If you were to ask a member of Barack Obama’s campaign team who Paul Ryan is, you’d most likely be pointed in the direction of the president’s official website, which has a section dedicated to discrediting the rising GOP superstar.
Obama campaign strategists have constructed yet again, the familiar narrative of a conservative who seeks to abolish Medicare thereby leaving seniors without health coverage, revoke “women’s rights,” slash funding on education, and of course, issue tax cuts to millionaires at the expense of the middle class. It is perhaps not shocking, however, that the Left has engaged in the same hackneyed memes it always has irrespective of who is in the hot-seat.
Nonetheless, Obama’s campaign website boldly declares Paul Ryan’s “extreme” top-down budget plan “a sham” and posits that both he and Mitt Romney ”support trillions in budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires that will result in tax hikes on the middle class and deep cuts in education and other investments we need to grow.” What’s more, Obama strategists declare that Ryan’s plan would “gut” middle class investments, end Medicare “as we know it,” and of course, rob seniors out their retirements by privatizing Social Security.
Of course, no Democratic attack would be complete without accusing Republicans of being “out of touch,” with “most American values.” In this instance, Ryan is accused of holding backwards views on women’s health and equal rights. Among the Obama campaign’s many claims, is that Ryan seeks to ban in-vitro fertilization, potentially ”all abortions” and “many common forms of birth control, including the pill.” Ryan, according to the Obama camp, also voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, “which helps women fight for equal pay for equal work.” He was assailed on his stance on same-sex marriage as well.
During his Monday evening broadcast, Glenn Beck reviewed the most pressing questions surrounding the seasoned Wisconsin congressman and divulged the fact, rather than fiction-based version of Ryan’s various policy platform.
Let the attacks begin
From Russell Simmons’ recent tweet that a Romney-Ryan ticket ”will destroy our people,” to recently surfaced high school yearbook entries dubbing Ryan “most likely to brown-nose;” from CNN’s bizarre report that the Wisconsin congressman did not wear a necktie to an event, to Candy Crowley’s announcement that some GOP members consider Romney’s choice a “death wish,” Beck observed that the Left and the media are already doubling down on their attacks against the rising conservative star.
He also noted the absurdity in the Left’s claim that Ryan wants to “kill” the elderly, “attack women” and “hurt the poor.” Beck believes that Americans will see, once the dust has settled, that Ryan is the type of leader the country needs at this tenuous time.
By placing Ryan on the ticket, Romney has, to Beck, forced Obama to address the economy. Since the president will clearly seek to assail Ryan over his budget plan, it will be difficult to avoid tackling the issue from all angles, and in all its complexity. Beck pointed out that while congressmen spoke only of cutting $30-$60 billion, Ryan was the one who upped the ante to trillions. Beck then went point for point on the most prevalent Ryan attacks Americans will be hearing leading up to the election, beginning with his “extreme budget.”
Beck explained that the president runs up record deficits each year by adding new entitlements and expanding existing ones.
“Don’t you think we need something extreme?”
Unlike the “whimsical promises” of a green economy, Beck posited that Ryan’s was the first serious budget proposal to actually address the gravity of the economic situation in America. The plan seeks to privatize mortgage leviathans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, cut $100 billion in pork barrel spending, simplify the tax code, reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent and reform Medicare just to name a few. The Ryan Budget seeks to reduce spending by more than $5 trillion over 10 years. Thus, by some standards, perhaps the plan is “extreme” — although many could argue that it is so in the best possible way.
While Ryan’s budget may be criticized, however, President Obama’s budget couldn’t even garner a single vote, losing 414-0 in the House and 99-0 in the Senate. At the end of the day, Beck believes that it took courage for Ryan to come up with plan for which he knew he would be demonized. What’s more, the Ryan Budget was in fact co-sponsored by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden.
Again, Beck lauded Ryan for being the “only adult in the room” to tackle the budget crisis head on. And in this case, it would seem a Democrat who was willing to put aside party politics to actually address a serious issue in the most effective way possible is as well.
\Medicare “as we know it” is doomed to failure, which begs the question: Why is it terrible to banish Medicare the way we know it? Yet while the Obama campaign seeks to scare the elderly into thinking that they will be abandoned without health care when they are ill, the Ryan budget seeks to privatize the current entitlement, which is fiscally unsustainable on its current trajectory. Beck noted that leaving Medicare untouched would ironically destroy the program.
Currently, government decides which benefits and services are covered by Medicare, as well as what price it is willing to pay for said benefits. Ryan’s plan would have government decide on a total sum of money to provide each beneficiary then let those beneficiaries decide which insurance plans they can employ for coverage, thus allowing the market, not bureaucrats to set the price.
Next, Beck tackled the claim that Ryan is a social conservative who wants to take away women’s rights — an assertion Democrats latched on to for the Congressman’s support of the “Sanctity of Human Life Act” which deems life begins at fertilization. Also, the legislation would not ban contraception.
In terms of tax cuts for the wealthy, this has always been the cornerstone of the Democratic platform and is one that would surely be waged on just about any Republican contender to enter the ring.
At one point during the broadcast, Beck aired clips of Ryan responding to different points of interest and expressing his stance on various platforms, from how rights come “from God” to American exceptionalism; from his harsh critiques of Timothy Geithner to his vow to remove barriers that would prevent people from becoming successful in their endeavors.
“I don’t worry about people who are already rich,” Ryan stated. “I’m worried about getting people to become successful, removing those barriers so that people who have never seen success before can actually become successful. And when you keep raising all these tax rates, all these regulatory barriers on successful small businesses, how are we going to get the jobs of tomorrow? This redistribution idea, of pitting people against each other, does not work, it’s divisive, and it hardly gives us the kind of attitude we want for businesses to take risks so they can succeed in the future.”
And since the topic of debate currently stems so ardently around health care, Beck was sure to include Ryan’s responses both to Obamacare and the Supreme Court’s ruling on its individual mandate. Ryan asserted that representatives who think Americans want a government takeover of health care simply are “not listening” to their constituents.
“We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity,” Ryan began in another clip.
“And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington. Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth. These are not easy times, but America is an exceptional nation.”