Palin: Ryan pick makes this an election of competing visions

posted at 5:01 pm on August 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, after some attempt to stir trouble between the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan campaign and Sarah Palin, Palin herself wrote a lengthy congratulations to Team Romney over the addition of Paul Ryan to the GOP ticket.  The selection of the Republican Party’s best thinker on fiscal policy and entitlement reform makes it clear that the election will give voters a clear choice between competing visions for the nation.  Palin focused mostly on the vision presented by the Obama/Biden ticket, which she accurately describes as “California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather”:

Obama’s America is today’s California – complete with $100 billion taxpayer funded bullet trains to nowhere; out of control environmental extremists who have destroyed family farms and left some of the most fertile farm land in America fallow in order to protect a three inch fish; permanent high unemployment; government policies hostile to small business job creators; crippling high taxes; an abysmal real estate market; bloated government that wastes taxpayer money; endless budget shortfalls due to massive unfunded liabilities; city after city declaring bankruptcy; and a state government run by, in the words of one Wall Street Journal writer, “a brothel of environmentalists, lawyers, public-sector unions and legislative bums.”

We can’t afford Obama’s vision. Our children can’t afford it. Today we are over $15 trillion in debt and running up trillion dollar budget deficits year after year for as far as the eye can see. And our “leaders” have no plan to stop it! President Obama and this Congress don’t even have the fundamental blueprint—a budget!—to outline where they intend to take us as they merrily roll along with their out of control spending and constant increases of our debt “limit.” Our debt to China alone is more than we can ever hope to pay off in multiple generations. Such debt and dependence on foreign nations weakens us in countless ways. And yet our government keeps on spending despite the risks and despite conscientious, hardworking citizens telling them to just stop it. Our debt is growing by $3 million per minute. This debt, in conjunction with Obama’s massive government over-reaches like Obamacare, has strangled the private sector, which in turn has stifled job growth and slowed all economic growth. The only way to get our country moving again is to get back to basics like normal people do with our home and small business budgets! That means we must live within our means, get government out of the way of our job creators, develop the God-given natural resources we have been blessed with to provide real jobs and real energy security, and stop growing government and wasting taxpayer money on D.C. cronyism and useless stimulus kick-backs for favored donors.

Barack Obama’s record is one of dismal failure, which is why he isn’t talking about it. He would rather spend his time demonizing his opponents. The simple fact remains that Mitt Romney is not responsible for the dire state of our economy or the corruption and incompetence of the current administration.

This is, I believe, why Romney chose Ryan as his running mate: to refocus the election on substance and issues.  Already we’re seeing Obama’s surrogates fanning out on the morning talk shows to paint Ryan as anti-woman and anti-working class, but that will change when the debate shifts to Ryan’s proposals for entitlement reform.  To attack those, Obama and his campaign have to talk specifics, and Ryan will be well prepared for that — and as we’ve seen in the past, more prepared than Obama or his team.

As I wrote for CNN in a column published last night, Romney has declared an end to silly season, and will force Obama to start defending his own record:

Democrats may be licking their chops, believing that Ryan’s unpopular budget plan will be a millstone around Romney’s neck. However, Democrats would have hung the Ryan plan on Romney no matter who got the VP nod, and no one explains the need for budgetary reform better than Ryan himself. In fact, hardly anyone will talk specifically about how to accomplish budgetary reform. Ryan is one of the few who have risked proposing a roadmap for entitlement reform. Ryan’s plan looks far past the “Taxmageddon” or “fiscal cliff” at the end of this year, to the “fiscal gap” facing the United States over the next 75 years, where our current path puts us on a trajectory to have $222 trillion more in liabilities than revenue.

Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have no serious proposal to deal with long-term debt. The plan Obama has to “pay down the debt” in a “balanced” way would add $6.4 trillion in deficits between 2013 and 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Democrats’ idea of budgetary reform is to demand an increase in taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year — a policy that the Tax Foundation, a research group that favors lower taxes, says would produce $40 billon a year in new revenue, in budgets with trillion-dollar annual deficits. …

And speaking of seriousness, let’s not forget that the Democratic-controlled Senate has gone more than 1,200 days without passing its own budget. Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, has at least fulfilled the legal obligation for annual budget resolutions in the lower chamber, but he’s gone far beyond that to provide leadership on the long-term fiscal crisis facing the nation.

