Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate tied his candidacy to the Republican House and to Ryan's plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system.
Romney must now carry to the election all the baggage of the unpopular and dysfunctional Congress. The refusal by the House leadership (of which Ryan was a part) to enter into practical budget negotiations has resulted in a fiscal cliff. In January, all the Bush-era tax cuts will expire and indiscriminate across the board cuts in both domestic and military spending automatically will be triggered. The House leadership will have engineered a massive tax increase on all Americans and a draconian spending cut. Such an austerity program will precipitate a depression. Instead of sensible and practicable compromise in government, Ryan and the Republican leadership gave us "pie in the sky" conservatism. Partisanship and ideology trumped common sense and reason. While America burned for lack of economic solutions, Ryan and the Republican leadership fiddled with "personhood" laws not only criminalizing abortion under all circumstances but also several forms of birth control.
Romney is also now wed to Ryan's Medicare plan. Ryan is the author of a bill that radically alters Medicare. Instead of future seniors being on Medicare, the government will give them vouchers to spend with private medical insurance companies. Everybody knows the health reform law was passed in response to the egregious behavior of the insurance industry.
Further, Ryan supports and voted for the privatization of Social Security. Under this scheme, Social Security would be replaced with private investment accounts. Hello! Do you remember what happened to your 401K? Ryan is driven by the ideas of the atheist Ayn Rand and her supra-capitalist rants. Ryan wants to put the safety net of all future seniors at the mercy of private companies and Wall Street brokerage bankers. According to the Fact Check website, Ryan's convention speech contained numerous falsehoods. Even he is running away from his record. Apparently, it is the judgment of Romney that Ryan is ready to be president. Their fate is linked in totality.