Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan Puts Debt Front and Center

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Tampa – Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan's rousing, anecdote-filled speech at the Republican National Convention called the policies of President Obama a threat to American freedom. Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, challenged Obama on the failed Solyndra loan guarantee as well as the president's inability to keep a Wisconsin factory open, then pivoted to the 2009 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare).

 "Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country," Ryan said. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pioneered Obamacare when he was governor of Massachusetts, instituting a statewide health care program that forces every resident to buy health insurance.  

In addition to Obamacare, Ryan, the author of a massive plan that claims to balance the federal budget in about 30 years, tied America's crushing debt into his theme of threats to freedom.

 "So here we are, $16 trillion in debt and still he does nothing.  In Europe, massive debts have put entire governments at risk of collapse, and still he does nothing. And all we have heard from this president and his team are attacks on anyone who dares to point out the obvious," Ryan said.

 "They have no answer to this simple reality: We need to stop spending money we don't have," he said.

 Ryan briefly grazed foreign policy while touching on social issues in a vague manner.

 "Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed.  We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope.  Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life," he said.

Ryan's speech was interrupted near the beginning by an abortion rights activist, leading to a brief commotion in the convention hall.

Read Ryan's entire speech after the jump.

 

Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored by the support of this convention for vice president of the United States.

I accept the duty to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity – and I know we can do this.

I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready. 

Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words.  After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney.

I'm the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression.  I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power. 

They've run out of ideas.  Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they've got left.   

With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money – and he's pretty experienced at that.  You see, some people can't be dragged down by the usual cheap tactics, because their ability, character, and plain decency are so obvious – and ladies and gentlemen, that is Mitt Romney. 

For my part, your nomination is an unexpected turn.  It certainly came as news to my family, and I'd like you to meet them: My wife Janna, our daughter Liza, and our boys Charlie and Sam. 

The kids are happy to see their grandma, who lives in Florida.  There she is – my Mom, Betty. 

My Dad, a small-town lawyer, was also named Paul.  Until we lost him when I was 16, he was a gentle presence in my life.  I like to think he'd be proud of me and my sister and brothers, because I'm sure proud of him and of where I come from, Janesville, Wisconsin.    

I live on the same block where I grew up.  We belong to the same parish where I was baptized.  Janesville is that kind of place.

The people of Wisconsin have been good to me.  I've tried to live up to their trust.  And now I ask those hardworking men and women, and millions like them across America, to join our cause and get this country working again.

When Governor Romney asked me to join the ticket, I said, "Let's get this done" – and that is exactly, what we're going to do. 

President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two.  Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account.  My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory. 

A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: "I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years."  That's what he said in 2008.

Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year.  It is locked up and empty to this day.  And that's how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight. 

Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work.  Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed.  Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty.  Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life.  Half of them can't find the work they studied for, or any work at all. 

So here's the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?

The first troubling sign came with the stimulus.  It was President Obama's first and best shot at fixing the economy, at a time when he got everything he wanted under one-party rule.  It cost $831 billion – the largest one-time expenditure ever by our federal government.

It went to companies like Solyndra, with their gold-plated connections, subsidized jobs, and make-believe markets. The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare, and cronyism at their worst. You, the working men and women of this country, were cut out of the deal.  

What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus?  More debt.  That money wasn't just spent and wasted – it was borrowed, spent, and wasted.    

Maybe the greatest waste of all was time. Here we were, faced with a massive job crisis – so deep that if everyone out of work stood in single file, that unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent.  You would think that any president, whatever his party, would make job creation, and nothing else, his first order of economic business.  

But this president didn't do that.  Instead, we got a long, divisive, all-or-nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care. 

Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country.  

The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over.  That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare.

And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly. 

You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover, even with new taxes on nearly a million small businesses, the planners in Washington still didn't have enough money.  They needed more.  They needed hundreds of billions more.  So, they just took it all away from Medicare.  Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.  An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn't even ask for.  The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we're going to stop it. 

In Congress, when they take out the heavy books and wall charts about Medicare, my thoughts go back to a house on Garfield Street in Janesville.  My wonderful grandma, Janet, had Alzheimer's and moved in with Mom and me.  Though she felt lost at times, we did all the little things that made her feel loved. 

We had help from Medicare, and it was there, just like it's there for my Mom today.  Medicare is a promise, and we will honor it.  A Romney-Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare, for my Mom's generation, for my generation, and for my kids and yours. 

