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Excellent choice! this shows that Mitt Romney is dead serious about stopping out of control spending, keeping inportant entitlements solivent, and balancing the budget and tackling the national debt. It is about time someone stood up and became the only adult in the room. If you give a damn about the next generations future and don't want financial collapse you need to support Romney/Ryan
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President Obama 2012!

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It's been some time since it has been revealed that Paul Ryan, presumptive vice presidential candidate, paid for a good portion of his college tuition through social security.
As Raw Story detailed in a 2011 article, based on a profile of Ryan in Wisconsin Magazine:
Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s most outspoken advocate for cutting and privatizing Social Security, has already benefited from Social Security himself, in the form of survivor benefits he received after his father’s untimely death.
From the age of 16, when his 55-year-old father died of a heart attack, until he was 18, Ryan received Social Security payments, which, according to a lengthy profile in WI Magazine, he put away for college. The eventual budget czar attended Miami University in Ohio to earn a B.A. in economics and political science, and landed a congressional internship as a junior.
Ryan’s congressional ascent, all the way to the top spot on the Budget Committee, began with his Social Security-funded college education.
In addition, Ryan's grandmother, a beneficiary of Social Security and Medicare, moved back into the Ryan family home when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
No one, even Ryan, argues that young Paul returned all this government program money – the very programs at the epicenter of his plan for destroying their current structure and leaving seniors to the vagaries of Wall Street gamblers. Nor, now since he is in an adult in a better financial position due to having a taxpayer funded job, a wealthy wife, and an extended family business that has now prospered, not even now has Ryan offered to repay the government for the assistance his family benefitted from.(His mother almost certainly also received social security benefits when Paul's father died.)
In fact, Ryan's family business is a prime example of one that could not have thrived without government assistance: in the form of roads that allowed it to move its heavy equipment from site to site, government contracts (it cites "highway interchanges and entrance roads" as one of its earth moving projects), and government zoning approval and incentives to businesses whose projects the Ryan Incorporated Central Works on. That, by the way, is only what can be gleaned in likely government financial benefits to Ryan's extended family firm from their website. Lord knows what an actual audit would turn up in government money adding to the firm's profit.
But the biggest hypocrisy of Paul Ryan is that he has spent most of his adult life on the taxpayer payroll, first being elected as a US congressman in 1998, now serving his 14th year – and the favorite for a seat even if the GOP ticket loses because he is apparently going to run simultaneously for both VP and being re-elected congressman from Wisconsin's 1st District, located on the Illinois border.
What has allowed Ryan to become an inside the beltway and corporate media-accepted "bold thinker (when he is really an Ayn Rand economic terrorist) is his cushy taxpayer funded salary and benefits as a congressman since 1998.(He is only 42, so this has been his primary source of income for most of his adult life.) And this is what he gets from our taxes:
The current salary (2011-2012) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year….
As it is for all other federal employees, congressional retirement is funded through taxes and the participants' contributions. Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes.
Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they've completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. Please also note that Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension.
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The amount of a congressperson's pension depends on the years of service and the average of the highest 3 years of his or her salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member's retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.
As for medical and insurance and healthcare, most Americans can only dream of the coverage Ryan has received because we pay for most of it. According to the Annenberg Public Policy Fact Check:
Like other large employers, the government pays a large share of the cost of coverage. On average, the government pays 72 percent of the premiums for its workers, up to a maximum of 75 percent depending on the policy chosen. For example, the popular Blue Cross and Blue Shield standard fee-for-service family plan carries a total premium of $1,327.80 per month, of which the beneficiary pays $430.04. Washington, D.C.-based employees who prefer an HMO option might choose the Kaiser standard family plan. It carries a total premium of $825.15 per month, of which the employee pays only $206.29.
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Great Choice. Ryan is always one of the smartest, most hard working people in any Room. A real contract with the Obama people who lust to leave our children buried in extinction level DEBT and never ending Entitlement Tsunami's. We can save America or Vote for more Obama. The choice is ours.
Ron Paul 2012

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Aug 13, 2012
 
If you want real change by ending the special interest then vote for Gary Johnson!
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JANESVILLE, Wis.— In 2009, as Representative Paul Ryan was railing against President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package as a “wasteful spending spree,” he wrote at least four letters to Obama’s secretary of energy asking that millions of dollars from the program be granted to a pair of Wisconsin conservation groups, according to documents obtained by The Globe.
The advocacy appeared to pay off; both groups were awarded the economic recovery funds — one receiving a $20 million grant to help thousands of local businesses and homes improve their energy efficiency, agency documents show.
Ryan’s letters to the energy secretary praising the energy initiatives as he sought a portion of the funding are in sharp contrast to the House Budget Committee chairman’s image as a Tea Party movement favorite adamantly opposed to federal spending on such programs.
Ryan’s views are garnering new attention since his selection Saturday.

