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Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:00 PM

Ryan Sought Lots of Federal 'Pork' for Folks Back Home

Source: CNBC/AP

Rep. Paul Ryan, a fiscal conservative and critic of federal handouts, has sought for his constituents an expansion of food stamps, stimulus money, federally guaranteed business loans, grants to invest in green technology and money under President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

Such requests are at odds with the Republican vice presidential candidate's public persona as a small-government advocate and Tea Party favorite who has pledged to tighten Washington's belt. (Read More: Paul Ryan and His Budget Proposals)

The Associated Press reviewed 8,900 pages of correspondence between Ryan's congressional office and more than 70 executive branch agencies that it obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. They showed that for 12 years as a member of Congress, Ryan has sought from the federal government money and benefits that in some cases represent the kinds of largess and specific programs he is now campaigning against.

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He's also supported federal money to help a Kenosha, Wis., community center cover health care costs of low-income families under Obama's health care reform law the very program he and Romney say they will repeal if they win the White House.

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said AP's findings represented a member of Congress helping people in his district. "Part of being a congressman is vouching for constituents and helping them navigate the federal bureaucracy when asked," he said.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/id/49387561/

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:02 PM

1. a side comment--what's up with Ryan's hair style?

He looks like a vampire.

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Response to lebkuchen (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:20 PM

2. He is a vampire. Waiting to suck the blood of the middle class. n/t

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:21 PM

3. No shame

Lying hypocrite

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:24 PM

4. Another case of the Romney-Ryan values.

Do as I must to obtain and keep power whether that means saying something and doing something else or completely turning supposed long term beliefs on it's head to achieve spontaneous political glory.

"I hate these programs, but can I please have the money for my constituents, so I can keep my job."

Is it really that hard to admit that the President's policies benefit those most in need and are working in making this nation a better place?

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:29 PM

5. An extremely point about Republicans: Debt is just fine when it SUBSIDIZES political power. nt

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:55 PM

6. I was for it, before I was against it...I was for it, before I was against it...

I was for it, before I was against it...I was for it, before I was against it...I was for it, before I was against it...I was for it, before I was against it...I was for it, before I was against it...I was for it, before I was against it...I was for it, before I was against it...


*YAWN*

We've heard it all before, Mr. Coupon Care.

You and the Flipp'n Mittens...it's tiresome...and all such a mantra of Pukes and Baggers.

Over it, losers.

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 09:58 PM

7. "I hate the stimulus!.... Psst! Can I get some stimulus funds for me?"

"The stimulus won't stimulate the economy!"

"Hey, some of my friends need some stimulus money to create jobs and sell stuff."

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 03:00 AM

8. Ryan wrote that lack of stimulus funds would be "economically devastating to this small community"

President Obama could just say, "what Paul Ryan said."

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 03:06 AM

9. What pork?

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