It’s official. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and representative for Wisconsin’s 1stCongressional district, will be the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States.
The reaction to the decision is mixed. Conservatives and Tea Party activists are generally very pleased with the choice, excited that a fiscal conservative who has gone head to head with President Obama on Federal spending will be on the ticket. Democrats are also excited, as the author of the most polarizing budget in modern memory,the Path to Prosperity, will become the center of the campaign instead of their failing candidate, 8.3% unemployment, and a $16 trillion national debt.
Others are concerned that a 42 year old who has never run in a state-wide race and who is largely a numbers specialist could be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. And some conservatives, fearing that Mitt Romney will lose in November, aren’t happy that the biggest gamble of the campaign is being taken on their bright, rising star. A loss in November could ruin Paul Ryan and his brand for years to come.
For all the worrying and guessing and commenting that pundits on TV will engage in, for Generation Y, Paul Ryan is just the candidate we have been waiting for. He is the only candidate who truly understands the crisis that our generation is facing, he isn’t afraid to tackle it head on, and he’s willing to listen to all sides while trying to find a solution.
The choice of Paul Ryan shows that Mitt Romney and the GOP are committed to tackling the looming fiscal Armageddon. Taxes are slated to increase by $494 billion in 2013. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are all in major trouble. The national debt now is near $16 trillion and is greater than 100% of the national GDP.
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