I’ve been a bit out of touch this weekend, so this is my knee-jerk reaction to Paul Ryan’s selection as Mitt Romney’s running mate — before being bombarded by media coverage or either campaign.
I’m surprised Romney picked someone more conservative than himself when his problem will be attracting votes from people who are more moderate.
In general my impression of Ryan is that he’s principled, honest, and very intelligent, but he’s hard-core conservative with very sharp edges. A rigid and prickly ideologue. He’s right (no pun intended) in one regard; the country is overspending by a wide margin. But common sense dictates we both cut spending and increase revenue. A balanced approach. Whether the increased revenue comes through eliminating the Bush tax cuts, trimming the bloat and inefficiencies in federal programs, clamping down on fraud, or some combination, it’s got to be balanced; I don’t believe for a second that programs for the middle and lower classes should be slashed while the wealthy go untouched, unscathed, untaxed.
As a senior on both Medicare and Social Security, I can guarantee I won’t vote for anyone wanting to make any drastic changes to these programs, much less abolish them. No Medicare vouchers, period. I’ve never seen a voucher program that worked fairly and adequately for everyone. Sure, there is a lot of administrative bloat and inefficiency in both programs, with lots of savings to be had. For example, I’d support gradually increasing the age for eligibility. And some means testing. And I’d certainly clamp tight regulations on the health care insurance companies and phase in either a public option or a single-payer plan.
His budget ideas aside, he’s opposed to abortion rights, even in cases of rape and incest. That alone is a deal-breaker.
Yes, Ryan would only be the vice president, a position that traditionally has been relatively inconsequential; nevertheless Romney has embraced him. ‘Nuf said.
When it comes to Paul Ryan, I don’t need to wait to “be scared by Obama.” Ryan himself did that a long time ago.