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Written by finchr6 on August 16, 2012.
Imagine for a second (or for the next four years) that someone is sitting in the White House who has the voting record that Paul Ryan has. He claims that he is a fiscal conservative, but his votes say that he has only been one for the last four years, or just during the Obama presidency. He voted to extend the Bush era tax cuts through 2013 (http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26344/). These tax cuts have already cost our nation 2.5 trillion dollars (http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/06/07/237560/10-years-bush-tax-cuts/?mobile=nc). Granted that amount of money wouldn’t solve the United States problems, but for someone who runs on the theory of trying to balance the budget this is a ridiculous thing to stand behind!
If we go further into his voting record, specifically during the Bush presidency, we can see that he had no trouble spending and borrowing money at that point. For example, he voted to extend the funding of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan every single time a bill was presented to him under the Bush presidency (http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26344/). He voted yea on the automotive bailouts, but now decries them as a waste of money (http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26344/). He believes that because they closed some plants in Wisconsin that the entire bailout was a waste of money (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/paul-ryan-explains-his-opposition-to-auto-bailout-revealing-inner-wonk/2012/08/16/9fe75174-e7d3-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_blog.html). Never mind that three multibillion dollar American corporations were saved, just remember that the Chrysler plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin was shut down. I feel for the people that lost their jobs, but this comes down to simple politics. What he voted for during the Bush presidency (December 2008), he disagrees with during the Obama presidency.
Of course the list goes on. He voted in favor of the TARP program (another Bush era vote) and voted for the second economic stimulus (finally an Obama era vote for money)! None of this can be debated; it is all public record (http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26344/). So to bring everything back to the main topic, Paul Ryan is a hypocrite of the worst kind. He votes with his party for purely political reason (as do many Democrats), but most importantly he claims to want to balance the budget, but where was that feeling during the Bush administration when a republican president was spending so much?
Now it is time to look at some of the spending that President Obama wanted to try to pass. He voted no for the Affordable Care Act, no for the a Small Business funding law, no on aid to states for Medicare and teacher employment, yes to REDUCE funding for the United States Institute of Peace, and perhaps the worst vote for someone pretending to balance the budget, he voted no for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26344/). Looks like it is okay to spend, spend, spend when there is a Republican in office, but not when there is a Democrat.
This is not the kind of man I want in the White House. Even if he is not running the show, as all of the pundits keep pointing out to us, he would still be in the President’s ear.