Ryan Not Afraid To Tackle Tough Issues
August 13, 2012 7 Comments
The Romney/Ryan ticket seems to be popular with the GOP base. Around 10,000 people attended rallies in North Carolina and Wisconsin featuring Paul Ryan. Does it matter? In the long run pulling 10,000 for a rally a day after a big announcement probably doesn’t. It does suggest though that the base is pretty excited about Ryan. There’s something to be said for that but it doesn’t matter long term even if bores like Portman and Pawlenty wouldn’t have attracted half the number. What matters is how the Romney campaign operates from here on out. The big race begins now.
There are some on the left salivating over the Ryan selection as though he represents some radical vision of the Tea Party. The left wants to talk about Ryan’s medicare overhaul, it’s a debate worth having. Obamacare cut Medicare by $700 billion. Shall we dispense with the ads showing Paul Ryan throwing granny over a cliff? Ryan’s budget brings issues into the forefront that we need to debate in this country. We cannot afford $1 trillion annual deficits. We already have a national debt over $15 trillion, we cannot afford more debt. Paul Ryan has offered budget that starts to fix the problem. What has Obama offered? A budget that didn’t get a single vote in either House of Congress.
The Medicare issue is one that needs to be debate. The Ryan plan is to keep Medicare as it is for those currently on Medicare and for those over the age of 55. In short, the current system will remain in place for those retired or nearing retirement. For them nothing changes. The change is for those who are still young, likely not focused on their retirement health insurance. For us the system changes to a voucher system, wherein we buy our health insurance from a private insurer with the government picking up a portion of the tab. This would save money by eliminating government bureaucrats and it would free up the free market in health care.
Is the Ryan Medicare proposal perfect? Of course not, no government solution to a government created problem ever is. But it moves the Federal government towards fiscal sanity. We are fast approaching a point where we can no longer afford massive entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. There is going to come a point in the next decade or two when we won’t have enough young workers paying into the system, thus more will be going out than coming in. Ryan wants to reform these programs now rather than wait until it’s to late in 20 years. This is a debate we need to have, Paul Ryan has at least given us something to discuss.
The Democrats don’t want any discussion of entitlement reform, even if we’re only talking about entitlement reform for those not near retirement age. These guys want never ending cradle to grave entitlements that apparently never cease or cost to much. Wanting to reform a failing system brings cries of outrage and ads showing Republican Congressmen throwing grandma off a cliff or eating dog food. For all the things we can complain about concerning Washington politics, Ryan isn’t part of the problem. He isn’t the one bucking responsibility or doing nothing while the government collapses into a sea of debt. He’s offered something, apparently the Democrats are to afraid to discuss his proposal in a serious way.
This is why the Ryan pick is so good. I get the sense that the public is tired of the never ending personal attacks and the refusals to tackle tough issues in a bipartisan manner. (Ryan’s medicare proposal is supported by a Democrat from Oregon) People are tired of talking about Bain Capital and Romney’s tax returns. No one is interested in Obama’s birth certificate or how he got into Columbia University. The country wants its leaders to offer solutions and reach some sort of bipartisan consensus. The Democrats think Paul Ryan will be easy to pick apart, that isn’t going to be the case. The public is going to grow to like him over the next couple months because he’s going to talk about ideas and he’s going to offer an alternative to the failed Obama plan.