Paul Ryan Has Already Been an Effective Obama Critic

One of the things that a vice presidential candidate has to be able to do and do well is be an attack dog for the ticket. The best VP candidates have both the credibility and the capability to severely criticize the other team. Even before being picked as his running mate by Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan had proven that he is that man.

Ryan has been the President’s sore spot since the budget and Obamacare debates began early in Obama’s stint in the White House and making him a veep pick for the Republicans is sure to cause no end of heartburn to a president that clearly doesn’t grasp the economic destruction that his own policies have wrought.

Months ago Rep. Ryan had already gotten under Obama’s skin. If you’ll recall in April of 2011 President Obama went out of his way to invite the Republican to a special speech on the budget and then, quite ungraciously slammed him in the speech — without having the decency to either address him or look him in the eye.

Imagine the ignorance of this and how it lowered the office of the President. To have arranged a speech, invited an political opponent, and then dissed him in public like that is the sort of low action of a petty man, not the high actions of a President. And for a President to attack a mere House member at that!

It is patently obvious that President Obama is unnerved by Paul Ryan. And it’s no wonder. You might also recall how Ryan wholly eviscerated Obama’s poor attempt at a budget back in Fed. of 2010.


Medicare right now has a $38 trillion dollar unfunded liability, that’s 38 trillion in empty promises to my parent’s generation, our generation, and our kid’s generation. Medicaid is growing at 21% this year. It’s suffocating states’ budgets, it’s adding trillions in obligations that we have no means to pay for.

…Since the Congressional Budget Office can’t score your bill because it doesn’t have sufficient detail, but it tracks very similar to the Senate bill, I want to unpack the Senate score a little bit. And if you take a look at these CBO analysis, analysis from your chief actuary, I think it’s very revealing. This bill does not control costs. This bill does not reduce deficits. Instead this bill adds a new health care entitlement at a time when we have no idea how to pay for the entitlements we already have

…The Senate Budget Committee chairman said that this is a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

…. when you strip out the double counting and what I would call these gimmicks, the full ten-year cost of this bill is a 460 billion dollar deficit. The second ten-year cost of this bill has a 3.4 trillion dollar deficit. And I think probably the most cynical gimmick in this bill is something that we all probably agree on. We don’t think we should cut doctors 21% next year.. we all call this the “doc fix.” Well the doc fix according to your numbers costs 371 billion dollars. It was in the first iteration of all these bills but because it was a big price tag and it made the score look bad and made it look like a deficit that provision was taken out… but ignoring these costs does not remove them from the backs of tax payers. Hiding spending does not reduce spending.

Ryan has been a major critic of Obama since the begining. Also in Feb. of 2010, for instance, he quizzed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner asking him during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing why the Obama administration would propose a budget that they admit is not credible or sustainable?

Rep. Ryan was also the man the GOP turned to in order to respond to Obama’s 2011 state of the union speech.

Ryan slammed the President for his actions saying, “Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs but also plunged us even deeper into debt.”

Ryan also criticized the President and his party just before the 2012 state of the unions speech stating that Obama had failed to provide leadership on reducing the deficit.

Repeatedly Obama has targeted Paul Ryan, singled him out for attack, because Ryan so gets under the president’s already thin skin and repeatedly Ryan has risen to the challenge and delivered devastating blows exposing Obama’s flimsy knowledge of budgets and his fraudulent claims of “fixing” it. And throughout Ryan’s criticism has been fact-based and respectful of the office of the president.

This is a good pick for Romney as the President of FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe, notes. On the morning of the announcement, Kibbe expressed the enthusiasm for the Romney ticket that picking Ryan brings.

That said, Romney made a good choice — a great choice in fact. It was a real indication to grassroots America that the Romney camp is willing to finally engage on the big issues that matter most in this election. It’s not quite enough to say that Obama has failed, we know that. Incumbent presidents should not win reelection with persistent unemployment over 8 percent and a staggering $16 trillion in debt. Clearly Obama needs to be fired. But what are you, the Republicans, actually for?

Paul Ryan has already unhinged this President and his Party and has repeatedly been able to slam them in the best possible manner. Ryan fulfills the role of attack dog well and has since before Romney even picked him to be his veep candidate.

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  • Unfortunately, we’re at a point where the budget numbers are so out of whack regarding income and spending that it takes a concerted effort to believe the lie that everything’s just fine and all we need to do is spend a few trillion more and we’ll be on the road to prosperity.

