Paul Ryan: The American people have one last chance

posted at 2:41 pm on June 29, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

On Fox & Friends this morning, House Budget Committee chairman, bigtime Romney surrogate, and all-around fiscal guru Paul Ryan had what I thought was a very reasoned view on Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare (emphasis mine):

“Absolutely,” said Ryan. “There are 21 taxes in this bill, 12 of which hit people making less than $250,000 per year. That in and of itself is a violation of the President’s promise not to tax people making less than $250,000.”

Ryan said that the way the President and Congressional Democrats sold this bill has been proven false by the Supreme Court ruling. “I agree with the dissenting opinion that they rewrote this law calling it a tax,” said Ryan.

“We have a law that we have one more chance to repeal, and that’s this November election,” Ryan continued. “That’s basically what the Supreme Court did; they raised the stakes of this election. We have one more chance – and that’s basically what they said. The people of this country are going to be the final arbiters of this.”

For one reason or another, I’m sure many of us will be bristling with Chief Justice Robert’s mandate-permitting opinion on ObamaCare for some time to come, but everybody’s been discussing at least one key takeaway from his decision that I thought very profound:

Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.

At the end of the day, it is absolutely true that we did this to ourselves. As the years have worn on, we’ve consistently demonstrated a prevailing penchant for electing people into office who do little to safeguard our personal freedom and responsibility. Instead, we reward politicians for signing more ‘free’ stuff into law and sending home as much pork as possible. If we don’t stop living in our little bubbles of willful ignorance and summon the political will to reverse the bacchanalian frenzy of entitlement spending and big government, America’s best days really are behind us — and it’ll be nobody’s fault but our own.

So I have to agree with that point of Justice Roberts’ (not his entire decision, mind you) and with Paul Ryan here — this election really is going to be about a fundamental choice. We’re wildly mistaken if we think that our position as the wealthiest, freest, most exceptional country in the world is a secure one — you’d think that was obvious, but here we are, with Mitt Romney and Barack Obama neck and neck in the polls. The core question of this election is going to come down to Ben Franklin’s warning after completing the Constitution: “A republic, if you can keep it.” I think we can still do this, America — I’m not ready to give up on you yet!


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It appears to me that Chief Justice Roberts has given us all a challenge …to which I gladly accept.

The Ugly American on June 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Can that same supposed Chief Justice cite the law in the Constitution that allows SCOTUS to create a TAX? Why create a challenge where there NONE to being with? By whose authority?

He is a hack of the highest order, I really don’t care how GOP wants to spin it now. THEY are the morons that got us into this starting with Snow, I hope her days left are as miserable as what her actions led to.

I do not blame Dems, I blame GOP, they bent over each and every time. And will in the future. Not in any way different than the party they blame, with few exceptions they are all the same, just a different label.

And since some are still clueless I will repeat it again:

Just the mere mention of the reconciliation rule by a Dem today tells me they already have a backup plan where reconciliation won’t matter one bit. Done deal. Bet on it.

Ryan said yesterday and today GOP is different? Great! SHOW US! By defeating subsidies to farmers, first vote that is coming up. Show us you are serious about cutting spending, words don’t mean much otherwise.

Anyone willing to bet subsidies will be extended?

I call BS on Ryan and GOP. Prove me otherwise.

riddick on June 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

One thing is for sure. We can no longer expect the Suprem Court to have our back on the Constitution. Far from being the court that interprets the constitutionality of the laws passed by Congress. Instead, they are influenced by petty concerns having nothing to do with the law, enough so that a supposedly Conservative justice sold his country into slavery over a massive fraud. I hope Roberts’ name goes down in infamy for his betrayal.

He wasn’t thinking three steps ahead. He was thinking about his reputation.

If he had been in the slightest bit worried about the country he would have killed Obamacare dead. Instead, he resurrected it to torment us, possibly forever. It is one thing to be clever. It is another to risk the Liberty of all your fellow citizens for an abomination like this evil law.

But I guess the Little People of the country don’t matter to the powerful. We’ve come a long way since the events that sparked the American War for Independence.

