The Paul Ryan VP Pick: What Does It Mean In Missouri?

Mitt Romney's selection for a Vice-Presidential pick could have impact on November here in races beyond the White House.

After NBC News first reported the selection Friday night, Wisconsin U.S. Representative Paul Ryan was formally introduced to the nation as Mitt Romney's running mate on the GOP ticket Saturday morning during an event in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA.

Ryan had traction when asked who they thought should get the nod, finishing in third place behind U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

At least one participant in that survey, reached overnight, said she was disappointed by the selection.

"Paul Ryan not my pick - Romney needs someone more electric, we need all the help we can get - GOP seems to not get it. Same old same old isn't working - still don't have enough young people or allure of message."

Another participant said early Saturday "the Ryan pick will help put the focus of the campaign on the budget. That highlights the problem of our time: getting our fiscal house in order. And that, plays to Romney's reputation as a corporate fix-it guy. It's a strong ticket."

State Senator John Lamping, not a Patch survey participant, tweeted support for the pick, saying "Ryan is a Fiscal Conservative for a Fiscal Crisis."

Greenfield (WI) Patch:

In Missouri, Romney has a lead of up to 9 points over President Obama according to a variety of polls gathered by RealClearPolitics.

Ryan has gained acclaim for his work as the chair of the House Budget Committee, which produced the so-called "Ryan Budget" which as NBC News reports, "Substantially restructures Medicare; cuts Medicaid, food stamps, and transportation infrastructure; and it reduces the top tax rate from 35% to 25%.

U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), now the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill (D-Kirkwood), served on the House Budget Committee with Ryan and endorsed the budget plan.

McCaskill was already on the attack via Twitter as Ryan was still speaking at the announcement, saying "The part of Ryan-Akin budget I hate the most? Cutting Medicare and then giving those cuts to the mega wealthy. Wrong."

Akin's campaign had not commented about the selection as of early Saturday morning.

Tell us what you think this pick means for Missouri in the comment section. 

