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« Reply #50 on: August 29, 2014, 11:53:32 AM »


Paul Ryan is stepping up his game.  Paul Ryan subbed for Sean Hannity for a 3 hour nationwide radio show yesterday.  He was already into a monologue when I started listening that I thought was very inspirational, talking very clearly and persuasively about the direction we should be headed.  He has a new book out, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea".

http://www.amazon.com/The-Way-Forward-Renewing-American/dp/1455557560
http://www.hughhewitt.com/paul-ryans-way-forward-renewing-american-idea/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_JrbDUqNQY

I'm not convinced he could win, but he is a very sharp guy with a great background and has his head on straight.  He would be a great choice for President IMHO.
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« Reply #51 on: August 29, 2014, 10:35:46 PM »

I read this piece in the Hillsdale publication.  Very thoughtful but I have real problems with him talking up the left's social programs like soc. sec. etc. as being wonderful.

But at least he is thinking big.  Far bigger than Rove and the Bush crowd.

 
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« Reply #52 on: August 30, 2014, 02:16:30 AM »


I think he has made the calculation, probably correctly, that SS is here to stay and after seeing what happened to Bush-2 when he tried to reform it, he has decided that that particular battle is lost.
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« Reply #53 on: January 10, 2016, 12:33:59 PM »

Caught Speaker Ryan on one of the talk shows this morning.   The man is so far superior to Boener as a face and spokesman for the Rep Party that I fail to come up with an analogy.  His use of the Jack Kemp themes (PR having been a serious student and supporter to JK for many years) is superb. 

Let's see what he does now that the debris of the Boener era is in the rear view mirror.  I have hopes.

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« Reply #54 on: January 10, 2016, 03:04:26 PM »

Caught Speaker Ryan on one of the talk shows this morning.   The man is so far superior to Boener as a face and spokesman for the Rep Party that I fail to come up with an analogy.  His use of the Jack Kemp themes (PR having been a serious student and supporter to JK for many years) is superb. 

Let's see what he does now that the debris of the Boener era is in the rear view mirror.  I have hopes.



Great. A talented spokesman to sell us out. Just what I was hoping for.
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« Reply #55 on: January 10, 2016, 03:11:22 PM »

Caught Speaker Ryan on one of the talk shows this morning.   The man is so far superior to Boener as a face and spokesman for the Rep Party that I fail to come up with an analogy.  His use of the Jack Kemp themes (PR having been a serious student and supporter to JK for many years) is superb. 

Let's see what he does now that the debris of the Boener era is in the rear view mirror.  I have hopes.



Great. A talented spokesman to sell us out. Just what I was hoping for.

Your wry sense of humor and enthusiasm matches my own.
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« Reply #56 on: January 10, 2016, 03:21:59 PM »

Ryan has a long and serious record on budgetary issues.  His Kemp based politics of opportunity are something which the Rep Party desperately needs.  He communicates well and makes it hard to portray Reps as big meanies.

 You guys run the risk of making the perfect the enemy of the good.
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« Reply #57 on: January 10, 2016, 03:47:15 PM »

For what (little) it is worth... I agree with Crafty on Paul Ryan.  If you want to pull him further to the right, elect a majority within the majority to do that.  Win 60 in the Senate.  And prove we are still competitive in Presidential elections.  In the meantime, he is a skilled and knowledgeable spokesman on a lot of economic issues so use him.

In the current interview, he was presenting a positive case for private sector growth economics to people who are not normally inclined to vote that way.  It's about time someone did that - especially at the national leadership level!

In the horrible budget deal, Ryan was dealt a hand that would not have beaten the President.  The previous cavings had lasting consequences.  He didn't bother to blame it all on his predecessors, and his wimpy fellow Republican representatives so he took al the arrows.  Now we have to win hearts and minds to move forward.  Deal Paul Ryan a better hand or replace him from a position of conservative strength  if you think he is too moderate or too RINO.

Instead of developing a conservative consensus from the ground up to make sure this never happens again, most of us keep falling for shiny objects and deck chair arrangement debates along the path of creeping liberalism on the way to the precipice. 

Elect a conservative who can win - for President, for congress in your district and in the Senate races.
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« Reply #58 on: March 19, 2016, 07:08:25 PM »

Apparently he has said he will not support any cuts in Muslim immigration.
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« Reply #59 on: March 20, 2016, 06:04:13 AM »

Apparently he has said he will not support any cuts in Muslim immigration.


Of course not. Government funded anti-radicalization positions are one of the few areas of job growth.
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« Reply #60 on: March 20, 2016, 10:39:39 AM »

I just heard that that the NJ longshoremen are not hiring EXCEPT Syrian refugees.  I don't know if this is true but that is what someone who would know just stated.

