Thursday, May 12, 2016

Why Paul Ryan is a RINO



I understand why some may be against those challenging the Speaker, however, I believe there is enough evidence to justify a challenge to Paul Ryan. Many reasons exist as to why the more conservative members of the GOP are against the Speaker. We had his opponent, Paul Nehlen on our show and he discussed some of the local issues that are affecting his district, issues in which constituents feel were abandoned by the Speaker. We also discussed national issues.

Before Ryan became Speaker: 


In December 2013, he helped broker a budget deal with liberal Senator Patty Murray that repealed one of the key conservative victories under President Obama’s reign — the sequester budget caps that helped keep spending in check. The Ryan-Murray budget increased fees, and claimed to reduce the deficit in the final years of the 10-year plan, making it unlikely that said reductions would ever be realized. Simplified, Ryan-Murray was trading real spending cuts occurring at the time, for increased spending and spending cuts in future years, which are unlikely to materialize.  

He also supported the vote for planned parenthood, a funding measure that occurred in the "middle of the night", abandoning the views held by many conservatives after they witnessed the brutal and disgusting practice of P.P. participating the sale of aborted fetus' body parts. After a strong grassroots movement of people hoping to repeal funding for the group, Ryan abandoned the intense issue of the voters and sided with Democrats for what in exchange? 

From the conservative review scorecard that I believe best summarizes the Speaker's lack of understanding of just what conservatives who are actively opposing him want:

In regards to the $1.1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill:

This 2,009 page omnibus bill contained a whopping $1.1 trillion for funding the entire government for the remainder of fiscal year 2016, or $547 million per page. Taken in totality, this bill gave away the final opportunity for Republicans to wield the power of the purse over a number of lawless or harmful executive policies for the rest of the Obama administration. The tactics and processes used by Speaker Ryan to advance this bill were identical to ones used by Speaker Boehner, and ultimately resulted in the GOP Congress losing all leverage over an out of control executive branch. As the omnibus fully funded Obama’s amnesty programs and even added close to $300 million in funding for economic and cultural development in some of the very Latin American countries violating our sovereignty. While the bill contained no positive immigration riders to prevent Obama from bringing in Syrian refugees and other security risks, it contained a harmful provision quadrupling the H2-b visa program for next year, further burdening American workers and taxpayers with more low skilled workers from impoverished countries. In addition, this bill stripped out every rider halting Obama’s environmental agenda. Finally it increased spending by $53 billion relative to the previous year. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/members/scorecard/paul-ryan/#sthash.XZQqNNQG.dpuf


In regards to the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015:

The Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (H.R. 1314) represents the convergence of everything that is wrong in Washington and is a prime example of the engendered permanent growth of the federal government. This bill married a blank check of approximately $1.5 trillion in debt suspension with a two-year budget plan that placed the final nail in the coffin of the 2011 Budget Control Act, which cut government spending for the first time in years. At a time when spending is already slated to increase by another $250 billion in 2016, this deal busts the budget caps by $112 billion. In classic Enron-style accounting, the hodgepodge of offsets are either notional, intangible, or scheduled to take effect almost ten years from now and in typical Washington fashion, unlikely to ever come to fruition. In addition, this bill bails out the broken Disability Insurance program with $150 billion from Social Security retirement benefits without enacting any durable and verifiable reforms that address the systemic flaws in the program which have made this program a dependency-inducing Ponzi scheme rife with fraud. Finally, this budget bill fails to exact a single policy concession from Obama on the major issues of our time immigration enforcement, Planned Parenthood, EPA regulations, the Iran deal, etc. and takes the power of the purse off the table as leverage against any potential executive overreach for the remainder of the Obama presidency. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/members/scorecard/paul-ryan/#sthash.XZQqNNQG.dpuf

On TPP:

This vote was on the key procedural provision known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA grants a special fast-track status to trade deals negotiated by the president and as such has been dubbed Obamatrade. While conservatives generally support trade agreements as important tools for lowering tariffs and trade barriers, and TPA is often needed in order to effectively negotiate with other countries, this particular TPA was problematic for a number of reasons. Typically, a TPA is passed at the beginning of negotiation cycles so that Congress directs the president to negotiate along specific parameters. In this case, the three primary treaties that would receive fast-track status under this TPA have already been negotiated in secret for years. There is no reason to pass fast track authority without releasing more details about these trade agreements to the public. Moreover, given this president’s penchant for implementing major policies without Congress, there was a widespread fear that Obama would use these trade agreements to pursue liberal policies, such as changes to our immigration system, labor laws, and global warming regulations. For example, according to WikiLeaks, one of the impending trade deals – the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA) – contains an entire immigration section, including a provision prohibiting US authorities from conducting in-person interviews for certain visa categories. Additionally, the main trade deal – the Trans Pacific Partnership – contains a “living agreement” provision, which could enable Obama to expand the scope of the agreement during the final months of his presidency or add countries like China to the agreement. Finally, GOP Leadership negotiated a deal to advance Trade Promotion Authority and in exchange for Democrat votes, promised to renew the crony capitalist Export-Import Bank and a failed government handout program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, a subsidy bailout for labor unions. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/members/scorecard/paul-ryan/#sthash.XZQqNNQG.dpuf


On funding Executive Amnesty:


While considering HR 240, the FY 2015 Department of Homeland Security funding bill, in the Senate, newly elected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) worked with Democrats and liberal Republicans to re-instate funding for Obama’s executive amnesty. This vote is on whether or not to kill the bill that contains funding for Obama's executive amnesty. If this motion would have passed it would have stopped Obama's executive amnesty from being funded. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/members/scorecard/paul-ryan/#sthash.XZQqNNQG.dpuf

On the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act

This vote was on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Chip Re-authorization Act which is expected to increase the nation's debt by $500 billion over the next 20 years. This bill was cobbled together in a backroom deal by Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi. Overall H.R. 2 is a massive health care spending bill that replaces the existing Medicare payment system for health care providers, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), with a new bureaucratic pay scheme that would automatically increase reimbursements every year. Although everyone agrees that the SGR was a flawed system, this bill merely replaced one top-down bureaucratic price-control system with a new one, albeit with a more generous reimbursement rate. With this bill Congress failed to address the underlying problems in healthcare entitlements and in true back room deal fashion, included several extraneous provisions designed to buy votes. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/members/scorecard/paul-ryan/#sthash.XZQqNNQG.dpuf


These positions should alarm any conservative who wants to cut back the scale of government. When the highest elected official of the GOP is siding with Democrats on positions that conservatives are against, the Speaker has done a number in abandoning conservative principles in the hopes of deal making. I understand the Neustadt-ian view point outlined by many who have worked, are sympathetic and have studied the deal making of congress, the quid pro quo, of politicians trying to get what they want. However, I do not understand or see just what conservatives, or republicans for the matter, have received in their deal making over planned parenthood, amnesty funding, omnibus spending, etc. 

Ryan claimed to have read Ayn Rand, a philosopher who has impacted Republican politics as well as my own, yet, like Alan Greenspan, when people become politicians and sacrifice political principles for a supposed crossover appeal with moderates and democrats, they live as hypocrites. Ryan even went as far to denounce Rand recently. I do not believe he is qualified to hold the mantle of conservatism, and I whole heartily support his opponent.

At least John Boehner drank, so one can say his drinking could have led to some drunken stupors that may have dismayed conservatives. I do not believe that Ryan can blame the drink, but rather his lack of philosophical principles needed to guide the republican party, as well as America, back to the land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.