News analysis: Paul Ryan's Hayekian roots lead to 'Ryanism' approach; Dems, GOP differ on philosophies
"I find it extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature would be spoken by a president of the United States," Romney said. "It goes to something that I would have spoken about from the beginning of the campaign: that this election is, to a great degree, about the soul of America. Do we believe in an America that is great because of government or do we believe in an America that is great because of free people allowed to pursue their dreams and build our future?"
After the fact, both candidates tempered their positions,with Obama saying, "Of course Americans build their own businesses," and Romney saying that without schoolteachers, firefighters and people who build roads, you couldn't have businesses. However, the two sides have continued to hammer themes rooted in Hayek and Keynes.
"The reason (the election) is so hotly contested is because the choice that we face this November couldn't be bigger," Obama said at an Aug. 18 campaign event in Rochester, N.H. "It's not just a choice between two candidates or two political parties. This is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our country; two fundamentally different ideas abut the direction that we should be going in."
In his speech, Obama touted the end of the war in Iraq and the drawdown in Afghanistan, saying the U.S. should take about half the money it's no longer spending on war and "put it to use putting people back to work rebuilding roads and runways and ports, and wireless networks and broadband lines into rural communities, and creating a Veterans Jobs Corps that can help returning heroes get back to work as cops and firefights in communities that need them. That's the America we want to build. That's the choice in this election."
"People ask me why I think the president's policies have been such a disappointment. I just don't think President Obama understand what it is that drives our economy," Romney argued. "America runs on freedom — free men and women, pursuing their dreams, working hard to build a better future for their families. That is what propels our economy. When an American succeeds, when she wins a promotion, when he creates a business, it is that individual, that American that has earned it, that has built it. Government does not build our businesses, the American people do. The American people also build the government."
"We are at proverbial fork in the road in America," Ryan said during a bus tour introducing him as the vice presidential candidate. "The president came into office with so much hope offering so much change. He got the power he wanted. He got his party in control. He passed almost every item on his agenda. It's law now. And now we're seeing the results. A country with a health care system that's about to be taken over; a country with four years of trillion dollar deficits; a country in economic stagnation; the worst economic recovery in 70 years; the largest deficits and the biggest government since WWII. Nearly one in six Americans are in poverty today — that's the highest rate in a generation. You know what? We're not going to take that. We're going to turn this thing around."
"Our dad would say that in his calm voice all of the time, 'Be part of the solution or the problem,'" Ryan's brother Tobin Ryan told National Review. "Paul really took that to heart after Dad died. And I think, when you look at his views, if anything shapes his ideology, it's that. He wants to throw himself into the solution."
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