Or not. Wasn’t that what the war was fought over?

hachiban on June 29, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Not sure why, but this is starting to become very funny.

kim roy on June 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Spam is never funny.

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I guess he’s reminding me of my cat – tries to climb up the back of the computer chair while I’m in it only to get peeled off it and put back onto the floor at least a dozen times a day. We’ve had her for a year and I don’t see her easing up any time soon.

kim roy on June 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Being down to one last chance — and an incredibly small one at that — doesn’t give me a warm and fuzzy feeling about the future of this country. The will of the people was roundly ignored when Obamacare passed. Republican leadership is a joke. (Stop and ponder that the only reason we have Obamacare at all is because a Republican Senator – the despicable Olympia Snowe — voted to let it out of committee.) Harry Reid isn’t going anywhere and we have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting a majority in the Senate. The media’s support of The One remains largely intact. Those of us who pay taxes and don’t live off the government are soon to be outnumbered by those who don’t pay taxes and live for government hand outs. (Hey, here’s another little cheery fact – did you know that “undocumented immigrants” are specifically exempt from the Obamacare tax?). Last chance? Sorry, the train passed the “last chance” stop a long time ago. Next stop: Greece.

natasha333 on June 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

“Absolutely,” said Ryan. “There are 21 taxes in this bill, 12 of which hit people making less than $250,000 per year. That in and of itself is a violation of the President’s promise not to tax people making less than $250,000.”

…no one is hinting that JugEars LIES…since that would be…………………… R A C I S T….we get violated!

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

It is the job of the Supreme Court to protect the Constitution, period, not protect itself. It is the “court of last resort” to protect the liberty of the American people, which includes protecting that liberty from the people itself. If it is not doing its job it has no reason to exist. The “democratic process” as you call it can lead to unconstitutional results without any difficulty.

Roberts just shredded the Constitution. The government now has unlimited powers via its taxing authority, because John Roberts ruled it Constitutional.

Mr. Arkadin on June 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Exactly, the SCOTUS is supposed to protect the rights of the minority from the majority. Roberts comments about not overturning the will of the majority, or whatever, contradicts his duties on the court and the oath he supposedly took.

FloatingRock on June 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Its not the…. last..chance, there is one more option the founding fathers provided for in the constitution… its just a little extreme and not very palatable to a great many of the folks. It may however come to that eventually.

Viper1 on June 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Here’s what you have to do to repeal Obamacare:

1) Win the Presidency
2) Retain your majority in the House
3) Get sixty seats in the Senate
4) Deal with the dozens of heartbreaking stories about Tiny Tim, age 7, dying of cancer and being dropped by his heartless insurance company, now that Obamacare no longer compels the insurance company to actually keep Tim insured.

Good luck with that, especially #3.

Time Lord on June 29, 2012 at 3:51 PM

It doesn’t have to be repealed. States can invoke nullification.

Dante on June 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Its not the…. last..chance, there is one more option the founding fathers provided for in the constitution… its just a little extreme and not very palatable to a great many of the folks. It may however come to that eventually.

Viper1 on June 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Dude, take off your right-wing media blinders; that isn’t our only option, all you have to do is help us convince people to vote for Gary Johnson. He is not like Obama or Romney, he is a genuine proponent of small, responsible and efficient government and is arguable the most successful US governor alive, and he’s going to be on the ballot in all 50 states. Gary would never have invented the Obamneycare mandate like Romney did, and thus his record as governor is far superior than Romney.

Romney raised taxes through the roof as governor of Mass!!!

We don’t have to escalate to that level you alluded to, there is an readily available and peaceful escape valve to release the pressure from all of the BS that the Democrats and Republicans have been spewing.

FloatingRock on June 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM

It doesn’t have to be repealed. States can invoke nullification.

Dante on June 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

BS. And another GOP spin.

MA has RomneyCare and still, you and I, not residents of MA, are paying for it.

Why is it so difficult to grasp FACTS? I do not recall signing up to subsidize RomneyCare, do you?

riddick on June 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Its not the…. last..chance, there is one more option the founding fathers provided for in the constitution… its just a little extreme and not very palatable to a great many of the folks. It may however come to that eventually.