Dennis Guilliams August 13, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Paul Ryan - a Wil Schuester look-a-like - will have to sing and dance to get around his belief that medicare "vouchers" for those who choose the program should be indexed to CPI as opposed to the health care cost index, which is generally two to five times higher than CPI, and that which he and his fellow congressman have as their index.
Larry Lazar August 13, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I agree that there is no media source that is truly objective. I generally find that seeking information from a wide variety of souces, from conservative to liberal generally provides the most honest overall perspective. Again, from my perspective, intelligence has nothing to do with being conservative or liberal as there are intelligent and ignorant people at all points on the political ideological spectrum.
Larry Lazar August 13, 2012 at 07:39 PM
"I vote for the candidate I like, Democrat or Republican." I agree with this if I can change one word - "like" would be replaced with "respect". I really don't care if I like the candidate or not - it's whether thay have the intelligence and ability to do the job that gets my vote.
RDBet August 13, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Hey Peter. You have no idea of my personal financial and employment situation, so you quit the foolish inferences. I do not hate rich people. They probably have good and bad in same proportions as other people. However, it is obvious they have power in this country well beyond their singlular votes. Let me ask you some questions Peter - why do you think wealthy people are donating exhorbinant amounts of money to campaigns of both major parties and lobbying efforts? Do you think it is out of the goodness of their hearts? This research shows a 220 times return on investment for lobbying. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1375082 Naive. When the tax rates on wealthy and investment income were much higher - businesspeople still did OK.
Steve Stegen August 14, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Hey Russo, you forgot to mention to Margaret that the plumber she hired was from the Republican Plumbing Co. (the Republicans in the current Congress) and was also the one's who originally installed the faulty pipe in the first place. Hence, it won't get fixed without help from the new plumber (Democrats). AND, of course if millionaires paid their fair share of taxes, the debt would begin to be paid down. By the way, the last time I read the Bible, Jesus was all for helping the sick and the poor; a lot! What version have you been reading? Personally, I don't mind paying my fair share of taxes. I appreciate having public libraries, police and fire departments, street departments, a military, etc, etc., etc.
Peter Russo August 14, 2012 at 06:08 AM
yr 2006 Democratic Plumbing (Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) came into congress. USA had 5 1/2% unemployment and under $2 gas prices. 1) They started the Leak. 2) Ok Republican Plumbing could not fix the leak----Fired! 3) In came the Obama Plumbing-Now a Flood--------Margaret wants to give Obama Plumbing more time to Fix it?? 4) Call Ghostbusters as the Horror in USA will start if Mr. Inept is not replaced. NOW! Note: I really would have liked Dem's to run a replacement as I also am not party affiliated.
Peter Russo August 14, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Yes--You are correct. It was gushing Before Obama was elected on 2008. BUT! Look up year 2006. That is the year congress was changed to 100% Democratic control. Also look up the unemployment rate in 2005. Look up the gas prices in 2005. Look up the US debt in 2005. RESULT?-------The Leaking pipe was created and started (in 2006) under Democratic Control. The congress did Zero to fix-it. They wanted the leak to continue to get people like you and I to change the "Plumber". I can live with that as I also fell for the plan. Margaret --We are heading for the most horrific "Debt flood in history" I cannot believe you want to stay with this Amateur in the White house. I don't.
Andy Walsh August 16, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I would not want to take all the money from the top 1%. I believe we all have an obligation to contribute, but I believe that we should have a progressive tax code. The tax code is now more regressive than at any time since the 1950s. We also need to make some changes to Social Security to make it sustainable, like adjusting the retirement age to reflect increased life spans and quality of life. I am not ready to tell Americans under 55, "Oops, sorry. We know you have been paying in to Social Security, perhaps for up to three decades, but you won't get anything because we have an ideological aversion to Social Security because we believe our forefathers had been duped into embracing an evil communist plot." By the way, the top 1% is about 3.2 million people. Today, the top 1% possesses about 35% of the wealth in America, more than double what it was in 1959. The top 5% owns 62% of the wealth. The top 20% owns 85% of the wealth.
Elizabeth August 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM
If you took ALL of the money from the 1% it wouldn't put a dent in the debt. And please explain to me how carrying a larger percentage of the tax burden is a "fair share"? If you truly want "fair", you would support a flat tax rate for all. You don't want "fair", you want someone else to cover the lion's share. That way you can keep whining about how life isn't fair and they don't deserve what they had and they should be made to solve all the problems, yada yada yada. If the wealthy paid all the taxes you would still want more. You'd want them to buy you a nicer house, or provide you will a better car or a bigger tv. The top 15% already pay 80% of the taxes. Tell me. At what point have they given their "fair share"?
