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Paul Ryan Weighs In On the President’s Confused Morality. by The Elephant's Child

President Obama famously said, on video, in his own voice, with his own lips moving in producing those words that:”if you’ve got a business — somebody else made that happen.” Democrats are anxiously lining up to assert that he didn’t say that.” “He was talking about infrastructure,” but  he did say it, and he meant just what he said.

Paul Ryan, Chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, commented on Facebook:

The President recently suggested that a central government – not individuals – deserves the credit for building successful businesses. This sentiment makes for terrible economics, but also reveals a confused morality. In a free community, everyone co-operates by voluntarily offering unique gifts: some invent, some invest, others labor, or sell while customers reward the best producers and providers by buying their products and services. Government has a critical role to play in this process: establishing rules that enable open competition and securing peace and order with courts, defense forces, first responders, teachers, infrastructure, and a safety net for the most vulnerable. Government helps create the space for innovation and prosperity, but government does not fill that space – and it should not try to, as the last few years have shown us. Only free citizens create things that improve our lives. A free economy and strong communities are the best means to reward effort with justice, to promote upward mobility, and to build solidarity among citizens. The President’s vision of a government-centered society – reflected in both his troubling rhetoric and his failed policies – belittles fair rewards for labor and enterprise. To renew prosperity and rebuild our communities, we must recommit to the American Idea of freedom and justice for all.

That’s pretty good. I know that Democrats are inclined to believe that everything is better done by government, because ordinary people are so stupid and incompetent, but there is no evidence that government does things better, only that in better times government has deeper pockets. There really isn’t anything that they do well, there are just some things that only a government can do—however badly.

The federal government did not build the Golden Gate Bridge as the president claimed, they fought it tooth and nail. Henry Ford didn’t get highways built for him. He used the same roads that buggies and wagons had been using for years and he built the Model T to cope with bad roads.  Only free citizens create things that improve our lives.

Paul Ryan on “The Path to Prosperity” by The Elephant's Child

While everyone else seems to be trying desperately to avoid making waves, Paul Ryan is trying to save the country.  In the face of Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats’ absolute refusal to produce a budget for nearly three years, it is enormously encouraging to have someone there — wading in to the intricacies of the budget — and trying to find a way out.

A lot of us regret that he is not running for President, but he believes he can make a greater difference where he is, and that seems to be exactly the case. Godspeed, Mr. Ryan.

Paul Ryan Is Trying To Save The Country. by The Elephant's Child

“What if your President, your Senator and your Congressman knew a crisis was coming?  What if they knew why it was happening?  What if they knew what they needed to do to stop it from happening?  What if they had the time to stop it?  And what if they chose to do nothing about it…because they thought it wasn’t good politics? 

“What would you think of that person?”

Budget Chairman Paul Ryan on the Tax Code by The Elephant's Child
September 19, 2011, 7:50 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Freedom, Law, Taxes | Tags: , ,

Fortunately we do have some people in Congress who are good at math, brimming with common sense, and disinclined to panic.  Paul Ryan is terrific.  We can fix the economy, and there are serious people trying to do so.


Paul Ryan Boldly Goes On Offense! by The Elephant's Child

Paul Ryan is going on offense. The budget, the failure of the President to produce one, and the failure of the Senate to pass one are a national crisis.  Democrats’ stubborn and disgraceful refusal to deal with it, because they would rather play politics, is also a national crisis. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee not only understands the problems intellectually, but can explain them clearly. Listen to him.

So-called entitlements are the big problem. These are payments that the federal government has promised to individuals: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Social Security problem is largely demographic. We have seen the baby boom generation growing older, and listened to years of warnings about the need to reform Social Security so that it would be available for future seniors. Democrats have fought tooth and nail to avoid even a discussion of the problem.

Medicare is partly a demographic problem, but it is also a problem of rising medical costs. Cat-scans and MRIs don’t come cheap. Conditions are cured that could never be cured before. New drugs save and extend life. And government regulations interfere and raise costs unnecessarily. Democrats assertions that Republicans are trying to destroy Medicare “as we know it” are absurd. They have already reformed it and in a way that promises rationing and less access to care, in the ObamaCare law.

Paul Ryan has developed a way out of this mess — the “Path to Prosperity”, showing that we can fix our problems if we don’t just kick the problem down the road. He offers it as a starting point, not the only possibility. What he does show is that there is a way out.  We have the time, if we act promptly, to forestall collapse of these programs.

The Democrats’ solution is ably demonstrated by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the new Chairman of the Democrat National Committee. First – duck the question because the Democrats have already destroyed Medicare as we know it.  Second – keep pretending that we can pay for the program indefinitely by raising taxes on the rich and slashing Defense.  Third – wait for Medicare to go broke (soon, and the new Medicare is hastening the day) and blame Republicans.

Paul Ryan Explains the Case for Repeal. by The Elephant's Child

Paul Ryan (R–WI) is the new chairman of the House Budget Committee. He knows his economics and his math, and has a very sharp pencil.  We are in a terrible budget mess, and he is working hard to find a way out.  He is one person you really want to listen to carefully.  President Obama is not unaware that his party received a huge rebuke in the last election. Whether his moves to the center will be only cosmetic or substantive remain to be be seen.

John King of CNN also notably apologized for accidentally using the term “crosshairs.”

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