Viper1 on June 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Its beginning to look like it, doesn’t it?

Before we get to that point, though, what Cantor, Ryan and any other lying sack of sh$t GOP member of Congress should have done was to take a vote in the House, even BEFORE the one on HusseinCare itself, to defund any and all IRS resources to implement and police HusseinCare.

Send a message right away that laws, created and passed by JUST ONE FRIGGING SCOTUS judge out of 9 won’t stand. Cannot stand. BY LAW.

riddick on June 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM

At the end of the day, it is absolutely true that we did this to ourselves. As the years have worn on, we’ve consistently demonstrated a prevailing penchant for electing people into office who do little to safeguard our personal freedom and responsibility. Instead, we reward politicians for signing more ‘free’ stuff into law and sending home as much pork as possible.

Who’s this we you’re talking about? You got a mouse in your pocket?

Lost in Jersey on June 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM

That’s basically what the Supreme Court did; they raised the stakes of this election.

What’s frustrating is that the American people have the burden of fighting for freedom because they are constantly stabbed in the back by gutless RINOs, lying liberals, and now, a Chief Justice who has no intention of protecting liberty.

It’s always the American people who have to fight back from the precipice.

Kyle_Reese on June 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

At the end of the day, it is absolutely true that we did this to ourselves. As the years have worn on, we’ve consistently demonstrated a prevailing penchant for electing people into office who do little to safeguard our personal freedom and responsibility. Instead, we reward politicians for signing more ‘free’ stuff into law and sending home as much pork as possible. If we don’t stop living in our little bubbles of willful ignorance and summon the political will to reverse the bacchanalian frenzy of entitlement spending and big government, America’s best days really are behind us — and it’ll be nobody’s fault but our own.

But…..but….but Erika! People were pissed off last time! THEIR candidate did not get the nomination! So they STAYED HOME. They would teach everyone a lesson! “If I can’t have the PERFECT candidate, I’m not voting!”

Yeah, they sure showed everyone, didn’t they.

Well, elections have consequences. For those who don’t like Romney, stay home. And once again you can call Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

GarandFan on June 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

THEIR candidate did not get the nomination! So they STAYED HOME. They would teach everyone a lesson! “If I can’t have the PERFECT candidate, I’m not voting!”

Yeah, they sure showed everyone, didn’t they.

GarandFan on June 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Absolute BS! Can you tell us how such GOP luminaries as Powell and Rice voted in 2008? If you want to point a finger please point it at those ACTUALLY responsible.

Powell just recently refused to say who he is voting for this time, as though we didn’t know the answer.

And we are the ones being called racist… Truly hilarious if it weren’t pathetic…

Its not conservatives that are the problem, its the mainstream GOP, so called Republicans. RINOs, all of them. Starting with Boehner, McConnell and going down the line with just a few exceptions, sadly so. The ones who GAVE US HusseinCare in the first place and who, for whatever reason beyond comprehension are now called our “last chance” by you and every other “thinker” out there.

Save your sermons for others.

riddick on June 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I didn’t vote for a single pig in Congress, or in the Oval Office, who foisted this Socialist disaster upon us.

This was not my “political choice.”

Roberts can go to hell, for implicating me.

It reminds me of those who say, “what does this have to say about us?”

It doesn’t say a damn thing about me, and I resent the implication.

I’ll not be an excuse for the destruction of this country.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Absolutely. ObamaCare is a clusterfck, and the majority of people do not want it shoved down their throat. Now, the American people have to stand on the precipice and fight for liberty with no margin for error. And yet, the gutless RINOs didn’t do their job and protect the American people and somehow, we’re to blame for having ObamaCare being upheld and for any loss of liberty.

Kyle_Reese on June 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Ed and AP… Please deal with people like this. Please?

Shump on June 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I got my first belly-laugh of the day. Poor Shump whines on the intertoobs and doesn’t even know how to read a byline. Ahhh, Goddess Bless hatchlings and newbs.

