Romney-Ryan: Real change

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Last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal editorial “Why Not Paul Ryan?” made the case for his selection as the Republican vice-presidential nominee in this statement: “Romney can win a big election over big issues. He’ll lose a small one.”

After Ryan’s serious proposal to restructure Medicare — which virtually everyone knows must be reformed — the response from Democrats was an unserious TV ad, which showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair over a cliff.

If Ryan and Romney can effectively respond to such silliness, they will not only win the election; they will actually accomplish something that will benefit all Americans.

Is America ready for a serious discussion of issues, rather than the superficial approach that has defined so much of modern politics? We’re about to find out. There may be a remnant, a Puritan ethic, still living within our collective DNA that can remind us about the evil of debt, living within one’s means and taking care of yourself first, rather than relying on inefficient and overreaching government.

The Obama administration has done nothing to warrant a second term. If Ryan and Romney can force Americans to pay attention to the need for real change, instead of the unaffordable snake oil Obama has been selling, they will win handily and take back the Senate for Republicans.

Anyone needing to be reminded of Ryan’s debating skills should re-visit his criticism of the president’s healthcare measure before it passed with most of Congress not knowing what was in it. It’s worth your time to watch this (www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPxMZ1WdINs).

Ryan will wipe the floor with Vice President Joe Biden in their one debate in October, but on the campaign trail he will remind Americans that this election is important. It’s not about race, class, or envy of Romney’s wealth. It is about America’s immediate and long-term future. Surgery is painful, but an ailing nation must have it or we will die financially and culturally. It’s as simple as that.

It is a truism that a nominee’s pick of a running mate is his first big decision and reflects on what his approach to the presidency will be. Some other Republican nominees have chosen running mates for reasons other than their intellectual heft. Romney’s pick of Ryan shows he means business.

The Obama smear machine will attack Ryan in every conceivable way, but if Ryan does not allow himself to be distracted and frames the issues in the proper way (“under Obama why would you think you would be better off in four years when you’re worse off today than you were four years ago?”) he might force many Americans to stop being distracted by irrelevancies and start focusing on what matters most.

Romney-Ryan must also re-tell America’s story. They should feature at every campaign stop someone who has succeeded without help from the federal government, including small business owners who did, in fact, build their businesses. Let’s see some Americans who overcame difficult circumstances by making right decisions. Inspiration and perspiration — not taxing and spending — built America and can rebuild it.

This election isn’t about politicians; it’s about us. Clearing the debris caused by broken and dysfunctional government, while maintaining a safety net for the genuinely needy, will not only restore the economy, it will restore optimism.

Ronald Reagan (Romney-Ryan is another “RR”) ran for re-election in 1984 and inspired people to believe in themselves, not government. President Obama appears to want the opposite.

Ancient cultures attached a lot of meaning to names. In Gaelic, Ryan means “king.” In a country without a monarch, a synonym might very well be “vice president.”

[Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist, appearing in more than 600 national newspapers. He is the author of more than 10 books and is a FOX News political contributor since 1997. Email Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com.] ©2012 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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Wait for it...wait for it...

...and here they come.. Republicans just want to starve granny, they will end Medicare forever blah, blah and well blah.

Like it was said here " virtually everyone knows must be reformed" Medicare is going to be changed drastically either by our hand willingly or by this Country falling down the economic abyss. Either way it is going to change. Now we can either direct that change or we can just let it end. How it happens is up to us.

Politicians have kicked this can so many times down the road that there just isn't enough of the can left to kick anymore.

Now I know soon there will be one here that will say Ryan just want to kill grandma by ending medicare.

Let me say it yet again.. Under Ryan's plan if you are on it.. YOU STAY ON IT... if you are a decade out from it.. YOU STILL GET IT.. if you are younger... YOU GET CHOICES..

I thought Progressives was all about choice. Why is it they are so scared to let the American people, specifically our Children, a choice with their own future, after-all, Government has never proven to be very good at handling our money so why should they handle our retirement and our health?