Mitt Romney Throws ‘Hail Mary Pass’ Picks Paul Ryan, Architect of Ending Medicare Plan, as His Running Mate

Paul Ryan
Mitt Romney Throws ‘Hail Mary Pass’ Picks Paul Ryan, Architect of Ending Medicare  Plan, as His Running Mate (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Mitt Romney has taken orders from the pundits — announced Paul Ryan as his running mate in, what can be characterized as a “Hail Mary” pass into the presidential election end zone. His actions aren’t much different from the Sarah Palin debacle in 2008, when she was chosen by John McCain to appeal to women. Paul Ryan will overshadow Mitt Romney — remember “if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig?” Yeah, it is applicable in this case. Romney said choosing Paul Ryan will lead to widespread prosperity of all Americans. Um, really? Seems that Ryan wants to “throw momma from the train” with Medicare. Romney and Ryan look like father and son.

He said he will help care for those who can’t care for themselves and return work to welfare. He said he will act to bring poor families into the middle class and act to save Medicare and Medicaid. Healthcare has become expensive and will repeal Obamacare in order to create a new program that will help bring affordable medical care. Esquire blogger thinks Paul Ryan is a fake, who got through college on Social Security survivor’s benefits that got him through high school after his father died.

Bold promises from Mitt Romney, who is clearly going to be overshadowed by his running mate, who happens to be very charismatic. Ryan could be someone I like, but the Medicare issue will be used to tear him down. I still don’t like Mitt Romney because he is deflecting from the holes in his own qualifications — SECRECY is his middle name. Not Mitt. Ryan says regrettably Barack Obama has become part of the problem, and Mitt Romney is the solution. We can’t be sure since he now wants his business record off the table and his tenure of governor was very mediocre, at best.

Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney has the skills Romney has for this country. Um, what skills? He wants his business record off the table. Gov. Romney is the man for this moment. Really? Come on Democrats. Get to work and end this mess. He says politicians from both parties have made empty promises that will have dire consequences if we fail to act now. He represents part of America that includes inner cities. Um, and they still are inner cities. Mitt Romney is also making empty promises. Paul Ryan sounds like he’s just learning how to talk. Um, how many jobs did Paul Ryan create while being fiscally conservative? Well, in a nutshell — Paul Ryan may be a good choice, better than the last vice presidential candidate, but certainly not a really serious one. Here’s why:

One request: I hope that when reporters are writing or talking about Paul Ryan’s budget plans and his overall approach, they will rig up some electro-shock device to zap themselves each time they say that Ryan and his thoughts are unusually “serious” or “brave.” Clear-edged they are, and useful in defining the issues in the campaign. But they have no edge in “seriousness” over, say, proposals from Ryan’s VP counterpart Joe Biden. Source:  The Atlantic

Our rights come from God, not from governments. Wow, that’s just what people like Bryan Fischer want to hear. To all the seniors living in the U.S., Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are gunning for your Medicare. By the way, I say two black people standing behind Mitt Romney. Are those Herman Cain’s relatives?

Think Progress has a great list on facts about Paul Ryan. Here’s an excerpt:

Eliminates Pell Grants for more more than 1 million students. Ryan’s budget claims both that rising financial aid is driving college tuition costs upward, and that Pell Grants, which help cover tuition costs for low-income Americans, don’t go to the “truly needy.” So he cuts the Pell Grant program by $200 billion, which could “ultimately knock more than one million students off” the program over the next 10 years.

Budget would result in 4.1 million lost jobs in 2 years. Ryan’s budget calls for massive reductions in government spending. He has proposed cutting discretionary programs by about $120 billion over the next two years and mandatory programs by $284 billion, which, the Economic Policy Institute estimates, would suck demand out of the economy and “reduce employment by 1.3 million jobs in fiscal 2013 and 2.8 million jobs in fiscal 2014, relative to current budget policies.”

Embraces extreme individualism.Ryan heaped praise on Ayn Rand, a 20th-century libertarian novelist best known for her philosophy that centered on the idea that selfishness is “virtue.” Rand described altruism as “evil,” condemned Christianity for advocating compassion for the poor, viewed the feminist movement as “phony,” and called Arabs “almost totally primitive savages. Though he publicly rejected “her philosophy” in 2012, Ryan had professed himself a strong devotee. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” he said at a D.C. gathering honoring the author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.” “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well…I try to make my interns read it.”

Claimed Romneycare has led to “rationing and benefit cuts.” “I’m not a fan of [Romney’s health care reform] system,” Ryan told C-SPAN in 2010. He argued that government is rationing care in the state and claimed that people are “seeing the system bursting by the seams, they’re seeing premium increases, rationing and benefit cuts.” He called the system “a fatal conceit” and “unsustainable.” Watch it:

Co-sponsored a personhood amendment. Ryan joined 62 other Republicans in co-sponsoring the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which declares that a fertilized egg “shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” This would outlaw abortion, some forms of contraception and invitro fertilization.

Romney is in a shitload of trouble if he picked someone who trashed Romneycare and he’s running scared over the Obama campaign attacks on his tax returns and business record.  Like Bob Marley sings, “Don’t let them fool you, oh no.