Paul Ryan rips Obama’s speech: “Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells”

posted at 5:38 pm on April 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, three minutes of righteous rage. It’s all here: Obama’s gutless insistence on farming this issue out to commissions to spare himself the political risks of leadership; his betrayal of his sunny 2008 campaign message, swapping the post-partisan Hopenchange problem-solver crap for a double-barreled attack on the GOP; and of course, the horribly cynical electoral calculus in all this, which earns a sneering reference from Ryan to the “Campaigner-in-Chief.” It’s that last bit that bothers him the most, I think. Taking the lead on Social Security and Medicare might make him a rock star to movement conservatives, but there’s a real chance that the backlash will destroy his political career (and the GOP’s House majority). Already, at least one poll has 51 percent saying that Ryan’s 2012 budget cuts too much. He knows the danger perfectly well, in other words, but he’s stepping up because it’s that important. And meanwhile the country’s nominal leader, ostensibly heaven-sent by the Democratic gods to rescue America from its troubles per his own campaign mythology, is taking a pass. It’s a good thing Ryan hates your grandma so damned much or else he’d have to be wondering at this point why he bothered.

He told the Journal this morning that there’s precisely zero chance of a “grand bargain” on entitlements between Democrats and Republicans but a slight chance of a compromise on the narrower issue of Social Security. That’s how invested the left is in Medicare’s current structure, which is rocketing us towards fiscal catastrophe: The “third rail of American politics” is now a better candidate for a deal than Medicare is. If you’re the praying type, now’s the time.

Update: A correction via an eagle-eyed reader: CNN misread its own data in the poll cited above. 51 percent say Ryan’s budget’s doesn’t cut too much; 47 percent say that it does. That’s a relief, but a small one given how closely divided those numbers are.


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I sure wish Ryan would run for president in 2012.

barrythrowslikeagirl on April 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Ryan is coming out of this looking presidential. Obama looks like a punk.

Cicero43 on April 13, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Ryan is a great example of the GOP’s youth.

The future is well served – for that matter – the present.

jake-the-goose on April 13, 2011 at 5:43 PM

The Congressional Budget Office estimate shows that compared with current spending rates the spending bill due for a House vote Thursday would pare just $352 million from the deficit through Sept. 30. About $8 billion in cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid are offset by nearly equal increases in defense spending.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/cbo-budget-deal-cuts-this-fiscal-years-deficit-by-just-353-million-not-38-billion-touted/2011/04/13/AFFJnkWD_story.html

sharrukin on April 13, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I sure wish Ryan would run for president in 2012.

barrythrowslikeagirl on April 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Unlike some politicians we know of, Ryan has more important things to do than campaign.

Scrappy on April 13, 2011 at 5:44 PM

If you’re the praying type, now’s the time.

AP, I have a feeling this whole fiscal calamity will make you find religion before the end just to escape the soul-crushing demoralization that is Medicare’s unstoppable implosion.

Meric1837 on April 13, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Paul Ryan, if there’s any chance you’re reading this, please reconsider your decision not to run for President.

Please!

Abby Adams on April 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

God bless Ryan.

Mutnodjmet on April 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

51% say it cuts too much? Hard to believe. Oh, wait CNN poll…

sandee on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Paul Ryan is playing hard ball. Spin that MSM.

AverageJoe on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

“Olive Branch”
=================

As predicted,its a Isreal/Palestinian Peace process
and,

the DEMOCRATS are playing politics as usual!!

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Already, at least one poll has 51 percent saying that Ryan’s 2012 budget cuts too much.

Actually if you look at the actual poll, CNN misrepresented the results. 51 percent say it does not cut too much. Not that the poll is valid without cross tabs…

entropent on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

It’s a good thing Ryan hates your grandma so damned much or else he’d have to be wondering at this point why he bothered.

Heh. You can tell Ryan is good and pissed here. I don’t blame him. I’m a little surprised he was expecting something else though.

Kataklysmic on April 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

That was an OutStanding Speech by Paul Ryan,

*************KUDO’S******************************!!

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Anyone who voted for auto bailouts and taxing of AIG bonuses should be the last person giving President Obama on fiscal responsibility.

Notorious GOP on April 13, 2011 at 5:49 PM

“When the president wants to get serious we will be here working (paraphrased)”

-Priceless

AverageJoe on April 13, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Heh. You can tell Ryan is good and pissed here. I don’t blame him. I’m a little surprised he was expecting something else though.