So our opponents can consider themselves on notice.  In this election, on this issue, the usual posturing on the Left isn't going to work.  Mitt Romney and I know the difference between protecting a program, and raiding it.  Ladies and gentlemen, our nation needs this debate.  We want this debate.  We will win this debate.   

Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close. 

It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis. 

It began with a housing crisis they alone didn't cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn't correct. 

It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America. 

It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new.  Now all that's left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday's wind.

President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made.  He said, well, "I haven't communicated enough."  He said his job is to "tell a story to the American people" – as if that's the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, andwe need to be better listeners?   

Ladies and gentlemen, these past four years we have suffered no shortage of words in the White House.  What's missing is leadership in the White House.  And the story that Barack Obama does tell, forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old.  The man assumed office almost four years ago – isn't it about time he assumed responsibility?

In this generation, a defining responsibility of government is to steer our nation clear of a debt crisis while there is still time.  Back in 2008, candidate Obama called a $10 trillion national debt "unpatriotic" – serious talk from what looked to be a serious reformer. 

Yet by his own decisions, President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined.  One president, one term, $5 trillion in new debt.

He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report.  He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.

Republicans stepped up with good-faith reforms and solutions equal to the problems.  How did the president respond?  By doing nothing – nothing except to dodge and demagogue the issue.

So here we are, $16 trillion in debt and still he does nothing.  In Europe, massive debts have put entire governments at risk of collapse, and still he does nothing. And all we have heard from this president and his team are attacks on anyone who dares to point out the obvious. 

They have no answer to this simple reality: We need to stop spending money we don't have.

My Dad used to say to me: "Son.  You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution."  The present administration has made its choices.  And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation's economic problems. 

And I'm going to level with you: We don't have that much time.  But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.

After four years of government trying to divide up the wealth, we will get America creating wealth again. With tax fairness and regulatory reform, we'll put government back on the side of the men and women who create jobs, and the men and women who need jobs. 

My Mom started a small business, and I've seen what it takes. Mom was 50 when my Dad died.  She got on a bus every weekday for years, and rode 40 miles each morning to Madison.  She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business.  It wasn't just a new livelihood.  It was a new life.  And it transformed my Mom from a widow in grief to a small businesswoman whose happiness wasn't just in the past.  Her work gave her hope.  It made our family proud.  And to this day, my Mom is my role model.

Behind every small business, there's a story worth knowing.  All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn't come out of nowhere.  A lot of heart goes into each one.  And if small businesspeople say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place.  Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning.  Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them.  After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn't help to hear from their president that government gets the credit.  What they deserve to hear is the truth: Yes, you did build that.  

We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years.

In a clean break from the Obama years, and frankly from the years before this president, we will keep federal spending at 20 percent of GDP, or less.  That is enough.  The choice is whether to put hard limits on economic growth, or hard limits on the size of government, and we choose to limit government. 

I learned a good deal about economics, and about America, from the author of the Reagan tax reforms – the great Jack Kemp.  What gave Jack that incredible enthusiasm was his belief in the possibilities of free people, in the power of free enterprise and strong communities to overcome poverty and despair.   We need that same optimism right now. 

And in our dealings with other nations, a Romney-Ryan administration will speak with confidence and clarity.  Wherever men and women rise up for their own freedom, they will know that the American president is on their side.  Instead of managing American decline, leaving allies to doubt us and adversaries to test us, we will act in the conviction that the United States is still the greatest force for peace and liberty that this world has ever known.

President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record.  But we are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy as Barack Obama inherited it, not the economy as he envisions it, but this economy as we are living it. 

College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.  Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now.  And I hope you understand this too, if you're feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.

None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers – a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us. 

Listen to the way we're spoken to already, as if everyone is stuck in some class or station in life, victims of circumstances beyond our control, with government there to help us cope with our fate. 

It's the exact opposite of everything I learned growing up in Wisconsin, or at college in Ohio.  When I was waiting tables, washing dishes, or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life.  I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself.  That's what we do in this country.  That's the American Dream.  That's freedom, and I'll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners. 

By themselves, the failures of one administration are not a mandate for a new administration.  A challenger must stand on his own merits.  He must be ready and worthy to serve in the office of president. 

