE ANTI-SEMITIC PROFESSIONAL TROLL.
    And SLANDER & LIBEL.
    SCHLOTROLL is NOT WORTHY carry his TARGET's shoes.

  • CHOI

    Administrator:
    Do you doubt I'll call Jeff Wienir?
    I've spoken to him before about one of you.
    Either STOP SCHLOMOTION from posting his HATRED or RELEASE the REPLY button.
    Otherwise you are MOLE PROTECTING A HATE-TROLL.
    I WILL CALL Jeff and maybe even David Horowitz.
    Remember ,YOU work at their pleasure.

    • Atlas_Collins

      So you're saying you're basically a fascist who favors censorship of speech you find uncomfortable and offensive?

      • CHOI

        NO,what I'm saying is that MY FREE SPEECH was being CURTAILED in response to the TROLL.
        Either RESPONSE is permitted to a HATEMONGER or than the HATEMONGER should be "curtailed" if FREE SPEECH is NOT PERMITTED in Response.
        YOU CAN'T TWIST THIS.

  • WildJew

    I am posting this around on pro-Israel sites. It is too important to overlook. I wonder if there is any truth to this story. I got it from a friend living in Samaria, Israel. If it is, it is pretty darned disgusting. James Baker is a vicious anti-Semite; he and Jeremiah Wright.

    James “F— The Jews” Baker Now Romney Foreign Policy Adviser (Along w/ Other Israel-Haters)

    http://www.debbieschlussel.com/52181/james-f-the-

    • aspacia

      Be careful about Sclussel, she constantly cries antiSemite, racist regarding any criticism. I quit reading her rants years ago.

  • A.T. Halmay

    Obama couldn’t make a success of running a hot dog stand, never mind a country, but he certainly knows how to campaign. He appeals to the lowest common denominator in voters – rabble rousing, appealing to their base instincts; their envy and greed. He has made inroads among the middle class – read the comments by N.Y. Times readers now all rabid lefties. Romney and Ryan are exactly the opposite and the GOP in recent history has not shown great brightness in campaigning.

  • A.T. Halmay

    Obama has provided us with a ton of material for a smear campaign and if Romney & Ryan don’t take their gloves off for a down and dirty fight, we’ll lose the election. Romney’s delay in showing his tax return has given Obama added strength. In his shoes, even if I hadn’t paid a dime in tax, I would now show it and explain how tax avoidance is legal – nobody likes to pay tax if not forced to by law. I would then promise to plug the loopholes that let me get away with low taxes but I would remind them that I was smart enough to make money in the first place and smart enough how to legally avoid paying taxes while my opponent took only welfare provided by affirmative action.

  • Katharina Sri

    Looks like Paul Ryan is a young McCain & of the Saudi-loving Bush's regime – where on foreign policy, Ryan supports the same brutal policies as Dictator/War Criminal Obama in an article in Daily Caller, and bows to the double-face Dictator Saudi king whose footsoldiers are the Nazi Muslim Brotherhood! No wonder US is on the decline – unless the Republicans have real-thinking Americans like Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, David Horowitz, Aaron Klein and many more like them in the US Intelligence Dept.

    These kind of Republicans are indeed so naive! Since the Saudi/Qatar royals-sponsored Muslim Brotherhood(MB) is intent on supremacist, racist, sexist and violent (both psychological/physical) Arabic-Islamic world domination, slavery (especially of women/girls in evil Saudi-Arabic veils), Genocide of Israel-Jews , Christians and liberal Muslims, Arabicizing every non-Arab Muslims, and OIL/MINERAL/LAND ROBBERY – such as that, that they've conquered non-Arab Libya, Egypt, Mali & Tunisia and soon to be Syria! The Al-Qaeda branch, Muslim World League that Huma Abedin & her parents' MB’s org worked with, are all based in Saudi Arabia by the way!

  • SAM000

    I am not American, but I had registered all my patents at USPTO ( United States Patent Office).
    with Obama's fake law on patents, I was obliged to withdraw and abandon most parts and applications of my patents.
    When I brought my patents to USA, I was hopping that the Chinese will not dare to copy-write the American Patents, BUT, Obama's fake patent law makes vulnerable and copy-able the patents not only for Chinese but for all the companies.
    American Patents are the strongest patents, because the preliminary researches on the patents are more serious and more profound than European patents.
    The Chinese do not respect the worldwide intellectual properties or patents, but, because of the huge business and trade volume that they have with USA, they are scared copying the American patents, but, OBAMA opened the USA DOORS to the most dangerous thiefs of all the times.
    USA is wealthy, because the people of all around the world bring their wealth to USA, because USA is a secured country for the properties.
    The Patents are the generator of wealth and generator of job. The Patents are more important than the money and the banks.
    USA was the strongest country of the world, The non American scientists and inventors bring their patents and researches to USA, American companies and American TAX collectors and American people are the first to profit from these immense WEALTH GENERATORS,
    I'm not American, left and Right, Dems. or Rep. is your right and your own business, I am just like a MILK COW,
    before eating I produce too much GOLDEN MILK,
    FOR WHAT INTEREST OBAMA kill the wealth?!
    To prove all I wrote, I am ready to disclose all the documents and patents to a representative of FPM, You can evaluate the inestimable value of these patents.

  • kblink45

    What do the NBA and Paul Ryan have in common?

  • online teachers

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