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.
August 15, 2012 |
Which designers does Hillary Rodham Clinton wear? An interviewer in Kyrgyzstan got the equivalent of the hand when he asked the secretary of State that question during a panel discussion in December 2010. Clinton's response: "Would you ever ask a man that question?" Her comment went viral Tuesday -- way after the fact -- when Boston Review posted that snippet from the interview on its Tumblr page . What's especially cringeworthy about this exchange is that just moments before, Clinton had addressed a young lawyer's question about how women could succeed in today's world.
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 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.
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.