Paul Ryan tells Provo crowd 'this is the most important election of your lifetime'

Boy Scouts greet VP nominee as he arrives in Provo

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  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Sept. 10, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    I think Mr Ryan got his own quote wrong as this election is the most important in his life.

    For the rest of us it is important to understand this election will cost us more money than we have to elect Mr. Ryan to office.

    His estimates are that the country using his budget will take at least "30 years", yes 3 decades to balance the budget. Lst time I checked they will not let a president serve that long. Does he intend to get promoses out of the administrations following him into the white house?

    I would love to see him get aggressive and do away totally with the Bush tax cuts that so far have cost the country $1.3 trillion in lost revenues.

    Something new and innovative would really help. Returning the country does not mean balancing the budget in 30 years on the backs of the elderly.

    Step up, be a man, take the fat out of Washington prgrams and government entities, do away with lobbyists and relly put the country back on its founding principles.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    Paul Ryan tells says "This is the most important election of your lifetime! ... Cause I'm runnin'!'

  • GrandmaSusan CLearfield, KY
    Sept. 6, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    If the people who call themselves poor, would try a little harder to help themselves we wouldn't be having this problem. Some people are like the birds following the shrimp boats so long they forgot how to catch fish for themselves,The adults teach their young to follow the shrimp boats and that becomes their way of life. Some so called poor have more play toys than those they envy. People who work for what they have take care of what they have and watch how they spend their money in the first place.

  • Kimball Woodruff Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    He said, "this is the most important election of your lifetime" while he was thinking, "this is the most important election of MY lifetime".

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Sept. 6, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    @Rvalens: Amen!

    See, there's just a tiny difference between politicians, who pretend to care about us, and us little guys, who need them to care about us: If they lose the election, they just go back to their old job. Or, they go back to living on those millions they have. Well, maybe it's not such a tiny difference, is it?

  • GrandmaSusan CLearfield, KY
    Sept. 6, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    I think it's sad that because Romney/Ryan believe we all need to tighten our belts in order to get US finances under control that the democrats tell everyone they are trying to push grandma over the cliff. Republicans believe we must take care of our poor and elderly as much as democrats do. But we do believe we should give them a hand up instead of a handout when and where possible. What ever happened to the saying "give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for life" How a LDS can be a democrat I'll never understand.

  • DucatiCR Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    1) $5 trillion more in debt and nothing to show for it --> True, somewhat, but people forget that the Bush Administration is accountable for 2 trillion of that debt service because of the Stimulus/Rebates of 2008 (which was un funded in FY 2008, and pushed to FY 2009 (10/1/2008 - 09/30/2009) and TARP

    2) gas prices have doubled
    Gas Prices were 3.46 per gallon up until October of 2008, then tanked, like they always do proceeding a national election, it will happen again.

    3) health care costs have soared
    Most have gone down, and i even got a 2,000$ rebate from my insurance company

    4) cost of food and energy has soared
    Food goes up because of energy prices, Energy Prices go up because of un-regulated speculators.

    5) millions unemployed and jobs that have been created are low wage
    President obama has created 3.3 million jobs to replace the 4.8 million lost during the 2nd Term of President Bush

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Sept. 6, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    Those of you who are worried about spending money to see a politician, donate it to your local homeless shelter, humane society, children's hospital, etc. and read about your candidate online. You can complain about the financial part of elections until your head pops off. I can only hope we can get leaders who will be financially respectful, but it would do us well to remember that no one president (unless you get 'czars' and bypass the congress) can do much if he has an opposing congress. And you simply cannot in our day become a president unless you are already wealthy. So..... do your homework, be honest with yourselves, listen and learn, and vote in Nov.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Sept. 6, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    "This is the most important election in MY lifetime." There, Mr. Ryan, I fixed it for you.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    Ryan tells crowd in Provo "This is the most important election of your lifetime". Well finally he is telling the truth about something!

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 6:22 a.m.

    hudderite (sp)
    you are the norm for obama supporters, to not know who is running against your boy. The only reason I read your comment is because it was so short, otherwise when I see your postings I pass it by. barry has nothing to run on and yet there are still those that choose to have the government nanny them. Self reliance and independence is a virtue. Too bad you and others haven't learned that.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 6, 2012 6:17 a.m.

    "This is the most important election of your lifetime"

    Ummm, I thought that was the last one... or the one before that. And some how I am guess the election in 2016 will be the most important.... so long as you need to raise money.

    Counter - you forgot the 100,00 dollar a plate dinner Mitt had in NYC.... or does that not count. Common.... pretending one side is doing something the other isn't is beyond silly.

