Be wary of Ryan
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I find the so-called Ryan Revolution perplexing. Many in the media have defined Paul Ryan as an intellectual and transformative ideologist. I see no evidence of that. On the contrary, I see regression. Where are his thought-provoking theories?
In the 13 years he has served as a congressman, only two bills he introduced became law. One of those bills renamed the post office in Mr. Ryan's district and the other tackled the excise tax on bows and arrows. Wow!
His budget is loaded with erroneous and dubious calculations and lacks cause-and-effect analysis that studies the effects of changes he proposes. Many of his so-called budget cuts would actually increase the deficit in the long term.
There is no question, Mr. Ryan is an excellent politician. He has learned the stratagems of a professional politician with his back-slapping, bear-hugging, baby-kissing and crowd-motivating assertions. Unfortunately, so many of his statements have no resemblance to the truth.
Further, when confronted, he becomes extremely defensive and replies with even more untruths. That should scare both Democrats and Republicans when you consider that he would be "a heartbeat away from the presidency" if Mitt Romney wins.
ALEX J. VALLAS
First Published September 10, 2012 12:00 am