Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. It’s a selection that makes any presidential choice between Romney and President Obama just that much clearer.
In Ryan, we have one of the most prominent supporters of the policies of the latter President Bush which left us in greater debt than ever before.
He is all for slashing budgets and placing the largest share of that burden on the backs of the middle class and the poor with drastic changes to Medicare, and his record in Congress shows that he was in favor of privatizing Social Security — essentially putting people’s retirement “security blanket” on the table and rolling the dice that it wouldn’t be lost.
He voted in favor of the much-criticized Medicare Part D prescription drug program, which turned out to be great for the prescription drug companies, left many people who need help the most confused with its complexity and refusing to sign up for it as a result, and hasn’t fully addressed the matter of prescription drug costs for recipients with premiums still expected to rise.
There is no proposal under any Ryan budget plan to cut military spending at a time when even that could use streamlining. It continues deficit spending through 2022 and beyond.
New York Times columnist and economist Paul Krugman has criticized Ryan’s budget plan, saying it “would raise taxes for 95 percent of the population” and produce a $4 trillion revenue loss over 10 years from tax cuts for the rich.
We’ve seen it all before, especially during the George W. Bush years. And where has that led us?
The choices have become even more clear with Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate. It’s mainly a choice of continuing to struggle to get out of the mess we’re in, or going back to the policies that got us in this mess in the first place. Middle class and poor, be damned.
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