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Ryan's Address: 'Our Rights Come from Nature and God, Not Government'
The Weekly Standard ^ | 8/11/2012 | Paul Ryan

Posted on 08/11/2012 8:48:02 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion

Thank you Governor Romney, Ann. I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate.

Mitt Romney is a leader with the skills, the background and the character that our country needs at a crucial time in its history. Following four years of failed leadership, the hopes of our country, which have inspired the world, are growing dim; and they need someone to revive them. Governor Romney is the man for this moment; and he and I share one commitment: we will restore the dreams and greatness of this country.

I want you to meet my family. My wife Janna, our daughter Liza, and our sons, Charlie and Sam.

I am surrounded by the people I love, and I have been asked by Governor Romney to serve the country I love.

Janesville, Wisconsin is where I was born and raised, and I never really left it. It’s our home now.

For the last 14 years, I have proudly represented Wisconsin in Congress. There, I have focused on solving the problems that confront our country, and turning ideas into action; and action into solutions.

I am committed, in heart and mind, to putting that experience to work in a Romney Administration. This is a crucial moment in the life of our nation; and it is absolutely vital that we select the right man to lead America back to prosperity and greatness.

That man is standing next to me. His name is Mitt Romney. And he will be the next president of the United States

My dad died when I was young. He was a good and decent man. I still remember a couple of things he would say that have really stuck with me. "Son you are either part of the problem or part of the solution."

Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem,...and Mitt Romney is the solution.

The other thing my dad would say is that every generation of Americans leaves their children better off. That's the American legacy.

Sadly, for the first time in our history, we are on a path which will undo that legacy. That is why we need new leadership to become part of the solution – new leadership to restore prosperity, economic growth, and jobs.

It is our duty to save the American Dream for our children, and theirs.

And I believe there is no person in America who is better prepared – because of his experience; because of the principles he holds; and because of his achievements and excellence in so many different arenas – to lead America at this point in its history.

Let me say a word about the man Mitt Romney will replace. No one disputes President Obama inherited a difficult situation. And, in his first 2 years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn’t make things better.

In fact, we find ourselves in a nation facing debt, doubt and despair.

Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuses, this is a record of failure.

President Obama, and too many like him in Washington, have refused to make difficult decisions because they are more worried about their next election than they are about the next generation. We might have been able to get away with that before, but not now. We’re in a different, and dangerous, moment. We're running out of time -- and we can't afford 4 more years of this.

Politicians from both parties have made empty promises which will soon become broken promises--with painful consequences--if we fail to act now.

I represent a part of America that includes inner cities, rural areas, suburbs and factory towns. Over the years I have seen and heard from a lot from families, from those running small businesses, and from people who are in need. But what I have heard lately troubles me the most. There is something different in their voice and in their words. What I hear from them are diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures.

I hear some people say that this is just "the new normal." High unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt is not a new normal. It's the result of misguided policies. And next January, our economy will begin a comeback with the Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will lead to more jobs and more take home pay for working Americans.

America is on the wrong track; but Mitt Romney and I will take the right steps, in the right time, to get us back on the right track!

I believe my record of getting things done in Congress will be a very helpful complement to Governor Romney’s executive and private sector success outside Washington. I have worked closely with Republicans as well as Democrats to advance an agenda of economic growth, fiscal discipline, and job creation.

I’m proud to stand with a man who understands what it takes to foster job creation in our economy, someone who knows from experience, that if you have a small business—you did build that.

At Bain Capital, he launched new businesses and he turned around failing ones – companies like Staples, Bright Horizons and Sports Authority, just to name a few. Mitt Romney created jobs and showed he knows how a free economy works.

At the Olympics, he took a failing enterprise and made it the pride of our entire nation.

As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with Democrats and Republicans to balance budgets with no tax increases, lower unemployment, increase income and improve people’s lives.

In all of these things, Mitt Romney has shown himself to be a man of achievement, excellence and integrity.

Janna and I tell Liza, Charlie and Sam that America is a place where, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead.

