By selecting Paul Ryan for his Vice President Romney has made a statement. First of all he has shown the ability make bold good choices in people, which is an important part of being a successful president. Compare this to Obama choosing Biden, the worst vice presidential candidate I have seen in my life. More important than that, is the larger statement; which is that he wants this election to not be just about removing this train wreck of a President, but also about seriously working to fix the major issues we face. Many in the GOP wanted Romney to pick a safe choice that would make winning easier, or so they think. But that would leave little ability to tackle the big issues. I do not care about the GOP winning if we are going to continue to ignore our major challenges as President Obama has.
The argument against Paul Ryan was that choosing him would make his reform plan and saving Medicare major issues in this election. To that I say Bring it on! As it is, Obama is attacking Romney with lies about his record at Bain Capital, lies about his taxes, and Obama’s campaign to attack any productive members in our country. He will do anything to keep the attention of his terrible record and the fact that he has no credible plans for any of the major issues.(1) I would rather fight over real issues than any of the ones Obama is raising right now. None of those truly matter for our future, including Obama’s plan to increase taxes. If we fail to deal with spending and entitlements we will fail regardless of what we do on taxes. Whereas if we succeed on the entitlement reform, spending reform, and leave the Bush tax rates in effect we can avoid a crash.
I see three major issues that we should be discussing. First we must deal with the entitlements that are going bankrupt or have no plan to fund them including; Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare (2). If we do not deal with these we will have a fiscal collapse regardless of other issues. The other two issues are the economy and the debt.
Sure enough as expected Obama released a statement with two points one complaining that Ryan supported the Bush Spending, and calling his budget “Radical”. Given that Obama refuses to take spending seriously, he used the same tricks Bush used to “pay for” the Medicare prescription Drug plan, to pass Obamacare, and he passed Obamacare, he has no room to talk on the issue of Ryan’s support for spending under Bush. President Obama can call the Ryan Budget radical if he wants, but the reality is it is a good start, but we will likely need more radical changes to avoid a fiscal crash in the long run. Then again, being responsible is a “radical” idea for Washington. In addition the longer we wait the more radical the required solution will be.
Let’s have the comparison between the Obama vision, of doing nothing and then position his party rule to over the collapse of the nation, to the vision of Romney/Ryan of solving our major issues. For example on the issue of Social Security, Obama has no plan and wants only to use it an issue, by pretending his do nothing plan somehow saves Social Security, while the truth is he only ensures a more disruptive change. Romney/Ryan want to work with both parties to make needed changes while protecting those over 55 and stopping further intergenerational theft.
President Obama likes to claim Ryan wants to “End Medicare as we know it”. The truth is with Obamacare he already has ended Medicare as we know it. A board a 15 people will work to determine what services to deny to seniors, and it will effect current retirees.(3) Romney/Ryan want to responsibly make changes to save Medicare for future generations while not impacting those near or in retirement.
President Obama has no plan to deal with paying for costs of Obamacare or Medicaid. Romney /Ryan want to repeal and replace Obamacare. Then maybe we can have health reform focused on controlling costs instead of increasing them.
All of President Obama’s plans such as higher taxes and more regulation will continue to minimize job creation. His plan is to repeat his failed ideas. It is obvious the economy would be better with the Romney/Ryan plan. The better economy will reduce expenses and raise revenues and we would be better for the debt in the long run.
No one is better than Paul Ryan at defending the Ryan plan. The truth is on our side. So bring on the debate. Then the country can either chose the Obama plan to ignore our problems and have a fiscal crash that hurts everyone, or they can chose the Romney/Ryan plan of being responsible.