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Game changer News Round up: “Romney picks Ryan”. Awesome, tremedous, excellent, fabulous, bold, smart and courageous, empowering and serious, a lightening rod, truly a plan to save America, read on…

August 12, 2012

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, in first appearance as part of Mitt Romney’s GOP presidential ticket, accuses Obama of failing to fix the economy and fiscal mess, but pledges to Americans that ‘we can turn this thing around.’

Watch the Ryan Announcement

By on 8.11.12 @ 11:10AM

For those deprived of cable television (all I have on my TV is Olympics and infomcericals!) here’s the full Romney-Ryan announcement via C-SPAN.

Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin gives Newsmax readers an exclusive, detailed look at his plans to save America. He says that President Obama has spent his term in office “pursuing an ideological agenda,” and that a Romney presidency will “renew the American promise of leaving our children a stronger nation than the one our parents left us.” [Full Story]

What is the ‘Ryan plan’? Budget  proposal back in spotlight with VP announcement

Published August 11, 2012 FoxNews.com


With Rep. Paul Ryan selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate, voters will be  hearing a lot about the so-called “Ryan” plan.

So what is it?

Though each party has strong feelings about what Ryan’s controversial budget  proposal entails, here are a few highlights. Just the facts:

  • The latest full-scale version of the plan, unveiled in March, vows to cut  spending by $5 trillion over the next decade, compared against President Obama’s  plan.
  • The plan would, a decade from now, give seniors the option of taking a  government payment to purchase health insurance. That payment could be used to  buy a private insurance plan, or go toward the traditional Medicare plan. The  plan calls for extra assistance to help low-income beneficiaries and those with  “greater health risks.”
  • The plan would overhaul Medicaid by turning it into a block grant system for  states.
  • The plan would cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. It  would implement two individual income tax brackets — 10 percent and 25  percent.
  • The plan would head off the scheduled automatic defense cuts, first by  diverting the planned $55 million defense cut in 2013 by implementing those cuts  elsewhere.
  • The plan vows to bring the size of government to 20 percent of GDP by  2015.

All of these goals by the way should be chalked up in the desperately needed category!

Michael Reagan: Dad Would Approve of Ryan VP Pick – Ronald Reagan would approve of Mitt Romney’s choice for a vice presidential
running mate if he were alive today, his son, Michael told Newsmax, as he called Paul Ryan’s selection the Republican hopeful’s “first great move.”…

The Reagan in RomneyLarry Kudlow Host, “The Kudlow Report” “He’s the most fiscally conservative Republican standard-bearer since the Gipper.”

Romney-Ryan: Best Since Ronald Reagan. It Even Sounds Like the Right RR

Quin  Hillyer –  This choice rocks.  Absolutely fantastic. Paul Ryan is the future of the conservative movement. And, finally, the future may be now.

Tea Party Groups Enthused by Ryan Pick
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate has ignited nationwide grass-roots support for the GOP ticket. [Full Story]

Paul Ryan gets it. As he said to a cheering crowd, “America is more than just a place, though. America is an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.”

Can I get a “Halleljuah, Brother Paul!”?

He continued with an obvious sincerity and emotion: “That’s who we are. That’s how we built this country. That’s what made us great. That’s our founding. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. And this idea was founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination, and government byconsent of the governed.”

Ryan promised that he and Romney “won’t duck the tough issues; we will lead. We won’t blame others; we will take responsibility. And we won’t replace our founding principles; we will reapply them.”

It was remarkable to hear the audience respond when Paul Ryan asked rhetorically “what kind of people do we want to be?” They yelled in near-unison “free!”

Ryan continued “we can turn this thing around. But it will take leadership and the courage to tell you the truth…Together we will unite America and get this done!

It reminds me that one possible downside of Romney’s choice of running mate is how many Republicans will wish that their roles were reversed!

Romney’s Ten Strike

By on 8.11.12 @ 10:29AM

Yesterday Rush Limbaugh was talking about a column written by Charles Krauthammer in which Charles was noting that

There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology….

If you run against Mr. Obama’s performance in contrast to your own competence, you stake your case on persona. Is that how you want to compete against an opponent who is not just more likable and immeasurably cooler, but spending millions to paint you as an unfeeling, out-of-touch, job-killing, private-equity plutocrat?

The ideological case, on the other hand, is not just appealing to a center-right country with twice as many conservatives as liberals, it is also explanatory. It underpins the stewardship argument. Mr. Obama’s ideology — and the program that followed –explains the failure of these four years.

This is exactly correct.