We Americans look at one another's success with pride, not resentment, because we know, as more Americans work hard, take risks, and succeed, more people will prosper, our communities will benefit, and individual lives will be improved and uplifted.

But America is more than just a place...it's an idea. It's the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.

This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.

This idea is under assault. So, we have a critical decision to make as a nation.

We are on an unsustainable path that is robbing America of our freedom and security. It doesn't have to be this way.

The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:

We won't duck the tough issues...we will lead!

We won't blame others...we will take responsibility!

We won't replace our founding principles...we will reapply them!

We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:

  1. What kind of country do we want to have?

  2. What kind of people do we want to be? We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth.

    Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I'm excited for what lies ahead and I'm thrilled to be a part of America's Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done.

    Thank you.



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Here's the prepared text of Paul Ryan's address in Norfolk, Virginia, via The Weekly Standard.

For conservatives, the WS has the right lead: our rights come from nature and from God, not government.

1 posted on 08/11/2012 8:48:09 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Well, at least someone in government gets it (I hope he really believes it....).


2 posted on 08/11/2012 8:53:09 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: LS; PGalt; abb; Anima Mundi; ebiskit; TenthAmendmentChampion; Obadiah; Mind-numbed Robot; A.Hun; ...

Certainly refreshing to have the VP candidate paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence!


3 posted on 08/11/2012 8:54:04 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Ha, ha, I was just over at that congregaton of certified loonies known as DummyUnderground. One of the wackos posted Willard’s words about where our rights come from, and a whole chorus of the nutjobs started howling and cackling about Romney being wrong. Then some of the not quite-as-loony Dummies corrected the utter lunatics with a few things such as Romney was 100% correct. Your rights do come from God (or nature) and are inalienable. Many of the nutjobs were firmly convinced that government gives you your rights.


4 posted on 08/11/2012 8:55:14 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Of course, the liberals will take exception to mention of God. They will question if Ryan believes in separation of church and state and that whole ball of wax liberals talk about.

Liberals will also object to the overtones that he’s quoting the Declaration of Independence. Liberals believe that the Founding Fathers were bad men because they allowed slavery, didn’t give women the right to vote, and did not celebrate homosexual diversity in the manner which today’s liberals want to celebrate.


5 posted on 08/11/2012 8:55:36 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

So the # 2 man on the ticket puts it out plainly on Day 1. There are two visions of America. Which do we want? My greatest fear is the way too many will answer that question. 180 years after he first posed the danger, we get the chance to prove de Toqueville wrong. Will we?


6 posted on 08/11/2012 8:59:25 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
My dad died when I was young. He was a good and decent man.

Coronary artery disease, at 55. Same with his grandfather and great-grandfather, both in their 50s. Let's hope & pray that modern medical advances will prevent genetic destiny!

7 posted on 08/11/2012 9:00:35 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Thank goodness this isn’t about liberals, but about gettng our country back on track!


8 posted on 08/11/2012 9:04:51 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Totally amazing! A politician that 'gets it'!

[and the way he stuck the gig in against the 'new normal' was just priceless]

9 posted on 08/11/2012 9:06:55 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Perhaps Mr. Ryan will come to New Haven, CT and speak to this issue with Mayor De Stephano.

"Sometimes just because something is legal doesn't make it right," DeStefano says in the aftermath of the incident where a prominent New Haven attorney who was arrested Tuesday night for carrying a pistol in his waistband when he went to a showing of the "The Dark Knight Rises" .

10 posted on 08/11/2012 9:07:37 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
What Catholic Vote said about Paul Ryan yesterday:
 
Paul Ryan, Representative from Wisconsin's 1st District  

Life
Co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

Voted to amend the health care law so that no federal funds may be used to pay for any part of any healthcare plan that offers abortion coverage.

Voted for the Abortion Pain Bill and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Voted to prohibit partial birth abortion.

Marriage
Voted for a resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Voted against repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Religious liberty
Voted for the Religious Liberty Protection Act of 1999.