Sonny Pondrom August 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I think this pick of Paul Ryan means more Republican lies for Missourians. Ryan voted against the Stimulus. He said it will not create jobs. He repeated this yesterday. But in 2009, 3 news stories reported that Ryan wrote letters requesting millions of dollars of stimulus money. When ask back then, he lied on a radio program that he did not do that. When ask this week, again he lied, this time on camera. Yesterday, he had to admit that his people did it, but he did not realize what he was signing in the 3 requests for stimulus - even the one that said it would save 7,800 jobs. It seems like he is not the only one who forgets the truth. Romney was asked by fellow Republicans to release his income tax returns. He forgot that he reviewed them over 6 months ago. However, this week he looked at them for the first time and noticed that he never paid less than 13%. This begs the question, how could someone who makes over $200M pay such a low rate? Well the IRS released information on the top 400 tax payers in 2009. Six of these fellow Americans paid absolutely nothing. Zero! I believe a presidential candidate should not set a standard of only releasing taxes for only 2 years. McCain did that, but he served his country in the public eye for years. Mitt believes in transparency. Let him show his tax returns and prove it.
Devon Seddon August 17, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Larry, Healthcare & Global Warming? Very objective. Carbon Footprint is the propaganda. I know it's close to your heart, and you've spent a lot of time studying it. I believe what you've studied, you know. But as always, there's too much left out: HAARP, it's uses, effects & capabilities (that are extraordinary) or how many there are in use around the world, the 1977 treaty between 60 (now 72) nations banning weather manipulation as a weapon except on one's own country (allowed & capable in '77), the lack of success of the "alternative" energy sources (as some of us remember from the 70's) or the Chinese studies concerning them, the amount of CO2 released from even the mildest volcano, the role of Maurice Strong (his goals, agendas, backers, & conflicts of interests), the Hara Corporations of the world (goals & investors), the source of grants & funding for the 'science', that governments across the world know that the ionosphere has free, clean & abundant energy for the whole planet & how to access it (HAARP), that the technology's inventor was removed from textbooks around the time Strong began this carbon-seizure, the amount of money (trillions & trillions per year) involved in the Green movement, who makes that money, the government revenue (cost for us) from the additional regs & lobbies... Just a beginning of the nearly endless list of factors conveniently left out of all of the research. A lot, even for those drinking from a "World's Greatest Scientist" coffee cup.
Devon Seddon August 17, 2012 at 06:42 PM
How much would you pay someone who tries to mop up the mess before fixing the leak? Or listen to the guy who thinks drilling another hole in the hull will let out the water?
Devon Seddon August 17, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Way to back-up those claims Margaret. Which policies exactly? Which mess? Housing? Unemployment? Tax Burdens? Oil maybe? Solyndra? Spending $41,120 per second he doesn't have? Which indicate intelligence?
Devon Seddon August 17, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Then an explanation of why government should get bigger & more into our personal lives, or where in the world it's ever worked, ever, or how continuing to spend $41,000+/sec they don't have, with zero interest in passing a budget, is better, should be simple.
Devon Seddon August 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Hey Sonny, the stimulus didn't work. Ryan didn't vote for it because he didn't think it would work. Turns out he was right. Also, Harry Reid lies & you eat it up. Zero? Lie. Plus, again working from the premise that the government somehow needs their money when they can't or won't manage what they have. Hey, have they hit a budget? Oh, right, they won't pass one. Ryan would.
Devon Seddon August 17, 2012 at 08:08 PM
PS- How is it you don't hate the big businesses that took (your) stimulus money, but hate people who think it was a bad idea to pay them their executive bonuses? Seems pretty selective.
Devon Seddon August 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Or the people who created the need for a stimulus in the first place? Curiouser & Curiouser.
Devon Seddon August 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Btw, 13% of $200M is $2.6 million JUST in income taxes. That sounds like a lot. How much more does an irresponsible, wasteful, government need. Hold them accountable. Why is it you refuse to do that? Why do you think it's wise to worry more about what they do with THEIR money, when you support the blantant wasting of YOURS & my money? You been successfully distracted.
RDBet August 17, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I am linking a Fox News show on The "Making of Paul Ryan" -lol. http://nation.foxnews.com/paul-ryan/2012/08/14/making-paul-ryan In it, Mr. Ryan's favorite HS teacher and a mentor to Mr. Ryan says nice cliched things about how he was as a student. Then he catches the hostess, Van Sustern off guard by telling her he will not be voting for Romney/Ryan. In effect, he says Ryan is nice guy, but he does not believe in his politics. Good to see that people can agree to disagree in civil manner.
RDBet August 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM
LOIZZO: When Congressman Ryan ran in `98 as a Freshman, he got to speak on the house floor during a national education week. He was nice enough to single me out on the house floor as being someone that influenced him. Granted, it's not on his economics or how he votes but we had a great time in our government class back in the '80s and through my retirement in 2009. So it was one of the things where kids appreciated listening to other kids that had different opinions. And everyone had a chance to voice their opinion. I think that is one of nicest things going with Congressman Ryan is we don't see the same way politics, but yet we're good friends. We can agree to disagree, which I think unfortunately has been lost in the last few years in our government. VAN SUSTEREN: Did you vote for him? LOIZZO: No, I have not voted for him in the House elections. To be honest, I voted for a few independents because at the time I didn't think the democratic candidate was a better choice than Congressman Ryan. VAN SUSTEREN: Did he know you didn't vote for him? LOIZZO: I think he knows that. He does right now. He knows my politics. He's a nice enough guy that he would come back and meet with my kids in class.
