Wednesday, August 15, 2012

UK: Ryan is more Dick Cheney than Sarah Palin

The Week

Paul Ryan: 'almost perfect' for one per centers, Murdoch included

Romney's running mate is more Dick Cheney than Sarah Palin, but the result will probably be the same

BY Charles Laurence LAST UPDATED AT 07:55 ON Wed 15 Aug 2012
MITT ROMNEY'S decision to pick Paul Ryan as his Republican running-mate has been dismissed by some pundits - David Axelrod, a senior Obama adviser, among them - as the equivalent of John McCain choosing Sarah Palin. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Back in 2008, we quickly learned that behind the charismatic face of the Tea Party lay a venal, barely-educated woman wholly unsuited for office. Paul Ryan is a very different proposition.

He is more accurately compared to Dick Cheney in the George Bush era – the vice-president who truly represented the interests of the great corporate forces behind the Republican party, and the man with an invisible hand on the White House tiller.

What Cheney, the architect of the Iraq war, did for American foreign policy, Ryan could do for domestic policy.

Ryan, a 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman, believes quite simply in slashing taxes for the rich – "the job creators" - and cutting or privatising all federal programmes that help the middle classes and the poor.

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