On the HHS mandate: “This is much, much bigger than about contraception. This is about religious freedom, First Amendment rights, and how this progressive philosophy of fungible rights of a living breathing constitution really clashes and collides with these core rights that we built our society and country around.”

Embryonic life
Voted against the Stem Cell Research Act of 2007, which would have required the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research on embryonic stem cells.

Voted in favor of developing methods to produce stem cells without using human embryos.

School choice
Voted in favor for school vouchers in Washington, D.C.


11 posted on 08/11/2012 9:10:12 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Good speech... Now if he and Mittens can get Bonehead and Mumbles McConnel on board maybe we have a chance. Big “if”, but it looks like more of a possibility today than it did yesterday.


12 posted on 08/11/2012 9:12:36 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Excellent! now lets make 0bama a one-term President like his buddy Jimmah Carter.


13 posted on 08/11/2012 9:13:00 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Certainly refreshing to have the VP candidate paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence!

Yes it is! Thanks for posting, c_I_c.

14 posted on 08/11/2012 9:16:30 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Dilbert San Diego

and did not celebrate homosexual diversity in the manner which today’s liberals want to celebrate.

Doubt the Founders even gave homosexuality a thought!


15 posted on 08/11/2012 9:17:10 AM PDT by NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN ('he who creates something worthwhile never dies.'')
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To: HollyB

Yes, this isn’t all about the liberals. I hope and pray that the election results in November will have the liberals being put back in their place.

What we have seen during the last four years, is what happens when the liberals are in charge.

And it’s not all about the presidential election. There are many important Senate races up for grabs on November 6th.


16 posted on 08/11/2012 9:19:44 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: jeffc
Well, at least someone in government gets it (I hope he really believes it....).

Or at least holds this Truth to be self-evident...

17 posted on 08/11/2012 9:22:55 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Hope and change has become meanness, lying, fraud, cover-ups, and vindictiveness.)
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To: driftless2
Many of the nutjobs were firmly convinced that government gives you your rights.

So much for liberal unionized public education....

18 posted on 08/11/2012 9:26:05 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Hope and change has become meanness, lying, fraud, cover-ups, and vindictiveness.)
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To: xkaydet65

It is as clear as it can be...if a majority re-elects Obama then America has chosen a socialist future, consciously. As Europe has shown, there is no road back from that choice.


19 posted on 08/11/2012 9:39:19 AM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: HollyB
Paul Ryan makes Oblame-a look like an amateur. With this choice, the Tea Party will come out of 'flat line' mode for Romney, and will also carry positively with the Midwest because Ryan appeals to blue collars.

The Dems talk about 'no foreign policy experience' on this team.. I argue that THAT IS WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE, because Oblame-a hasn't lead or even lead from behind. His hands have NEVER been on the steering wheel thoughout the last 4 years; Worst, he let Afghanistan and Iraq decline without any proactive intervention. Romney has been friends with Netanyahu for over 40 years and that is very important with the Iran situation only worsening.

20 posted on 08/11/2012 9:41:47 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Wonderful. Now we can all go back to sleep because we have a Speech from the prospective VP.

We’re all going to go Vote for a VP while holding our noses for our choice for Prez.

Whether or not Ryan even Means it, he’s going to be one VP in a Sea of RINO Bipartisans.

Now where did I put my Romney nose plugs?


21 posted on 08/11/2012 9:43:09 AM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
It will be refreshing to have a VP of substance and not comic relief-


22 posted on 08/11/2012 9:43:39 AM PDT by mikrofon (Stand down, Joe...)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:

We won’t duck the tough issues...we will lead!

We won’t blame others...we will take responsibility!

We won’t replace our founding principles...we will reapply them!

We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:

What kind of country do we want to have?
What kind of people do we want to be? We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth.
Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I’m excited for what lies ahead and I’m thrilled to be a part of America’s Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done.

Thank you.


There is hope for a real change now.