That contrast led to a confrontation last February between Ryan and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner over the lack of long-term solutions coming from the White House, in which Geithner finally told Ryan, “We don’t have a definitive solution to the long term problem. What we do know is, we don’t like yours…”

More than anything else, the pick of the GOP’s top thinker on fiscal policy demonstrates leadership, while Geithner’s vacuous response in February demonstrates the lack of leadership in the Obama administration.  They’re out of ideas.  Romney and Ryan aren’t.  If the campaign comes down to Broad Ideas for Fiscal Reform vs Look A Squirrel, Democrats won’t be licking their chops for long.

John Tamny at Forbes wrote this weekend that Ryan was the only choice Romney had if he wants to make this election about the economy, and the safest as well:

Media accounts will suggest that the Ryan pick had a bold, go-for-broke quality to it, but in truth Ryan was the safest selection of all.

He was the safest because in an election all about the U.S. economy, Ryan is the most suited among the names floated to make a strong case for removing the barriers to economic growth erected by Republican (George W. Bush) and Democratic (Barack Obama) administrations over the last 12 years. Romney himself, though a smashing success as a businessman, has struggled to make a coherent economic argument; his 59 point economic plan all the evidence one needs that the GOP presidential nominee needs help tightening up what should be a very simple economic message.

Paul Ryan could make the above arguments in his sleep, and for being able to, he was the only – and once again the safest – choice for Romney. This column for quite some time has said President Obama’s time in the White House will amount to four years, and the pick of Ryan makes that even more certain.

And Timothy Dalrymple makes the case that Romney chose the best man for the actual job, and not just for the campaign:

George W. Bush did not choose Dick Cheney because he was a brilliant campaigner; he was not.  He chose Dick Cheney because he believed that Cheney would help him govern well.  Similarly, Mitt Romney has an eye not only toward winning the power of the presidency, but toward leveraging that power to put American back on a sound financial footing.

It always frustrates me when people speak of the calculus of the VP pick solely in terms of electability.  The choice of a Vice President ought to be about more than winning.  It ought to be about putting together the best possible team for the good of the country.  It ought to be less about doing yourself a favor and more about doing right by the country.  With Romney’s experience in business and the governor’s office, and Ryan’s experience in legislation and budget, they do make a compelling “Comeback Team” for America as it weathers some of the worst economic storms in generations.

Silly season is over.  It’s time to get back to the serious work of reforming the federal government, and the first reform is making Barack Obama a one-term President.


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I haven’t done one constructive thing all day. I blame Paul Ryan ;)

gophergirl on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Wake me up when Sarah endorses Romney.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

We couldn’t wake you up with the toll from Big Ben.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

So you are now refudiating all of your previous posts?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

*snicker. Can’t wait for the response.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

….wait!….wait!…..(I gotta go get another pair of pants!……..(just in case!)

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

It was a gray pin-stripe oxford, no tie and sleeves buttoned…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

FoxNews has a panel and the lead in for the segment was Romney’s popularity takes a hit on the heel of Ryan’s selection. It then referred back to that faux poll form a few days ago where there was a +9 Dem overweight and a +/-3 % MOE. The poll also had sloppy analysis of data and drew a invalid conclusion.

1: it is not after Ryan selection, what is this on the heel BS?

2: Romney went from 41% in July to 40% in August, but the August sample has a -3 in number of Republicans sampled compared to July. And there was also an increase in number of Dem sampled in August. There is no statistical significant change between the July and August polls.

The panel just talked glibly on based a premise of that meme. Isn’t Pat Caddell a pollster, and he agreed with this polling malpractice?

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I have suspected for a while that Rupert Murdoch does not want Romney to win.

Kataklysmic on August 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Lookeee here, how’s that saying go.
Bwahahahahah.

Sorry if someones already posted the link, you may want to watch again. lol

MontanaMmmm on August 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Please continue to focus on the presidential race and on helping Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but it’s also imperative that we get involved in the nation’s important House and Senate races. These candidates need our help to ensure that our next president has a responsible and ethical Congress that actually gets things done for America. Now on to November!

I’m not her biggest fan (I do like her) but DAMN! she is good.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Wake me up when Sarah endorses Romney.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

We couldn’t wake you up with the toll from Big Ben.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

….yeah besides…we’d probably have to change the sheets anyway!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

ALERT
*****

August 12, 2012 5:55 PM

GOP-led House Oversight Committee to file contempt suit against AG Eric Holder
************
************

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57491713/gop-led-house-oversight-committee-to-file-contempt-suit-against-ag-eric-holder/

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

all team barry has is “Look, A Squirrel” and “Hatred/Envy”. it’s all they have ever had.

mittens on August 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Wow, 0bama is actually wearing a shirt that fits…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Well, if they are custom made for ya…..

