Fri Aug 17, 2012, 01:50 PM
Lasher (20,476 posts)
Paul Ryan's spending votes get a second look
Source: CBS News
(CBS News) As a congressman in a comfortably safe Wisconsin district, Rep. Paul Ryan voted for some expensive initiatives while building a reputation as a serious conservative. But now that he is Mitt Romney's running mate, some of his ideological inconsistencies are now coming under the microscope.
Ryan came under fire this week after reports surfaced that Ryan requested stimulus funds for Wisconsin businesses even as he lambasted President Obama's $787 billion initiative as a waste of money. The congressman initially denied requesting the funds, but later Thursday evening said his office did make make the requests on behalf of the businesses. His office mistakenly treated the issue like any other "constituent service" request, he said, and "should have been handled differently."
The Obama campaign on Thursday seized on the issue, sending out an official press release with the reports of Ryan's initial denials.
The Obama campaign also this week cast Ryan as a flip-flopper after the Republican congressman said, "Mitt Romney and I are going to crack down on China cheating. And we're going to make sure that trade works for Americans." Danny Kanner, a spokesman for the president's re-election team, noted that Ryan voted against a bill in September 2010 authorizing the Commerce Department to impose duties on imports from countries with undervalued currencies such as China. "Just a few days after being picked as Romney's vice presidential candidate because of his 'ideas,' it's unfortunate and troubling that he so quickly abandons them," Kanner said.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57495402-503544/paul-ryans-spending-votes-get-a-second-look/
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Paul Ryan's spending votes get a second look (Original post)
Response to jsr (Reply #1)
Fri Aug 17, 2012, 02:21 PM
AlbertCat (10,450 posts)
3. Typical GOP hypocrite.
Last edited Fri Aug 17, 2012, 02:30 PM USA/ET - Edit history (2)
It's like he's in the " Giant Opportunist Party"
(I was gonna call it the "Greedy Opportunist Party", but to be fair, everyone is greedy to some degree. Dems want enough to implement their visions too. And both parties are indeed opportunistic... to a degree. But let's be real here. The GOP have taken opportunism to a whole new level.... of insensitive insanity. So I'll stick with "giant" ( "Gargantuan?" Too much?).
As I say whenever a political discussion comes up with friends: "It simply doesn't matter if you are conservative or liberal, you can't vote for INSANE. That only leaves a Dem ticket because the GOP has lost their fucking minds."
Response to Lasher (Original post)
Fri Aug 17, 2012, 02:00 PM
KansDem (24,347 posts)
The congressman initially denied requesting the funds, but later Thursday evening said his office did make make the requests on behalf of the businesses. His office mistakenly treated the issue like any other "constituent service" request, he said, and "should have been handled differently."
So these businesses called Ryan to request stimulus funds which his office staff handled without his knowledge? "Party of Fiscal Responsibility" anyone?
I think we're seeing why this country is running deficits!