-Josh Barton, NYS
A lot of people were stunned by Paul Ryan’s ascention to the 2nd slot on the “comeback team,” the term used by Mitt Romney for his historic campaign for President. Ryan is a young conservative intellectual, and has often been regarded as the intellectual driving force of the conservative movement.
Far too often, people make the mistake of considering “conservatism” as a regression, or an ardent adherance to rules from a bygone era. What the American conservative movement truly is trying to accomplish is reform, change, and trying to use the approaches of limited governance (which was consistantly reinforced in the constitution) as a “pathway to prosperty” to paraphrase Congressman Ryan’s own budgetary plan.
Mitt Romney felt that Ryan was a terrific choice for Vice President. Ryan and Romney both “click” and their families are very cordial and friendly. The two men offer eachother energy, support, friendship, and strength. Mitt’s private sector experience compliments Ryan’s Washington experience. Ryan’s youthful energy is tempered by Romney’s avuncular manner and preternatural patience. Romney is a problem solver, a doer, while Ryan is a thinker and planner. Ryan and Romney, together, would work in unison to craft a plan to move the United States out of economic malaise.
Congressman Ryan has presented the House and Senate the only budget that has been voted on since Obama took office. What’s in the plan?
Despite what liberals say, Paul Ryan’s 2010 budget offers three major specifics that are crucial to the United State’s macro-economics. Since the plan is quite verbose, I will try to condense it. I have read the plan before, and it is a bit confusing (then again, I really enjoy reading this kind of thing) to attempt it in one sitting, but this is what it “boils down to:”
1) Balancing the Budget
The Ryan/Romney plan is focused on balancing the budget in a meaningful way. Unlike other Presidents who promise to do so, and never do, or claim to have balanced the budget (like Bill Clinton,) the Ryan/Romney plan is targetted at completely eliminating the national debt. 0 debt by 2040. Not a dime. Nothing owed, not even bonds. Zip, zilch.
2) Saving Medicare
When drafting the plan, Ryan knew Social Security would be reformed in a meaningful way at some point in the near future. Medicare, however, is not a hot topic, but is a ticking time bomb. By not addressing the issue, medicare will go away completely by the 2020′s and there will be no retirement health plan for any senior. This plan allows for cash vouchers, and a more lucrative, market based plan for people under 50. All seniors and people over 50 can take advantage of this plan, or stay on the old system.
3) Simplified tax plan
Not a single person in America likes the United States tax code. Maybe CPA’s, but other than them, nobody loves the complexities involved in our system of taxation. Instead of over 6 tiers with countless exclusions, Ryan’s plan moves to simplify the tax code to two simplified tiers, with lower taxes for every American. Ryan has termed this provision as the “paycheck protection plan” and it does that. Every citizen keeps more of their paycheck, while the government takes in more, due to the elimination of loopholes and a stronger economy, with higher wages, means more income to the government. Every time taxes have been cut, government revenue increases because the wealthy have less desire to find tax shelters.
That’s the case.
Romney and Ryan are presenting a clear plan to address major issues, while the Obama team has no plan, and has not done anything conductive to addressing entitlement spending, debt, taxes, or anything of the sort in 3.5 years. In fact, Obama gutted $700,000,000,000 from medicaid to fund Obamacare.
Romney and Ryan will save medicare with their plan. By having no plan, Obama and Biden will let the entitlement programs expire.
This is the choice facing America.
A one size fits all, big government, European-style centralized government, with arcane restrictions, lavish entitlements, and a pathway to Greek and Spanish crisises
A 21st century plan, that takes into account the economies moving parts, individual choice and responsibilites, an ownership society, not an entitlement society. Less regulation, less inequality, and more growth for all.
These two visions at the table. This is what the vote is about. This is bigger than Democrat, versus Republican.