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

See, Sarah is a team player. Mitt and Paul would be foolish to blow her off. Let her Ask her to speak at the convention and get things really going.

Mirimichi on August 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Palin closed her FNC appearance with the words “May we always be happy and may our enemies know it!”

There is no doubt whatsoever that Palin is 100% behind the Romney/Ryan ticket.

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I have suspected for a while that Rupert Murdoch does not want Romney to win.

He post over at Ricochet:

“Romney choice of Ryan looking better and better. Romney re-energised and speaking better. Now we can choose between Greek and US dream.”

http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Looking-Better-All-The-Time

“Thank God! Now we might have a real election on the great issues of the day. Paul Ryan almost perfect choice.”

http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Ryan-Perfect

GCM on August 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I do wonder where are the polls since Ryan’s pick?

bgibbs1000 on August 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan? Lipstick.

https://twitter.com/RaisingOneBrow/statuses/234292839985594368

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

So Ryan’s also a hockey mom? /

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Wow, 0bama is actually wearing a shirt that fits…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Now if he could just get a suitcoat to fit. I can’t believe the POTUS can’t get clothes that fit. He looks like an intern who has one suit because that’s all he could afford.

gophergirl on August 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

New troll? Never seen it before.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Sleep Cell Activation. Just like their heroes in al Qaeda.

Del Dolemonte on August 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

We couldn’t wake you up with the toll from Big Ben.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Projecting your own faults again? Lame!

….yeah besides…we’d probably have to change the sheets anyway!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

You do a great job of posting like a liberal. Have you done anything relevant lately to get your preferred politicians elected? I thought not.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Jeebus,
Creamy peering over the top of that link to her diatribe underneath the “Breaking” lead at the top of the page is giving me the willies…

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

That’s good. The Dems need to be blitzed on all fronts right now.

INC on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

According to Russell Simmons, R&R will re-institute slavery for blacks at the very least.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

According to Russell Simmons, R&R will re-institute slavery for blacks at the very least.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I read that while taking a drink – not smart.

gophergirl on August 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Ryan added, “My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida…
Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Uh-oh. Barack narrative about to hit an iceberg, dead ahead.

I hope Mrs. Ryan and some of her friends make an ad for Romney-Ryan. There is nothing quite like an elderly lady looking right at the camera and saying, “President Obama, STOP TELLING LIES ABOUT MY SON! Shame on you!”

Heh, heh, heh.

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Now if he could just get a suitcoat to fit. I can’t believe the POTUS can’t get clothes that fit. He looks like an intern who has one suit because that’s all he could afford.

gophergirl on August 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

When you look like Ichabod Crane, what do you expect?

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Wake me up when Sarah endorses Romney.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Come on, own up. You are really an Obama-backer. Fess up already!

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Why would Romney/Ryan want someone at their party who can’t bring themselves to endorse them. I mean, the main purpose of the convention is to whip up enthusiasm for the ticket, not to provide a forum for some butt-hurt attention monger.

If she’d put her ego aside for a minute, she could help a lot. I love the girl, and she can damn sure rally the tea party wing. But I honestly wonder about her motives sometimes.

BacaDog on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Gee – buy a clue – she endorsed them. Too bad if she didn’t gush about how they walked on water.

If she’s so terrible she shouldn’t be allowed at the convention even though she was the VP nominee last cycle, care to explain exactly why she should be expected togo out and rally the tea party folks on her own?

katiejane on August 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

According to Russell Simmons, R&R will re-institute slavery for blacks at the very least.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I read that while taking a drink – not smart.

gophergirl on August 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

They will need a franchise license from the Democratic Party….

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Palin goes out of her way to avoid any praise of either Romney or Ryan. Not even a sentence’s worth on Ryan’s virtues or background.
AngusMc on August 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Deep down, I’m sure she has reservations about Romney and Ryan. Any serious conservative would. So writing endlessly about how awesome they are might be a little tough to do. She has always been an anybody but Obama person, though and believes this team would do better. And from what I’ve heard her say in the past, she does like Ryan. So anyway, given all that, she’ll do what she feels most comfortable with, evicerating Obama every chance she gets.

