August 11, 2012 |
U.S. Rep Paul Ryan is young, he comes from Wisconsin and is known for producing a budget that pleases conservatives. But who, exactly, is the 42-year-old guy whom Mitt Romney just picked as running mate? These three reads will give you a good sense of who Ryan is and why so many conservatives are happy to have him on the ticket. 1. You've probably heard about the “Paul Ryan budget.” In March, The Times' Lisa Mascaro explained what it does . Mascaro wrote: “ House Republicans would slash federal spending, lower tax rates and substantially overhaul Medicare in the 2013 budget unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin that offers a do-over of sorts to last year's blueprint that left the party in political trouble.
March 6, 2014
Re "Rep. Ryan calls for cuts in anti-poverty programs," March 4 So Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) proposes to reduce college Pell grants and child-care and welfare assistance programs. Odd that I didn't see any proposal to tax at ordinary income rates the so-called carried-interest income of hedge fund managers, whose tax-favored earnings frequently run into seven and eight figures. If Ryan's "use your oars to push everyone else away from the life raft" mentality is the economic plan of the GOP, despite the downward economic pressure the middle and lower middle classes have experienced over the last 30 years, I can only hope that the foundering middle class will vote against those who are causing it. And if Republicans think they'll somehow get even with the "takers" by this approach, they might want to remember that eight of the 10 states with the highest percentage of people who paid no federal income taxes in 2010 were red states in 2012.
September 1, 2012 |
Voters will have to decide how much to ding Republican vice presidential nominee Paul D. Ryan for slamming President Obama on a debt reduction commission, when Ryan made the same judgment himself with a vote in Congress. That kind of inconsistency is easy to prove, if a bit arcane for some Americans. But there is nothing mysterious to the athletically-inclined about marathon times, so it will be interesting to see how the public reacts to Ryan carving a huge hunk out of his best time for the 26.2-mile race.
October 12, 2012 |
No matter what one thought of Thursday's vice presidential debate, it's clear that Paul Ryan can bring it when it comes to staying physically fit. And Time magazine plans to feature a 2011 picture of Ryan in its Oct. 22 issue, lifting weights and wearing a determined look on his face (along with a too-cute backward baseball cap). [Time] France awarded iconic designer Valentino Garavani the Commandeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal in a ceremony on Wednesday. He has been honored previously with France's Légion d'Honneur and Grand Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris.
August 30, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Democrats came out swinging Thursday with a fact-check rebuttal of Paul Ryan's prime-time convention speech, saying he “lied,” and pre-butted Mitt Romney's expected address. "There's no delicate way to say this: Paul Ryan lied," said Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager for President Obama's campaign from the party's war room a few blocks from the convention hall. Romney's address to the Republican National Convention, she said, will be an "Etch-A-Sketch of epic proportions" as the Republican presidential nominee's positions on various issues have shifted.
August 15, 2012 |
When Paul D. Ryan returns Wednesday for a campaign rally at his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio, he's expected to be welcomed back to campus by Rich Hart, an economics professor who was one of Ryan's first intellectual mentors. Ryan was already enamored of libertarian ideas when he arrived in Hart's macro-economics class, but his political thinking began to take more definite shape during long, after-hours conversations in Hart's office, the professor said in an interview. In those talks, it's safe to say, there wasn't much affection for the role of government in social programs.