ELDER PATRIOT – Sinking rapidly in the polls and facing a mounting challenge from Paul Nehlen for his seat, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan finally took time to return to Wisconsin’s First Congressional District to speak to the people he’s represented since 1999.
Now, as he nears the end of his ninth term in Congress, Ryan had the temerity to tell factory workers at a tool and die company:
“I wanted to come here to A&E Tools to learn about how you get your jobs. I wanted to come and learn about how our economy works in Racine, because if I don’t understand how our economy works… then I can’t be a very good congressman. So one of the things I’m doing is talking to manufacturers about what is it we can do to make manufacturing more successful. What is it we can we do to have more of these jobs in America?”
The presiding Speaker sounded more like he was on one of Hillary Clinton’s listening tours than like the man third in line to the presidency and who is currently the most powerful Republican in the country. Ryan has been on the job for seventeen and a half years. Resorting to sounding like a first-term representative should appall his constituents who have spent almost two decades trusting he had been working to make things better for them.
Ryan focused almost exclusively on blaming our trade imbalance on the need for tax reform. The world’s highest taxes are indeed one of the things that contribute to making our country less competitive on international markets but it is hardly the only thing.
Speaker Ryan’s call for tax reform has been made more difficult because of the doubling of the nation’s spending that he has presided over while working with President Obama since 2009.
Paul Ryan was in Washington for two years before George Bush became president. Under Ryan and Bush spending doubled, and under Ryan and Obama spending doubled again.
It would be kind to say Paul Ryan simply failed to contain spending during his first seventeen years in Republican leadership because virtually as soon as he ascended to the Speakership he orchestrated the single largest omnibus budget in American history that led Democrat Chuck Schumer to gloat, “Well, if you would’ve told me this year that we’d be standing here celebrating the passage of an omnibus bill, with no poison pill riders, at higher [spending] levels above sequesters than even the president requested, I wouldn’t have believed it, but here we are. Almost anything, the Republican leadership in the Senate achieved this year, they achieved on Democratic terms… Democrats had an amazingly good year.”
The United States needs a Speaker with the negotiating skills of Newt Gingrich who was able to outmaneuver the greatest politician among our past four presidents. When Paul Ryan was given the opportunity to defend working class Americans he was outmaneuvered by a community organizer.
It’s time for a change.