Trust Paul Ryan at your own peril
With a contested Republican convention appearing ever more likely, and the specter of House speaker Paul Ryan ominously beginning to suck the air out of the room, today is as good a time as any to review exactly what Ryan brings to the political table.
Let’s begin with the premise that Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says he’s not interested in running for president. He was equally adamant about being disinterested in the position of House speaker, stating unequivocally in Sept. 2015, “I don’t want to be speaker,” after John Boehner’s unexpected resignation. The Oct. edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covers Ryan being sworn in as speaker.
Then the man touted as a fiscal and budget issues wonk, with a spending plan that would overhaul entitlement programs — when selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012 — ended up giving away the store as he shepherded through Barack Obama’s massive $1.149 trillion omnibus funding bill that Rush Limbaugh exposed as funding sanctuary cities and “all Middle East immigration programs” including the ones that have been “exploited by terrorists.” The much ballyhooed defunding of Planned Parenthood never happened.
In secretive negations, the text of the 2,009-page spending bill was released at 2 a.m. while the separate 233-page tax-extension bill was released just before midnight, ensuring no one read them. Ryan whitewashed his despicable deed by saying “Congress can now move into 2016 with a fresh start.”
If you’re interested in more on what could be the brokered fill-in GOP candidate and his lawyer and former lobbyist wife with roots in a prominent liberal family? Here ‘tiz.
Then thank John Kasich who has purposely stayed in the race with no chance of winning any state other than his native Ohio. And congratulate the manipulative Mitt Romney who made robo calls for both Kasich and Marco Rubio, despite which the Florida senator suffered a decisive defeat. Romney engineered the schemes to subvert the votes of the American people who were voting for Trump.