Romney/Ryan 2012: The Comeback Team? [Election 2012]
This past Saturday, Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan his running mate. As a college girl who prefers to follow political news instead of celebrity gossip, I will admit that I was a little more than excited to finally hear the announcement. For me, this news was probably the equivalent of most girls my age finding out what Jay-Z and Beyoncé named their baby.
Before I tell you how I feel about this decision, I think it’s important for you to first know a bit about our potential vice president. Here are the facts:
Paul Ryan, 42, was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. He earned his B.A. in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. After graduation, Ryan began his political career as a legislative director on Capitol Hill. Just a few years later, at the youthful age of 28, he was elected to the House of Representatives for Wisconsin’s 1st District. Now, at only 42 years of age, he is in his 7th term as Congressman, is the Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, and may potentially be our next vice president.
While Paul Ryan has certainly accomplished a lot in the last 15 years, he is most well known for his commitment to strengthening our economy through budget and tax cuts. While I could give you an entire lesson in macroeconomics (I’ve been learning about it all summer in an online class), I’ll spare you the torture and briefly explain the “Ryan Budget.” Explained as concisely as possible, the Ryan Budget favors massive cuts in government spending, a solution that is certainly supported by the basic principles of macroeconomics. However, the Ryan Budget, which also favors massive Medicare and Medicaid reforms, has been criticized as too extreme. Despite its controversial background, a policy favoring extreme budget cuts may be the very solution we need to fix our weakening economy.
Now that you know a bit more about Paul Ryan, let me tell you why I think Mitt Romney made a smart choice:
1. Paul Ryan is charismatic
Mitt Romney is most often criticized for his detachment from the American people. He appears stiff when he speaks and being a part of the “1%” certainly has not helped. Paul Ryan, on the other hand, is charismatic, good-looking, and, in my opinion, a great speaker. When Ryan speaks he seems passionate and excited, two qualities that people complain Romney lacks.
As Romney’s running mate, Ryan is essentially an extension of Romney. In this way, Paul Ryan makes Mitt Romney seem less disconnected from voters. While Mitt Romney may not appear to have a strong connection to the troubles of the American people, his running mate certainly does which is a huge plus.
2. Paul Ryan is dedicated to restoring America back to economic prosperity
Right now, one of the biggest issues facing our country is the economy. We are facing massive unemployment, huge budget deficits, and an ever-increasing debt that is only getting worse with time. I know I’m not alone when I say that I am frightened for the day I graduate college and must begin the job search. With the way things are looking now, it’s not going to be easy.
That being said, I think it’s fair to say that a president/vice president with a plan to fix our economy is an attractive choice for voters these days. In fact, for some people it is the single deciding factor when it comes to their presidential choice. It is for this reason that Paul Ryan only further helps Mitt Romney’s chances. The Ryan Budget symbolizes a very real solution for this country’s weak economy, something many Americans are desperate for.
Regardless of your politics or your feelings about Mitt Romney, I think we all can agree that it is going to be an exciting next few months. While I may not believe in all of Mitt Romney’s policies, I do believe that choosing Paul Ryan was an excellent decision that could very well lead to a brighter future for our country.
Disagree with anything I have to say? Tell me in the comments!
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