Dongemaharu on August 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

.

davidk on August 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

You do a great job of posting like a liberal. Have you done anything relevant lately to get your preferred politicians elected? I thought not.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Quit working so hard for the R/Cs. They think you need to be turned in.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

According to Russell Simmons, R&R will re-institute slavery for blacks at the very least.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Yeah, but…on the plantations, blacks weren’t shooting each other on the streets like is going on in Obama’s Chicago.

Just a ransom thought

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Bet 60 munites ratings go off the charts tonight. Because otherwise I doubt many conservatives would give that liberal rag one millisecond worth of their viewing time.

bgibbs1000 on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Quit working so hard for the R/Cs. They think you need to be turned in.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

LMAO! I guess it is a good thing the voters and TEA Party Patriots here at home think otherwise.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

nopfor on August 12, 2012 at 6:02 P

Meaning,”He wiped my butt for six minutes with my own plan.”

Guess what, Hot Dog? We fundamentally disagree with your plan too.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Tenwheeler:

Percisely so,Hopey can stick his “Fundamentally Transformational”
up his beep…..beep….and ….beep!!

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

According to Russell Simmons, R&R will re-institute slavery for blacks at the very least.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Yes because African-Americans have fared so well under President Hope-and-Change:

http://ow.ly/cUUBN

MAN, the ads just write themselves!

Ask yourself this… are you better off than you were 4 years ago?

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

B. More you wonderful bastard! I can’t believe how long I lived w/o this adblocking dealy.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

If Lanceman is happye, chances are pretty good I’m happy. Glad you’re enjoying. It’s the simple things that make life on the interweb grand. ; )

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Yep. It’s on Drudge. It links to Stephanie Cutter’s second disastrous appearance this week:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-campaign-defends-presidents-700-billion-cuts-medicare_649856.html

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

This I have to see.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

You do a great job of posting like a liberal. Have you done anything relevant lately to get your preferred politicians elected? I thought not.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Please don’t start the super dan the man awesomest man in the world routine. It’s embarrasing to you.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

happye= happy

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

According to Russell Simmons, R&R will re-institute slavery for blacks at the very least.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Obama will institute it for all but a few looters, like himself.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Ten wheeler
Look a couple pictures over to the left, now that’s a cure for ugly……..;-)

angrymike on August 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

happye= happy

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Heh, just have another one :)

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

here’s a little Sunday afternoon silliness…trending on twitter

https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23VotingForObamaBidenIsLike

have fun people…others are

r keller on August 12, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Come on, own up. You are really an Obama-backer. Fess up already!

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

ROTFL! Actually I do worry that someone would give 0bama my personal information. The wife wouldn’t like it if he came knocking on my door.

No one here worries about Biden. The train is over 10 miles away from our homestead and we all know how easily he gets lost.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:21 PM

The more people we have speaking about what a disaster this presidency has been the better. Sara’s great at rallying up the folks. We need her to keep doing just that.

scalleywag on August 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Debbie Wasserman Shulz?

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM
==============================================

Well, for openers, when Sarah speaks, people actually want to listen to her. They will go out of their way to show up somplace to listen to her.

When DWS Speaks we hear what she’s said because the Lamestream Media can’t wait to foist it upon us.

Will that do for starters?

Tired of Obama?
Try some R&R!

jaydee_007 on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

jaydee_007:

Lol,nice creativity,on Herr Wazzerman ShultsinZee,
and R@R,TOO LATE,I’m not taking a break till after Nov. 6!!

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I do wonder where are the polls since Ryan’s pick?

bgibbs1000 on August 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Romney’s poll numbers will go past 50% by Wednesday and will stay there until election day.

Allah hardest hit.

JPeterman on August 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Yep. It’s on Drudge. It links to Stephanie Cutter’s second disastrous appearance this week:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-campaign-defends-presidents-700-billion-cuts-medicare_649856.html

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

On second thought. PLEASE don’t fire her.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

TEA Party Patriots here at home think otherwise.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Nice – that’s what SP calls them…to really rub the salt into all the other leeches, from both sides.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Bet 60 munites ratings go off the charts tonight. Because otherwise I doubt many conservatives would give that liberal rag one millisecond worth of their viewing time.

bgibbs1000 on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Well, you’re quite right. Wouldn’t watch that show EVER if Romney-Ryan weren’t scheduled. You know who WILL be watching, though? Their typical liberal viewers. And they’re going to LIKE what they see with Romney-Ryan. Ha!