Sonny Pondrom August 17, 2012 at 09:48 PM
When asked why he will be voting for Obama and Biden, he said: LOIZZO: I think the biggest thing is education for me. When Representative Ryan would come and talk about issues in class, I would bring up something about education. Of course, his response and logical one, would be that that is a local matter. I would come back with, it's a local matter but when you say you are going to pay for the special education mandates at 60 percent and you only give 15, it really puts a crimp on the local people with the budget. Education is important to a man like this because it was his career. A agree with him that education of rich and poor is needed to get the best result for America's future.
Devon Seddon August 18, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Compare the resumes. Anybody can regurgitate Wayne & Garth too. I'm going with Biden. Can't we get this guy some better ointment? I think he's got chronic hoof-in-mouth.
Devon Seddon August 18, 2012 at 04:55 AM
PS - When I look back through history, I can easily find more governments that put people in chains than I can businesses. Is there a different history I'm missing? Maybe those guys in the 30's, you know, the only people allowed to have guns, the guys with the red, white, & black arm-bands, maybe he's right, they may have just been businessmen. Entreprenuers, maybe?. No, it was businessmen, the wealthy, that they were vilifying & hauling away, and telling the goose-stepping people that they owed their wealth to their country. Like Biden. Geez. "Those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." - Edmund Burke
Sonny Pondrom August 18, 2012 at 02:56 PM
He could be even nicer than speaking to your kids, he could change the tax laws to remove every loophole that Romney is currently using and pass part of the new revenue to recruit more teachers like you.
Devon Seddon August 18, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Great point Larry, It's also hard to find a balance. AND you have to shed interpretations, like with the Freeh report. Unfortunately, that's an example where NONE of our media outlets even bothered to do simple research, and read the report. That's the issue, they all had access to the actual report, but again, NONE read it. Irresponsible, Mob Mentality Media is we have today on both sides. Ratings & Evoking Emotional Responses. That's the what "Journalism" has become, and it's a shame.
RDBet August 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM
You are correct Sonny. Not many people are aware of the tea party agenda of undermining public education. They view public education as liberalism and everything liberal must go. Saying education is local, well I agree it is somewhat local - but locals have to live with the shift towards standardized tests and Leave No Child Behind. And the state legislature politicians...oi! Then we have the colossal local failure of Imagine Charter schools, the supposed education solution by right-wing... Anyway, public ed is beyond the scope here - but I just brought it up in light of Ryan's teacher's comments, because here we have a down economy, and the GOP candidates want to cut education (which potentially helps all, especially the poor) and keep/lower taxes on the investment income of the wealthy. Romney claims class sizes don't matter ....pffft Let's see him send his kids to a school with 32 six graders in it for one teacher. What a sham and shame.
Devon Seddon August 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
No Larry, It actually puts the burden back on the shoulders of those who created it, and who can most EASILY afford it, the government. How is it that the government is playing the poor victim here? This is their problem, the burden should be on them. Again, buying the rhetoric that "if the rich don't pay for our screw-ups, who will?" - Ryan's reply is simply "those responsible should be accountable, and make the sacrifices to fix it, not the rich, not the poor, the government." Rich people didn't spend you into debt, poor people didn't spend you into debt, and neither are responsible for paying for it, this falls back on the government. It always comes back to that same misdirection. Look: The government broke this. NOT the people, regardless of how much money they have. It ain't about rich & poor, it's about allowing them to divide us that way. United We Stand, Divided We Fall Divide & Conquer Don't be a part of dividing us.
Devon Seddon August 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM
True. But, it doesn't devalue the validity of her statement. That's not the end of the list of things they would be offended by either.
Devon Seddon August 19, 2012 at 02:15 AM
No, but it sure seems like the perfect thing to tell someone who won't think for themselves. Just to clarify some of the basic differences in philosophy: Republicans believe in the system that has worked better than any in history & think we should return to it. Democrats believe that making government bigger & controlling everything to provide for everyone is not only necessary (when it isn't) but possible (which it also isn't). They believe in that idea, even though it's proven ONLY to fail throughout the entire history of the world. Democrats believe everyone is accountable to a government that isn't & that everything that belongs to you is theirs to distribute. Anything you have, you only got because they allowed you to get it. And if they get their way, it'll be true. Democrats want you to believe that your money is theirs, Republicans want to remind you it's the other way around. Republicans believe that what you make is yours & know that an economy only comes around when the people spend & business thrives. Democrats believe that everything gets better, the more of your money they take/spend & that we are too stupid to decide how to spend our own money ourself. Democrats praise themselves for providing a fish, then tell you that building ponds instead, is just an attempt to take away that fish. "If you're under 30 & a Conservative, you have no heart. If you're over 30 & a Liberal, you have no brain." - Winston Churchill
Julie Green August 20, 2012 at 05:10 AM


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