    And the packs - that is a whole other story.

  • Jeromeo Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 5:42 a.m.

    No surprise. DN's lead story highlights Ryan's visit to a "Gated Community" in Provo. It's no wonder that so many elsewhere view the State of Utah as a "Gated Community" as well. I sigh. Utah media still maintains its slant. A local TV station just featured a puff piece lead story on a WHOLE 12,000 parts ordered from China by Boeing (MEMBER, OBAMA'S JOBS COUNCIL) without saying how many domestic parts are ordered. What is the percentage? When microscopes make news out of microbes, mole hills are Tibetan. And... oh, by the way (the next story) did you know that some guy named Clinton made a speech last night?

    Case in point: DN's RYAN lead story on a "Gated" fundraiser is 50% longer than the "oh, by the way... " Clinton speaks to the Nation story. Aw, come on!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 11:31 p.m.

    Hutterite: Barry who?

    Great a article on Paul Ryan! What a thrill for those cub scouts to be invited to meet him and to all the others who came and heard him speak. Thank you for coming to Utah. We support you and Mitt to lead this country back to prosperity!

    Romney-Ryan 2012

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 11:14 p.m.

    If our candidates are going to tell us during every election that this is the most important election in our lifetimes, the least they can do is consult a crystal ball so they can tell which election really IS the most important election in our lifetimes.

  • stiadotf West Point / Davis, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 11:11 p.m.

    Obama 2012...a vote for the middle class? I think not!

    Since Obama's been in office...
    1) $5 trillion more in debt and nothing to show for it
    2) gas prices have doubled
    3) health care costs have soared
    4) cost of food and energy has soared
    5) average household income is down by $4000 annually
    6) millions unemployed and jobs that have been created are low wage

    Is the middle class better off that it was four years ago? Hardly!

    If anything, this country needs a little R&R (pun intended) from Obama and his middle class killing policies. Ryan is right...this election is the most important of our lifetime. Another four years of Obama and his "hoax and chains" will result in a disaster for the middle class, not to mention our country...

  • mytymouse09 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 10:37 p.m.

    Not quite sure why so many people are all upset that Ryan came here to raise money -- the fact of the matter is, it takes money to run for office. If people are willing to pay those prices, why should it bug you? Before I get accused of anything, I did not see Ryan, although I would have liked to, but I'm not griping about those who could afford to see him.
    To "Republicantthinkstraigh" -- you say the election is confusing, dang, I had to read your post a few times, and still don't get your point.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 10:31 p.m.

    Re: Scoutmaster Paul Mix said he got a call Tuesday night from the Romney campaign asking for him to arrange for scouts to meet Ryan's plane, emblazoned with the GOP ticket's "Believe in America" slogan.

    Some Utah County people were happy to see the Scouts show up to greet Ryan. I wonder how they'd feel if Obama and Biden started calling scoutmasters and asking for Scouts to be used as props at Democratic Party fund-raisers.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:44 p.m.

    ‘Paul Ryan tells Provo crowd he will stick to country's founding principles’


    Such as what Mr. Ryan?
    Telling the truth?! Being Honest?

    Making up Marathon times and blaming President Obama for a factory closure in your hometown long before he was even in office was NOT a founding principle.

    I suppose flying around the country collecting $$$ like a pan-handler instead of actually doing any campaiging was never a founding principle either.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:43 p.m.

    @ Counter Intelligence

    Wow! It looks like I can say the same thing about Obama and Biden. Is money the root of all evil or does it just grease politician's wheels?

    It would be nice if both Republicans and Democrats would offer some low-priced (maybe even free) events for us little people to attend.

    But I guess in the end, they just prefer to have us stand on the corner and clap as they go by, frivolously spending our hard earned tax dollars.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    I noticed none of the posts so far have much or anything to do with Paul Ryan's views on America's founding principles, but really neither did the article commented on, except the half a sentence in which Ryan is reported as saying he would like to rturn to them.

    The headline promised more than it delivered, perhaps more than they could deliver. Maybe it reported the whole of what he said on the subject.

    I hope Ryan knows what these founding principles are, what he feels they are and why, and I would also like to know how he plans to return to them, and would like to hear him discourse upon them sometime soon. If anyone heard him do already I would like a good summary with lots of quotes please.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    Just remember that one of the founding principals is that congress create and enforce taxes to promote the general welfare.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    Welcome to Utah, Mr. Ryan or as Joe Biden would call it, "Nevada!"

  • justme001 Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 8:40 p.m.