The documents show that Ryan’s attempts to take advantage of the stimulus funds even after he voted against them was more expansive than previously reported. Ryan was criticized by some House Democrats in 2010 after the Wall Street Journal reported that he was among several Republican lawmakers who sought the stimulus money for their constituents by, in his case, writing a letter in 2010 to the Department of Labor.
The additional letters include his praise for the energy program’s aims, and clash with his own budget priorities, which call for curtailing many of the same Department of Energy investments that are designed to spur the growth of green technologies and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
“I was pleased that the primary objectives of their project will allow residents and businesses in the partner cities to reduce their energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate the local economy by creating new jobs,” Ryan wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Dec. 18, 2009, on behalf of the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation.
Ryan’s campaign spokesman, Brendan Buck, declined to comment on Monday, pointing the Globe to the statement from Ryan’s Capitol Hill spokesman at the time of the Wall Street Journal article in 2010.
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ZCs wrote:
JANESVILLE, Wis.— In 2009, as Representative Paul Ryan was railing against President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package as a “wasteful spending spree,” he wrote at least four letters to Obama’s secretary of energy asking that millions of dollars from the program be granted to a pair of Wisconsin conservation groups, according to documents obtained by The Globe.
The advocacy appeared to pay off; both groups were awarded the economic recovery funds — one receiving a $20 million grant to help thousands of local businesses and homes improve their energy efficiency, agency documents show.
Ryan’s letters to the energy secretary praising the energy initiatives as he sought a portion of the funding are in sharp contrast to the House Budget Committee chairman’s image as a Tea Party movement favorite adamantly opposed to federal spending on such programs.
Ryan’s views are garnering new attention since his selection Saturday.
The documents show that Ryan’s attempts to take advantage of the stimulus funds even after he voted against them was more expansive than previously reported. Ryan was criticized by some House Democrats in 2010 after the Wall Street Journal reported that he was among several Republican lawmakers who sought the stimulus money for their constituents by, in his case, writing a letter in 2010 to the Department of Labor.
The additional letters include his praise for the energy program’s aims, and clash with his own budget priorities, which call for curtailing many of the same Department of Energy investments that are designed to spur the growth of green technologies and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
“I was pleased that the primary objectives of their project will allow residents and businesses in the partner cities to reduce their energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate the local economy by creating new jobs,” Ryan wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Dec. 18, 2009, on behalf of the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation.
Ryan’s campaign spokesman, Brendan Buck, declined to comment on Monday, pointing the Globe to the statement from Ryan’s Capitol Hill spokesman at the time of the Wall Street Journal article in 2010.
Once a bill is passed and signed into law, there is nothing that says a Congressman can't ask for appropriations even if he voted against the bill, Sherlock.
You arte just part of the un-informed and entitlement class, so you believe only you are entitled to government funds.
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Ohbummer sucks!! Only the leeches that suck on the govt titties want obammy!! President Downgrade is going down!!
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Obama has so dropped the ball as President that the middle east has completely become unraveled. He turned his back on Egypt and now muslim brrotherhood has totally siezed control,. They have as their platform the total destruction of Israel. Now we find out that they don't even moniter our waters and airspace as a Russian nuclear powered attack submarine was undetected in Gulf of Mexico for over 2 weeks. What a total assclown Obama is.
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Paul Ryan is an excellent pick for Mitt. By this pick Romney displays a serious desire too seriously fix our country. I am 100% on board and they will win in Nov.
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RomneyRyanRocks wrote:
Paul Ryan is an excellent pick for Mitt. By this pick Romney displays a serious desire too seriously fix our country. I am 100% on board and they will win in Nov.
Romney has out raised Obama for 3 consecutive months, help make August 4 months in a row, here: http://www.mittromney.com/
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While I understand the pick was to primarily energize the GOP base, this pick is a huge gamble to court the independent vote. The independents have decided national races since 1976...

Being no fan of the current POTUS, this pick may have done enough to get the undecided votes to the Democrats. All the democrats have to do is put Ryan's plan to eliminate Social Security for those that have not paid into the Social Security trust...
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The Romney ticket remains a loser.
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We the American people have had all we are going to take and we want our country back. That is what the tea party stands for we are taking action and Obama/Biden and his imps are going down. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012
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You know, if you can rise above all of the crap politics going on, especially from Obama and his ilk, and look at the bottom line, you have a choice in November. You can either consider the tragic wreckage from the current administration and the effects to the US as a precursor to what the next 4 years will look like, or you pick someone that does have the experience in free market, government, budgets, and a lot more conservative approach to things to stop this sinking ship.