Kataklysmic on April 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Yeah one MSM writer said Ryan was “irked.”

sandee on April 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

You know what. Public opinion can change! The Democrats were really wrong about how the country felt about healthcare. They had scores of polls telling them that if they just passed something people would come around to socialized medicine. But it wasn’t true! Americans are smarter than that!

We need to do the messaging the Democrats are always talking about! How did we get the truth about healthcare out? We need that kind of action again.

This is the freedom of our children at stake!

Come on leaders of the masses like Sarah and Glenn and Rush and Hannity! Whos that guy from CNBC who coined the Tea Party thing? Get him!

Get people out in the street to support Paul Ryan, the only American with a plan! Make Obama do what his own debt commission said needed done!

I’m tired of activism… and I haven’t really done much more than make calls–it is exhausting to pay attention to this stuff, but it has to be done.

petunia on April 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Actually if you look at the actual poll, CNN misrepresented the results. 51 percent say it does not cut too much. Not that the poll is valid without cross tabs…

entropent on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Good point:

14. In your view, do current Republican proposals to cut spending go too far, or not?

Too far 47%
Not too far 51%
No opinion 2%

Abby Adams on April 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

In One Chart, Everything You Wanted to Know about Ryan vs. Obama
April 5, 2011
****************

This chart compares the two budget plans. Because Chairman Ryan does not let spending grow as rapidly, cumulative spending over that period will be $6.2 billion less than it would be based on the President’s plan. That’s an impressive amount of money that taxpayers will save if Ryan is successful, but it’s not a spending cut.
(More……)
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http://danieljmitchell.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/ryan-v-obama1.jpg

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Not surprisingly, the big spenders in Washington are claiming that the “spending cuts” in Representative Ryan’s budget are “harsh” and “extreme.” But Ryan’s proposal would allow the budget to grow faster than inflation, which is projected to average less than 2.1 percent annually over the 10-year period.

Good fiscal policy is very simple. Restrain the size and scope of government so that outlays grow slower than the private sector. If that happens, the burden of federal spending will shrink as a share of economic output

That’s exactly what happens with Ryan’s plan. By 2018, the federal budget will drop to less than 20 percent of GDP. That still doesn’t bring us back to where we were at the end of the fiscally responsible Clinton years, when federal spending consumed only 18.2 percent of GDP. But after a 10-year spending binge under Bush and Obama, Congressman Ryan’s plan would move America back toward fiscal responsibility.

http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/in-one-chart-everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-ryan-vs-obama/

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 3:16 AM

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I love when we say that we need to make the tough decisions now or our children will really suffer in the future. As if the Democrats give a rat’s a$$. Good grief, they murder babies that are inconvenient, do you really think they care about the futures of the ones that escape the abortionist? How’s that for harsh rhetoric?

mrsmwp on April 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

AP,

You’ve got some juicy material for a post right here.

Already, at least one poll has 51 percent saying that Ryan’s 2012 budget cuts too much.

Actually if you look at the actual poll, CNN misrepresented the results. 51 percent say it does not cut too much. Not that the poll is valid without cross tabs…

entropent on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

aquaviva on April 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

*Pulls pin, tosses grenade* TARP! :)

ThePrez on April 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Ryan is coming out of this looking presidential. Obama looks like a punk.

Cicero43 on April 13, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Although I haven’t taken Trump seriously, I have been amused by him in the past few weeks. If nothing else, he’s tried to punch Obama in the mouth, which few, if any, Republicans will do.

But after watching a bit of Obama today and just finishing Ed’s post about Obama’s speech, I’ve concluded that Obama is completely unable to lead this country. Further, I’m all Trumped out. No more games; no more silly HA Trump posts.

I really do hope Ed and Allah drop the Trump posts because this is no laughing matter. Obama simply must be defeated in 2012. Gridlock for 2011 and 2012 may be acceptable. But we can’t afford for the best outcome of the 2012 election to be four more years of creeping progressivism blunted only by gridlock.

We have to turn back the tide and that requires serious leaders. If Ryan is the serious leader, fine. Obama sure ain’t.

BuckeyeSam on April 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Policy Riders in HR 1
*************************
**************************

http://www.ombwatch.org/files/budget/OMB_Watch-HR1_Policy_Riders.pdf

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 4:19 AM

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Can you guys explain something to me?

