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Ryan an excellent choice for vice president

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Congressman Paul Ryan is an excellent choice for vice president. He will help to energize the Republican base and tea party voters, and he’ll present a compelling choice to independent voters looking for positive solutions to our nation’s fiscal crisis.

Conservatives have not been entirely comfortable with Gov. Mitt Romney due to some of his past policy positions. The idea of Romneycare in Massachusetts still gives conservatives pause, even though Romney has vowed to repeal Obamacare.

With the selection of Paul Ryan, the conservative Republican and House Budget Committee chairman from Wisconsin, grassroots conservatives and mainstream Republicans alike can embrace an intelligent and articulate spokesman who has had the courage to recommend measures to reduce federal spending and reform entitlements such as Medicare.

The contrasts between Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan could not be clearer. The Obama White House and its Democrat accomplices in the Senate have not passed a budget for more than three years. Under Ryan’s leadership, Republicans in the House have approved Ryan’s budgets twice, and candidate Romney has embraced the Ryan budgets. While the Obama White House insists on escalating the amount of red ink in the federal budget—with deficits projected in every future year, Ryan drafted a budget plan, “The Path to Prosperity,” that leads to a balanced budget. While Obama and company continue to expand the reach and scope of the federal government, Ryan’s budget supports the principle that all policy solutions do not emanate from Washington, D.C.

In his speech in Norfolk, following Romney’s announcement that Ryan would be his running mate, Ryan said, “President Obama and too many like him in Washington have refused to make difficult decisions because they are more worried about their next election than they are about the next generation.”

Ryan, in contrast, took the courageous step of proposing reform of the nearly bankrupt Medicare program, and should be commended for his courage in doing so. With so-called “entitlement programs” comprising more than 60 percent of the budget, every scholar and analyst knows that this is a step that must be taken. Yet neither the president nor his Democrat allies—even when they had control of both the House and the Senate from 2009 to 2011—had the honesty, good sense or fortitude to solve the problem. This is because they are small, timid souls, afraid of the very people they are elected to represent.

Ryan observed in his speech, “Politicians of both parties have made empty promises, which will soon become broken promises with painful consequences if we fail to act now.”

Ryan is absolutely right. The Obama Administration’s spending excesses and its practice of running the federal government without a budget that has been approved by Congress is intolerable. Businesses and even federal agencies cannot plan for the future in an environment such as this. Is it any wonder that businesses are not investing and the federal behemoth itself is dysfunctional? Unless we, the people, dismiss the Obama Administration in the upcoming election, our nation will likely follow Greece down the road to national insolvency.

There is no one who serves in Washington who is more qualified to make the case for a new team in the White House than Congressman Paul Ryan. His command of the budget and the prescriptions needed to fix our fiscal problems is obvious. In a Romney Administration, he would be in a position to work with Congress to resolve our fiscal crisis.

Gov. Romney made his choice from a distinguished list of potential running mates. In the end, he picked someone who looks toward the future and offers positive policy solutions. Ryan is a stellar choice and will make a difference in governing should the pair win the November election.

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