Mondays are usually when I write about law, but there isn’t a lot going on out there right now. While I could have written about something, I decided it would be better to write a piece on something that has me fired up than to reach for something that doesn’t. What really has me ticked off right now is Paul Ryan as a vice presidential candidate.
If you haven’t read my articles before, let me be clear that I am NOT a Democrat, and frankly, Joe Biden is the worst vice president of my lifetime, and I certainly don’t think Paul Ryan will be that bad. I am a Libertarian supporting the Johnson/Gray campaign.
That said, Paul Ryan does not deserve to be vice president, and tomorrow I will explain why I think his nomination has effectively ended Mitt Romney’s presidential aspirations. But for today, let me explain why he doesn’t deserve to be vice president, in a numbered and (mostly) logical list.
1) Paul Ryan has been in the House of Representatives since 1999.
2) The House controls the nation’s purse strings.
3) Paul Ryan voted for record deficits last decade.
4) Paul Ryan and other Republicans under Bush (along with the Baby Boom retirement) are primarily responsible for our current deficit, and even if Nancy Pelosi and crew had added no new spending, we would still have a trillion-plus deficit this year.
5) Paul Ryan’s primary “expertise” is the budget.
6) Paul Ryan is head of the House Budget Committee.
7) Paul Ryan is known as a “deficit hawk.”
8) Let me repeat, the House controls the nation’s purse strings.
9) We will have a near-record deficit this fiscal year.
10) Paul Ryan has produced a lengthy document known as the “Ryan Plan,” which fractionally slows the growth of federal spending—based on rosy assumptions.
11) In spite of putting our nation in fiscal jeopardy with his votes last decade and doing nothing to slow the growth of the deficit other than to produce a voluminous document while in the very powerful position of Chair of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan thinks he deserves a promotion to vice president because he’s a “deficit hawk” who knows how to deal with our nation’s fiscal woes.
Does anyone else see the problem with this picture? Mind you, Barack Obama and Joe Biden have worsened the mess they inherited from Paul Ryan, so don’t think I believe they deserve your vote either. But it’s pretty clear that the Romney/Ryan ticket does not. A failed Governor teamed up with a failure of a Congressman? Really? That’s the best the GOP can offer?
While I my not be on the winning side in November by voting for Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray (two men with successful records in public service), at least I will sleep well on election night knowing that whatever comes next won’t be my fault. And if Johnson does pull off a miracle dark horse victory, I will sleep well that night knowing that I am responsible for whatever comes next.
This article is also posted at The Country Thinker.