I guess that in addition to the job with benefits they get Democratic voter registrations and union cards.

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« Reply #61 on: March 27, 2016, 05:17:07 PM »

Paul Ryan and the Trump Squeeze Play
A left-right crossfire aims at taking the House Speaker down.
Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill on March 23 in Washington, DC. ENLARGE
Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill on March 23 in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Images
March 25, 2016 6:46 p.m. ET
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This has been a bizarre election year, and it’s getting more so: An odd crossfire from the left and right is attacking Paul Ryan for not attacking Donald Trump more vigorously and even failing to lead a third-party challenge. As if the Trump insurgency hasn’t done enough damage, they’re volunteering the Speaker to risk the House majority too.

Mr. Ryan has already spoken up three times about Mr. Trump’s rhetorical excesses, and this week he offered a broader defense of a better politics. He spoke of his hope for a more “confident America” where “we don’t shut people down. If someone has a bad idea, we tell them why our idea is better. We don’t insult them into agreeing with us. We try to persuade them. . . . We shouldn’t accept ugliness as the norm. We should demand better from ourselves and one another.”
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This isn’t enough for Mr. Ryan’s critics, and readers should understand their self-serving motives. For progressives, the goal is to use Mr. Trump as a wedge to produce even wider GOP divisions and drive a stake in Mr. Ryan’s politics of growth and upward mobility.

Democrats view Mr. Trump as the easiest nominee to defeat, and they will then cheer on a potential stop-Trump third party that fractures the GOP coalition even further and throws the Electoral College to Hillary Clinton in a landslide. Beyond this election year, they see Mr. Ryan as the more serious long-term policy threat and want to take him down too.

On the other side are a cast of conservative intellectuals who don’t like Mr. Ryan because he continues to believe in the Ronald Reagan-Jack Kemp vision of a tax-reforming, free-market GOP that focuses on economic growth. They think the GOP needs a policy mix to address income inequality and promote redistribution—albeit to the middle class—rather than aiming for faster growth.

They’d love to volunteer Mr. Ryan for a kamikaze political mission that leaves someone else to pick up the rubble in 2020. This year most of this crowd wanted Marco Rubio, who adopted many of their ideas, but perhaps you don’t recall how “wage enhancement” and a new $2,500 tax credit for children stirred the masses.

Mr. Ryan is doing fine on his own and he can afford to ignore this left-right advice. The Speaker hasn’t hesitated to condemn Mr. Trump’s bad ideas on the merits as they arise, including his Muslim travel ban. But Mr. Ryan also has other obligations, not least protecting the GOP from larger damage this election year.

Start with his role as chairman of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which could be contested for the first time in decades. He’s officially neutral, and he’ll undermine his credibility and impartiality if he joins the never-Trump clique—especially when the Trump campaign is already warning of riots and building a stabbed-in-the-back narrative if their man doesn’t get the nomination.

If Mr. Trump is the nominee, then Mr. Ryan must defend his party’s best interests. This means above all protecting the House majority that polls show a Trump nomination could imperil. If Mrs. Clinton is elected President and Chuck Schumer runs the Senate, a GOP House is the only defense against a policy repeat of 2009-2010. Mr. Ryan can’t simply write off the GOP nominee and the millions of votes Mr. Trump has won.

The House GOP’s role will also be crucial if Mr. Trump wins in November. The businessman has no fixed principles we can detect, and a GOP Congress would have to steer him away from his worst instincts on trade, immigration and isolationism.

Mr. Ryan has shown he can elevate the GOP’s vision and ambitions before. He once was a backbencher pushing reform budgets into the void of the late Tom-DeLay-George W. Bush era. He has gone on to do more than any other Republican during the Obama Presidency to promote constructive alternatives, especially on health care. Since 2012 Mitt Romney’s running mate has tried to build a bipartisan consensus to solve the failures of U.S. antipoverty programs. This year he’s convened an “agenda project” to detail what the GOP would try to achieve in 2017.

The irony is that many of the same pundits now demanding that Mr. Ryan become their sword against Mr. Trump also praised the New Yorker last summer for his challenge to GOP orthodoxy. These former Trump apologists claimed the GOP should absorb his rage against the status quo. Instead of income-tax rate cuts, get behind family-friendly tax credits. Make peace with the entitlement state. Restrict trade and immigration allegedly to lift blue-collar wages. Alas for these would-be king-makers, Mr. Trump doesn’t take much advice.

The Trump insurgency has a long way to play out, and someone else could still win the GOP nomination. But whatever happens, Mr. Ryan and his political allies will have to limit the policy and political damage. That means preserving a vision of the GOP as a pro-growth, reform party that is inclusive and meets the challenges of the current era. Mr. Ryan knows how to do that better than his critics do.
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