Monday, January 12, 2015

Ryan Says "No!" to 2016: The Right Thing

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced his disinclination to running for President in 2016. As I had written four  years ago, Ryan is doing the right thing.

As a failed Vice Presidential candidate in from 2012, Ryan does not have a nationally recognized record of campaign victory.  Despite his tremendous showing in one debate against Vice President Joe Biden, Ryan could not heat up a watered down ticket headed by moderate Mitt Romney, who attempted to veer right after a protracted primary season, then a fraught general election fight.

Moreover, Ryan’s record in the House is not as commendable as it could be. He brokered the necessary sequester during 2013, then backed away from certain cuts to forge compromises, with continued spending and debt. While passing legislation to reform pensions for veterans, he neglected to demand reforms of unsustainable entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Despite devising a great financial and domestic agenda in 2012, he never introduced, let alone implemented them in 2013 or 2014. He even announced his support for immigration “reform”. At that point, I had lost all respect for Ryan.

Before Congressman and Committee Chairman Paul Ryan mulls another national bid, he needs to get his own house in order: ditch amnesty for illegal immigrants, reduce the tax code, replace Obamacare with free-market reforms, remove the immense kickbacks to Big Business (including Big Pharma), empower the severeal states against the federal government, and support Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for President in 2016.

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