Ryan VP choice signals GOP focus on economy

Congressman immediately attacks Obama economic efforts

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) and vice presidential candidate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan are joined by Ryan's daughter, Liza, as they wave to the crowd while campaigning Saturday.
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NORFOLK, Va. — Republican Mitt Romney anointed Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, an ardent conservative and devoted budget cutter, as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, and the two men immediately embarked on a tour of campaign battleground states vowing to defeat President Obama and repair the long-ailing U.S. economy.

America is “a nation facing debt, doubt and despair,” and a transformative change in leadership is vital, Ryan declared to a flag-waving crowd in the first moments after Romney introduced him as his partner for the fall campaign.

“Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem... and Mitt Romney is the solution,” said the seven-term lawmaker, who at 42 is a generation younger than Romney, 65. Ryan is chairman of the House Budget Committee, the chief architect of deeply controversial budget plans and widely viewed by Republican lawmakers as an intellectual leader within the party.

The two Republican ticket mates basked in the cheers of supporters in a made-for-television debut on a ticket hoping to make Obama’s first term his last. “I did not make a mistake with this guy,” Romney exulted.

Romney declared that in the campaign to come, Republicans will present economic solutions “that are bold, specific and achievable. … We offer our commitment to help create 12 million new jobs and to bring better take-home pay to middle class families.”

The party establishment, rank-and-file conservatives and tea party groups all cheered the pick made by Romney, whose own record as a moderate during his term as Massachusetts governor less than a decade ago made his march to the presidential nomination an uneven one.

Obama’s campaign didn’t wait long to respond. It criticized the budget blueprints Ryan has authored, particularly his recommendations to fundamentally remake Medicare and cut $5.3 trillion in government spending over the coming decade.

Ryan joins a race that has been defined from the beginning by a weak economy and high unemployment, measured most recently at 8.3 percent in July. Even so, recent national polls as well as surveys in several battleground states indicate a narrow advantage for Obama.

While Romney’s pick unified Republicans, the impact in swing states such as Florida, Iowa and Pennsylvania was an open question. All are home to large numbers of seniors whose reaction to Ryan’s prescription for Medicare is certain to be tested by Democrats.

Ryan’s selection as well as Romney’s own nomination will be ratified by delegates to the Republican National Convention that begins on Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be nominated for a second term at the Democratic convention the following week. The vice president called Ryan to congratulate him on his selection, the president’s campaign said.

The GOP ticket made its debut at a naval museum in Norfolk, Va., opening stop of a long-planned bus tour through four states in as many days. A trip to Ryan’s home state was added to previously scheduled appearances in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.

The USS Wisconsin, berthed at the museum, provided a bunting-draped backdrop, a symbol of the nation’s military strength as well as an obvious reference to Ryan’s home state.

First Romney, then Ryan, jogged down the ship’s gangplank to the cheers of hundreds and the stirring soundtrack from the movie “Air Force One.”

As his family came on stage, Ryan knelt to embrace his daughter, Liza, 10, and sons Charles, 8, and Sam 7, before kissing his wife, Janna.

Later, the two held a rally in Ashland, Va., where Ryan said he had good news and bad news.

The bad news is that “President Obama is the president of the United States, and the good news is that on November the 6th he won’t be any longer,” he said.

A fired-up crowd cheered Romney and Ryan, supporters on bleachers at one point stamping their feet to create a loud rumble.

One campaign official said Romney settled on Ryan on Aug. 1, more than a week ago, and informed Beth Myers, the longtime aide who had shepherded the secretive process that led to the selection. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, not authorized to be named in providing details.

Romney and Ryan had an unannounced meeting last Sunday, and the congressman accepted the offer, campaign officials said.

Asked during the day if accepting the offer was an easy decision, Ryan replied, “It was, it was, we’ve got to save the country.”

In making his pick, Romney bypassed other potential running mates, including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Officials said he had called all five to notify them of his decision.

