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ELECTION: Let’s do our own homework on Ryan

Letter by Don Peter, Des Moines on Aug. 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm | 103 Comments »
August 16, 2012 2:13 pm

With Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for VP have come attacks as well as enthusiastic endorsements. We hear that Ryan wants to gut Medicare and seriously imperil seniors. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has called his proposals “extreme.” Speaker John Boehner says he couldn’t be more pleased with Romney’s choice in that he is the most knowledgeable person on federal budget issues.

Ryan’s selection sets the stage for what is on everyone’s mind – the ailing economy and unsustainable federal spending – rather than distractions like frequent golf vacations or undisclosed tax returns.

Before deciding what to believe from the right or the left, check him out directly via video and in print. Rather than just take the word of Leonard Pitts or Charles Krauthammer, go to original sources free of fog. Start with the YouTube video for his knowledge and passion regarding fiscal issues, in this case the economics of the Affordable Care Act (aka: Obamacare).

For his budget plan, access the PDF and read it through.

Many criticize Ryan’s work, but at least he has offered a concrete, serious proposal, unlike the U.S. Senate that has failed to fulfill its legal obligation to craft a budget. It has no plan. Maybe it’s safer politically, but in fact constitutes a serious breach of duty to, and trust betrayal of, the American people.

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