Romney-Ryan are taking a page out of Clinton’s 1992 playbook. Go on 60 minutes, make a big splash, get introduced to the country. The irony is delicious. Simply delicious.

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Please don’t start the super dan the man awesomest man in the world routine.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

OMG! We could write a SONG! Hahahahaha…

Super Danno, the great Manno,
the most awesomest manno in the World…

BTW, how are your volunteer efforts going over there?

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Ten wheeler
Look a couple pictures over to the left, now that’s a cure for ugly……..;-)

angrymike on August 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Yah, I get ya Man, but it’s kind of like driving past an accident on the highway….

You just gotta look.

bleh.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

What did you clowns do with the trolls?

Axeldilrod give ‘em the day off?

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Have you done anything relevant lately to get your preferred politicians elected? I thought not.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Have you stopped to consider how your self aggrandizement with its repetitive use is off putting. You are trying to hard by half and it is condescending. Is that what your going for?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

to=too

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

So Ryan’s also a hockey mom? /

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

22044:Good point,I hope Ryan doesn’t hunt any Grizzly(Mama) Bears!!!

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Yeah, but…on the plantations, blacks weren’t shooting each other on the streets like is going on in Obama’s Chicago.

Just a ransom thought

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

But the general population is forbidden by local law to own firearms.
How can that be?

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Every 2 years, Democrats utilise one of their tried-n-true, go-to propaganda and fearmongering tools: Mediscare.

But, could a funny thing have happened on the way to Mediscare 2012? Could its name be the Obama Administration and Democrats’ crown jewel, Obamacare?

And, wouldn’t that just be beauuuuuuuuutiffffffffffuuuuuuuuulllllllllll?

Hear me out:

Here are a few example of trollscaring from today:

1. “If Grandma is 54 years old today she loses here guaranteed Medicare coverage.”

2. “Ryan is going to get rid of Medicare and give grandma a voucher to buy private health insurance. The grandma goes to buy health insurance and the health insurers laugh.”

3. “65 year old: ‘Here’s my RyanCare Voucher, I would like health insurance.’ Health Insurance Company: “Ha Ha Ha Ha Ho Ho Ho Hee Hee Hee, oh that’s funny grandma!”

Under Obamacare, insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage to seniors. If Obamacare is repealed and a voucher programme is put into place, I think that a similar provision would be included.

Remember, under their precious Obamacare, preexisting conditions will not be a bar to coverage and community rating will ensure that seniors’ premiums are not much more than a 27 year-old, newly-minted “adult.” We have heard, repeatedly, that Republicans would keep the “popular” parts (stupid parts like preexisting conditions and community rating) even if they do, in fact, “repeal and replace.”

Could it be that with their beloved Obamacare, they are now “all sheath and no sword” when it comes to Mediscare demagoguery? As noted above, they’ve already cut $716 billion dollars from Medicare, seniors back the Ryan Plan, and there is no compulsory participation in the voucher programme?

Resist We Much on August 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

to=too

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Prosit!

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Yep. It’s on Drudge. It links to Stephanie Cutter’s second disastrous appearance this week:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-campaign-defends-presidents-700-billion-cuts-medicare_649856.html

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM
This I have to see.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

If I were Mitt and Paul I would be very cautious about how they play this. The left and the MSM carrying the left’s water will claim it’s a savings and that seniors will be protected by marxist care.

And as a conservative I’m not all that keen on our ticket sounding like liberal democrats demagoguing medicare cuts.

bgibbs1000 on August 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

On second thought. PLEASE don’t fire her.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Ah, yes, Romney “deride the $700 billion dollar cut in Medicare that Obama ACHIEVED in Healthcare reform…”

I thought it was a BAD thing to cut Medicare, and they are saying Obama ACHIEVED it in the healthcare bill? BWHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Also, doesn’t she sound just a teeny bit breathless and scared in that few second clip? Again… BWHAHAHAHAH!

I love the smell of liberal fear!

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Nice – that’s what SP calls them…to really rub the salt into all the other leeches, from both sides.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

That is the actual name our local group uses, TEA Party Patriots, and yes, a few here did wear the 1700′s style garb.