We're a full generation apart, Governor Romney and I.  And, in some ways, we're a little different.  There are the songs on his iPod, which I've heard on the campaign bus and on many hotel elevators. He actually urged me to play some of these songs at campaign rallies.  I said, I hope it's not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.

A generation apart. That makes us different, but not in any of the things that matter.  Mitt Romney and I both grew up in the heartland, and we know what places like Wisconsin and Michigan look like when times are good, when people are working, when families are doing more than just getting by.  And we both know it can be that way again. 

We've had very different careers – mine mainly in public service, his mostly in the private sector. He helped start businesses and turn around failing ones. By the way, being successful in business – that's a good thing.

Mitt has not only succeeded, but succeeded where others could not.  He turned around the Olympics at a time when a great institution was collapsing under the weight of bad management, overspending, and corruption – sounds familiar, doesn't it? 

He was the Republican governor of a state where almost nine in ten legislators are Democrats, and yet he balanced the budget without raising taxes. Unemployment went down, household incomes went up, and Massachusetts, under Mitt Romney, saw its credit rating upgraded.

Mitt and I also go to different churches.  But in any church, the best kind of preaching is done by example.  And I've been watching that example.  The man who will accept your nomination tomorrow is prayerful and faithful and honorable. Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best. Not only a fine businessman, he's a fine man, worthy of leading this optimistic and good-hearted country. 

Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed.  We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person, there is hope.  Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the Lord of Life. 

We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not each face the world alone.  And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak.  The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.

Each of these great moral ideas is essential to democratic government – to the rule of law, to life in a humane and decent society.  They are the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America's founding.  They are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes, even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and God, not from government. 

The founding generation secured those rights for us, and in every generation since, the best among us have defended our freedoms.  They are protecting us right now.  We honor them and all our veterans, and we thank them.

The right that makes all the difference now, is the right to choose our own leaders.  And you are entitled to the clearest possible choice, because the time for choosing is drawing near.  So here is our pledge.

We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead. 

We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility. 

We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.

The work ahead will be hard.  These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this.  Together, we can do this.

We can get this country working again.  We can get this economy growing again.  We can make the safety net safe again.  We can do this. 

Whatever your political party, let's come together for the sake of our country.  Join Mitt Romney and me.  Let's give this effort everything we have.  Let's see this through all the way.  Let's get this done. 

Thank you, and God bless.

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  1. firsteen!

  2. Dude sounded rather libertarian to me.

    1. wonder if the paulites who were dissed and walked-out feel ryan’s a libertarian?

    2. Dude sounded rather libertarian to me.

      So has every Republican ever. How has that worked out?

    3. “Dude sounded rather libertarian to me.”

      Too bad his voting record betrays his rhetoric.

    4. Unfortunately, that libertarian sound you heard was emanating from his ass, not his vocal cords. Republicans are notorious for libertarian farts.

      1. needs moar strippers

    5. I agree, Ryan does more consistently advocate freedom for everybody than most politicians and he’s against coercion. What more can you expect in a politician?

      That’s the best way to maximize prosperity, and why HongKong and Singapore are now economically more prosperous than USA.

  3. “‘Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country,’ Ryan said. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pioneered Obamacare when he was governor of Massachusetts, instituting a statewide health care program that forces every resident to buy health insurance.”

    I think I’m done with the RomneyCare/ObamaCare equivalence argument.

    My understanding is that Romney has promised to repeal ObamaCare. I’m not taking him at his word, but we have a better shot at getting rid of or watering down ObamaCare with Romney in the White House rather than Obama.

    Anybody that thinks we’re about to repeal or water down ObamaCare with Obama in the White House is completely out of his or her mind.

    1. romneyCare was a wonderous blueprint tho!

      1. then, since liberals are so smart, they should have seen that Romneycare – approved by every Dem in the MA Legislature – was not the answer. Instead, they came up with something even worse.

    2. I actually do believe that Romney would sign off on the bill repealing ObamaCare, but in order for him to get a chance to do this, the new Senate republican majority is going to have to have the balls to repeal it through reconciliation, the same way that it was passed through reconciliation. And frankly, I’m not sure that they have it in them even if they have the numbers.

      1. Either way, anybody that doesn’t like ObamaCare shouldn’t let RomneyCare get in the way of voting against Obama.

        1. Either way, anybody that doesn’t like ObamaCare shouldn’t let RomneyCare get in the way of voting against Obama.

          How do you vote against somebody again? I never saw that option on a ballot before.