RushBaby on June 29, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I’m all in with Ryan and I’m doing what I can, but you obviously have never lived in Illinois or near Chicago. The Dembeciles here are so brainwashed and entrenched in their patronage and idiocy as they have been since long before I was born that it might take a fear-inducing act of God to wake up these dopes–if even that could. When a governor gets elected despite losing 99 counties in the state and winning only 3, Crook County being the one that put him over the top, how do you change that? This place is hopeless and the first chance I get, I’m fleebaggin’ it outta here–maybe I’ll head north to Wisconsin.

stukinIL4now on June 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Absolutely. ObamaCare is a clusterfck, and the majority of people do not want it shoved down their throat. Now, the American people have to stand on the precipice and fight for liberty with no margin for error. And yet, the gutless RINOs didn’t do their job and protect the American people and somehow, we’re to blame for having ObamaCare being upheld and for any loss of liberty.

Kyle_Reese on June 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Oh, come on, where do you get off calling these fine gentlemen responsible for where we are in today? Its wasn’t them who voted for TARP, twice. It wasn’t them who raised debt ceiling, twice, when all they had to do was shut down the government. It wasn’t them allowing Manchurian to use Executive Orders where only Congress could rule. It wasn’t them who gave us HusseinCare. And it wasn’t them who gave us Roberts and RobertsTax.

No Sir! We are the problem, after all, and they need US, the problem children that we are, to change now.

It would be nice for Ryan to actually admit, openly, that he is as full of it as most others in Congress.

And Ryan, please buy a new calculator, yours obviously doesn’t go beyond billions when you calculate deficits and spending cuts at the time when you have to deal with TRILLIONS. Its a simple arithmetic when one deducts $400 Billion from $1.4 TRILLION to see there is a huge gap right there, oh, let me do some hard calculation for you and round it off to the nearest FRIGGING TRILLION!

TRILLION, Ryan. So, same way as Hussein made you stick that 2700 pages long bill up your rear end and rear ends of every GOP member of Congress, without the benefit of Vaseline and most likely by your own request for that, please take your proposed budget bill and follow what is routine for you by now. Same as with TRAP I and II, same as with HusseinCare, same as with debt limit votes, and same as with all other EOs that you allowed to stand despite their highly illegal nature.

YOU and GOP are the problem. Not us. The sooner you understand that the better off all of our lives will be.

riddick on June 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Thinking about that concept for a minute. “One last chance”.

How any elected official, particarly a Republican, can talk that way and not be blisteringly furious is beyond me.

I doubt very much if Patrick Henry was alive he’d be as sanguine.

Cleombrotus on June 29, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I’m all in with Ryan…

stukinIL4now on June 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Thank you for f__ing up the rest of ours’ lives.

Amazing how useful idiots rule the day.

riddick on June 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

It really doesn’t matter if 0bama or the architect of 0bamacare wins. They both support the same liberal ideology.

America ALWAYS gets the government it deserves.

DannoJyd on June 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM

As no one else seems to be following politics today I’ll add this in to give real Americans something to consider:

Johnson bills himself as socially liberal and fiscally conservative, which he says is the fastest growing demographic when it comes to voting trends . With eight years as governor of New Mexico, he has more executive experience than Obama and Romney combined. And he’s a realist, knowing that it takes at least a few million to compete with billions. Romney, on the other hand, enacted health care legislation similar to Obamacare as governor of Massachusetts.

Johnson has been rising in the polls of late, reaching 7 percent in Colorado and 12 percent in his home state. If he can reach 15 percent or better in national polls as the fall debates approach, he will be included on the stage with Obama and Romney. At that point, perhaps, an honest discussion on health care can finally begin.

DannoJyd on June 30, 2012 at 12:42 AM

“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

Actually… it is. Not in every instance, but it absolutely IS in this instance. That’s the whole point of being a REPUBLIC instead of a democracy. That’s the whole point of limited powers. What the heck is the POINT of “limited powers” when government can just DECIDE they don’t want to play by the rules any more? We, the People, did not agree to this. The truth is, this government is no longer legitimate. The question is how We, the People can fix this problem despite the efforts and influences of They, the Slavemasters and their Willing Slaves.

CanofSand on July 1, 2012 at 5:58 AM

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