“I am deeply excited and honored to join you as your running mate,” Ryan said in his first words at Romney’s side.

Democrats took a dim view of Ryan’s record.

“The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires and deep cuts in education, from Head Start to college aid,” Jim Messina, the president’s campaign manager, said in a written statement.

“His plan would also end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors.”

There was one unscripted moment during the day, when Romney mistakenly introduced Ryan as the next president. He returned to the podium to say, “Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake. I didn’t make a mistake with this guy. But I can tell you this, he is going to be the next vice president of the United States.”

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan is primary author of conservative tax and spending blueprints that the tea party-infused Republican majority approved over vigorous Democratic opposition in 2011 and again in 2012.

They envision transforming Medicare into a program in which future seniors would receive government checks that they could use to purchase health insurance. Under the current program, the government directly pays doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.

Ryan and other supporters say the change is needed to prevent the program from financial calamity. Critics argue it would impose ever-increasing costs on seniors.

Other elements of the budget plan would cut projected spending for Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, as well as food stamps, student loans and other social programs that Obama and Democrats have pledged to defend.

In all, it projects spending cuts of $5.3 trillion over a decade, and would cut future projected deficits substantially.

It also envisions a far-reaching overhaul of the tax code of the sort Romney has promised.

Romney and Ryan appeared comfortable with each other when they campaigned together earlier in the year. The former governor eagerly shared the microphone with the younger man and they shared hamburgers at a fast food restaurant.

In making an endorsement before his state’s primary last spring, Ryan said, “I picked who I think is going to be the next president of the United States — I picked Mitt Romney. … The moment is here. The country can be saved. It is not too late to get America back on the right track. … It is not too late to save the American idea.”

Romney was the subject of an April Fools prank in which Ryan played a role. Romney showed up at a supposed campaign event where he heard Ryan calling him “the next president of the United States” — only to find the room nearly empty.

Ryan has worked in Washington for much of his adult life, a contrast to Romney, who frequently emphasizes his experience in business. He is also well-known for his fiendish physical fitness workouts. He is a Roman Catholic.

His congressional district in southeast Wisconsin has something of a bipartisan voting record. Obama took 54 percent of the vote there in 2008, while the congressman received 64 percent in winning re-election.

The bus tour takes Romney through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. All are battlegrounds where Obama won in 2008.

WHO IS PAUL RYAN?

NAME: Paul Davis Ryan

AGE-BIRTH DATE-LOCATION: 42; Jan. 29, 1970; Janesville, Wis.

EXPERIENCE: U.S. Representative; 1998-present; marking consultant, Ryan Inc. Central, 1997-1998; legislative director for U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, 1995-1997; adviser and speechwriter, Empower America, 1993-1995; aide to U.S. Sen. Bob Kasten, 1992.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Miami University of Ohio, 1992.

FAMILY: Wife, Janna; a daughter and two sons.

QUOTE: “Here in Wisconsin, I picked who I think is going to be the next president of the United States — I picked Mitt Romney. The moment is here. The country can be saved. It is not too late to get America back on the right track. ... It is not too late to save the American idea.” — Ryan, speaking during an April 2012 campaign stop with Romney after endorsing him in the Republican primary.

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allhans
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allhans 08/11/12 - 07:10 am
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This is great news. Ryan is

This is great news. Ryan is the best man by far.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/12 - 07:18 am
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Conservative

He is a great conservative choice. He understands the budget better than anyone in Congress. I'd love to see him debate Joe, bless his heart, Biden.

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seenitB4 08/11/12 - 07:27 am
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Hold it a sec

He will have to show me the money....some will have to warm up to him....he has a harsh persona.......Rubio would have been a good choice......we will see how he does in debates.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/11/12 - 07:43 am
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I'm betting that obama's
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I'm betting that obama's campaign strategists are beyond giddy.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/12 - 08:18 am
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Obama's campaign strategists

Obama's campaign strategists will have a story out tomorrow that Paul Ryan personally killed 50 people when he voted against a bridge to nowhere or something because people had to drive around. If Obama had strategists who knew what they were doing, would they have picked Joe, bless his heart, Biden? No way.