23 posted on 08/11/2012 9:45:06 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Thanks. I watched the speech live, and heard a lot of good take-out lines. Now I can see them.


24 posted on 08/11/2012 9:46:22 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: driftless2
Many of the nutjobs were firmly convinced that government gives you your rights.

It's more than a little ironic that Dems would attack that particular line in Ryan's speech, considering the politician who previously said "…the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God."

That would be President Kennedy, in his Inaugural Address in 1961.

25 posted on 08/11/2012 9:49:40 AM PDT by PhatHead
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Voting for the ticket!!!


26 posted on 08/11/2012 9:49:58 AM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
That US Navy Sub is a far better venue than Obama’s Greek god temple of 4 years ago.
27 posted on 08/11/2012 10:00:10 AM PDT by CHEE (if I ever vote for another unconstitutional law I wish I may be shot. - Congressman Davy Crockett)
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To: CountryClassSF

Me too — I think I really see a small sliver of light now, in all this darkness. Really uplifted by this today!!

Romney/Ryan 2012!!!!!!


28 posted on 08/11/2012 10:01:22 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Paul Ryan on Abortion

Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Congress shall protect life beginning with fertilization. (Jan 2011)
Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)

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Paul Ryan on Budget & Economy

Stimulus spending spree created debt but few jobs. (Jan 2011)
America is on an unsustainable fiscal path. (Sep 2010)
Automatic stabilizer spending is mandatory spending. (Jan 2010)
Freeze spending now, rather than in future budget. (Jan 2010)
Road Map for America’s Future: cut entitlement spending. (Jul 2009)
Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on defining “energy emergency” on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
Member of the House Republican Economic Recovery Working Group. (Sep 2010)
Chair of House Budget Committee. (Mar 2011)

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Paul Ryan on Crime

Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
Voted NO on expanding services for offenders’ re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
Rated 30% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)

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Paul Ryan on Energy & Oil

Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
Voted NO on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules. (Jan 2009)
Drill the Outer Continental Shelf; & license new nuke plants. (Mar 2011)

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Paul Ryan on Environment

Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
Voted YES on deauthorizing “critical habitat” for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

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Paul Ryan on Foreign Policy

America is the most pro-human idea ever conceived. (Sep 2010)
Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
Voted YES on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific. (Aug 2011)
Rated -3 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)

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Paul Ryan on Health Care

Open-ended healthcare entitlement moves US toward bankruptcy. (Jan 2011)
Washington Way: closed-door deals & one-party votes. (Sep 2010)
ObamaCare passed with no GOP support & split Democrats. (Sep 2010)
For tax credits; high-risk pools; & regulatory reform. (Sep 2010)
Medicare is a $38 trillion unfunded liability—add vouchers. (Jan 2010)
Road Map: buy health insurance from any state in the country. (Jul 2009)
Replace Medicare with $9500/year private insurance payment. (Jul 2009)
Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
Voted YES on repealing the “Prevention and Public Health” slush fund. (Apr 2011)
Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
Voted NO on expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)

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Paul Ryan on Immigration

Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)

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Paul Ryan on Jobs

Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA’s Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
Rated 7% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Allow an Air Traffic Controller’s Union. (Jan 2006)
Rated 58% by CEI, indicating a mixed voting record on Big Labor. (May 2012)

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Paul Ryan on Social Security

Only younger members in Congress support reform. (Nov 2010)
Invest 1/3 of payroll tax in personal savings account. (Sep 2010)
Comprehensive model to restructure retirement accounts. (May 2010)
Road Map: invest 5.1% income into personal account. (Jul 2009)
Proposed bill to invest 50% of FICA in personal accounts. (Dec 2007)
Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

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Paul Ryan on Tax Reform

Road Map: simplified two-level flat tax. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax (”death tax”). (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the “marriage penalty”. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Rated 72% by NTU, indicating “Satisfactory” on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)

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Paul Ryan on War & Peace

Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
Voted NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)
No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone. (May 2011)
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)

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Paul Ryan on Families & Children

Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
Rated 91% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)

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Paul Ryan on Civil Rights

Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
Rated 36% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)


29 posted on 08/11/2012 10:01:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

BTTT


30 posted on 08/11/2012 10:02:59 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Wait...isn’t the guy who pushed grannie off the cliff ?

