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Is Paul Ryan a 'marvelous' VP pick for Mitt Romney?

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  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 10, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    the budget passed by the Republican majority in the House and endorsed by Romney planned to pay for $4.6 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy by closing tax loopholes, without naming a single loophole they would close.

    So the question is: What loopholes will you close? Romney declined to answer.

    Republicans think tax cuts for the wealthy will help the economy.

    the Bush administration put in massive tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 with the promise it would lead to faster growth. Instead, we had the slowest job growth in half a century and American families saw their incomes decline 6% while the upper 1% saw increases of 275%.

    GOP's cannot get enough of this stuff.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    April 10, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Two rich, white, Ken Doll looking dudes and people are supposed to believe these guys are in touch with the common American? And the Ryan plan is poison to the Senior Citizens (you know, the people who vote the most). Romney needs an intelligent centrist Woman or he's toast.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 10, 2012 5:42 a.m.

    Mitt's in a terrible bind... the more he tries to appeal to his conservative base, the more he loses women, immigrants, youth, and moderates.

    The smart move will be to add another moderate to the ticket! He needs a working class moderate to round out Mitt's one-percent blue-blood, Harvard elistist image. This would appeal to middle America that needs to be won if the GOP is serious about taking on Obama.

    Mitt also needs to drop his "materials blessings" code speak. The media see it as "gaffes," but most Utahns see his constant talk of his wealth ("My wife drives three Cadillacs") and friends of wealth ("I know many of my friends own NFL teams" or "...own NASCAR teams") as code for his life's many, many blessings. This won't play well outside Utah audiences.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    April 10, 2012 12:10 a.m.

    @Truthseeker

    " Ryan's proposed budget includes $4.6 trillion in tax cuts, giving an additional $238,0000/yr to income earners in the top 1%. Ryan's proposed budget includes $4.6 trillion in tax cuts, giving an additional $238,0000/yr to income earners in the top 1%."

    Giving them $238,000/yr? Giving? It's not the government's money. The government doesn't give, it takes.

    It is pure idiocy to believe that the system the way it is now will continue unchanged. How stupid do Democrats think we are? They are promising that if we can just tax the rich a little more that we can pay our way out of all our woes. If that idea worked, Europe wouldn't be on the verge of financial collapse. PLEASE, Democrat party, come up with a new plan instead of the same old one that doesn't work.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    April 9, 2012 10:47 p.m.

    re:Neil T
    What I would like to know is, if today's workers are paying for today's retirees, what happens when workers start diverting their payments to their own private accounts? How will those, like yourself, collect Social Security? Furthermore, assuring current retirees that nothing will change for them is shallow if the grandchildren--future generations--of current retirees are going to be thrown under the bus. How stupid do Republicans think we are? Galveston TX experimented with privatizing and found that high income earners did better under a privatized system but lower income earners were worse off. Do we need a system that helps high income earners and makes it worse for low income earners? That is what Republicans are offering.

    Ryan would make an excellent running mate for Romney, since they both believe in protecting tax cuts for the wealthy. Ryan's proposed budget includes $4.6 trillion in tax cuts, giving an additional $238,0000/yr to income earners in the top 1%.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    April 9, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    Everytime I hear the word entitlement program I want to scream. I have worked since I was 14. Earlier if you count farm labor. Everyone thinks us older folks just sit around demanding this and that. Baloney. We just want to draw out of social security since we contributed to it and be able to retire and not worry about our entire life savings going to medical care. I have never been on welfare or food stamps. Served over 25 years in the Army National Guard. Graduated from college. Done everything from substitute teach to work at the prison. All Republicans want to do is demonize labor, the poor and immigrants. We didn't cause the financial meltdown. What part of this hard to understand.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    April 9, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    Let's see if I understand this. The Democrat-controlled Senate has not passed a budget in over 1000 days, medicare and medicaid AND social security are going broke, the president has added $5 Tillion to the debt, but it's Paul Ryan to loath?

    If we don't make these cuts and get a real budget, those programs won't be around anyway. So the only response we get from the left is 'you can't do that' because it would be too 'radical.' Talk about the party of 'no.'

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    April 9, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    Certainly no one has ued the word, 'marvelous' in the presence or about Mr. Obama. No wonder he thinks no one says it anymore.

  • Twin Sister LINDON, UT
    April 9, 2012 5:49 p.m.

    Hey, I use the word, "marvelous". That MUST mean I'm upper class. Who knew?

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    April 9, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    Oh, whoever Mitt picks, I'll bet the posters are going to love them!

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    April 9, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    Ryan would be a disaster for Romney. Americans are tired of partisanship and Ryan is as partisan and divisive as they come.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    April 9, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    Ryan and the VP candidate would be a marvelous . . . for the Democrats. He would out-Palin Palin when it comes to running down the chances for election.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    April 9, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    Oh please Mitt nominate Ryan. It will put the Palin nomination to shame.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    Democrats won a house seat in New York that they hadn't had for a century when Hochul the Democrat turned it into a referendum on the Ryan budget. As a liberal I'd be happy to see Ryan be the VP candidate.

