HOW FAR TO THE RIGHT IS HE?
“We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.” (Paul Ryan’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, 2011)
- embraces the extreme capitalist philosophy of Ayn Rand that idealizes unchecked capitalism as the source of wealth for all and justifies the privilege of the wealthy and demonizes not only the slothful, undeserving poor but the lackluster middle-classes.
- voted against the Simpson-Bowles debt reduction plan and has proposed no alternative
- does not address the deficit or the debt for 22 years, adding trillions of dollars to the debt because of further tax cuts for the so called job producers.
- adheres to the Grover Norquist pledge that NO additional taxes can be levied despite our historically low current rates
- requires that taxes be raised on the middle class, to cut them deeply for billion and millionaires.
- wants to end Medicare as we know it in the next 10 years and replace it with a voucher system
- claimed Romneycare has led to “rationing and benefit cuts.” and thatRomneycare is “not that dissimilar to Obamacare.”
- intends to cut Medicaid which predominately benefits poor children and seniors by 1/3 in the next 10 years
- plans to reopen the prescription donut hole and raises the co-pay for preventative treatment for seniors
- thinks Social Security is a “ponzi scheme.” and favors embracing personal responsibility by privatizing part of the trust fund with investment in the stock market without any safeguards in case of a stock market collapse
- has a budget that would result in 4.1 million lost jobs in 2 years.
- wants to eliminate Pell Grants for more more than 1.5 million students.
- supports $40 billion in subsides for big oil andhas ownership stakes in companies that benefit from oil subsidies .
- accused generals of lying about their support for Obama’s military budget.
- co-sponsored a “fetal personhood” amendment, an extreme anti-abortion measure, and opposes funding for contraception.
- in 13 years in Congress, with six of them in leadership positions, he has only two bills bearing his name that passed into law. one naming a post office and the other changing the way arrows (as in bows and arrows) are hit with an excise tax. He has sponsored or co-sponsored 971 bills- and only 2 became law.
- has no executive or foreign policy experience so what he brings to the ticket is economic positions that Romney will now have to answer for.
- benefited directly from the social safety net as the recipient of social security payments after his father’s death, and loans/grants that funded his college education