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Doug Duncan 08/11/12 - 08:31 am
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Ryan

I think Ryan is a good pick. His knowledge of how to fix the run away spending within our Federal government is an asset. We need a White House that will work to save our free market economy, not socialize it!

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TParty 08/11/12 - 08:35 am
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I disagree with you

I disagree with you SeenitB4.

Many Americans trust Paul Ryan when they see him on TV and hear him speak. He says the right things, utters the right platitudes, looks nice, and sounds reasonable.

The guy knows how to work a camera. And if you think this election will come down to facts, I'm sorry, but that doesn't pass in this country anymore.

Paul Ryan can work a camera and sound smart and convincing to anybody who doesn't understand just how complicated budgets are.

Liberals are going to come after him hard. Riverman is some what right- they are not going to say Ryan has already killed people, instead they will say his budget plan will kill the elderly.

Again, Dems will say Paul Ryan wants to take away Social Security and Medicare, Paul Ryan will say "No I don't," and then it will come down to who they trust more - if you think it comes down to facts, you're nuts.

Ryan is not from a swing state though- so I wonder how that will play out. Ryan obviously looks better on tv compared to Biden, which matters in America, but Ryan isn't known for his foreign policy knowledge. Probably be his only weakness during the debates with Biden (I honestly don't know if Ryan is weak in that area, he could be strong for all I know). If he is weak- all he needs to say is 'America will continue to lead the way, and we'll do it economically, through examples- and this is how we get back on track to being fiscally sound. Once that is done- we won't have to worry about looking at our bank accounts, wondering if we can help those in need like we do now.'

Be prepare for the attacks on Ryan though, of the democrats saying he wants to get rid of Social Security and Medicare.

I just hope there can be a real debate about those things, like we were having about taxes, that went away shortly after Cain dropped out.

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Doug Duncan 08/11/12 - 08:57 am
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Federal Budget

Our situation is fairly clear. Entitlement programs area killing our Country. The federal government is collecting 2.5 trillion in taxes each year. It is spending 3.8 trillion. It pays out 2.5 trillion to the mandatory entitlement programs and interest on the debt. Tax collections only cover entitlement programs and interest! They are borrowing the rest! 3.6 billion per day!

Doug Duncan
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Doug Duncan 08/11/12 - 05:47 pm
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$1.3 trillion

$1.3 trillion...that'll buy a lot of egg salad sandwiches at the tournament!

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Riverman1 08/11/12 - 09:04 am
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They'll not only say Ryan

They'll not only say Ryan will kill people with budget cuts they'll say he kept his dog in a doghouse that was too hot and pulled Peggy Sue's pigtails in 5th grade.

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griff6035 08/11/12 - 09:57 am
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Reporter

If that Reporter had knocked on my door just before midnight, I would have cussed him out and sicked my dog on him.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/11/12 - 09:58 am
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tparty

You are NOT the first on here to disagree with me :)
I will give him a chance......but I'm sticking to my guns......he needs a softer image.....
Hard shots about Medicare won't win votes....what some forget is HOW MUCH seniors have paid into the program for YEARS & still pay monthly for the dang thing...plus you don't have a choice......it may seem to be an entitlement to some BUT when you pay $100 a month whether you use it or not....not much freebie in it!!! IMHO

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soapy_725 08/11/12 - 10:04 am
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First is the issue
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the VP cannot be smarter that P. Second he is another "designated losers" for the (R) party. He fills a spot on the ticket. No more, no less. Third, does this team look like America? Seriously? Our Strength Is In Our Diversity. Ain't no strenth here. They look like a dictionary photo of the "1% elite greed mongers". Two white boys on a mission to save America with God and a flag. Heaven help us when these boys get their "blue jeans on" and roll up them sleeves. LOL LOL LOL If there was hope, and their is none, it would have to come from a Libertarian Platform. Vote for Ron Paul or Libertarian Party. Not a wasted vote, but a vote for who best represents what you believe. If you vote for someone who does not represent your beliefs, then your vote is wasted. You are deceiving yourself when you cast a vote for someone who will not represent your "platform".