I have a lot of lefty friends on facebook. Lately they’ve been repeating the same mantra about Planned Parenthood: “Tax dollars cannot go to abortions. This has been true for over thirty years”.

Then I hear from my conservative friends how PP is the largest abortion provider in the US.

That’s not just one side using fuzzy math or something. How are both sides so absurdly far apart on this issue? Does Planned Parenthood provide abortions that tax dollars pay for, or not?

I’m not a troll, I’m serious. Okay, I’m kind of squishy on abortion, I admit it, but I search and I search for actual hard facts on this question, and I get no results but very strong opinions. I genuinely do not understand how one side can get this so incorrect. Can somebody help me?

I asked a similar question on a website frequented by lefties and basically got “OMG Fartpublitards are stooopid teh eeeeevil”. That didn’t answer my question.

playblu on April 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I heart Ryan :)

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

That was a fantastic response! the R’s need to keep pounding this message day in and day out, people will eventually see the truth of it, specially with the ample dose of evidence coming from Obama and the Dems.

neuquenguy on April 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Sadly, the rest of the Republican leadership does not speak with this kind of enthusiasm and intelligence.

I’d vote for Ryan for President!

jackal40 on April 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I doubt if Ryan is surprised at the reaction to his plan. I am sure he expected it, but it still has to be frustrating. I think he deserves credit for his efforts and his honesty.

Terrye on April 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Allah look at that poll. It is not what is being reported!

petunia on April 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Boom! How does that feel, Barry?

WisCon on April 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Remember this!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Ryan Round #1
========================

Paul Ryan: Hiding Spending Doesn’t Reduce Spending
Feb 25, 2010
***************
****************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPxMZ1WdINs

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Paul Ryan did an excellent job here!..:)

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 5:49 PM

2nd that
———————————-
excellent post allah :)

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

may have to watch that one again…

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Actually if you look at the actual poll, CNN misrepresented the results. 51 percent say it does not cut too much. Not that the poll is valid without cross tabs…

entropent on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

+1

d1carter on April 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Paul Ryan is ON FIRE. So is Allahpundit.

Thank you SIRS!

RushBaby on April 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Actually if you look at the actual poll, CNN misrepresented the results. 51 percent say it does not cut too much. Not that the poll is valid without cross tabs…

entropent on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Good point:

14. In your view, do current Republican proposals to cut spending go too far, or not?

Too far 47%
Not too far 51%
No opinion 2%

Abby Adams on April 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM

It is probably about 50/50. I think the plan has more of a chance than a lot of people say it does. After all, just look at the numbers of younger people who do not even believe most of these plans will be there for them. I think they are ready for some reality here.

Terrye on April 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

That much shredding deserves an ovation–by Metallica, who else.

Christien on April 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Boom! How does that feel, Barry?

WisCon on April 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM

OT/ Wis any news on the Prosser election? Has Kloppy conceded yet?

sandee on April 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Excellent response from Ryan, totally spot on.

Paradox Drive on April 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I don’t believe Ryan actually was surprised at Obama’s campaign speech.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

We need to do the messaging the Democrats are always talking about! How did we get the truth about healthcare out? We need that kind of action again.

This is the freedom of our children at stake!

Come on leaders of the masses like Sarah and Glenn and Rush and Hannity! Whos that guy from CNBC who coined the Tea Party thing? Get him!

Get people out in the street to support Paul Ryan, the only American with a plan! Make Obama do what his own debt commission said needed done!

I’m tired of activism… and I haven’t really done much more than make calls–it is exhausting to pay attention to this stuff, but it has to be done.

petunia on April 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Oh that is rich. You call for Palin in your time of need but bash her and tell her to leave the stag at other times.

the truth is you want the spending cut, support and back Gov Palin for the POTUS. Her winning will be the only thing that changes things. Mitt and the other candidates will simply play yhte same game until we fail as a country.

What you want is a leader and there really is only one leader in the gop field today. Ryan is doing good work but he doesn’t have the power to enact change or change the reality.

We need a conservative in the WH to enact that change.

unseen on April 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

That’s how invested the left is in Medicare’s current structure, which is rocketing us towards fiscal catastrophe: The “third rail of American politics” is now a better candidate for a deal than Medicare is. If you’re the praying type, now’s the time.