In fact, while Rush was modest, in case you’ve missed it Rush himself has spent year after year underlining the importance of understanding ideology to understand the left – or for that matter the right.

To pick Paul Ryan is to acknowledge that what Barack Obama has done is a function of understanding why he has done it.

Four years ago Sean Hannity took all kinds of grief for repeatedly focusing on Obama’s associations with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and the unrepentant bomber Bill Ayers. But there was a reason Hannity kept coming back to this. To sit in the pews of Jeremiah Wright for 20 years without a peep of disagreement about the far-left Wright doctrines of socialism and black theology, to begin a political campaign in the living room of the former Weatherman Bill Ayers and his leftist radical wife Bernadine Dohrn, all this was a sure sign that in some considerable measure Barack Obama was in fact a man of the far left.

In 2008 America, tired of George Bush, uninspired by John McCain, thrilled to finally break the color barrier in the presidency, allowed itself to see something in Barack Obama that he decidedly was not. This was not a man of some gauzy centrist fantasy of Hope and Change. Beneath it all, totally un-vetted by the liberal media, this was a hard core leftist who did indeed mean exactly what he said. Barack Obama wanted to transform America. Transform it from the historic America that is a land of freedom based on natural rights given from the hand of God – to a socialist“paradise” where your rights are decided by a Washington bureaucrat. A land where the tyranny of government is involved in every nook and cranny of life, running everything from your health care to your business to your church.

Paul Ryan, a former aide to the late Jack Kemp, a man who understands to his core the ideals of Ronald Reagan, is Barack Obama’s opposite in all the ways that count. He is in many ways the political son of Reagan and Kemp.

Governor Romney has scored a political ten strike. Within minutes of the Ryan news the Obama campaign was already forced to change it’s tune – moving away from slander to substance.  They’ll be back with more of the slander, for sure. But now they will have to deal with substance – and somebody who knows that substance better than they do.

Bring on the Ryan-Biden debate.

The future begins now.

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by Roger L Simon In choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Romney took the risk he would be outshone, but he did America a favor.

PAUL RAHE:  Romney’s Declaration Of War.“In choosing Paul Ryan as his Vice-Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has opted to go for broke, and he has indicated that he is a serious man — less concerned with becoming President of the United States than with saving the country from the disaster in store for it if we not radically reverse course, willing to risk a loss for the sake of being able to win a mandate for reform.”

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Yes, Ryan Pick a Game Changer

IT’S ROMNEY-RYAN 2012.“Ryan puts the national debt front and center in the election, on par with or maybe even ahead of jobs. This is a winner of an issue, it’s what motivated people in 2010, and it will cause huge turnout.”
The Return of the ‘Radical Republicans’ August 11, 2012 Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are on the right side of history when the Democrats are using this “hallowed” term once again.  More

Ryan: ‘We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead’ August 11, 2012 First speech by Romney’s running mate. More

A man, a plan, an election, Ryan August 11, 2012 Mitt Romney has gone for the gold with his choice of Paul Ryan as running mate.  More

Ryan and Obama have mixed it up before August 11, 2012 Remember the 6 minutes of gold where Ryan sliced up Obamacare right in front of the president? More


Obama’s predictable first shot at Ryan August 11, 2012 It didn’t work in 2010 and it won’t work now. More

The Ryan Rollout
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5 notable points about Paul Ryan’s selection as Romney’s running mate

August 11, 2012 By Matt K. Lewis Bio | Archive | Email Matt K. Lewis

Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan will be debated for days. There is much to discuss, but here are a few things of note that immediately come to my mind.

1. Years ago, Hugh Hewitt wrote a book about Romney called “A Mormon in the White House.” Today’s title might be “A Mormon (and a Catholic!) in the White House.” Historically speaking, this is a big deal.

2. Ryan’s selection will please (appease?) conservatives. In fact, a few prominent conservative bloggers had launched a #giveusRyan Twitter hashtag. This will be a real opportunity for a serious debate about the budget, and — should Romney-Ryan win — they will have a mandate to actually tackle entitlement reform, etc. But, as I noted years ago, Ryan’s actual voting record isn’t exactly what you’d expect from the icon of fiscal conservatism.

3. Liberals will attempt to demonize Ryan and his budget. They will talk about his affinity for Ayn Rand (which I explained/debunked here.) And they will, of course, talk about his budget (ironically, back in January 2011, I mocked the notion that “anybody’s going to be thinking about a Congressman in Wisconsin” come November of 2012.) I was wrong.

4. For conservatives, there is also a potential downside — in that they now OWN the 2012 election. If Romney-Ryan ’12 loses, it will be harder for conservatives to blame Romney’s record as a moderate as the sole cause.