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palmetto1008 08/11/12 - 10:17 am
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Many conservative and
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Many conservative and moderate senior citizens will see themselves choosing between their political ideology and their pocketbooks. Who knows which way they will go? But, given that seniors comprise obama's weakest age category...this VP pick just mitigated that weakness to some extent.

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seenitB4 08/11/12 - 10:29 am
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Single women

Like it or not but single women are moving over to Obama....that is something the REPS need to work on.....many women of all flavors just don't want the GOV. making their decisions....on their body---marriage--jobs---etc........so let us not kid ourselves on here .......I want REPS in office BUT I'm not blinded by the news casts.....you can sugar coat it all you want to but the younger generation won't follow behind old thinking--- grouchy---humorless--whiteheads in the political world...
so loosen up....smile more....& don't act like cavemen pulling your wimmen by the hair....
NOW....that should tick off a few today..:)

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TParty 08/11/12 - 11:12 am
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"Like it or not but single

"Like it or not but single women are moving over to Obama"

And married women are moving away from Obama.

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Riverman1 08/11/12 - 12:19 pm
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Paul Ryan is the ultimate Tea Party Candidate

Paul Ryan is the ultimate Tea Party candidate unless you picked Ron Paul. The Wall Street Journal said, "It’s as close to a Ron Paul-esque pick that one could possible ask for in the 87 day slog towards the Nov. 6 election."

Now we have a clear choice...Conservativism v. Socialism.

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allhans 08/11/12 - 01:04 pm
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Jesse Watters asked a female

Jesse Watters asked a female Obama supporter in Iowa if she believed in keeping the government out of our bedrooms. She said "YES!!!~"
He then asked if she thought the government should pay for whatever takes place in the bedroom..she was at first at a loss for words but "
finally said, "well, no'.:

It's all in how you ask the questions. Fluke saying Republicans wants to take away a woman's reproductive rights, when all along it is about paying for a woman's reproductive acts. She know better but loves those Obama hugs she gets after performing her trained performance.

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Hucklebuck 08/11/12 - 01:31 pm
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I am republican but.........

I swear I get the funny feeling in my gut that the whole political game is just a sham. Of all the possible choices this maybe the worst one. Not that there is anything wrong with Ryan but his is the boogeyman that wants to take away medicaire from our seniors (at least that's how he is going to be portrayed). The Obama camp has to be licking their chops at the opportunity to go after this guy. We may never know if better people turned the offer down but Obama's campaign is pushing class warfare and it seems like our two candidates were hand delivered to him to help him get his point across. It all feels like one big manipulation on the american people.

Has Obama said anything about what he wants to do in his 2nd term? With no reelection to worry about we may see what his real agenda is.

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Riverman1 08/11/12 - 02:33 pm
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"Has Obama said anything

"Has Obama said anything about what he wants to do in his 2nd term? "

Well, he winked and said tell Vladimir he could do more after he is reelected. But Ryan is going to galvanize the Tea Party once again. They displayed enormous power in the Congressional elections and are poised to get behind someone like Paul Ryan.

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KSL 08/11/12 - 05:20 pm
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River, Fool Me Twice.

River, Fool Me Twice.

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burninater 08/11/12 - 05:26 pm
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Actually Riverman, Ryan may

Actually Riverman, Ryan may not draw broad spectrum Tea Party enthusiasm. Much of the Tea Party support in the midterms was in the form of the senior vote, and the Ryan budget plans for Medicare hit close to home for that voting bloc.

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Doug Duncan 08/11/12 - 10:49 pm
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Clear choice

I agree with Riverman! This pick gives the country a clear choice. A return to what made the US the greatest Country on earth with the RR ticket or a continued slide to The USSR with the OB method.

