Romney-Ryan ensures election will be what it was always probably going to be: A conflict of visions


What I know of Paul Ryan is this: Born in 1970, he was old enough to see and understand the amazing reversal of fortune that happened in the 1980s and 1990s when free enterprise and earned success was again valued and respected in America. He is a true and faithful son of the Reagan Revolution.

But Ryan is not an ideologue holding out for perfect solutions and proposing fantasy plans. He understands that it will be impossible to move forward without tradeoffs and compromise. Indeed, his Medicare reform plan is based on a centrist approach that Democrats used to support – some still do – but now use as evidence that the Ryan GOP is guilty of “Social Darwinism.”

With Mitt Romney’s selection of the Wisconsin Republican as his running mate, the GOP has assembled a “Fix-It” presidential ticket where the solutions sync with America’s founding principles.

So this is the binary choice now facing American voters (at least those for whom the Long Recession hasn’t already been decisive):

Choice #1: President Obama thinks the United States made a calamitous move three decades ago when it decided to reject statism and re-embrace market capitalism: lower taxes, less regulation, smaller government.

That’s the unmistakable message of Obama’s left-populist Osawatomie and Roanoke speeches. Reversing that shift — started by Ronald Reagan and extended by Bill Clinton and the Gingrich Republicans — and obliterating any evidence it ever happened is the Obama mission.

The goal of Obamanomics is to restart the nation’s long march to a European style social welfare state — even though that model is imploding before our eyes — begun by FDR and continued by LBJ. This is a future where government is 50% bigger and taxes 50% higher than current levels – and economic growth 50% slower. The Long Goodbye to American Exceptionalism. Hello to Stagnation Nation. The New Normal.

2. Choice #2: Romney-Ryan are firmly offering to complete the Reagan Revolution by a) modernizing the social safety net so that it is fiscally sustainable and increases economic mobility and true economic security, and b) reforming the tax code so that it boosts economic growth and reduces crony capitalism. The 21st century would be the American Century, led by a growing, prosperous, confident nation whose government enables the private sector to innovate rather than crowding it out. The American Experiment would be revitalized, fueled by the spirit of democratic capitalism.

As Ryan said earlier today when announced as Romney’s pick,  “We can turn this thing around. We can.”


7 thoughts on “Romney-Ryan ensures election will be what it was always probably going to be: A conflict of visions

  1. Thank you for this article. I am very excited about Paul Ryan as VP choice. This country needs an abrupt end to the fiscal insanity that is destroying us. Romney and Ryan give me hope that we will finally stop the bleeding. We need someone like Ryan to articulate fiscal sanity in a way that the average American can understand.

  2. If I can remember the 1980′s corrrect me if I’m wrong but president Reagan raised taxes 8 times, tripled the national debt and the stock market crashed in 87. I thought the 80′s where a disaster. We won’t even bring up lebannon and Iran contra and the rest of it.

  3. Yeah. I watched that speech too.
    Thought that was the best line in it quite honestly
    ” we. Can turn this thing around ”
    ( I’m not sure. Did he repeat the line immediately. ?? I think so)
    But I was very struck by it’s simplicity and optimism and efficacy
    Hope it becomes his mantra
    As it both confirms our dire straits ( Obama induced) and also has a note of optimism

    People want to hear about a better future not 4 more years of that HopenChange BS

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