"Outsiders" Americas Watch (8/13/2012): Paul Ryan is now the Man!!!
: First in a Series of Comments
Throughout the past two days, I have been assessing the coverage and the aftermath of the nomination from all sides. This is as the Romney/Ryan Team has begun a tour of the key states (including Mr. Ryan's home state of Wisconsin). Juan Cole of the University of Michigan had some interesting tidbits about Paul Ryan, though:
You might be Paul Ryan if .
Posted on 08/13/2012 by Juan
If you admitted that you got into politics because of the impact on you of the philosopher of personal greed and egotism, Ayn Rand, but later had to deny it because it was bad publicity, you might be Paul Ryan.
If you want to destroy social security for others, but after your father died when you were 16, you used your fathers social security survivor benefits to help pay for your education at Miami University of Ohio . . . you might be Paul Ryan.
If you say your budget plan was inspired by Roman Catholic teachings, but but nearly 60 prominent Catholic thinkers and leaders condemned it as heartless, cruel and un-Christian . . . you might be Paul Ryan.
If you claim to be a free marketeer but want to keep $40 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil in the budget, you might be Paul Ryan. When it comes to green energy, the Right says it has to be profitable on its own, but wont give it a level playing field.
If you would raise taxes on the middle classes; but your budget would allow your wealthy running mate Mitt Romney to pay almost nothing in taxes, you might be Paul Ryan.
If you accused climate scientists of conspiring to intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change, but are yourself a Koch brother-backed conspirator for the 1%, you might be Paul Ryan.
If your proof that climate change is an illusion is that it still snows in the winter, you might be Paul Ryan.
I'll assessing the road ahead over the ensuing days. What is clear is that Mr. Romney was looking for a "reset"--and he does seem to have gotten it with Mr. Ryan. I find it interesting how Mr. Romney embraced Mr. Ryan's budget plan that has been largely discredited. However, as the news of the Ryan nomination gathered steam, they started floating talking points distancing Mr. Romney from Mr. Ryan's budget plan.
It is going to be quite an interesting month indeed.