Whole lotta SEIU jobs involved in healthcare now, and more to come if they can get to single payer. I’m just waiting for the NLRB to rule that all hospitals that accept Medicare have to be closed shops. It’s only a matter of time.

Next they are going to use the federal takeover of student loans to steer more students into nursing schools and jobs in unionized hospitals.

Social Security just involves the government writing checks to people. There is no union growth there. So the Left doesn’t care about it.

rockmom on April 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

The force is strong with this one!..:)

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I sure wish Ryan would run for president in 2012.

Write him a letter. I plan to; Ryan’s got to know his budget proposal will get no where if Democrats control the White House (regardless of whether or not they control Senate/House). He also has to know lots of Republicans are spineless enough not to back him if they’re elected.

englishqueen01 on April 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Nothing makes the president come out and take to the podium faster than some Republican stealing his thunder.

scalleywag on April 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I want my Ryan v. Obama televised debate.

WashJeff on April 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Maybe that 47% would like to let the rest of know where exactly we’re going to get the money from and don’t say the evil rich. There’s plenty of waste and fraud and unnecessary spending on things we don’t really need to look at before consigning grandma to eating cat food.

Kissmygrits on April 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Does Planned Parenthood provide abortions that tax dollars pay for, or not?

PP’s standard response is that they use federal money to provide their other services, but not abortions.

Of course this is just BS accounting tricks – obviously if they are being subsidized by the feds, that frees up more of their revenue to go toward abortions. But that is their story and the left buys it (or doesn’t care).

Missy on April 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Liking Paul ryan better all the time. Anyone else notice that he has a new and better hairstyle???

4Freedom on April 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

for God’s sake, GET OUT OF THE WAY Boehner!!! And all Rinos, please shut up and sit down.
GO PAUL RYAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

winston on April 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

President Barack Obama gave a terrific reelection speech Wednesday

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53139.html#ixzz1JRXnHb8v

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I want my Ryan v. Obama televised debate.

WashJeff on April 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Will never happen. Remember how angry and discombobulated the Zero became during the televised obamacare pow-wow?

neuquenguy on April 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Its becoming abundantly clear that Paul Ryan has to run for President. He is single-handedly driving the national debate, largely because he is the unrivaled leader of the GOP on the most important issues of the day. Ryan, more than anyone else, has provided the intellectual and ideological muscle to credibly redefine the GOP as the party of fiscal conservatism after the profligate Bush years (to be fair, we’ve had a lot help from Obama on that front too). Now Ryan has grabbed the third rail of American politics and not only has he survived, he has an incumbent Democratic President running scared. In the absence of presidential leadership, Ryan has stepped up to lead the fight to save this nation from fiscal oblivion. And now he’s taking the fight to Democrats on their turf– and winning. If Paul Ryan weren’t the GOP’s acting spokesman, I doubt Obama would have felt compelled to give the hastily-prepared and comically desperate “framework for deficit reduction” he presented today.

In addition to being the Republicans’ leading ideas man, Ryan is also our most articulate communicator when it comes to Obamacare, entitlement reform, long-term deficits, taxes, and the overall health of the economy. On complicated issues like budget proposals, the public is more likely to accept the media’s reporting on the subject. If we already had a nominee today, that nominee would be speaking for the Republican party as its ideological leader; all other voices, including Ryan, would be drowned out. Our nominee’s criticisms of Obama’s speech would beget media investigation into those criticisms, and that’s probably about where media investigation of Obama’s proposal would end. So it is absolutely vital that we have a nominee with the intellect, articulateness, credibility, and focus to force the media’s attention on Obama’s most glaring and objectively false statements. So ask yourself this, if we had to pick one person to respond the President’s speech today, knowing that that person’s criticisms would shape the media coverage of the proposal and thus the public reaction, who would that person be? I think I’d take Paul Ryan before even Chris Christie on that count…

Lawdawg86 on April 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Well done Mr. Ryan…!

… I’m am so glad someone verbally slapped Obowma upside the head.

Seven Percent Solution on April 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Actually if you look at the actual poll, CNN misrepresented the results. 51 percent say it does not cut too much. Not that the poll is valid without cross tabs…

entropent on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

damn good catch.

ted c on April 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Will never happen. Remember how angry and discombobulated the Zero became during the televised obamacare pow-wow?

neuquenguy on April 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

That’s why it would be so awesome. Ryan would tear him to shreads.

