Before you cast your vote in the upcoming presidential election, I urge you to take a hard look at the man who, if elected, would be a heart beat away from the presidency. Paul Ryan claims to be a fiscal conservative. A close examination of his voting record in Congress proves otherwise.
During the Bush administration, Ryan supported and voted for a massive tax cut, two wars and a prescription drug program, all on the cuff, that increased the national debt by trillions of dollars and in a large part created the largest financial crises since the Great Depression.
There's more. The Ryan budget that was passed several times by the Republican-controlled House gives yet another tax cut to millionaires while raising taxes on the middle class and adds another estimated $14 trillion to the national debt. Eric Alterman, in an article in the Natio, rightly observes that, "It is no exaggeration to say that Paul Ryan's plan for America, now embraced by Romney, constitutes a declaration of class warfare by the super wealthy against the rest of us - coupled with an invitation to economic and environmental chaos, and with a side order of political repression and social regression."
This is a man who had no compunction about lying repeatedly in his acceptance speech at the Republican national convention:
Lie No. 1: Obama failed to save the GM plant in his home town of Janesvill , Wisc. The plant was closed during the Bush administration long before Obama took office.
Lie No. 2: Obama eliminates the work requirement for welfare recipients. He most definitely does not.
Lie No. 3: Obama guts Medicare to the tune of $716 billion to fund the Affordable Care Act. The truth is that Obama reduces Medicare costs by that amount by renegotiating lower costs to providers and reducing the Medicare reimbursement to the overpaid private insurance companies known as Medicare Advantage. The savings come from providers, not beneficiaries. The reduction in spending actually strengthens the longterm health of Medicare, according to Medicare trustee reports. Ryan's plan, on the other hand, does gut Medicare by the same amount by turning Medicare into a voucher program that will significantly increase costs to future beneficiaries and completely privatizes Medicare in the long term.
There's no doubt that the Romney/Ryan ticket spreads largess among the rich at the expense of the middle class. The bottom line is that if you're a member of the working class and vote Republican in November, you will voting against your economic interests. Think about it!