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palmetto1008 08/11/12 - 05:47 pm
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I think it will become clearer and clearer, doug, who is going to take this election and you ain't going to be happy.

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burninater 08/11/12 - 06:03 pm
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Although I suppose the

Although I suppose the Wyden-Ryan plan may soften senior opinions about Medicare reform attached to the Ryan name. I have to admit though, that this thing has me scratching my head.

The Wyden-Ryan plan sets up a government option, with a choice of opting out and procuring private coverage from gov't-established insurance exchanges. That sure sounds a lot like Romneycare, I mean Obamacare, I mean ... Shoot. Huh. Seems like a bit of a pickle. Hrm. Oh, I see the difference -- Obama has the Kenyan, anti-colonial mentality!

Phew. That was a close one.

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specsta 08/11/12 - 07:18 pm
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Happy Feelings (aka the Obama Victory)

Romney-Ryan. An obscenely rich, out-of-touch, clueless business-destroyer and a young naive Medicare slasher. That's a good ticket. Now we can prepare for the Obama victory. The losses suffered at the polls by the Republicans in November will be astonishing.

Obama can take off the kid gloves in his second term, and really do some dropkicks and flying elbows to Congress. The conservatives have undermined every advancement for the people of this country, all because of their racist hate for Obama.

Disenfranchising voters, terror tactics and fear-mongering is the Republican way to campaign. But that's okay.

Play time is over.

Let the progressive/liberal-thinking folks take back the day and shut up those right-wing extremists with a landslide victory.

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Little Lamb 08/11/12 - 08:23 pm
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Today's Mainstream Media Sound Bite

Today, the mainstream media (i.e., Obamamedia) are hitting Ryan on Medicare. Tomorrow, and the days after that, America will be reminded that it is indeed Obamacare that takes the most serious hit on Medicare since its creation.

The Republicans' pledge to repeal Obamacare (aka Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – PPACA) will be shown as senior-friendly, because Obamacare takes away many benefits Medicare has traditionally provided.

Romney/Ryan will be able to attract senior voters.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/11/12 - 08:27 pm
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Welcome

Welcome to the forum, Doug. Keep on posting.

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onlysane1left 08/11/12 - 09:58 pm
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Math Error?

"It pays out 2.5 trillion to the mandatory entitlement programs and interest on the debt."

761,000,000 + 468,000,000 + 269,000,000 + 240,000,000 = 2,500,000,000?

761 Billion goes to Social Security, 468 billion is Medicare, 269 billion is Medicaid, 240 billion is to the interest on the debt. I wasn't great at math, but that looks a lot less than 2.5 trillion to me. (it is actually 1.7 billion, only $1.5 trillion is going to entitlements, and if you really want to PO a lot of seniors, tell them you want to adjust that so they pay their share of government sacrifice to save the budget for our children's sake!) By the way, the three listed are the ONLY mandatory spending entitlements. Any other entitlement belongs to the separate agencies, can get adjusted by Congress, and they are not a law, thus making the discretionary.

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onlysane1left 08/11/12 - 10:14 pm
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Ryan?

This should be interesting, because a lot of people here talking about the lack of any real experience on Obama's part, yet, Paul Ryan, has done nothing of an executive level except write a few speeches. How can you drag down a community organizer, yet, uplift a speechwriter?

My question is to Ryan approvers, if this guy wins, are you ready to for your flat tax where you pay 10% of what you earned this year, for any amount under $100K, and 25% of the amount over $100K, with no deductions? (this is what he proposed in his budget bill) There wil be no ObamaRomneycare and very limited Medicare (so don't get sick when you get old and expect to pay through you nose to keep any older sick relative alive) and to go with your flat tax, there will be a 8.5% consumption tax!! Make your choice, ladies and gentlemen, just be aware of what wolf in sheep's clothing you choose!

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