Who is Paul Ryan?

by wisdomhunt

The first and only vice presidential debate is this Thursday, October 11. To prepare, today I am going to tell you all that you need to know about Paul Ryan. Joe Biden will get scrutinized (and praised!) tomorrow.

My first impression of Paul Ryan was fear.

All that I knew was that he was a fan of Ayn Rand and Friedrich von Hayek and wanted draconian cuts to government spending. The only thing worse would be if he quoted Murray Rothbard.

But you don’t have to dig much deeper to realize there is nothing to fear about Paul Ryan.

At a high level, his “draconian” budget is actually a plan to INCREASE spending by 3.1% annually. Obama’s plan is to increase it 4.3% annually. That’s not draconian at all – it is practically the status quo.

His voting record backs this up. Paul Ryan voted for the following important economic items that prevented our country from descending into chaos:

  • $700,000,000,000 TARP (bank) bailouts
  • Auto bailouts
  • Massive Bush Medicare expansion (estimated at $400,000,000,000)
  • No Child Left Behind (federal expansion of government education)
  • 2008 stimulus package
  • 2009 stimulus package of $192,000,000,000
  • Lots more!

There will be nothing to fear regarding cuts to government spending if he gets in power.

In fact, Paul Ryan voted with Republicans during the Bush administration 94% of the time. This is the exact opposite of what Hayek would prescribe, so clearly that is just pandering to the kooks.

He also voted to maintain government control over the definition of marriage, so there shouldn’t be much to fear regarding social issues either. He will always follow the Republican party line, which doesn’t vary much from the Democrats in anything substantive. Even Obama had some scary things in his social platform initially (close Gitmo, bring the troops home, etc.) and he hasn’t done any of those. Nothing to fear from a Paul Ryan.

In summary, all that you really need to know is that none other than the kook Ron Paul doesn’t care for Paul Ryan according to HuffPo:

In an interview August 11, 2012 on Fox News, Dr. Ron Paul called Ryan’s a timid plan that adds to warmongering and money the U.S. spends overseas and cuts social programs, like Medicare. He doesn’t like that the Ryan plan might balance the budget in 30 years. Dr. Paul wants to cut overseas spending by first stopping “militarism” (policing the world), which he differentiates from national defense spending.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend (although I’ll decide who my BEST friend is Thursday night).