Paul Ryan's Wisconsin roots shine in GOP spotlight

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER and KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 14, 2012 - 6:58 AM

Rep. Paul Ryan's work ethic and affable manner helped propel him to Romney ticket.

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louie73Aug. 13, 12 9:34 PM

By by Barry, it's been a long miserable 4 years.

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notaxmaxAug. 13, 1211:05 PM

Get with it Star, run the Erskine Bowles excerpts. I think Obamas guy really likes Ryans plan or at least he is just an honest democrat, something we are in short supply of lately.

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steavis61067Aug. 13, 1211:06 PM

From what I've read, Ryan is a semi-Libertarian more than GOP or Tea Party. How else does he vote for ENDA but have his budget plan? I like him as a person, and the son of a lawyer in Janesville aint exactly rich like Romney (or the lefty's Kennedys' or Kerry). Disagree with his all you want, but he's not an out-of-touch jerk.

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newsound14Aug. 13, 1211:41 PM

Paul Ryan brilliantly came up with a plan to avoid taxing the wealthy and large corporations while cutting programs for Americans who can least afford it. Somehow the republicans have convinced their followers that this is “freedom”. NO! This is a greedy heartless grab for power through insidious propaganda. Wealth is generated on the foundation of a first class infrastructure built and financed by the government and by extension the American people. Those fortunate enough to amass considerable wealth owe more back into the system. Republicans have defended tax breaks for the wealthy and large multinational corporations since the 1980s. This has resulted in the greatest wealth discrepancy since the Great Depression. The result is more congressional lobbying, more negative television campaign adds via Super PACs and the rest of superfluous wealth is shipped offshore to tax shelters. These are not the job creators these are the power mongers. Beyond a certain point wealth becomes power. Wealth is used to circumvent the tax code, avoid legal prosecution, lobby congress and buy elections. The people have lost control of our government and if the Paul Ryan republicans have their way we will not have a shred of power left.

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newsound14Aug. 13, 1211:58 PM

louie73, I think you meant to say; "Bye-bye President Obama. It's a shame the previous administration left you with such a mess. If it wasn't for the unprecedented obstruction tactics of congressional republicans you might have been able to turn things around. It’s entirely possible that enough Americans like me will believe the misdirection and obfuscation of the republicans and elect these two that worship the super wealthy and multinational corporations above all else."

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metoo7Aug. 14, 1212:05 AM

LOL! This is the Barry Goldwater and LBJ 1964 remake. Unbelieveable. The GOP will get their 35% to 42% hard core voter and the rest will fall to Obama by default. Wow, talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Don't you fellas know that "politics is the art of the possible" but like Otto Von Bismarck said way back in 1867?

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pinky1933Aug. 14, 1212:26 AM

i like Ryan, insofar as his abilities to articulate things well will make it very clear why he - and his increasingly radical party - are on the wrong side of history. hmmm, Medicare, or more tax-breaks for the exploiters of the middle and working class? sorry, no cheese in that tunnel.

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soccermomof6Aug. 14, 12 1:58 AM

It's time for our country to get BACK ON TRACK. This was not meant to be a welfare country. It was founded on GODLY principles, like it or not. We are ONE COUNTRY, UNDER GOD. If you don't like God, or what He stands for, move on. My son is 18 and has 3 jobs. My daughters are 21 and 20. They each are working their way through college. None of them have been handed anything. They are working hard and they appreciate all they have. My husband and I are self employed. In 2008 and 2009 our income was a 10th of what the lowest of lows would be considered for welfare... yet we could not get unemployment, because we are self employed... yet the government didn't hesitate to tax our tax dollars when we employed three full time guys on our crew... those three men all found jobs when we had to lay them off without a problem... in fact, all 3 of them have almost been able to pay cash for their homes... it's TIME TO QUIT LOOKING TO OTHERS TO BAIL US OUT WHEN WE MAKE POOR FINANCIAL DECISIONS... the fact of the matter is this... there are jobs out there for people... get off welfare, quit expecting the government to tax the rich to death to pay for your laziness... we are rich. our kids will be rich... it's an ATTITUDE, which becomes ACTION. Which produces WEALTH! Give it a try sometime... it works.

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Zekeman10Aug. 14, 12 8:46 AM

no one is looking for bailouts, momof6. we are looking for fairness and an ability to compromise on issues that need to be worked on. obamacare, as you repubs like to call it, is great for my son who won't be able to get or afford health care because of a pre-existing condition once he is off my coverage in a few months. thankfully, more foresighted people and the supreme court acted correctly to make this happen. it's criminal that we have so many millions of people in this country with no health insurance coverage - and this is just one issue. your kids don't have a preexisting condition and mine does - how is that a bail out? see the big picture, please - this isn't welfare, or whatever you want to call it - this is about fairness.

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owatonnabillAug. 14, 12 8:47 AM

Ryan will add an element of substance to a campaign that to date had been heavy on hysteria and innuendo. We need to remember a couple of things, though. First, a Ryan vice-presidency depends on a Romney presidency. Second, even though Ryan would have influence in a Romney presidency, Romney himself is the epitome of an Establishment Politician. The only real difference between Romney or Obama as President would be that the other Establishment Republicans on the national scene would be cheering Romney's proposed programs--and never mind that those programs would have been pretty much the same, substance-wise, as Obama's. I see Romney, at best, as a transition President, with the real battle for the direction of America happening in 2020. November 6, 2012 settles nothing.

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