    Counter Intelligence

    Sounds like Ryan needs to be at a reduced price to have any takers. Good for him

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    I think it's interesting that if you didn't pay but just waited to see Ryan at the airport, he didn't speak to you. If you're a poor student and paid $20, you get 10 minutes spoken to the group. I'm sure those that paid $1000 got a little more time and of course those that paid $25000 got personal time and a picture. I just love how money talks and is the voice of politics.

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    @Counter- As a long time Scout leader, District and Unit, I appreciate your sentiment that it is a good thing for these boys to witness such things...but the above posters are all correct a) it would have been nice if they at least had full uniforms, including the Adult Leader, but most importantly, b) they should not have been there, greeting and forming an honor line, at an obviously partisan event - at a political event scouts may present the colors in uniform, but need to leave the meeting area right afterwards....this is really a serious breach of Scouting By- Laws and the Unit Leaders need to realize that and explain to the boys the violation--Scout Law and Oath

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    The indignation over these Boy scouts is incomprehensible. Failure to host a vice president or potential vice president, based upon their politics, would be deemed inexcusable etiquette. I hope the person responsible for getting kids to be politically aware will be praised (and maybe even receive a merit badge).

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    wait - i thought Biden was coming too on another flight? Oh that's right - he landed in Canada somewhere ... still looking for him....

  • Republicantthinkstraigh Anywhere but, Utah, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    One question I have for Republicans.... Do you think people like living on welfare or getting unemployment checks? Do you think these people live comfortable lives? Do you think the poor are taking all the money in this great country? The Republicans control 2% of the people. The 1% at the top (wealthy) and the 1% at the bottom (poor). How do I justify this? Look at most of the tea party. Southerners who want the government out of their welfare... Make sense?? The top 1% have the bottom 1% voting against their self interest while the 98% of us in the middle are getting screwed. Low wage increases, little healthcare, and on and on.... This election and rhetoric is a little confusing don't you think?

    Obama 2012 - A vote for the middle class.

  • Wilf 55 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    The presence of these Boy scouts is incomprehensible. It shows to what extent some people are willing to ignore the political neutrality of the Scouts organization if it serves their agenda. I hope the person responsible for this will be held accountable.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:32 p.m.


    For $30,000 you can attend an Obama fundraiser in Maine and for another $10,000 get your photo taken
    In San Francisco it is $35,800
    or $40,000 at Sarah Jessica's place
    or maybe merely meet George Clooney for $15,000

    So it seem Ryan is quite reasonable

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    Of course,
    All that money $$$ will have very little to absilutely NO influence on these politicians.

    They will always keep the poor, the sick, and the elderly 1st and formost in all their policy making....

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    $25,000-a-plate dinner
    $2,500-a-ticket VIP reception
    $1,000-a-ticket general reception

    Nice to see that Mitt and Ryan are truly thinking about us little people and what we can do for them.

    Wow! All I need is $28,500.00 and I can attend all the events!

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    I guess school isn't in session in Provo today?

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    Welcome Paul Ryan

    Come back often (especially as Vice President)

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    Ted, you will get your wish on Thursday, October 11th. Ryan vs Biden. I too can't wait!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 2:35 p.m.

    I would love to watch a debate between Paul Ryan and biden. Even the past debates between Paul Ryan and barack....but in the end the welfare left is never going to budge from their dependent position. Why change? When government will steal from others and download your foodstamps to your ebt or snap card, and then you can barter with that and get cash.

    And that is doing absolutely nothing each month. Then you beg and use other welfare resources, pull in tax free income from other spots and you have a 20 hour work month, better healthcare than those that put in 60-80 hours/week. And you can complain about everything without bringing a solution to the table.

    At least when everything goes down the toilet, the welfare people won't survive when there is nothing left to take or steal.

    The best option if barack is re-elected is to divide the nation. Give the demos $10 Trillion of the debt, give them their welfare voters, let them borrow print and spend to their hearts content. Move the rest of us to the other side with the military and any debt from wars. We'll deal with those problems

  • Okieland Edmond, Ok
    Sept. 5, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Scouting is a great organization, of which I've contributed countless hours of my time volunteering. However, these leaders need to stay on top of their BSA rules, one of which states:

    Cub Scout Leader's Manual:
    Chapter 7: Uniform Rules and Regulations "The uniform may not be worn by either Cub Scouts or adult leaders when: Involved in any distinctly political endeavor."

    The BSA does not affiliate with or promote any political party. It is a fine line these particular BSA leaders are walking, having their boys in full uniform there to greet the Republican VP candidate.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    Mitt Who?