    The economy sucks. Jobs reports are almost laughable for what they’re not showing in an effort to provide a positive spin. Obama’s ‘necessarily high’ energy prices have come to pass, even though Cap and Trade didn’t. We’ve spent trillions – with nothing to show for it. They hurt us all – and despite chances to alleviate it, the administration’s done its best to make sure that we don’t have much chance of developing anything that’ll actually help provide a significant and measurable portion of the country’s energy needs.

    On the good side of that, we at least know, after trillions spent, that ethanol’s not the way to go, and that wind and solar subsidies are the only way that particular energy sector can stay alive.

    On the bad side – we’ve wasted billions turning food into fuel, jacking up the prices of both, and seen a lot of companies crash and burn that received federal money to produce pretty much nothing… and we’ve got sad proof that the “Chicago Way” of politics can’t be stretched nationwide.

    Yet somehow we’re supposed to ignore the folks who at least have an economic plan (even though it promises a good bit of pain and unhappiness in the near future) in favor of someone who only has platitudes and failure – and plans to spend even MORE money unaccountably.

    The Dems, the ‘progressives’ (Cue Inigo Montoya…) have had their chance. They didn’t know what the hell was going on then, they had a ‘plan’ to fix things – and after Obama’s tenure we’re about as ‘fixed’ as a dog taken to the vet.

    You can either have Obama, or you can have a functioning economy. That’s about what it boils down to.

    • herddog505

      JLawsonWe’ve spent trillions – with nothing to show for it.

      To me, this is the worst thing about Barry’s tenure (and that’s saying something). He blew through TRILLIONS in borrowed cash, and the best he can claim is that he “stabilized” the economy. Yeah, stable: nearly sixteen trillion in debt with chronic 8%+ unemployment.

      What a loser.

      • I’m no paramedic, but if you’re trying to stabilize someone who’s bleeding heavily, the first thing you do is stop the bleeding. If you don’t do that, the blood or plasma you pump in will go out just as fast.

        Obama never tried to stop the bleeding. If anything, he made it worse.

  • retired.military

    After 4 years of Obama I am reminded of 2 quotes.

    “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and
    conscientious stupidity.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    “I told you so” – H. G. Wells.

  • GarandFan

    “President Obama went out of his way to invite the Republican to a special speech on the budget and then, quite ungraciously slammed him in the speech — without having the decency to either address him or look him in the eye.”

    Well no one has actually accused Barry of ever having any “class”. And Barry hates having his ignorance on economics shown in public.

  • Commander_Chico

    Ha, as I predicted, they are hanging Ayn Rand’s rotting amoral corpse around Ryan’s neck:

    Paul Ryan’s guru Ayn Rand worshiped a serial killer who kidnapped and dismembered little girls:

    • cirby

      …except, of course, Rand was not Ryan’s “guru.” He had his staff read some of her work to understand what Objectivism is (and through that, libertarianism), but his real influences are mainstream economists like Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.

      You know, the ones who can do math.

      Obama’s influences? Saul Alinsky and Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

      (As has been pointed out, Ryan is such a right-wing extremist that he’s been elected eight times. In a mostly-Democrat district. By huge margins.)

      • Commander_Chico

        I am not agreeing 100% with it, just pointing out that my prediction is coming true. People will think Ayn Rand’s a Satanic cult leader and Ryan’s her ex-lover by the time November comes along.

        • jim_m

          And like we all have said, you will be voting for obama.

          And I really don’t care if you do. I’d just like it if you stopped lying to everyone here and admitted that fact. The last few weeks you have had little to nothing to say against obama (That is until someone points that fact out and then you trot out some feeble objection) but you have had endless complaints and criticisms of Romney.

          You are a complete fraud. Everyone knows that you support obama. Just be honest enough to admit it.

          • Commander_Chico

            I admit I dislike Romney more than I dislike Obama. Mitt’s bellicose rhetoric, nutball fellow-travelers like Bolton, his evasion of Vietnam war service and his flip-flopping and evasions make him particularly loathsome.

          • Sky__Captain

            So do you approve of the Chicago thug politics of 0bama?
            How about 0bama’s flip-flopping?
            Maybe 0bama’s evasions are OK with you?

