Paul Ryan as Romney's running-mate
August 11, 2012 5:18 AM Subscribe
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Seven-term congressman for Wisconsin's 1st District.
of the powerful House Budget Committee.
Architect of the controversial Ryan Budget -- a "Path to Prosperity" [PDF - video - CBO]
that would slash trillions from the federal budget
, sharply curtail taxes on the wealthy
, and transform Medicare into a private voucher system
-- and renouncer
-- of Ayn Rand 's Objectivism
. Social Security beneficiary
. Weinermobile driver
And as of this morning, the 2012 Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States of America
Romney's selection of Ryan, widely seen as an overture to his disaffected conservative base, promises an election framed by titanic questions of economic and social equity
. President Obama has already declared his vehement opposition to Ryan's policies, saying in April:
"It is a Trojan Horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plans, it is really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It is thinly veiled social Darwinism. It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everybody who’s willing to work for it; a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class. And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that’s built to last -- education and training, research and development, our infrastructure -- it is a prescription for decline."
It was not the first run-in between the president and the congressman, as the two exchanged sharp words in Obama's visit to the House GOP retreat
and the 2010 healthcare roundtable
. Ryan also delivered the Republican response
to Obama's 2011 State of the Union address.
Though Ryan's plans are celebrated as bold and necessary steps
in conservative circles, not all agree with his aims. A wide swath of Georgetown faculty
concurred with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
in their moral criticism of the Ryan budget, writing:
In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.
his support of Rand is limited to broad individualist ideals, but the implications of the Path to Prosperity echo
the harsher rhetoric
of the political right in recent years.
After today's VP rollout on the deck of the USS Wisconsin
in Norfolk, Va., comes a swing-state bus tour, the Republican National Convention in Tampa on August 27th, and a looming debate with current veep Joe Biden in September. The race? It is on.
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