Sunday, February 07, 2010

Janesville Boy, Paul Ryan, Making His Mark

Back in early 2007 Senator Joe Biden commented on then Senator Barack Obama,
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."
We are now painfully aware of the outcome.

In early 2010, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin commented on U.S. Representative Paul Ryan during Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: All right. Handicap the 2012 GOP presidential race for us. Who's the front-runner?

PALIN: No idea. I have no idea.

WALLACE: Well, you're not a very good analyst.

PALIN: Well, fire me, then, Roger. Sorry. I already failed. But listen, no, we have some strong -- some young Turks in this party. Paul Ryan -- I'm very impressed with Paul Ryan.

WALLACE: Congressman from Wisconsin.

PALIN: Yeah. He's good. Man, he is sharp. He is smart, articulate. And he is passionate about these commonsense solutions that America has got to adopt to get us on the right road.
We are anxiously awaiting the outcome.

In the same article Power Line's John Hinderaker also states:
But while Palin is an important figure in the conservative movement, she isn't an intellectual leader. That's not to insult her intelligence; it simply isn't her role. Paul Ryan, on the other hand, is one of the movement's most important thinkers. He has laid out a Roadmap for America's Future that represents the most comprehensive conservative alternative to the Democrats' unsustainable spending spree. Among other things, the Roadmap includes a fundamental restructuring of Medicare that redefines its status as an entitlement and promises to save the federal government from otherwise-inevitable bankruptcy.

From the Roadmap' introduction:
This plan is not simply a slimmer version of the “progressive” ideology. It is a true alternative, and a complete legislative proposal consisting of specific policies supported by Congressional Budget Office estimates of its fiscal and economic consequences. More important, it is based on a fundamentally different vision from the one now prevailing in Washington. It focuses government on its proper role; it restrains government spending, and thus limits the size of government itself; it rejuvenates the vibrant market economy that made America the envy of the world; and it restores an American character rooted in individual initiative, entrepreneurship, and opportunity – qualities that make each American’s pursuit of personal destiny a net contribution to the Nation’s common good as well. In short, it is built on the enduring truths from which America’s Founders established this great and exceptional Nation.

One may wonder where a Representative from here in small town middle American Janesville gets such abilities to articulate substantive alternatives to progressive government from within the 'Party of No.' Perhaps the following snapshot with us will give a clue as to where he has distilled this verve and panache:

Oh, yeah, Paul reads Grandpa John's. No wonder he is such a heavyweight.

(Yeah, yeah, I know. Senator Russ Feingold is from Janesville, too. But he rejected American exceptionalism, moved near Madison, and doesn't read Grandpa John's.)

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