          1. How do you vote against somebody again? I never saw that option on a ballot before.

            In other words, vote for Romney.

            1. I’ll do you one better and vote “against” them both!

              1. Me, if I vote will be for GJ.

                1. I’m voting against the whole process by voting for no one whatsoever.

                  If there really is a good definition for a libertarian? It’s somebody that doesn’t think politicians are the solution to our problems. And how do you go around telling people that–and then turn around and vote for some politician?

                  I feel like Milton Friedman writing about the Fed. I don’t think we should have a Fed, but if you’re going to have one anyway? then here’s what I think you should do…

                  If you feel absolutely compelled to go against your patriotic duty and use your vote to lend legitimacy to whatever horrific outcome of this god damned election?

                  Then I would encourage my fellow Americans to vote against Obama in whatever capacity. I won’t vote for anyone to be my emperor–not even a libertarian emperor–but some emperors are worse than others for the cause of freedom. …and Obama is an especially bad emperor.

                1. I commended the comment by Randian to vote against them both by voting for Gary Johnson, but the comment system messed up again, so it looks like I am endorsing Romney, when Mittens is as bad if not worse than Obummer!

          2. How do you vote against somebody again? I never saw that option on a ballot before.

            The reality is?

            There are very few people who will be voting for Romney come November.

            There are a lot of people who will be voting against Obama.

            The question this election isn’t about whether Romney would be a great president–it’s a referendum on Obama.

            The question is about whether Obama should get a second term or not.

            Romney will have no mandate if he wins–no matter what he claims–other than a mandate to be a competent president.

            Romney’s positions only matter insofar as they don’t make people too afraid of him to vote Obama out of office.

            That’s reality.

            1. That’s reality.

              The reality is that people vote in this pattern every election. And the reality is that this country will continue to falter along until it is too late to correct the issues. And the reality is that people will wonder what the hell happened. Because the reality is that people like to vote for a winner, or at least someone who has a chance to win because it makes them feel good.

              1. Yeah, that’s true.

                AND hardly anyone’s voting for Mittens becasue they like Mittens so much.

                I would venture that most of the people who are voting for Mittens are voting for Mittens because they don’t like Obama.

                If Obama slips up and says what he really thinks–by accident–one. more. time. between now and November.

                Then it’s President Mittens all the way.

                1. I would venture that most of the people who are voting for Mittens are voting for Mittens because they don’t like Obama.

                  This is what I think they always do; vote sometimes for your person, but always against the other person.

                  That is why I say if I vote for prez, it will be for GJ. Not because I like him, but to give the LP a few more votes. If they get enough, maybe they can break the duopoly we face now.

                  1. Well, to my eye, that’s the best thing about democracy. Elected politicians are not the voice of the people–market forces at the grocery store are the voice of the people.

                    The best thing about democracy is that you get a chance to kick your leaders to the curb every once in a while. There’s a compelling libertarian argument to make, I suspect, that libertarians should always vote against the incumbent–no matter what.

                    Nah, I still say Libertopia happens when enough people stop voting and our elected politicians lose so much legitimacy as a result that…

                    1. Nah, I still say Libertopia happens when enough people stop voting and our elected politicians lose so much legitimacy as a result that…

                      I agree. I usually only vote against things; taxes, etc. I will vote this year to make mj regulated like alcohol. Anything to increase freedom.

                  2. Hopefully we can break the duopoly sooner rather than later.

      2. And Congress could just pass a bill eliminating the individual mandate a year after it takes effect, right?

        And if the whole house of cards falls down in anticipation of them eliminating the mandate, then I guess that just means they’ll need to replace the whole thing starting from square one.

        1. And Congress could just pass a bill eliminating the individual mandate a year after it takes effect, right?

          In theory it’s possible, but I have real doubts that procedurally the Senate could amend the bill through reconciliation. I think it’s an all or nothing deal now.

        2. ken,
          it’s not a mandate. Mr Justice Roberts said so. It’s a tax.

          1. Whatever it is, Congress can repeal it.

            Anything Congress can pass, Congress can repeal with another law.