WashJeff on April 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

OT/ Wis any news on the Prosser election? Has Kloppy conceded yet?

sandee on April 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

The canvissing of all votes will be completed tomorrow.

Prosser Wins!!!

idesign on April 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

playblu on April 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I understand your frustration. The problem is that two different things are being argued. Planned Parenthood is indeed the largest provider of abortions but I have little doubt that their books reflect no tax dollars being spent to perform them. What PP does is use the taxpayer money for every other conceivable expense that they have and pay for the physical abortion procedures through other donations and/or fees charged to clients who can pay. They wouldn’t be able to operate without the tax dollars paying those other expenses but at the same time they can claim those monies weren’t used to perform abortions. It’s a shell game, nothing more.

Kataklysmic on April 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

RIGHT ON, RIGHT ON! Chairman Ryan.

Mr. Speaker, you should call out the other side like this more often.

ConScribe on April 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Thank you, Rep. Ryan, for speaking the truth. Hopefully, some of your Beltway Brethren will follow your lead.

kingsjester on April 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

indeed my friend :)

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

It’s not hard to understand why Ryan is so peeved. If Democrats are going to get their panties in such a bunch over his Roadmap and attack it so publicly… they should at least have the cajones to come up with a real plan. Their usual partisan rhetoric sans specifics doesn’t qualify as one.

Murf76 on April 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Paul Ryan was certainly NOT sleeping during the speech.

ted c on April 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

playblu on April 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Re/ Planned Parenthood and abortion: The law is if a patient is covered primarily by medicare or medicaid, Planned Parenthood may bill medicare or medicaid for services rendered, except abortion procedure. Pre-Pres candidate Obama has numerous times said Elective Ab should be a medicare and medicaid covered procedure.

Marcus on April 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

..:)

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Oh… and here’s one more vote for Ryan if he changes his mind and tosses his hat in the ring. You’d all hear the sonic boom, I’d be to the polls that fast.

Murf76 on April 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

scalleywag on April 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

+infinity

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Paul Ryan was certainly NOT sleeping during the speech.

ted c on April 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

No Ryan was not sleeping..He was busy rewriting his response after Obie blindsided him..:)

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Hold ye breath,

Obama is now in Election 2012 Mode,the Attacks will
Commence Against the Party of “No”!!!!

Behold
==========

President Barack Obama gave a terrific reelection speech Wednesday

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53139.html#ixzz1JRXnHb8v

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

cmsinaz:Nice work:)

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Obama would lose hands-down in a one-on-one with Ryan and he knows it.

Connie on April 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM

OT:
gas nat’l avg at $3.81…where is the bloody outrage???

there was nonstop outrage back in 08 when it was less than this with dear leader leading the pack condemning W

cripe

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Paul Ryan is only reason BHO had to give his Marxist Manifesto today…it was a campaign speech…sadly that’s all BHO knows.

d1carter on April 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Thanks once again for those links you gave me last night friend!..:)

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Ryan apparently has two small kids to whom he is dedicated (properly so). He doesn’t want to put his family through it.
Ryan as Secretary of the Treasury 2012!.

michaelo on April 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

thanks…i have a great teacher :)

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Whos that guy from CNBC who coined the Tea Party thing? Get him!

Rick Santelli. His rants are for the ages.

Mike Honcho on April 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Paul Ryan rips Obama’s speech: “Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells”

Joe Biden was DRUGGED!

Lily on April 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

playblu on April 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Here are some stats on Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics.

Not only do they perform abortions, they’re the single largest provider of abortions in the US, doing over 330,000 of them in the year ending June 2009.

Anyone who believes PP doesn’t do abortions, or that federal money doesn’t go to pay for them, is either deeply ignorant, deeply naive, or deeply dishonest.

greggriffith on April 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:10 PM

There would be outrage if Dubyah was the POTUS!..:)

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 6:13 PM

If Boehner borrowed one of Ryans balls, it would be two more than he has now! Good job Mr. Ryan.

J.

