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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:58 AM

Paul Ryan On ‘Yes’ Vote: ‘I Came To Congress To Make Tough Decisions — Not To Run Away From Them’

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Paul Ryan On ‘Yes’ Vote: ‘I Came To Congress To Make Tough Decisions — Not To Run Away From Them’

TOM KLUDT 7:28 AM EST, WEDNESDAY JANUARY 2, 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan (R), chairman of the House Budget Committee and perhaps the most notable Republican member to support the fiscal cliff deal that passed the House of Representatives late Tuesday night, released a statement defending his vote.

The statement:

“We’ll never get our debt under control unless we tackle its main drivers: too little economic growth and too much spending. Without presidential leadership, it will be difficult to forge bipartisan solutions to our debt and economic challenges.

“Today, I joined my colleagues in the House to protect as many Americans as possible from a tax increase. We also provided certainty by making the lower tax rates permanent. The House has already passed legislation to prevent tax increases for every American family, and it is unfortunate that President Obama insisted on taking more from hardworking taxpayers. Despite my concerns with other provisions in the bill, I commend my colleagues for limiting the damage as much as possible.

“The American people chose divided government. As elected officials, we have a duty to apply our principles to the realities of governing. And we must exercise prudence. We must weigh the benefits and the costs of action—and of inaction. In H.R. 8, there are clearly provisions that I oppose. But the question remains: Will the American people be better off if this law passes relative to the alternative? In the final analysis, the answer is undoubtedly yes. I came to Congress to make tough decisions—not to run away from them.

“Now, we must return our attention to the real problem: out-of-control spending. Washington’s reckless spending drives the debt. And this debt is hurting the economy today. Unless we get at the heart of the problem, Americans will face a debt crisis—one that will threaten our most vulnerable in particular. It is our responsibility to prevent such a crisis.”


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Reply Paul Ryan On ‘Yes’ Vote: ‘I Came To Congress To Make Tough Decisions — Not To Run Away From Them’ (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
onehandle Jan 2013 #1
no_hypocrisy Jan 2013 #6
BeyondGeography Jan 2013 #2
SummerSnow Jan 2013 #8
BeyondGeography Jan 2013 #12
ROBROX Jan 2013 #23
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #3
loknar Jan 2013 #4
bemildred Jan 2013 #5
SummerSnow Jan 2013 #7
kmlisle Jan 2013 #9
classykaren Jan 2013 #14
marlakay Jan 2013 #17
Odin2005 Jan 2013 #10
blueclown Jan 2013 #11
geek tragedy Jan 2013 #16
blueclown Jan 2013 #18
geek tragedy Jan 2013 #22
Evasporque Jan 2013 #13
marble falls Jan 2013 #15
Kablooie Jan 2013 #19
SemperEadem Jan 2013 #20
santamargarita Jan 2013 #21

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:04 AM

1. I thought he came to Congress to find 'Wolfie?'



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Response to onehandle (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:43 AM

6. Name of bedtime friend is Wuf-Wuf.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:04 AM

2. The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives

and the dream...

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:49 AM

8. Ted Kennedy?

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:15 AM

12. Yes

I'm sure Ryan sees himself as engaged in a similarly noble life project. He traded bits of Scripture via cellphone with Scott Walker during the campaign, you know...

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:32 PM

23. THIS VOTE RECORD IS ONE FOR THE BOOKS

 

The GOP has been doing nothing for the past 4 years. This is great that so many voted to save 99% and let the royals pike up the tax.

The GOP has another chance to screw America and the people with the next circus act of terrorizing America with there acting like puppets for their high masters who pull their strings.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:15 AM

3. Washington’s reckless spending that the GOP created with 2 unpaid for wars

Now they expect the people who fought in the war for the rich to pay for the war for the rich yet again with cuts to social programs.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:19 AM

4. I kind of feel like, if Paul Ryan was for something, it was probably in my interest to be against it

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:21 AM

5. Ryan is very ambitious and will do whatever it takes.

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He proved that when he signed up with Rmoney. Don't be surprised if he comes out as an "Obama Democrat" one of these days.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:48 AM

7. Romney's leftovers ..lol

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:05 AM

9. Interesting contrast with oneof his competitors for 2016

His buddy/competitor for 2016 in the senate Marco Rubio, Senator from my home state of Florida voted no on the same bill. In both instances they took a gamble that they would look good down the road and they both moved to stand out from the crowd. Interesting.

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Response to kmlisle (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:26 AM

14. Yes But congressman Bill Young voted Yes

There must not have been any cuts to the military

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Response to classykaren (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:27 AM

17. I read in HP it cut the military pensions

But I didn't see how. It must be for new people, I don't see how they can change for people who have been in it awhile. My son n law was worried about this. He has 12 yrs in.

Where are they showing the bill?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:08 AM

10. He's definitely running for President in 2016.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:11 AM

11. Good luck explaining that to Repuke primary voters in 2016.

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Response to blueclown (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:08 AM

16. Better than being associated with the Insane Clown Posse in the House. nt

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:34 AM

18. The insane clown posse is the GOP primary.

He needs those votes.

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Response to blueclown (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:44 PM

22. the ICP couldn't stop Willard.

Speaking of which, The Stench is Ryan's big problem.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:26 AM

13. Paul...is that a crow feather stuck in your teeth....

Why yes...yes it is...

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Response to Evasporque (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:59 AM

15. But its a chic-fil-a crow sandwich - delicious AND overpriced.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:50 AM

19. Why... he's acting like a politician!

He sees which way the wind is blowing and so modified his stance to take what he can from it.

This is opposed to most of today's GOP which refuses to bend to the storm.
They stand firm on their rigid ideological legs until they are cracked in half.

A man is born gentle and weak.
At his death he is hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are withered and dry.
Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.
Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.
The hard and strong will fall.
The soft and weak will overcome.(Tao Te Ching, LXXVI)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:52 AM

20. ryan's hard "working taxpayers" are those who put their money in offshore banks

the real hard working taxpayers just got their taxes permanently cut.

Americans didn't choose a divided government---the thug party decided a long time ago to not compromise on anything, even when the ideas originated with them. American people do know the difference, hence Obama winning a second term... and you, ryan, lost the election. Now go do your fucking job for once.

spending is not "out of control"---the rich not paying their fair share, two unpaid for wars that you voted for and a defense budget that will never see the sharp side of a blade are the problems. Social programs are not the main drivers of the deficit--it's been the policies which the thug party have been insisting on since 2000 that has put this country in the economic state it's in.

The day you stop talking to us like we were asleep in a cement cocoon for the past 13 years, the faster your recovery from reality landing on your pointed little head will be.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:12 PM

21. Eddie Munster is there to steal and obstruct.

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