          2. It’s not a mandate. Mr Justice Roberts said so. It’s a tax.

            This is actually a VERY interesting point here. Since the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate is in fact a tax, that might make it a lot easier for the Senate to repeal it through reconciliation if they are inclined to do so.

            1. But it’s not a tax for purposes of the Anti-Injunction Act. Roberts said so. I expect a shit storm either way.

      3. I actually do believe that Romney would sign off on the bill repealing ObamaCare

        Repeal and replace.

        Robamney Care

      4. That assumes there will be a Senate Republican majority, which is more questionable than ever thanks to a certain biologically ignorant, politically tone-deaf jackass.

    3. ObamaCare won’t be repealed or replaced. It’s exactly what the insurance companies have always wanted.

    4. Agreed. To me, this election is about getting rid of Obamacare.

  4. I have never seen opponents so silent about their record

    that has been the single greatest truism of the campaign and a point that cannot be made often enough. No, Ryan/Romney are not the great saviors and the end of empire seems more likely than not. But I don’t believe a crash is their intent; I do believe that about Obama because his every move has resulted in worsening things.

    For the first time in in his adult life, Barry has a record. And the last thing he wants to do is stand on it.

  5. lol, of course he does, its what the sheeple want to hear, then like usual, once elected he will kick the sheeple in the nuts and not deliver!

    http://www.Private-Ways.tk

    1. Fuck. Me. Anonbot has achieved full sentience

  6. Damn it, Paul Ryan keeps activating that little voice in the back of my head that says, “Hey, maybe this time, it will be different”! But you won’t fool me again, Republicans! I’m throwing my vote away on Gary Johnson.

    (Yes, I admit I have voted Republican in the past and expected libertarian results. At least I wasn’t dumb enough to vote for Obama like half of the staff of a certain website *coughcoughthisonecough*

    1. People voted for Obama because they were against the Iraq War, and they were afraid the War on Terror was going to become even more of an assault on our rights.

      At least Obama closed Guantanamo.

      *snicker*

      I think that’s why they spend so much time talking about Obama’s War on Terror record around here–everybody that voted for Obama becasue they hoped he would unwind the damage done to our rights by the War on Terror should be mad as hell at him. …and I think they are.

      If the Democratic convention centers on Obama’s War on Terror achievements next weeks as advertised, I suspect you’ll see some Obama voting Reason staff go bananas. Hell hath no fury like a libertarian scorned? Maybe not. But they’re mad at him, for sure.

      1. If the Democratic convention centers on Obama’s War on Terror achievements next weeks as advertised, I suspect you’ll see some Obama voting Reason staff go bananas.

        I get why such a reaction should be expected, but I’m not holding my breath. Recognition of having failed is tough for anyone, and the Reason staff is going to be as loath to admit that it fucked up in backing Obama as the rest of his supporters. Admitting that you were fooled is a difficult thing to do.

        1. I have no problem with Obama doing a victory dance over Bin Laden–hell, I’d do the same thing in his position.

          But everywhere else, he’s simply carried on the policies of his predecessor. Even claiming to have pulled out the troops from Iraq is dishonest because 1) we’re still deploying people there, albeit in much smaller numbers, and 2) he didn’t have to do anything more than follow the timeline of the SOFA that the Bush team negotiated.

          1. “Obama Follows Bush Plan for Iraq” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “Obama, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Pulls Troops Out of Iraq (Which Bush Lied Us Into)”

          2. So, when, exactly, are they going to close Guantanamo?

  7. Ryan briefly grazed foreign policy while touching on social issues in a vague manner.

    Cmon, leave the slashfic to SugarFree!

  8. Complains about Solyndra, voted for TARP. lol

    1. While I despise them both on libertarian principle, the latter was a reaction to a crisis where the banking system looked like it could fail, and was intended to arrest the freefall. Even if you believe global warming is a crisis, Solyndra wouldn’t really do shit to impact it.

  9. I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression. I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power.

    Who wouldn’t be proud of continuing and expanding the Afghanistan meat grinder, assassinating American citizens, and a hundred acts of blatant cronyism (it’s the Chicago way)? That’s a record anybody could stand on.

  10. Newsflash for the libertarians who are tired of being betrayed about Republicans…..We are never going to become a free market utopia. Governments tend to become bigger, not smaller. All we can do is delay the statism until the next war. Call me a cynic, but world history backs me up.

    1. *betrayed by

  11. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.

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