5. Jack Kemp has to be smiling today. (And by the way, the line about “right wing social engineering” likely came from Kemp.) Also worth noting is that Ryan’s other former mentor, former Rep. Mark Neumann(who previously occupied Ryan’s current House seat), will be on the ballot in Wisconsin this Tuesday. He’s running for U.S. senate in a hotly contested primary.

Here are a few interesting facts about the Wisconsin congressman:

Ryan worked for Oscar Meyer while in college and even drove the Wienermobile.

He was elected to Congress in 1998 at the age of 28.

He’s a big fan of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand — even saying that he has made Rand’s magnum opus “Atlas Shrugged” required reading for his staff and interns. Recently, however, the Catholic Ryan noted that he didn’t subscribe to Rand’s atheist philosophy

Before being elected to Congress, Ryan worked as a speechwriter for Jack Kemp, the late New York congressman and vice-presidential candidate in 1996.

Ryan previously worked as a fitness trainer in Washington, and he leads a group of congressmen in the workout P90X when Congress is in session.

Ryan is best known for his conservative budget plan, “The Path to Prosperity.” The plan has passed the House of Representatives — albeit in slightly different iterations — the past two years with almost all Republicans and no Democrats voting for it. The plan drastically reforms Medicare and has been demagogued by the left — one liberal ad in 2011 even went so far as to depict a Ryan look-alike pushing an old lady off a cliff.

A PPP poll from July suggests Ryan could help Romney win Wisconsin. In a generic match-up between Romney and Obama, the poll showed Obama up six percentage points. But when Ryan was listed as Romney’s running mate, Ryan narrowed the gap for Romney by 5 percentage points, making it a 1 percentage point race in Obama’s favor.

House Dem Congratulates His Cousin’s Hubby for Becoming Romney’s VP Pick

A Blue Dog House Democrat today congratulated the husband of his cousin, Janna Little Ryan, for becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate.

The wife of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is the niece of former Oklahoma governor and Sen. David Boren, who is the father of Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.).

“Janna and I grew up together and I couldn’t be more proud of my cousin,” Boren said. “Like my late mother after whom she is named, Janna is a wonderful parent to their children and will be Paul’s strongest supporter on the campaign trail. Paul has a firm moral compass and has always approached his job as a congressman with diligence and honesty.”

One of Boren’s two children with his wife, Andrea, is named Janna, as well.

“Having many friends on both sides of the aisle, he is an effective and talented leader,” Boren continued in his praise of Ryan. “Although we belong in different political parties, I see Paul as a friend, a fellow hunter, and most importantly, a family man.”

Boren and Ryan are both members of the Sportsmen’s Caucus.

It’s likely that the Blue Dog might help Ryan on the campaign trail, as the Dem who only votes with his party half of the time chose not to run for re-election this fall and has been critical of President Obama.

Janna Little was a tax attorney in Washington when she was introduced to freshman congressman Ryan. The two became engaged after about a year of dating, married in 2000 and have three children. She’s a graduate of Wellesley College and George Washington University Law School.

Paul Ryan boosts Romney with strong gun-rights record.

Posted at 3:30 pm on August 11, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Paul Ryan Hunting 2Normally, when you see Paul Ryan’s name crop up in terms of policy debate, it tends to be in the area of the economy. (Not terribly surprising, being the head of the budget committee and a widely recognized fiscal policy wonk.) But the man has been on the scene for quite a while and certainly has opinions on other issues of concern to voters. So where does Mitt Romney’s new running mate stand on the issues of gun owners rights, hunting and the associated freedoms that Americans enjoy? Well, for one thing, he’s got an A rating from the NRA.

Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. National cross-state standard for concealed carry.

How does he feel about hunting in general? Mitt has been the recipient of some ribbing over his “hunting varmints” comments. Even though this particular shot was from bow hunting season, it’s clear that Ryan prefers larger game.

The Virginia Shooting Sports Association was quick to weigh in.

Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Ryan brings a strong budgetary background to the ticket but also brings a strong record of support for the Second Amendment. Sportsmen and hunters will also relate to Ryan’s love of hunting and fishing, something that is very popular in his native Wisconsin. Ryan regularly posts photos from his hunting trips on his Facebook page. Now is the time to go “All In” and work hard to Defend Freedom and Defeat Obama.

There’s really not much in the way of “nuance” here. Ryan is, by all accounts, a physical fitness enthusiast, an avid hunter and an uncompromising champion of the second amendment rights of citizens. No squeamishness, no compromise, no blurred lines. If that’s something of interest to you in the candidates on a presidential ticket, file it away for further use.