Retirement and Social Security Reform
Paul Ryan's Big Economy Vs. President's Big
Investor's Business Daily
July 8, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian
Republicans and independents who are serious
about getting America out of debt and people back to work
will do their best to convince Paul Ryan to run for president
- and defeat Barack Obama.
Ryan is the genuine article, a 21st century leader with the
moral strength and intellect of a true American statesman
in the making. He is already the shadow president. It is he,
not Barack Obama, who is providing intelligent policy initiatives
and solutions for America.
He and other 21st century Republicans in the House are moving
America away from the old-fashioned, big-spending government
model that has so thoroughly failed - and forward toward a
new model based on honest financial stewardship in Washington
and a reinvigorated private-enterprise system.
Ryan and Obama are polar opposites; so are their policies.
Ryan will reform and preserve Medicare, instead of imposing
ObamaCare and rationing. Ryan will cut spending, instead of
raising taxes. He will let the economy grow and create jobs,
instead of making government bigger and the economy smaller.
The historic 2012 election will be about Obama's big-spending
big government versus Ryan's job-creating big economy. Obama
the politician will insult the voters' intelligence by telling
them his historically high levels of deficit spending are
"stimulating" the economy and creating jobs.
Ryan the statesman will respectfully tell the voters the truth
- that the presently high levels of government debt and spending
are poisoning the economy and, if left unchecked, will ultimately
destroy both it and the government.
The more government spends, the more it taxes; and the more
it taxes and spends, the more the government sector displaces
the private economy. There are then fewer jobs and less income
to tax. When jobs and tax revenues are short, the government
borrows money that it cannot repay. Finally, both the economy
and the government collapse.
This is exactly the disaster that threatens America - and
it will happen soon unless Ryan and his colleagues can stop
Obama's spending juggernaut.
Many Republicans have urged Paul Ryan to run for president.
But he is concentrating on his duties as chairman of the Budget
Committee, talking sense and fighting to rescue America from
Ryan's pulpit is more "bully" than Obama's. The
president has a bad economy and rampant joblessness wrapped
round his neck -- and his competence and integrity are much
Ryan, on the other hand, is highly skilled and credible. When
he talks about balancing the budget and saving private enterprise,
he does not rely on staff-written talking points displayed
on a teleprompter.
Ryan is his own expert. Everyone likes and trusts him. If
he runs for president and wins, he will have long political
"coattails," pulling into the Congress many new-style
Republicans like himself.
Political professionals say that if Paul Ryan is to be the
Republican nominee, he must run in his party's primaries.
A massive multimillion-dollar political war chest is said
to be necessary for the year-long, media-driven, media-controlled
election process with which America is now afflicted.
But these are extraordinary times, and Ryan is an extraordinary
man. In a few months, a temporary budget deal - through 2012
- likely will be struck between the Obama administration and
the Republicans. The long-term decisions about taxes, spending,
debt and economic growth will then shift from Washington to
the broader arena of public debate leading up to the election
in November 2012.
Perhaps Paul Ryan can then be convinced to run in the Republican
presidential primaries, not to chase after the presidency,
but for the purpose of leading the debate and helping the
American people to make informed choices.
Perhaps Ryan will be drafted to run for president in a late-starting
campaign financed and carried forward by the growing number
of Americans for whom he is the obvious choice. Perhaps the
delegates at the Republican convention next August will salute
the flag and do what is best for America - nominate Ryan by
It may also be that Ryan will not be the Republican candidate,
but will instead be recorded by history as the man who wrote
the script for saving America and selflessly stood aside,
enabling someone else to carry it forward to victory. One
suspects that such a result would be just fine with Ryan.
He has his ego well in check and his head screwed on right.
Being president of the United States is not a prize to be
captured or a career opportunity to be exploited. It is, rather,
a burden to be shouldered when called upon, a public trust
to be fulfilled honorably and correctly, "so help me
- Christian is a lawyer who served in the Treasury Department
under President Ford and on President-elect Reagan's Transition
Team in 1980.