Governor Mitt Romney (R) and his running mate Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
BY RON RICHARDSON
Naming Rep. Paul Ryan as the vice-presidential choice is an interesting decision by Mitt Romney, since Romney has been quoted as saying that a president should spend at least three years working in business before he can become president of the United States. Ryan graduated college in 1992, and within one year he was entrenched in the Republican Party. So, at 42, Ryan has spent almost all of his working life in the Washington Republican fold, the last 14 years representing a southern Wisconsin congressional district.
Ryan's crusade against deficit spending leaves some doubt about his sincerity. When the Republican Party gained total control of the presidency, Senate, and the House in 2001, he voted 93 percent of the time for Republican deficit spending that took the debt to about $12 trillion. Any Republican increase in the debt, any increase in the debt ceiling (without cuts), was acceptable to him; however, in 2009, he morphed from a Republican spend-and-borrow to what appears to be a fiscal conservative.
At present, he criticizes the president for taking $700 billion in savings from Medicare to finance health coverage for millions who don't have any, but would take the same amount from Medicare to finance the tax cuts and other purposes.
If he and the rest of the Republican "fiscal conservatives" making the outcry about deficit spending today were serious about a balanced budget, why did they act the exact opposite when Republicans had absolute control of government? In fact, if any of the Republican administration had backed their rhetoric with positive results, this country would have very little debt to talk about.