Saturday, August 11, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2155, August 11th, 2012

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney.


In the midst of the political dog days of August, Mitt Romney gave his party and America a Vice Presidential pick that was part surprise but also expected. Romney’s choice was U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan from Wisconsin. On the USS Wisconsin, Romney introduced Ryan saying that this move was the recasting of the GOP as the Grand Opportunity Party. Ryan, a seven term Congressman adds youth, ideology and fiscal vision (depending on your view) to the ticket. Here are the advantages: 
Ryan is young and makes a good case for what he believes in. He can articulate his plan well. Plus this pick plays to the Republican base, a segment of voters cool and distrusting of Romney as another McCain moderate not capable of winning a big national election. Ryan’s credentials will fire up the Tea Party as well as those Republicans who are trying to change the economic course of this country. 
In Ryan they have an unabashed supporter of fundamental change in the way the country is funded. There will be no mistaking the fiscal path the U.S, will take if these guys are elected. Vice President Joe Biden accuses the GOP of not hiding the ball in saying they will change social programs. Ryan not only holds the ball, he yells out the plays at the line of scrimmage. Wisconsin has been a Democratic state the last few times in a Presidential race. This changes that equation and puts those electoral votes in play during a close election. 
On the negative side, the Ryan pick does the following: 
It energizes the Democratic base who aren’t thrilled with the Obama Presidency. Progressives look at it as a lost opportunity for social change in this country. Even though they felt Obama let them down in some areas, the prospect of a Romney/Ryan pairing is downright scary. You’ll most likely see an upswing in party fundraising. 
The Democrat policy people will ramp up the Medicare machine. Right now seniors who will not be affected by any changes are still going to be targeted as anti GOP voters. For years the thoughts was there. The naming of Ryan will only reinforce that. 
The Ryan pick will also give the President the opportunity to outline what he plans to do in his next term. He can certainly say what the Ryan plan will do but he will be forced to really explain how he plans to change entitlements. He has made a few steps in that direction to the horror of the Democratic party stalwarts. But it would be ironic if this pick moved him further to the right. 
Finally the Ryan pick gives this election a firm and clear choice. 
If you think government should be in your life as a safety net, then you’re going to go with Obama/Biden. If you think that government should let you take care of yourself, even if you are down and out through no fault of your own, then you go Romney/Ryan. If you think that a true partnership between business and government is the way to go in building the economy, you’ll go with Obama/Biden. If you think corporations need more tax breaks to create jobs, then you’ll go with Romney/Ryan. If you think the middle class payroll tax cuts you have been receiving the last few years are the way to strengthen the middle class, you’ll go with Obama/Biden. If you think the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy in this country gave us a good economy where every person won and prospered equally, then you’ll go Romney/Ryan. If nothing else, this choice paints the picture of this election in very different shades and colors. It’s either black or white. Let the games begin. For real.


At 10:56 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

no what the choice is simply this nothing as obama biden with their head in the sand inaction policy or face reality and begin to talk about the issue which the democrats have flatly refused to do and have been content to just wait until SS goes under and for those of you who still insist that SS is fine I suggest you read the trusties report for 2012

At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is NO choice in this election: Obama/Biden must have a second term.

At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OKay, where and when did they kidnap Yonki? Or has he hired a ghosterwriter? This article on Romney/Ryan is very thoughtful and dare I say fair. No harsh tone, no class warfare, no shots at the rich........I'm sure his family is worried. And to the imposter who wrote this piece: carry on.

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if Yonk's poll from the other day was even remotely correct, less than 3 per cent have to make up their minds about this. Ryan only intensifies the segment of 47% that is for Romney. I can't see him adding much from the undecideds. And the Yonk is not kidnapped, I saw him racing through Wegman's this morning.

Just Sayin'

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this simply means another four years of crying from Obama and Biden about how GW Bush destroyed everybodys lives

and when they arent doing that -

tv commercials with bad piano music and propaganda like "getting america back on track" and "staying the course for america" and "you didnt build your business, we did"

just sayin'

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

Anonymous ...yea I saw the poll ...I laughed ...if the best obama can do in a area where democrats out number Republicans by about 2 to 1 is a draw ... * SHRUG * ....change the drapes now

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it is true that the Bush administration put us in this dilemma. Clinton left office with a surplus and while Bush was taking many vacation days, Cheney and the neo cons were raiding the pantry spending billions a month. Bet they never fed one hungry kid with that loot.

At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Ryan isn't just an extremist—he's young, smart, and charming. The media constantly describe him as looking like "the boy next door." He's the ultimate wolf in sheep's clothing.

At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Ryan is the author of the most extreme right-wing budget ever proposed in Congress. He wants to dismantle Medicare, privatize Social Security, and cut taxes for millionaires while raising taxes on the middle class. If they get elected, we the middle class are SCREWED!!!!!