/ S

I’m a ABO voter but Romney made a great choice...

Ryan gives the libtards some redmeat but he is sharp and willing to take them on face first...and call them on their lies unlike most GOP spineless weasels


31 posted on 08/11/2012 10:03:44 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: driftless2

Thanks for your report. Sometimes I wonder but really don’t want to go there to check it out.


32 posted on 08/11/2012 10:05:39 AM PDT by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

I cheered through that entire speech.


33 posted on 08/11/2012 10:09:23 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: Salvation

please post this as many times as you can.

I saw that he is socially conservative, or should I say he agrees with most Americans on social issues.
We know about his fiscal views

That being said we need to look at votes not words and Ryan has put hsi votes out there and thye are in agreement wiht what most of this country agrees with.

Now the left will look around, dig dirt, and pour money into my state of FL scaring old people.

Will it work?
Only if the GOP carries on their cowardly pathetic campaign, we need the GOP to come out fighting for once


34 posted on 08/11/2012 10:11:29 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

the founding fathers would ot have given much thought to homosexuals and their agenda and if they had then they would have done something about it and said in an amendment that marriage was between one man and one woman, not this sham crap we have now.

Probably would have given the death penalty back then to these flower picking light on the shoes fecal sex queers we have now


35 posted on 08/11/2012 10:14:06 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem

Gotta disagree Paul. nobama is THE problem. All the misery comes from his policies.

36 posted on 08/11/2012 10:18:54 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.
37 posted on 08/11/2012 10:19:10 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

I have been reluctant to state this with all the Mormon haters on FR but if Romney governs according to his religious tenants of free will, self reliance, being a Christ like example, and giving people dignity by offering a hand up instead of a hand out we will be on a good track.

Having a Catholic, my former faith, and a Latter Day Saint, my current faith, on the same ticket warms me to the choice. I was not going to vote for liberal Mitt, and still haven’t decided but if these two men follow their founding and religious principles we do have hope.

Lastly, Ryan is a good choice, he has fire in the belly and his attacks will be tempered with reason. He is a career politician, and although part of the conservative movement, an insider. Fourteen years in congress, many years as an aide grooming for office I fear has left him out of touch with the common man. Mitt, well we know his background, and he is a long way from having been a missionary of the Lord.

God help us, and show us this is the right choice and course of action and pray to the Lord above everyday for these men and all our leaders that they will do what is right for this chosen land, divinely set apart for the example of freedom and choice, hope and prosperity to all the world.


38 posted on 08/11/2012 10:27:50 AM PDT by WilliamRobert (conservatism is a lifestyle)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Our rights come from nature and God, not government.

Excellent speech.

For my 2 cents worth, though, he could leave the "nature" part out. Does it by him anything? My Creator isn't nature.

"that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,"

39 posted on 08/11/2012 10:30:48 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: CountryClassSF

Me too! So happy that Romney chose Paul Ryan..Ryan is going to totally destroy Biden in the debates, its going to be fun to watch. Hopefully now the fire has been put back into this campaign and we have a chance to win. We have to win, America is counting on us to take this country back otherwise Communism is our future


40 posted on 08/11/2012 10:42:56 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
For his first major decision, Romney has done well.

Paul Ryan gets it and can explain it, two aspects notably absent from GOPe and other progressive politicians.

Being used to disappointment, this is the most hope I've allowed myself in months. I'd like to build on that and, finally, I have a reason to.