I expect to get mail from our regional TEA Party group once the delegates are selected to go to the GOP Convention part deux this Thursday [I will be selected]. They will want me to attend their own meeting of delegates for reasons not yet known. SHEESH!

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Have you stopped to consider how your self aggrandizement with its repetitive use is off putting. You are trying to hard by half and it is condescending. Is that what your going for?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

They have little more than hate, ridicule and harm in their lives to begin with. Belittling others is the only thing giving them energy. Buy Pastry comes to mind as well.

As you know, I am hardly a Rmoney supporter, but come Tuesday or Wednesday I will mosey on over to Rethuglican HQ for a Rmoney sign and a coupla bumper stickers.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Slightly OT – I’m listening to a replay of Rush – from Wednesday I think. He’s taking down Andrea Saul’s foolish comment from last week. Hopefully there won’t be any more gaffes like that.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

BTW, how are your volunteer efforts going over there?

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I went to a Romney rally last week and saw Marco Rubio (at the elementary school he attended) got some phone numbers and names of organizers. I’m going to be off for a week at the end of the month. Ramping it up then.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

So Ryan’s also a hockey mom? /

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

22044:Good point,I hope Ryan doesn’t hunt any Grizzly(Mama) Bears!!!

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 6:26 P

Nah, even better, he’s a bowhunter.

Man-child probably can’t even pull a 70 pound compound.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I AM an unabashed Randian. Paul Ryan, to my dismay, is not. So, please, do not label him as a disciple of Ayn Rand. He is an Austrian, but he is not a Randian. Anyone to the right of Marx is a Randian in the eyes of The Ferret. Do not be fooled.

If he were a Randian, he wouldn’t be trying to “save” Medicare and Social Security. He would END them and do it immediately. If he were a Randian, he would not have voted for Part D, DHS, TARP, to raise the debt ceiling, to increase the size of the Federal budget, etc.

I wish that he would govern by the rules of Atlas Shrugged, but he will not.

Sophie

Marvelous, Sophie – you’re the best.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Heh, just have another one :)

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

None today friend. Say, I didn’t want to get evolved the other day, on the thread of spat. I don’t like it when folks try to manage my dealings, as you are certainly aware. Just wondering though, you guys okay? Watching the thread unfold as I did, was awkward and somewhat uncomfortable. You are both important folk to me. Just checking. Feel free as always to tell me to sod off. I will understand.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Palin closed her FNC appearance with the words “May we always be happy and may our enemies know it!”

There is no doubt whatsoever that Palin is 100% behind the Romney/Ryan ticket.

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Even though you insulted me by saying reading wasn’t my strong suit, I read, and yes comprehended, her entire statement. I just didn’t have the impression it was a ringing endorsement. Still don’t.

However, I have absolutely no doubt that she wishes to see Bambi defeated and will do everything she can to see that happen. .

BacaDog on August 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

The only thing barack is going to have left is to leak Romney’s IRS tax records. No doubt he’ll do it now. Don’t think there’s anything bad in there except INCOME, but they’ll leak ‘em and the obamamedia will gin up a controversy. Will anyone care? Will barack pay a price for committing a felony like that? It’s coming. You know it is. What will the public’s reaction be to that level of criminality in their president?

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Indicative that Romney is trending towards Conservative solutions and visions to reverse Obamunism’s squalor.

viking01 on August 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

You are trying to hard by half and it is condescending. Is that what your going for?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Do not blame me for the inadequacies of others. They can always change their situation by volunteering.

If not you, who?

Look! It isn’t as if they have to sign up for a 40 hour volunteer week. Every little effort helps, then they will be able to proudly proclaim their efforts.

Do you want 0bama to win? I do not!

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Nice

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

ButterflyDragon on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Well said.

She’s still the happy warrior, doing her thing, which we all know is very powerful, and whether she speaks at the convention or not, she’s going to be happy either way.
Paul-Cincy on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Yep, but I have to admit, I won’t be very happy about it. She’s earned a place at that convention, IMO.

With you. It gives fiscal conservatives and independents a reason to get off the bench and care.
itsspideyman on August 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Yes, and it didn’t take a social mod/lib to do it. Win all around.

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Who said that?

BacaDog on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Did you read her post or just the part Ed copy/pasted?

…We must now look to this new team, the Romney/Ryan ticket, to provide an alternate vision of an America that is fiscally responsible, strong, and prosperous –…

Please continue to focus on the presidential race and on helping Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but it’s also imperative that we get involved in the nation’s important House and Senate races. These candidates need our help to ensure that our next president has a responsible and ethical Congress that actually gets things done for America. Now on to November!

