Paul Ryan, a deficit hawk

Kent Kingsley's picture

The choice of Paul Ryan for Vice President by Romney was certainly an interesting pick. It also brings balance that will help this ticket win in November.

Ryan is a political figure whose career I have watched for quite some time. He is a compelling politician to me for several reasons.

First he is from Janesville, the neighboring town in Wisconsin to Whitewater, where my mother grew up, and where I visited almost every summer as a child and teenager.

Both Janesville and Whitewater are typical small towns, full of regular folks and friendly people who any of us would like to have as neighbors.

The second reason Ryan initially caught my eye was his age when first elected to Congress, 28 years old. He seemed to be a man in a hurry, having already worked for a senator, and then Congressman Jack Kemp. Kemp was also a cabinet secretary, most famously known for being Bob Dole’s VP pick in 1996.

Thirdly, and most prominent, Ryan is a deficit hawk, ready, willing, and able to take on our nation’s huge debt and never ending deficit.

Mr. Ryan has been a Congressman since 1998 and progressed quickly to be the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Young and energetic, he has worked extensively in the budget process to reduce government spending and proposed a way to save Medicare by privitization.

He was also a member of the Bowles-Simpson Commission that did extensive research on the cause, size, and solution to our national debt.

You know the debt that has increased by a trillion dollars or more since the Commission’s recommendations were released.

Ryan opposed the conclusions of that commission, primarily because the conclusions called for too many tax increases. Ryan has correctly said, as have many conservatives, beginning with Ronald Reagan, that the United States has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

In addition, the “budget” and “debt ceiling” compromises have all included spending reductions. The budget went up and the debt ceiling was raised, but we learned the reductions were really smoke and mirrors.

Bowles-Simpson was a good first attempt, but the correct ratio of cuts to tax increases ought to be 9 to 1 cuts to tax increases. The 90 per cent cuts should occur first, followed by the 10 per cent increase in revenue.

Although I admire Paul Ryan greatly, I do not agree with all of Ryan’s proposals. His most recent proposed budget would have taken 27 years to balance the books. That is far too long.

In Ryan’s own words from early this year Ryan said that in his opinion the United States was only two to three years from becoming “a Greece” if we continued down the current path of spiraling debt and deficits.

Balancing the budget in 27 years is too long, and I hope when Romney and Ryan assume the executive branch they will be far more aggressive in budget cutting and reducing the size and scope of the federal government.

Very simply, we can accept pain today or suffer far greater pain in the near future.

It will not be long before our nation’s creditors no longer want to finance a government living far beyond its means without any reasonable outlook to stop the massive spending.

I for one, wish the best to Paul Ryan. He and Mitt Romney have a huge task ahead of them. Our country needs new leadership and a new direction. Ryan was an excellent choice and will be a superb vice president.

This country must get its fiscal house in order. Our national politicians of both parties have kicked the “debt can” down the road. We are at the end of the road and fortunately we have a deficit hawk on the republican ticket.

The nation is demanding change and leaders that take responsibility. I believe Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are those leaders. We must get this election right, the stakes have never been higher. We are blessed to live in the greatest nation on Earth; let us all pray our nation remains that way.

[Kent Kingsley was a Republican candidate for Congress in the Third Congressional District which includes Fayette and Coweta counties. He is a retired U.S. Army Infantry lieutenant colonel, owns a small real estate company in Lamar County and lives in Milner, between Griffin and Barnesville. He is an advocate for the Fair Tax, balanced budgets and federal term limits.]