Paul Ryan's struggling hometown

  • Article by: Amy Goldstein , Washington Post
  • Updated: August 18, 2012 - 1:48 PM

Could places like the small, park-studded city where he grew up be healed by the ideas that catapulted him onto the GOP presidential ticket?

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hobie2Aug. 18, 12 3:11 PM

How many terms in Congress and his constituents got what? 14 years was it? The question goes to the core and moral ethics of the man who would be in the second highest office, a heartbeat away from the highest job -- was Ryan working across the aisle with the majority party and with the several Presidents to get help for his constituents back home, or sucking up to the GOP leadership for power. Is Janesville and his district booming or not?... The answer tells...

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mn_cameraAug. 18, 12 4:40 PM

Ryan's policies will destroy what is left of Janesville - and other places across America where jobs will be offshored for the benefit of the upper crust.

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endothermAug. 18, 12 4:45 PM

The Romney types buy up the companies, cut benefits, outsource the jobs, and then, when the unemployed workers go on food stamps, go on Medicaid or seek help with job retaining, the Paul Ryan types come along and cut any programs to help them get back on their feet. The Romney/Ryan style of government is great for their stock portfolios, but bad for everybody else.

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lordhawhaw1Aug. 18, 12 4:53 PM

Yes, the liberal media is doing its job here by putting Romney and Ryan under a microscope and asking all sorts of questions (both fair and unfair), and drawing all sorts of inferences and conclusions. As for me I am wondering when they will start vetting the Democratic nominee and his running mate from 2008. I wonder why they don't?

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comment229Aug. 18, 12 4:54 PM

How ironic that he is from Janesville, home of a GM plant and the company that his running mate wanted to declare bankruptcy, so the contracts with the employees would be null and void, and Ryan's friends and neighbors would take a huge cut in salary and benefits. It just isn't right. GWB could have offered incentives but I guess that was not part of the GOP plan either.

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avpvikingsAug. 18, 12 4:59 PM

When is Government Motors going to pay we taxpayers back our $25 billion.

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chucks2Aug. 18, 12 5:03 PM

I don't understand this article. Was GM supposed to keep this plant running and losing lots of money because Ryan told them to? The government runs like that, but business can't. The plant was old and inefficent and built cars nobody wanted. Come on give me a break.

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smdentAug. 18, 12 5:06 PM

Paul Ryan's vision is to turn the entire United States into a Janesville, WI., with the exception of a few major cities - NYC, L.A. - Washington D.C. where the elitist can congregate and escape the poverty, ignorance and feral conditions of the human beings left behind by their callous and cold-hearted policies. The heck with the elderly, infirmed and poor. Too bad if your employer goes bankrupt or you hurt yourself working and are out of a job. And who cares about a little pollution as long as the profits are high. This is the vision of Romney and Ryan. America...wake up.

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gimbelAug. 18, 12 5:18 PM

In his 14 years in Congress Ryan sponsored TWO bills....one naming a post office somewhere in WI and the other raising taxes on the sale of Bows and Arrows....(Ryan is a bow hunter BTW) A meager record for 14 years. Of course, no one had ever heard of him until he came out with his grandiose and completely bogus "budget". Since then, you'd think to hear the GOP brag that he was the second coming of christ....or something.

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marcymmbAug. 18, 12 5:24 PM

GM, didn't they get bailout money, so why did they shut down. Hm.

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