41 posted on 08/11/2012 10:49:16 AM PDT by GBA
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To: jeffc
Do a little research on Paul Ryan....he's solid, articulate, scandal free and a decent man....and damned talented and high energy..with a solid budget plan of action, and he doesn't take no crap from anyone...I recall when Ryan got his opportunity to set oboma straight on this country's finances...does anyone remember exactly when this happened, where oboma tried to shoot Ryan down on Ryan's facts and figures, and Ryan shot right back at oboma with MORE facts and figures, as oboma sat with his hand under his chin and his eyes all slitty and dark? I don't recall if oboma had his FU finger up against his cheek or not, as he stared at and gave the fish eye to Ryan. Priceless and classless.
42 posted on 08/11/2012 10:49:30 AM PDT by itssme
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To: MulberryDraw; mickie
I let out an exclamation when I heard him say our rights come from nature AND God. He didn't say "nature (God)" or "God (nature)"

I, too, wonder what he means by "nature". To some it means "Gaia" and all that pagan dancing-around-trees-by-moonlight nonsense.

Don't get me wrong...and I'm not a nitpicker. I'm ecstatic over Romney's choice. But "nature" didn't give me any rights, not even the Founders or the Constitution. They flowed to me from the God of the Holy Bible only....and were put into words on parchment by inspired geniuses.

Well, anyhow, I'm celebrating the Veep pick today...and will exercise my God-given right to treat myself to a Dove chocolate ice-cream bar with dark chocolate coating.

Mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm......you're toast, Obama......mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm

Leni

43 posted on 08/11/2012 10:49:51 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Ryan is awesome:

“But America is more than just a place...it's an idea. It's the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.

This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.

This idea is under assault. So, we have a critical decision to make as a nation.

We are on an unsustainable path that is robbing America of our freedom and security. It doesn't have to be this way

44 posted on 08/11/2012 11:00:34 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: MulberryDraw

Part of the founding documents “ natures law and natures God”


45 posted on 08/11/2012 11:00:58 AM PDT by prov1813man (While the one you despise and ridicule works to protect you, those you embrace work to destroy you)
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To: To-Whose-Benefit?
“Whether or not Ryan even MEANS it, he is going to be one VP in a sea of RINO Bipartisans.”

Number one, Ryan is SOLID, scandal free and he has a budget plan of action that Romney states he will support. Ryan's been in Congress for 14 years, he's seasoned and he knows the score...Rino Bipartisans?..it's no news to Ryan. He's a fighter..ask any RINO!

46 posted on 08/11/2012 11:01:30 AM PDT by itssme
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To: WilliamRobert
No flames from me. I can only speak to my experience and my experiences with Mormons have all been positive.

I have no experience with their church or their faith, despite being given a stack of Mormon Bibles over the years, so I don't have a comment.

However, working with and for, living next door to and across the street from and being friends with individuals living that faith, I have had nothing but good experiences with high quality, very trustworthy individuals.

Mitt Romney could be like the Mormons I've known or he could be another Harry Reid. I'm crossing my fingers he is the like former and nothing like the latter.

We'll find out in January.

47 posted on 08/11/2012 11:02:49 AM PDT by GBA
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To: itssme
Do a little research on Paul Ryan.

I'm familiar with who he is, but not up-to-speed on where he stands on important issues (my fault). I've been reading up on him all morning, and watched the video where he schooled Zero on ObammyCare (way cool!!).

I like what he says, the way he says it (like Reagan, he means what he says!) - is it me or where has this guy been "hiding"? I can't blame the "news" media, as I only read them like people read the Sunday funnies. Obviously, I'm not keeping up!

I think Romney made a great pick. Ryan's gonna seriously kick some Demo butt! Man! I hope we can win back the Senate.

48 posted on 08/11/2012 11:05:23 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: prov1813man

Sorry, correction. “laws of nature and of natures God”. From the Declaration of Independence.


49 posted on 08/11/2012 11:06:03 AM PDT by prov1813man (While the one you despise and ridicule works to protect you, those you embrace work to destroy you)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Ryan slipped under the Rino radar. If he believes what he is saying anyhow. I have no reason to believe he doesn’t.


50 posted on 08/11/2012 11:06:44 AM PDT by Leep (I'm a Chic-Fil--A-merican)
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