I’m delighted that Mitt Romney has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan of Janesville, WI to be his Vice Presidential nominee. Ryan has always been one of my favorite politicians over the years and has an abundance of attributes.
Youth: Ryan first was elected to Congress at the age of 28 and is a seven term Congressman at the young age of 42.
Intellect: As far as raw intellectual “horse power” is concerned, Ryan is a superstar. It will be a “fun” exercise to see him debate Joe Biden.
Clarity: Ryan has the ability to take complex subjects (like the budget and the national debt) and explain them in plain language that the average voter can easily understand.
Speaking Ability: Ryan speaks succinctly, effectively, and authoritatively. This will be a big help to the Romney campaign.
Given all of these positive attributes Ryan will be a good choice for the Romney campaign only if he is effective in getting the average voter to understand that the United States of America stands on a fiscal cliff with little time to waste. We need a budget. We must cut federal government spending on a large scale. Giving Obama another four years may likely push the country over that fiscal cliff. If that happens, nobody in the United States of America will be better off.
Most of Ryan’s constituents live in Janesville and Racine Wisconsin. These towns were blue collar “factory” towns in the 1970’s and 1980’s. In Ryan’s Congressional district plant closures occurred twenty and thirty years ago. The same people who were high wage union workers back then have had to adjust, either by adapting their education and training, or by settling for a life where they have to work more for less pay. It hasn’t been easy for them, but these folks in Southeastern Wisconsin have adjusted. They know that there is no free lunch and that a Federal Government that borrows 40 cents of every dollar spent is, quite frankly, unsustainable. That’s why they’ve elected Paul Ryan 7 times to the US Congress.
Will the rest of America catch up to the wisdom and work ethic of those who live in Paul Ryan’s district? Hopefully so, and the sooner the better.