At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aggie95,In their report the Social Security Board of Trustees suggests that our lawmakers enact legislation to correct the solvency problems that Social Security faces. The legislation that has been proposed by Republican lawmakers to set up private accounts will accomplish two things. 1) It will bankrupt S.S. sooner. Social Security has a revenue problem. Putting less money into the program will only speed up it's collapse. How will that help the solvency problem? 2) Private accounts which will go into stocks, mutual funds or insurance companies will only guarantee Wall Street will get richer. It will not remedy the problems S.S. faces nor will it guarantee profits for the people that put their money into these accounts. You are right the Democrats in Congress have refused to buy into this idea because they don't want to bankrupt the system, not because they think it is fine or without problems.
The only remedy for S.S. is to increase revenues. Democrats have suggested this but they get no help from their Republican counterparts. Why? Republicans refuse because to do so would increase the amount of money wealthy Americans would have to contribute. The income limit for S.S. has been raised to $110,000.00 in 2012. That means every wage earner who earns $110,000.00 or less has to pay into S.S. a tax rate based on 100% of of their income. A person that earns more pays a smaller percentage. Someone who earns $220,000.00 only pays a S.S. tax on 50% of their earnings. A person earning $340,000.00 is taxed on 33 1/3 % of earnings. This formula continues as you earn more. Is this fair?
I am not suggesting that the earnings of high wage earners be taxed to infinity, certainly a limit should be placed on the earnings that are to be taxed. What I am suggesting as some Democratic legislators have proposed is to increase the income limit that can be taxed. This would increase social security revenues and help make the program solvent without gutting it.
To me and other level headed people who have put their hard earned money into Social Securtity and want to be able to use this program to help supplement their retirement see this as the sensible way to go.

At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney just picked tea party hero Paul Ryan as his running mate. Romney just committed political suicide.

At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Catholics will now find it easier to vote for Obama. Ryan has no compassion for the less fortunate, sick, elderly, hungry,poor.

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willard "Mittens" Romney, as a Democrat all I can say is --YOU ARE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING! Hahahahahahahahaha

At 12:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I didn't plan on voting for Obama again, not agreeing with his progress. Frankly, I read Savage's latest book and agree with the majority of his opinion of what Obama is doing. On the other hand, Romney with his operations through Bain Capital is what is wrong with this Country- Just liquidating companies, sucking out their capital & closing down at max profit, throwing people out of work. What was wrong with only 10-20% profit? How many companies merged/ceased to exist because they "only" had 10-20% profit? Wall Street has more power then it should to sway business outcomes. Too much work has been outsourced to other countries, leaving us with people dependent on Govt services, and now the final nail will be driven if the GOP has control over everything. The future does not look rosy....

At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aggie95 my brother in Christ, I will soon send you information that we are in the end times! And prophecy is coming to pass! Don't fall in love with Romney, Ryan is our secret weapon! The one God will use to end this evil system of men!

Anon 1:52, the Allmighty will decide what needs to happen!

Anon 3:25 God will deal with false Christians, sorry Catholics in his own way! Evil ramlings like this are coming to an end soon!

Annon 9:45 P.M. Your beloved communist system by FDR is coming to an end!

To all the rest You are all blind and cant see that God is at the end of his rope with us! Anon 11:02 P.M. wont you and this subversive that runs this blog be suprised that God did not sanction the Catholic church!

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

Anonymous well I notice you didn't mention anything about the democrat plan ....question is it in the same place as their budget ...more revenue will not solve the problem because there isn't enough revenue in the entire country ...well first we don't have enough revenue and 2 if revenue is the problem why is it obama pushed a tax cut and got it on the only funding stream that SS has ...the payroll tax cut ...hmmmm....didn't obama have the house senate and the big chair for 2 years and could have passed anything they wanted and yet like on so many other thing they did .....nothing and under Ryan's plan anyone over 55 affect same benefits ....under 55 you still can decide to keep SS as it is today or to invest in stocks ....bonds ....but it would be your choice ....SS returns about 1.7 % ....I can do better just by investing in Government bonds ....* SHRUG * and my 401 even as bad as the market has been has returned 4 % over the last 5 years as an average

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, even the religious nut cases are coming out of the woodwork. Buck is that you?

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aggie, a cursory understanding of how our government works should explain that the President presents a budget to Congress. Congress has to pass the budget,so to ask if it is in the same place as their(democrat) budget is ludicrous. I stated some lawmakers have proposed to increase to the Social Security income limit. This they feel will help solve the problem.They cannot get enough votes in Congress to move this idea forward. As you are well aware of we now have a DO NOTHING CONGRESS controlled by the Republicans. Their only goal is to defeat the President, not pass legislation that will help solve problems.
You are wrong to suggest that there is not enough money (revenue) in the country to solve the problem. Income levels for the top wage earners in the US are at some of the highest levels in our nations history and profits among major businesses and industry are at record levels. Does the name Exxon sound familiar?
Your correct , Pres. Obama did present a tax cut to Congress that lowers the rate that funds Social Security but you forget it was passed into law by a (cut all tax happy) Republican controlled Congress. It could not be passed without Republicans. It is disingenuous for you to complain about taxes in one comment you make and then criticize a tax cut when you get one.
You are also right when you say that the President and the Democrats controlled Congress for 2 years. You are very wrong to say they did nothing during that time. Just because you disagree with the legislation (ex. stimulus,auto bailout,health care),
does not mean it didn't happen.
What you also say about the Ryan plan is true. What you don't acknowledge when talking about his plan is the fact it will reduce the amount of revenues collected by SS, therefore causing it to fail or go bankrupt sooner. Remember the payroll tax cut you talked about.......hmmmmm?
Finally, I am really glad your investments are doing so well. What I can't understand is why you complain so much about the economy. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the many investors who have lost a lot of their hard earned money investing in things that have not done so well over the past 6 to 8 years. They should be the people complaining.

At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before I am chastised let me correct the error I made in my 6:44PM post. It should be "you are correct, Pres. Obama did ......." instead of "your correct". SORRY.

At 12:21 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Before I am chastised let me correct the error I made in my 6:44PM post. It should be "you are correct, Pres. Obama did ......." instead of "your correct". SORRY.


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