Paul Ryan voted for everything that doubled our debt during the Bush W. years. Here’s an example:
Bush H.W: $4.4 trillion ... Clinton: $5.8 trillion ... Bush W: $11.657 trillion ... President Bush added the most to the debt, more than $6 trillion.
Ryan oddly decided not to repeal or pay for anything that doubled our debt. Instead, he’s decided ignore his culpability, and go after the very safety nets that helped Americans during the Great Recession.
It’s that easy Democrats. Had we pointed that out, the media wouldn't have been able to tag Ryan as a policy wonk. He's nothing but a smooth talking partisan.
That said, Ryan’s out with a new, cruel scheme, where he’s supposedly moving “center-right:”
WaPo: Ryan’s staff, meanwhile, has been trolling center-right think tanks and intellectuals for ideas to replace the “bureaucratic, top-down anti-poverty programs” that Ryan blames for “wrecking families and communities” since Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty in 1964.
These programs are being blamed for poverty and wrecking families? See, he's ridiculous. Ryan's anti-poverty rhetoric is just another way of saying, “we gave up on that jobs thing, so let's blame the safety nets.”
Next year, for the 50th anniversary of that crusade, Ryan hopes to roll out an anti-poverty plan to rival his budgetary Roadmap for America’s Future in scope and ambition. He is also writing a book about what’s next for the GOP…
With public opinion against him, Ryan is still determined to convince everyone food stamps, unemployment, Social Security and Medicare are responsible for poverty. He’s even encouraging the development of senior retirement programs that focus on work and upward mobility:
…to advance an expanded agenda that combines an overhaul of the tax code and federal health and retirement programs with kinder, gentler policies to encourage work and upward mobility.
Ryan's own policies have created the very problem he’s supposedly trying to solve, the gap between the rich and poor. He even acknowledged the problem:
Ryan told the Iowa crowd. “It’s made it harder for people to get ahead, and the idea of upward mobility, of equal opportunity, is slipping farther and farther away from people who haven’t seen it for generations. . .And under Obama?
...the debt accelerated during Bush's last two budget years. Obama's debt is a continuation of that trend and neither Bush nor Obama are directly responsible for that acceleration. It happened because of the recession. Bush set the all-time record by increasing the debt by $1.1 trillion in 100 days between July 30 and Nov 9, 2008.Ryan's qualifications are right up there with Dick Cheney's. Despite efforts to blame the Democrats, Republicans had a chance to prevent the debt and Great Recession, but didn't:
Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, fired in a shakeup of Bush's economic team in December 2002, raised objections to a new round of tax cuts and said the president balked at his more aggressive plan to combat corporate crime ... O'Neill said he tried to warn Vice President Dick Cheney that growing budget deficits-expected to top $500 billion this fiscal year alone-posed a threat to the economy. Cheney cut him off. "You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don't matter. We won the midterms. This is our due." A month later, Cheney told the Treasury secretary he was fired.