JohnnyMojo on April 13, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Actually if you look at the actual poll, CNN misrepresented the results. 51 percent say it does not cut too much. Not that the poll is valid without cross tabs…

entropent on April 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

damn good catch.

ted c on April 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Agreed. Great catch. Entropent caught it with a link to the poll .pdf on the Headlines thread on the CNN poll.

aquaviva on April 13, 2011 at 6:13 PM

More, please…

OmahaConservative on April 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

playblu on April 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

PP receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year. By law, they are not supposed to spend the money on abortions. PP is the country’s largest abortion provider; in some of its clinics, it also provides some non-abortion services such as reproductive cancer screenings, contraceptives, etc.

PP claims that it spends its federal tax dollars only on providing women’s health services such as cancer screenings. Of course, money is fungible and there is no realistic way to separate out the tax money that goes to pay for non-abortion services from the money PP receives from other sources. Also, PP routinely lies about what it actually does in its clinics (see, for example, the undercover videotapes of PP employees offering advice/services to pimps of underage girls; see also the account of the former PP manager who tells of how PP insisted she increase the number of abortions at her clinic).

AZCoyote on April 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Must frost Obama watching Ryan thunder away at him, realizing that he (Obama) isn’t the smartest guy in the room all the time. I suspect we’ll see Ryan hand Obama his ass on a plate many times in the near future.

AYNBLAND on April 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

51 percent say Ryan’s budget’s doesn’t cut too much; 47 percent say that it does

Maybe that 47% would like to let the rest of know where exactly we’re going to get the money from and don’t say the evil rich. ……
Kissmygrits on April 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

You swerved past the answer to your own question. That 47% doesn’t pay any taxes, and a goodly number of them are beneficiaries of government programs, be they direct hand-outs or tax “returns” over and above what they have paid. Either they don’t care, or they want the government largess to continue flowing.

They won’t care, right up to the moment that the country implodes and the goodies stop coming.

iurockhead on April 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Ryan call the gutless quarterback out for punting while the useless replacement is asleep on the bench.

tessa on April 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

The youthful wing of the GOP needs to go viral with its messages and viewpoints to capture the attention and imagination of the under-35 demographic. The approach should be truth based, visual, and witty.

Take a look at this clear explanation why taxing the rich and corporations can’t be the answer. I dare the Dems to try and explain there way out of this:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/03/31/bill_whittle_on_eating_the_rich.html

Peeling away even a fraction of the youth vote from Obama and his Congressional minions is possible over the next 18 months and will swing a tight election. It should be the GOP goal to do so. If this party can’t get the young to focus on how the Dems’ demolition plans for the economy screw them out of everything they ever hoped and aspired to achieve then the GOP should fold its tent and slink away.

in_awe on April 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 6:13 PM

i just hate the double standard…

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

In other words, Mr. President is nothing more than a partisan tool.

scalleywag on April 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I wish he’d quit using the term “partisanship” so much. It’s not really accurate and tends to obscure the issue and diffuse the blame between the parties.

Obama’s lies, doubletalk and Leftist schemes are the problem. “Partisanship” is a healthy and necessary part of our politics.

rrpjr on April 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

It’s time to run, Paul. You cannot lead from the House. You cannot let someone else do it for you.

cpaulus on April 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Now *that* is what I call a response. Clear, to the point and teliing it like it is. Wow.

faeroe on April 13, 2011 at 6:17 PM

i just hate the double standard…

cmsinaz on April 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I know!..:(..Let it get a little higher and the dam will break..Trust me!..:)

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM

In other words, Mr. President is nothing more than a partisan tool.

scalleywag on April 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Thread winner!..:)

Dire Straits on April 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Sharp response by Paul Ryan at the campaigner-in-chief.

gumble on April 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

So,the lesson here,is,for Obama,

is,”FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE”!

And so,like Boehners Tweet,why even bother talking to
the ProgressO’s!!!!!!!!!!
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From The Daily Caller
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Boehner also tweeted at about 11:30 a.m., “It’s become sadly evident to me that the White House and Senate Democrats are just not serious yet about enacting real spending cuts.” The meeting with Obama was scheduled for 10:15 a.m.

Update: A spokesman for Boehner says the pessimistic tweet was “not in response” to the meeting at the White House.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/04/05/good-not-great-no-deal-as-boehner-talks-to-obama-about-shutdown/#ixzz1JRbWf4Fp
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It’s become sadly evident to me that the White House and Senate Democrats are just not serious yet about enacting real spending cuts
8:25 AM Apr 5th via TweetDeck

johnboehner
John Boehner

http://twitter.com/johnboehner/status/55289849791524864#

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

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