Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rep Paul Ryan Presents "Saving the American Idea" Speech

During his current trip to the west coast,President Obama said that we have lost our motivation, our imagination to build big things like the Golden Gate Bridge. Really? What I see is people motivated and full of imagination yearning for the chance to do big things but are hamstrung thanks to big government red tape and the permitting process and fees out the wazoo.

It is obvious at this point that Barack Obama will spend the next year campaigning for re-election using scare tactics and dishonest arguments to try to woo audiences into supporting him in November 2012.

Clearly, President Obama is of the political philosophy that in order to "do big things" there must be oodles of taxpayer money funding the projects. Private initiatives are hindered in the world of Barack Obama. He believes in choosing government projects over private enterprise.

President Obama told an audience that if Republicans win the election in November 2012, that people will be on their own. He said that the Tea Party people want to discard Social Security and Medicare, that Republicans want dirty water and air, that Republicans want the regulations on good business practices to be reversed. He said Republicans want people to do without health care. This is the talk of a desperate candidate.

What Barack Obama fails to understand is that we are a nation in malaise. We are a nation with a majority of people of the opinion that our best days are behind us. Consumer confidence is at an historical low and companies are too uncertain of what the future holds to hire workers. President Obama contributes to all of this with his political talk. Independent voters have fled from supporting his re-election. If he continues on with this kind of campaigning, he has no hope of winning their support back.

In order to make himself look better to the voters, Barack Obama has decided to make the Republican party the enemy. He is suppose to be the President of all Americans but he has never governed as such. His legacy- making legislation - Obamacare - was signed into law with only support from the Democratic party. A major entitlement has never been signed into law with only the support of one party in Congress. Maybe that is the change Obama promised in 2008. The people, however, do not approve.

Wednesday,Rep. Paul Ryan spoke to the need to seek unity and work together for our country's economic revival.

“Instead of appealing to the hope and optimism that were hallmarks of his first campaign, he has launched his second campaign by preying on the emotions of fear, envy, and resentment,” Ryan told a group gathered at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.

“The president likes to use Warren Buffett and his secretary as an example of why we should raise taxes on the rich. Well, Warren Buffett gets the same health and retirement benefits from the government as his secretary,” Ryan said in prepared remarks. “But our proposals to modestly income-adjust Social Security and Medicare benefits have been met with sheer demagoguery by leading members of the president’s party.”

The theme of Ryan’s speech was “Saving the American Idea: Rejecting fear, envy and the politics of division.” Ryan argued that the Founding Fathers rejected traditional European notions of class and economic opportunity. But “the president’s policies have moved us closer to the European model,” he said.

Americans want to be uplifted, to be given a boost of courage to get through these difficult economic times. The bitter politics of division are not what the times demand of politicians.

Do you remember what he said? He said that what’s stopped us from meeting our nation’s greatest challenges is, quote, “the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics – the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle big

Ryan calls the political talk "intellectual laziness". I agree. It is time to move past the easy, cheap shots and have a truthful debate on the issues.

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