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Ryan Offers Solutions, Brighter American Future
Tue, 09/04/2012
Special To The Jewish Week
Matthew Brooks .
Matthew Brooks .

Mitt Romney made a bold and serious move in his choice of a running mate. With the naming of Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney turned this election into a referendum not only on President Obama’s past three years, but on the future freedom, prosperity and strength of our country.

President Obama will add more to our national debt in just three and a half years than all the presidents before him have done since 1789. Obamacare, his signature piece of legislation, will raise taxes for most Americans, gut $700 billion out of Medicare permanently, raise the cost of healthcare, and reduce the quality and accessibility of care to millions of Americans, while at the same time limiting patient choices.

Romney and Ryan have a different vision of America, and a serious plan for taking us to a more prosperous and secure future. Paul Ryan’s budget plan has been honed over the last couple of years and has earned the bipartisan support of Democrats like Sen. Ron Wyden and Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, Erskine Bowles, of the president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

As expected in a campaign year, Democrats will try to demonize Ryan and scare Jewish voters, claiming that he will “end Medicare as we know it” or “push Bubbe over a cliff.” They’ll accuse of him of wanting to shred the social safety net. Well, here are the facts you should know about Ryan’s plan:

n No one over the age of 55 will be affected at all, in any way, by the changes to the Medicare system;

n Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service plan will remain an option that anyone can choose — Medicare will continue to operate and no one will be forced out of it;

n The introduction of “premium support” — a way to increase competition and reduce costs while maintaining the same level of benefits — will not “privatize Medicare” but will add the option for today’s younger workers to choose the same benefits of Medicare at lower costs;

n Medicare “as we know it” today is unsustainable, impossible, and deadly to our children’s economic future — it must be reformed, and soon.

Ryan is a protégé of Jack Kemp, whose pro-growth, pro-trade ideas came from a profound belief that free markets benefit minorities and the poor by enlarging the economic pie. Ryan’s efforts on the House Budget Committee (which he currently chairs) have been focused on reforming areas of ineffective or bloated government spending and making the tax system more coherent and less burdensome — all in order to grow the economy and create jobs. Jobs and growth are vital to ensuring that the U.S. avoids the kind of economic crisis facing much of Europe.

On Israel and foreign policy, Ryan has a solid record as a member of Congress and, more importantly, a solid understanding of America’s role in the world, our alliance with Israel, and the terrible threat that Islamist extremism and terrorism pose for us and for the free world. In fact, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said of Ryan that he’s “very supportive” of the Jewish state.

Democrats will try to have you believe that Ryan voted against sanctions measures on Iran. In fact, he has supported every single Iran sanctions measure supported by AIPAC and cosponsored many of them. The Democrats’ bogus charge is based on Republicans having voted as a bloc to reject Democratic procedural motions — motions whose only actual effect would be to torpedo unrelated legislation. Those votes were never about Iran; they were all about partisan politics.

Like Ambassador Oren, Israeli leaders who met Ryan when he visited Israel with a congressional delegation in 2005 have been impressed with his strong support for Israel. In public remarks, Ryan has made it clear that he rejects President Obama’s policy of pressuring Israel and he opposes the Palestinians’ unilateral statehood efforts.

The Romney-Ryan ticket is ready to tackle the big problems — our debt, our ever-growing federal spending and the out-of-control entitlement programs — that are on track to destroy our economy. Democratic scare mongering, treating the Jewish community like unthinking children, is an unworthy and failed response to the serious and positive proposals that Romney and Ryan are putting in front of American voters.

Matthew Brooks is executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

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Romney and Ryan would be a disaster for the American people. Serious analysis of Ryan's record is disheartening to all of us, whether on women's reproductive rights, or on his bogus claims to financial expertise. Recent exposure of the many untruths he uttered at the RNC also demonstrate a failure of character: not a marathoner as he said, misleading blame on Obama for Janesville factory, false Medicaire claims, the audacity in his blame for the debt commission's failure when it was he who nixed it, and the list could go on. Every commentator remarked on the extraordinary meretriciousness of the facts and Bill Clinton took him to the cleaners. This is not a man for high office.

I agree with Mr. Brook's viewpoint. Obama has had his chance, but he's let the country down. It is pretty bad when an ordinary citizen, like myself, can think of at least a half dozen ideas that could have saved the country trillions of dollars. 1) He could have frozen the salaries of federal employees for two years. 2) He could have been much more careful about where and how the $800 billion stimulus package was spent. 3) He could have said that 8 years in Afghanistan was enough. We will not have soldiers there on the ground (being maimed and shot) by the end of my first term. 4) He could have approved the construction of the oil pipeline. 5) Why is the justice department suing Arizona and other states over their immigration laws, creating full employment for lawyers? Isn't that divisive by definition? 6) Why is the national labor relations board suing Boeing Corporation for building a plant in South Carolina? Nothing I just wrote is partisan politics. It is simply practical, common sense that works.

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