‘People who know Paul Ryan say he will be president one day’
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Okay, it’s time to talk about Paul Ryan. The headline quote is from Mark McKinnon, who thinks Ryan is the real deal. Check out Ryan’s list of simple, effective, liberating proposals.
Ryan fans describe him as Jack Kemp on steroids. He believes that unbridled individual initiative, innovation, and industriousness lead to competitive advantage and national greatness.
Ryan outlined bold and muscular policy prescriptions for America’s most pressing problems in his “Roadmap for America’s Future.” Among the things his plan would do:
• Simplify the tax code: 10 percent of incomes up to $100,000 for joint filers and $50,000. for single filers; 25 percent on higher incomes (or you can continue to pay under current system). No deductions.
• Eliminate taxes on interest, capital gains, dividends and death.
• Preserve Medicare and Social Security benefits for anyone currently 55 or older, but replace Medicare benefits for people under 55 with a voucher that would average $11,000 a year that people could use to buy private insurance.
• Achieve universal access to affordable health care with guaranteed refundable tax credits ($2,300 for individuals, $5,700 for families) for portable coverage in any state.
• Allow workers 55 and under to invest more than one-third of Social Security taxes in personal retirement accounts.
• Raise the retirement age. Finally, we’ve got a politician bold enough to propose this obvious solution.
Hmmm, does it seem odd that six term congressman has a site called “Roadmap for America’s Future? Maybe odd in a good way? Like maybe it sounds like a national political platform?
Ryan’s smart, good-natured, and fearless approach was prominently displayed when he ate President Obama’s lunch at the health care summit last month. The shredding begins at about 1:35 with the big slam coming in from 4:50 to the end.
So that’s Ryan’s earnest-wonk impression. Here’s the dyed-in-the-wool patriot.
Other folks have begun putting a shine on the Ryan-for-President bandwagon.
Sarah Palin digs him (maybe that is because Ryan was ruling out a 2012 run that day).
Palin said, however, that she was “very impressed” with Ryan before later adding that it would be “absurd” not to consider running for president herself.
“[W]e have some strong — some young Turks in this party,” said Palin. “Paul Ryan — I’m very impressed with Paul Ryan. . . . He’s good. Man, he is sharp. He is smart, articulate. And he is passionate about these commonsense solutions that America has got to adopt to get us on the right road.”
The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes:
At just 38, Paul Ryan is already considered a guiding voice of conservatives in Washington. In media profiles and speech introductions, Ryan is often described as a next-generation leader of the Republican Party. That’s only half right. Ryan will almost certainly shape the GOP in the years to come. But, as the gathering at Charlie Palmer’s suggests, Ryan is an influential voice in Washington right now. . . .
“He’s smart, eloquent, well-informed and committed to the conservative principles that made this country great,” says Liz Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney and another next-generation conservative leader.
There is little disagreement among inside-the-Beltway conservatives that Ryan will have a prominent role in the future of the Republican Party. The only question is whether he’ll be director of the Office of Management and Budget in a future Republican administration—or whether he’ll be on the ticket someday himself.
But without question, Ryan is in the mix. Throw out a handful of Republicans that can be president, and his name should be on the list.
Nice Deb wants him in the Oval.
Kathy Carpenter was a Ryan-for-President gal way back in January 2008.
Left Coast Rebel is thinking about a Draft Ryan for 2012 campaign.
Paul Ryan has been in congress more than 11 years. Barack Obama was in the Senate from January 4, 2005 until November 13, 2008, less than four years, during which he ran for president. By the time 2012 rolls around, Ryan will have three times the government experience Obama had. More importantly, Ryan will look like the perfect guy to clean up the mess Obama has made of our government and our freedom.
Where do I sign?
Oh yeah. Maybe it’s just the hair, but he seems to have the whole Reagan thing going for him too. By 2012, that may be a handy little asset.