All of the irrelevant squabbling between classes of people over bits of information such as tax returns, school records, birth certificates, capital gains, blah blah blah.... it just clouds judgement on the "here and now".

This is NOT rocket science folks. I know everyone wants to act like they have the 411 on the "other guy" and so many will take what they have heard from the media (regardless of the bias, to the left or right) and treat it as gospel. It all still comes down to doing your own investigation of the candidates and considering all the you read and hear as advisement.

Then take the 'PERFORMANCE' of their past into consideration. Look at the facts:

1. Obama's last 4 years speaks for itself. It's abysmal ... When he is finally out of office the stuff that will be written and the ripple effect of his presidency will be fodder for years to come.

2. Romney is a successful business man, has served in both private and public capacity, and is a conservative. Maybe not as conservative as some would want, but it leans a LOT in the right direction. He partners with Ryan who also knows the budget side of the government house better than just about anyone and speaks it fluently and knows that we don't need to fix the 'SYMPTOMS' in the fiscal cliff we are racing toward, but knows that we need to fix the 'CAUSE' so it slams the brakes on massive government spending, programs such as welfare and the like, and will help turn this country around.

Obama had a super majority for a couple of years and he pissed it away. He chose to levy MASSIVE burdens on those that pay Federal Income Taxes and penalize businesses with more government policies. Simply put, he has a stranglehold on the US and lord knows how long we will end up paying for that in the years to come.

So come all ye faithful and unfaithful. Look clearly at the options before you. Obama has given you 4 years. I don't expect miracles, even in 4 years. But if we're all being honest with ourselves here, what he has given us literally has done nothing for this country except cause weakness to our core. He has easily shown he is not fit for that position, and needs to go back to whatever rock from which he crawled out from under.

Romney/Ryan are easily the right pick.
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Perfect to defeat! Thanks!
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When Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate, we were told we were going to get the Big Debate on the Big Questions we’ve all been waiting for. Well, so far, it isn’t quite working out that way. The distinguishing fact of the Romney-Ryan campaign thus far is the extent to which it is built on outright lies in a desperate attempt to avoid honest debate at all costs. The Romney-Ryan strategy is the farthest thing in the world from a Big Debate. Instead, they muddy the waters as much as possible and lie as much as possible, and hope the press doesn’t call them on it and hope voters buy it.

The most blatant lie about Obama concerns the welfare rule change, which the Romney campaign is still pushing in a new ad. The Romney ad campaign says exactly the opposite of what the new rule stipulates. PolitiFact called the first Romney ad “Pants on Fire,” and Glenn Kessler gave it four Pinocchios. But now here they come with a second ad saying that Obama “ended the work requirement.” Plainly and provably not true.


This is not normal. Normal is to stretch the truth. The Obama campaign stretches the truth in trying to connect Romney more directly than it should to Bain-related layoffs that happened after 2002. That’s your basic reach, and the campaign has been called on it. But it’s not a total lie. There is some little grain of truth there, that “Mitt Romney’s company” oversaw such-and-such layoffs, as there usually is in attack ads, even the most vicious ones. The Willie Horton ads were, after all, true. Racist, but true. But the Romney welfare ads have no grain of truth at all.


Okay. Just making stuff up about the other guy is bad enough. But it is in terms of past and future positions that what Romney-Ryan are doing really plows new and dishonorable earth. What’s happened on Medicare in the last week is just jaw-dropping. Did Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer and the folks at AEI lust for a huge philosophical throw down on Medicare solvency? Did they want a ticket that would courageously say to America, as Ryan used to say, that we just can’t afford to pay for all this anymore, and you, America, must now choose between the conservative truth-tellers and the liberal softies who will just tell you what you want to hear?


I think they wanted exactly that. But that sure isn’t what they’re getting. Romney and Ryan are both turning somersaults to say that they are this big government program’s true protectors. Ryan even dragged his mother into it over the weekend! And as for Romney, it is just astonishing to hear him stand up as he did last week and whack Obama for cutting $716 billion from Medicare while lavishing praise on Ryan, whose Medicare plan from last year cuts exactly the same $716 billion (and then some), and say that he and Ryan are going to save Medicare, unlike that nasty Obama.
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Excellent choice! this shows that Mitt Romney is dead serious about stopping out of control spending, keeping inportant entitlements solivent, and balancing the budget and tackling the national debt. It is about time someone stood up and became the only adult in the room. If you give a damn about the next generations future and don't want financial collapse you need to support Romney/Ryan
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