          • Commander_Chico

            No, none of those are OK with me, I’m not voting for Obama, he is a weak con-man.

            But the warmongering nutballs around Romney are scary, along with Romney’s phony-tough talk. The same crew who bought you and screwed up the Bush wars.

          • jim_m

            In the face of your vigorous opposition to Romney ad your weak and virtually absent opposition of obama your statement comes off as BS.

          • LiberalNightmare

            >>No, none of those are OK with me, I’m not voting for Obama, he is a weak con-man.

            1/2 right – Obama is a weak con-man.

          • jim_m

            Chico likes obama because obama is in favor of infanticide.

          • Bellicose rhetoric? Compared to Obama? Chico, that is beyond a pitiful excuse, it’s completely laughable.

          • jim_m

            And you are OK with the open communists and terrorists that obama cavorts with. Nice.

            That tells me a lot about what you really believe in and it sure as hell isn’t America

          • Commander_Chico

            Of course I believe in America, it owes me my reserve pension and health care when I turn 60.

          • jim_m

            OK, so you are saying that you support the dems because they promise you that they will string your entitlements along and not worry about reforming them until after you are dead. Yep you’re a tried and true lefty.

          • I’ve got a few years to go for that myself. I’ll be surprised if they don’t cut out those benefits before then. (Health care I won’t worry about too much – my lovely bride’s got better benefits than Tri-care – but I’ll miss the pension.)

      • The talking points are coming out. They’ve been ready quite a while for each of the possible candidates. (Remember the ‘He’s too fat’ that circulated for Christie?)

        Now we see whether the Dems calculated properly, and how receptive people are to them.

        Bravo, Commander. You’re a quite useful idiot.

    • jim_m

      Gee Chico, for someone who claims to not support obama you sure as hell are plugged into his campaign and their talking points. You’re a fraud.

      • Commander_Chico

        You don’t have to be a NASA scientist to know the sun will set today.

        But if you like, yes, I am “plugged in.” Axelrod reads Wizbang and tells me what to write. Oh hell, might as well tell you: I am Axelrod.

        • Well, why in every single case can we count on you to come down on the side of Obama? When all of your fire is directed at the people opposing Obama, what conclusion should be drawn?

        • jim_m

          Exactly. No one has to be a rocket scientist (I’d call them NASA scientists but obama kicked them out in favor of muslim apologists.)to know that you support obama. Your claim to be voting for Johnson is transparent bullshit.

    • retired.military

      Since you can use an off the wall blog so can I

    • LiberalNightmare

      Seems like more of a morale improvement exercise for the troops then a serious or effective attack.

      But hey, as far as credibility goes, you guys already blew your wad with the cancer attack. What else can you do?

    • warnertoddhuston
  • Par4Course

    The 6-minute video of Ryan dismantling ObamaCare directly to Obama shows that he’s head and shoulders smarter than the present White House occupant. Unfortunately, the Democrats with stop at nothing to avoid debating (a) Obama’s record and (b) fundamental principles. They will slander and smear Romney and Ryan to the point where they are unrecognizable. Since they have no class, shame or decency, we can only hope Team Obama goes far enough over the top to turn off a significant segment of the American people. Otherwise, we’ll get four more years of growing government, trillion dollar deficits, demeaning of the productive and no serious plan for ever dealing with our problems.

  • sablegsd

    “sure to cause no end of heartburn to a president that clearly doesn’t
    grasp the economic destruction that his own policies have wrought.”

    I disagree with this statement. He DOES grasp the economic destruction his policies have wrought and he is doing it on purpose. Destroying this country is his goal. Why else the drive to “fundamentally change” the system that “allowed you to thrive” as said so arrogantly in his “you didn’t build that screed.”

    • As I posted elsewhere…


      “We tried our plan, and it worked.”

      Doesn’t it really make you wonder just WHAT his plan was?

      To invigorate the economy? That didn’t work.

      To make the country energy independent, or even slightly more so? That didn’t work.

      To improve our standing in the world? That didn’t work.

      To ease racial and religious animosities? That didn’t seem to work so well either.

      So when he’s saying his plan ‘worked’ – what was his plan, and just how was it supposed to ‘work’?

      Every so often, in his unscripted words, we get a glance at what he believes.


      And it just leaves me shaking my head. Obama’s going to go down in history as the pinnacle of the Con Man ethos.