Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee Chairman, To Run For President?
Several Republican establishment politicians including Speaker John Boehner, former Secretary of Education and drug czar Bill Bennett, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, among others are urging Congressman Paul Ryan to run for the Republican nomination for president.
If Paul Ryan is wise he will remain in the House of Representatives.
The Bush RINOS (Republicans In Name Only) or country club Republicans have concluded that whoever gets the Republican nomination for president will beat Obama and probably be elected to two terms as president. This would preclude a run for the President by former Florida governor Jeb Bush in 2016. A Paul Ryan/Jeb Bush ticket in 2012 would position Bush for the nomination in 2020.
The neoconservatives and progressives in the Republican establishment are apparently wanting someone other than Mitt Romney or Rick Perry to win.
The libertarians are simply not impressed with Ryan’s unbalanced budget proposal that would run a $995 billion deficit in fiscal year 2012. This is simply not fiscally responsible.
While Ryan may be the chosen establishment candidate for Washington D.C. insiders, he is not really popular with the tea party movement that wants to see significant budget reductions and balanced budgets in the next few years and not in twenty-five years or more as Ryan has proposed.
Stay home and play with your children Congressman Ryan.
Better yet, support Ron Paul for president if you are really serious about balanced budgets.
Unfortunately, the reality is your path way to prosperity leads to twenty-five more years of unbalanced budgets–business as usual.
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Ryan for President?
Paul Ryan is in the final stages of deciding on a presidential run.
Aug 16, 2011 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
“…Ryan has been talking to friends and advisers about a run since last spring. Those familiar with his thinking say that he expected that Indiana governor Mitch Daniels would run. Hours before Daniels released a letter he’d sent to supporters informing them of his decision not to run, he called Ryan to give him a heads up. That phone call profoundly changed Ryan’s thinking.
One Ryan confidante used an analogy to make the point. Ryan sees running for president like taking a swan dive off a cliff. In the early stages of the race, when he started getting calls urging him to run, Ryan began walking away from the cliff at a brisk pace. Then, when Daniels announced that he was passing on a bid, Ryan stopped in place and turned around. In the weeks since, he’s slowly made his way back to the cliff and he’s now peering over the side trying to decide if he makes the leap.
There have been many hints of this in recent months. In an early June appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto, the Fox host asked Ryan if he had changed his mind about a run. Ryan, who had been rather firm in his denials of interest, softened his hard line. “Look, I want to see how this field develops,” he said, surprising even those who had been urging him to run. “I was hoping Mitch Daniels would get into the race. He obviously didn’t do that. But there’s such a long way to go. Obviously, I believe Republicans need to retake the White House.”
When Cavuto asked if this meant he was taking another look, as Ryan’s comments suggested, the congressman said he wasn’t giving it “serious consideration because to do that you really have to get into this thing full throttle.” …”
New Republic: Paul Ryan? Yeah, Right
by Ed Kilgore
“…Indeed, Democrats (especially those in Congress) have been plotting for monthsto make Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, and particularly its radical treatment of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, the centerpiece of their 2012 campaign. After all, the proposal drew the support of nearly every Republican in Congress, despite abundant public opinion research (and at least one special election) showing the potential for a strong public backlash against its specific provisions. A Ryan candidacy, in other words, would rigidly align the GOP with its least popular ideas at the very moment that all Democrats, from the president to the lowliest House candidate, are desperate to make this a “comparative” election instead of a temperature reading on life in the Obama era. So why would prominent Republicans be interested in making Democrats so very happy?
One explanation is that Paul Ryan may be simply too emblematic of contemporary Republican thinking to be resisted by his own party. As TNR’s Jonathan Chait (one of the few progressive commentators who have consistently predicted Ryan would run) put it, “He is adored by party activists and elites in equal measure and is the embodiment of the party consensus.” Aside from the laurels he has won by putting together a budget proposal that reflects the long-frustrated conservative goal of demolishing the New Deal/Great Society safety net once and for all, Ryan is also beloved of neoconservatives struggling to rebuff resurgent neo-isolationism in the GOP, and he is a faithful ally of social conservatives as well. And what libertarian can’t help but feel good about a congressman who reportedly has made Atlas Shrugged required reading for his staff?
Another theory, meanwhile, holds that Ryan represents an itch that simply hasn’t been scratched by the current GOP field: the desire for a simon-pure fiscal conservative who doesn’t simply thunder against big government or domestic spending, but actually seems to have more than a clue about how, mechanically and strategically, to go about slaying the beast. The people who were very excited and then very disappointed about Mitch Daniels’ stillborn presidential candidacy seem to be the same people pushing Ryan to run.
But my hunch is that the main motivation behind the growing Ryan boom in elite circles is that Republicans have more or less decided they cannot lose the presidential race in 2012 unless their candidate has big personal flaws or comes off as legitimately crazy. As a result, they are beginning to assess the field in terms of capacity to serve as president rather than mere electability. And they don’t like what they see. Tim Pawlenty would have been fine, but he’s gone. Mitt Romney would be fine, as well, but he may struggle to win the nomination, leaving the field (unless someone like Ryan enters) to less-fine candidates like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. To be sure, the Texas governor supposedly entered the field as a man acceptable to the GOP Establishment as well as the Tea Party and the Christian Right. But his opening act — an announcement speech that was essentially one long feral roar aimed at Obama, liberals, and tax-evading poor people, followed by an egregious exercise of that hardy populist perennial, Fed-bashing — was surely unsettling to elites trying to imagine this caveman-in-a-necktie in the Oval Office. …”
“…Paul Davis Ryan (born January 29, 1970) is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, serving since 1999. He is a member of the Republican Party and has been ranked among the party’s most influential voices on conservative economic policy.
Born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan graduated from Miami University in Ohio and reportedly worked as a marketing consultant to an earth-moving company run by a branch of his family. In the mid-to-late 1990s he worked as an aide to United States Senator Bob Kasten, as legislative director for Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, and also as a speech writer for former U.S. Representative and 1996 Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Jack Kemp of New York. He won a 1998 election to succeed two-term Representative Mark Neumann in the United States House of Representatives.
Ryan is the chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he played a prominent public role in drafting and promoting the Republican Party’s long-term budget proposal. He introduced the plan, The Path to Prosperity, in April 2011 to counter the budget proposal of President Barack Obama. Ryan is one of the three co-founders of the Young Guns Program, an electoral recruitment and campaign effort by House Republicans. …”