August 14, 2012

You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide

Now that Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate, he is trying to distance himself from the radical budget proposals of Congressman Ryan. The two Republican candidates appeared together on 60 Minutes Sunday, and Romney declared, “I have my budget plan as you know that I’ve put out. And that’s the budget plan that we’re going to run on.”

Of course, Romney, if he has a budget plan, is not being very forthcoming with details. Moreover, he has been very supportive of Ryan’s budget. The Ryan Lizza profile of Paul Ryan in the August 6 issue of The New Yorker offered this:
“I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan,” Mitt Romney said on March 20th, in Chicago. The following week, while campaigning in Wisconsin, he added, “I think it’d be marvellous if the Senate were to pick up Paul Ryan’s budget and adopt it and pass it along to the President.
Romney can certainly suggest variations on Ryan’s ideas, but it will be hard to run away from Ryan’s budget with any reasonable credibility. Lizza noted that Ryan has been talked about “even as a long shot to be Romney’s running mate,” and concludes his piece this way:
“He’s [Romney’s] already endorsed these things,” Ryan said. “I want a full-throated defense for an alternative agenda that fixes the country’s problems. I want to show the country that we have a solution to get us out of the ditch we’re in, and to be proud about it.”

Ryan seemed unconcerned that pushing his policy agenda on Romney might damage the candidate. “I think life is short,” Ryan said at the end of our final conversation. “You’d better take advantage of it while you have it.”


  1. I suspect Romney really thinks he can flat lie, and no one will care because of one fact: he is white. Sorry, I really think the campaign is that racist.


  2. Rep. Ryan somehow claims to be a follower of both Jesus Christ and Ayn Rand. The metaphysics of these conflicting beliefs are mind boggling but certainly expected from a person who believes we can get out of debt by massively cutting our revenue.

    But it is sickening to think someone who admires and follows the bizarre, crank Ayn Rand could seriously be considered for President. Just as it was said that Newt Gingrich is an uninformed person's idea of a smart person, so it is that Ayn Rand is an unstudied, uneducated person's idea of a brilliant philosopher. Rand stands for social Darwinism - survival of the fittest. Human beings are reduced to the level of animals living in the Serengeti desert. If you are too weak to live on your own, then too bad - don't expect any help from society. May God have mercy on our souls for even considering this drivel as a governing principle. I hope Jesus is uttering again his great intercessory prayer - "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". We certainly need it.

    Bob Button

    1. "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen year old's life: "The Lord of the Rings" and "Atlas Shrugged." One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

      h/t Kung Fu Monkey blog.

      Pass along whenever Rand is mentioned!


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