  • Talisyn BURLEY, ID
    April 9, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    ahh, so this is how it ends. I always wondered how it would happen.

  • RyanWhiting OREM, UT
    April 9, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    It would present an interesting dynamic. I like Ryan's youth and energy. He does good work in Congress and so he might want to continue working there. Opposite what one commenter said about his plan getting rid of elderly support, that is wrong. Anyone currently on it will not be affected. I would hope people would also take into account my generation which is currently in their 20s and feel like we are paying into systems (medicare, medicaid, and social security) that we pretty much all except to receive NOTHING from. From my generation's perspective, if the older generations have to sacrifice a little bit so there is not just debt for us to look forward to, then we think that would be pretty fair. The systems need to change; that is a fact. I would love to hear your guys' perspective. Thanks!

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    April 9, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    nofitinstgeorge:
    better than al capone and bozo the clown.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 9, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    With a President in office who has a Secretary of the Treasury not paying his taxes and haven't come up with viable budgets for the past 3 going on 4 years, Romney who said in 2007 that the economy was the issue for the 2008 campaign, would benefit to have Paul Ryan in the mix of people in his arena. The Vice President is a good position to win some votes. Sarah Palin is probably a good person but she was such a distraction for the previous Republican Presidential race in the last critical couple of months before the election. Paul Ryan is respected and a solid individual and would bring the Tea Party to a different level to be a positive influence to show change can come through a regular and accepted party. There is a process through the party and hopefully the Republicans will look at the change process.

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    April 9, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    RED of SLC says Obama spends his time golfing and smoking. Don't forget fundraising and flying somewhere in Air Force One. The guy never gets involved with real work on the nation's problems, especially not on the deficit. In fact, he tells the Senate there is no need to do a budget. Three cheers for Ryan!

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    April 9, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    It would be a great move if Mitt wants to lose the election. Ryan's approach to medicare is ironic though. He would require seniors to buy private insurance with block money and thinks that is a great way to control cost but is against requiring people to buy insurance.

    So he wants to basically to tax people, collect it, and then give it back to seniors to buy health insurance.

    So instead of requiring people buy insurance why didn't Obama just ask congress to tax us, collect it, and then give it back to us to buy insurance? Probably because there were some necessary steps in that process.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    April 9, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    If Mitt, and his staff, are smart, he’ll avoid the “McCain mistake.” VP pick needs to be unpolarizing, basically unglamorous. Biden is an intelligent policy lawmaker, who just says some really dumb things at times. But he doesn’t move the scale in the negative. I’d have loved Obama to run with Hillary, but that’s too much a risk for VP. Ryan and his plans are extremely polarizing. Mitt has already killed himself with the female vote by taking the Santorum view. Bringing on Ryan only hurts his standing with seniors, another staple group of Republican voters.
    So my vote is for Mitt to wholeheartedly bring on Ryan!

  • ljeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    Paul Ryan is an Ayn Rand crackpot who wants to destroy, among other things, the safety net for seniors - who should be paying close attention.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    April 9, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Can you imagine a vice presidential debate between Ryan and Biden? Ryan could talk rings around Biden's gaffes. Ryan had Obama speechless in a Congressional hearing. Ryan would be a great VP pick for Romney. They obviously have a great deal of respect for one another and work well together.

    The only problem is it would be hard to replace Ryan in Congress. We just need several more like him!

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    April 9, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Thurston J. Howell and Willard(as in Marriott) Mitt Romney.......a couple of marvelous guys!

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    April 9, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    Ryan would be "marvelous!"

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    I really appreciate Schulzke's summaries and analyses of the news. Keep up the good work.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Self interest in government is keeping America from getting back on track. Will some real leaders please stand up?

    Mitt, Let's hear your plan.

    Clearly Obama doesn't have one. He really needs to stop smoking and golfing all day and get to work. He should be doing more but he seems happy to golf. Nice job.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    April 9, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    "I salute him for laying out the actual conservative agenda. Here's hoping he is transparent in the coming weeks about whom he is taking benefits from, and toward whom he wants to be more generous. If he thinks we need an even more unequal society to prosper in the future, may he have the courage to say so."

    If the present Democratic idea to grow the economy by borrowing a lot of money leads to a default because people stop loaning us money and we have worldwide depression, revolutions, food riots, etc, it is going to be a whole lot more conservative and draconian than anything the Republicans could ever have thought of. This will be the liberal plan that was rejected by Democrats who could not lead but could only demagogue the Republicans.

  • Nathan W Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    "Is Paul Ryan a 'marvelous' VP pick for Mitt Romney?"

    No.