Sunday, August 12, 2012

Canada: Romney choses 'Young Gun' Paul Ryan

National Post

‘Young gun’ Paul Ryan single-minded in desire to slash U.S. budget

Richard Cowan, Reuters

A nimble debater known for his intellectual heft, Ryan has frequently made television appearances in recent years trying to advance his goals of reining in spending on expensive government programs, such as food stamps for the poor and the Medicare health entitlement for the elderly.

Ryan has also pledged to fight for a vigorous defense budget while also slashing taxes.

But Democrats were quick to hit Ryan hard following the announcement on Saturday that he was Romney’s vice presidential pick, arguing that the Wisconsin congressman would simply place the burden of deficit reduction on those who could least bear it — the poor and elderly — while cutting taxes for the rich.
President Barack Obama’s campaign criticized the budget blueprints Ryan has authored, particularly his recommendations to fundamentally remake Medicare, the national health insurance program for Americans age 65 and older, and cut $5.3-trillion in government spending over the coming decade.

“The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education,” Jim Messina, the president’s campaign manager, said in a written statement. 

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