Sarah Palin

pannw on August 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

However, I have absolutely no doubt that she wishes to see Bambi defeated and will do everything she can to see that happen. .

BacaDog on August 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

All Rethuglicans will.

‘cept Huntsman.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Do you want 0bama to win? I do not!

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Impossible. If you are an ABR, or were one, you must be for Obama.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

And we are living in a bizarro world when I’m thinking of watching 60 minutes as well. Disorienting for sure!

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Will barack pay a price for committing a felony like that? It’s coming. You know it is. What will the public’s reaction be to that level of criminality in their president?

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Who’s gonna stop him? The Republicans?

BWAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Ramping it up then.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

AWESOME! Fantastic!!! [and the crowd goes wild!]

Check in with your local TEA Party if you want advice on being the most effective. They will be glad to assist you.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Pics of crowds for UPCOMING appearance in Wisc tonight …

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

That’s awesome. I would be shocked if we even get a rally here at all. Guess I have to live vicariously through the people in the pictures.

gophergirl on August 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

He is an Austrian, but he is not a Randian.

I’m confused. I thought Paul Ryan was an American from Wisconsin…..

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

You and I share a very similar opinion of Romney, that said, my place in the city is next to the voting station. I am the legal 100 feet away, our street will be covered in Romney/Ryan signs and banners come election day. Good times! ; )

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Feel free as always to tell me to sod off. I will understand.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Sod off :)

Meh, on serious note, what do you think I’m made of, leftard stuff?

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Pics of crowds for UPCOMING appearance in Wisc tonight …

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Man, I wish I were there! I LOVE joyful, patriotic gatherings like that. Such good people, such brotherhood, such common ground. Makes me wistful for my first Tea Party rally. It was such an awesome feeling being in a blue state and seeing thousands of my fellow patriots come together like that. Made me so proud to be an American — and a conservative.

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

@JohnKingCNN
Fmr gov Tommy Thompson among GOP senate primary contenders working Waukesha crowd. @THEHermanCain here backing him.

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

‘cept Huntsman.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

What the hell kind of name is “‘cept”? I thought his first name was Maurice? Oh and the ‘thuglicans are gonna win so you should start crying now.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Pics of crowds for UPCOMING appearance in Wisc tonight …

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

LMAO Compare that to these pics of the boy king’s b-day gathering today.

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I’m confused. I thought Paul Ryan was an American from Wisconsin…..

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

No, not necessarily from Austria, but Austrian economist thinker.

Just for starters

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Pics of crowds for UPCOMING appearance in Wisc tonight …

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

And our Narcissist in Chief goes off the deep-end in 5, 4, 3, 2…

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Obama and his socialist/marxist/communist cohorts have plenty of ideas left to move forward the total destruction of our country.

What the Obama regime and campaign are running out of is “smoke and mirror” ideas to disguise and protect their socialist/progressive “con” on the American people.

Amjean on August 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Tenwheeler, this is the prominent one.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

But the general population is forbidden by local law to own firearms.
How can that be?

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

That’s not a matter here, and if you weren’t so racist you would see that we need to get Midnight Basketball funded a whole lot more. Why are you trying to change the subject?

And another thing: What about all those taxes Romney never paid? Geiter only deferred his, for a ‘bad’ year when it might happen, while it’s a proven rumor Romney never paid his.

If you conservatives weren’t so blinded and dogmatic on reality, you would finally realize that Democrat fantasies are the wave of the future.

You…you…Regeanite!

/total snark, of course

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

No, not necessarily from Austria, but Austrian economist thinker.

Just for starters

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Ah.

Thanks for that.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Tenwheeler, this is a good read to start.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Btw, Tenwheeler, I’m very glad you are here.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Impossible. If you are an ABR, or were one, you must be for Obama.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Right! Because I recognize the conservative and Ron Paul movement in that direction I must support 0bama.

Right now all I want is to get our local politicians elected so we can kick out Stab-a-cow and other liberal refuse. IF Romney can win he will get my vote. If not, Governor Gary Johnson will be on the ballot as the anti-GOP Insider vote.

This race is Romney’s to lose. He had better get busy here in Michigan NOW!

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

What the hell kind of name is “‘cept”?

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Damfino.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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