Friday, August 17, 2012
After repeated denials,has admitted he requested cash even after sharply criticizing the program.
As recently as Wednesday in Ohio, Mitt Romney's running mate told ABC's Cincinnati affiliate, WCPO, he did not.
"I never asked for stimulus," Ryan said. "I don't recall… so I really can't comment on it. I opposed the stimulus because it doesn't work, it didn't work."
Two years ago, during an interview on WBZ's NewsRadio he was asked by a caller if he "accepted any money" into his district. Ryan said he did not.
"I'm not one [of those] people who votes for something then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. I did not request any," the congressman answered.
But as we've now learned, Ryan did write letters. He did request stimulus funds.
"The Olympics may be over but Paul Ryan could have gotten a gold medal in hypocrisy," a senior administration official told ABC's Jake Tapper. "As someone who spends all day every day railing against government spending, but then secretly seeks millions in funds for pet projects, he is as Washington as it gets."
In 2009, Ryan wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking for stimulus money to cover costs on two energy conservation projects in his home state of Wisconsin. In the letter, Ryan said the funds would help create jobs and reduce "energy consumption" in the state. At least one of the companies received the requested cash.
The letters were first obtained by The Wall Street Journal through the Freedom of Information Act back in early 2010. The Boston Globe turned them up for the first time during this campaign season Wednesday. At that point, a Ryan aide referred ABC News back to what a Ryan spokesman said when the letters first went public.
Thursday, Ryan responded to the questions himself.
"After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled," Ryan said in a statement. "This is why I didn't recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that.
"Regardless, it's clear that the Obama stimulus did nothing to stimulate the economy, and now the President is asking to do it all over again."
Posted by at 4:15 AM
Monday, August 13, 2012
As we gear up to be bombarded by political ads for the Presidency, it is important to note that our eyes are taken off the ball. Sure, we can get behind a candidate and believe they truly represent our political views. But in reality, most Americans agree with neither party completely. Others look at Presidential candidates and have decided to vote for the lesser of two evils... in essence they choose the candidate who they think to do the least amount of damage to our country.
Interestingly enough, a Presidential election takes our eye off the ball. The true power of democracy lies in the legislative branch of government. Article I Section I of the U.S. Constitution describes powers vested in Congress. It should be noted that Congress is in charge of spending. Congress declares wars. Congress sets tax policies. And, it is Congress that passes laws. The Executive Branch directs Congress. But Congress has the power to vote yes, no, or completely ignore a President's wishes.
One of biggest issues facing D.D. right now is the demographics of people who are in power. The vast majority of leadership is of the Baby Boom generation. This generation is characterized as revolutionary. When there are extremists of both groups in power... nothing big is accomplished. Nothing except the push of radical agendas. It is a sad state of affairs when political moderates like Steve LaTourette leave Congress. He described the political atmosphere of Congress, and a radical agenda of his own party as motivating factors of an early retirement.
Our country has been based on the art of compromise. Actually, compromise is the foundation of it. Our Constitution had a Great Compromise, a Three-Fifths Compromise, and even a compromise between Federalists and Anti-Federalists over ratification. Democracies fail when the art of compromise is lost. One needs no other example that the American Civil War.
Interesting Interactive Political Ad. (Click the Link)
Posted by at 6:44 AM
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Once again, Ohio is center stage of another Presidential Election. Most of us have had our minds made up long ago as to the candidate we will support. Neither candidate is much to get excited about. This is about as exciting as Bush v. Kerry. That wasn't exciting to anyone! Still though, there is approximately 5% of the state's population that are "undecided". Hundreds of millions of dollars will be dumped in Ohio trying to convince us that Obama deserves another four years, or that Romney really cares about people who do not contribute to the RNC. Then of course we would be remiss if we didn't mention the PAC monies that are flowing into the state as well. National organizations believe they know what's good for Ohio. They go to great lengths to smear the other candidate. Indeed, big money will rule the day. U.S.S.C. Citizens United will prove to be one of the biggest blunders in democratic history. In fact, big money can very well destroy what it hoped to save. Big money will rule the airwaves... But I wanted to remind readers that Ohioans are a fickle lot. And at the end of the day, that will make up their own mind. Here is a nice read by Robert Reich. He always has so intelligent insight:
Posted by at 3:24 AM