Paul Ryan: Clinton/Bowles Would Have Fixed This Economic Mess
Bert Atkinson Jr. | On 28, Jan 2013
One of the things Paul Ryan subtly references in this video is something that cannot seem to penetrate the stubborn political minds of America: It doesn’t really matter what has happened and what party has done what up to now. We can point fingers at the past all day long, but the only thing that truly matters for the sake of our country is what we do going forward.
Have fun with this, lefties: President George W Bush increased government spending more than any of the six presidents preceding him. W’s administration increased the federal budget by 104%. In his second term, Dubyah increased discretionary spending (non-Medicare, non-Social Security) by 48.6%.
But who cares? He’s not in politics and doesn’t represent what conservatives want in 2013, so trying to point a finger to the Republican party of a decade ago is absolutely pointless. (Looking at you, liberal commenters.)
Whether you like Paul Ryan or not, the gist of what he is saying is that we need a new kind of leadership; one that can look leaders of both parties in the eyes and tell them that we are going to put together a deal that works for everyone whether they are blue, red, donkeys, elephants, Republicans, Democrats, liberals, or conservatives. In the same interview, Ryan said, “All of the statements and all of the comments lead me to believe that he’s thinking more of a political conquest than political compromise.” President Obama has done very little leading, and subsequently our elected officials just put together legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff that raised taxes on the middle class, raised deficits, and did not even begin to address spending. Congrats, fellas, because nobody won.
You may like Paul Ryan, you may hate Paul Ryan, but his point about Obama not being a great leader is valid. Blame House Republicans all you want, but notice that no one is getting what they want, and both sides are blaming the other. A better leader wouldn’t have that.