Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan picked as GOP VP nominee

Congressman and Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan

Congressman Paul Ryan was announced today as Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 election.

Here’s the short version of Paul Ryan’s positions on issues of note:

  • Voted against repeal of DADT
  • Voted twice for the failed Federal Marriage Amendment
  • Voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act that would have Federal courts from even considering overturning DOMA
  • Voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009
  • Paul Ryan’s budget plan – The Path To Prosperity – would turn Medicare into a voucher system whereby the government would give a set amount to seniors and tell them to go find private insurance using those funds.
  • Ryan’s plan would slash food stamps for poor Americans
  • Ryan’s plan would raise taxes on those who make less than $30K, but give a 12.5% tax cut to the wealthiest
  • Ryan supports privatizing Social Security. For seniors whose retirement is tied to the stock market, many would have seen their retirement savings decimated in the stock market crash of 2008
  • In all, 62 percent of the budget cuts proposed by Ryan would come from low-income programs.

So there you go.  If that sounds good to you, make a run with Romney and Ryan.

If not, think about the fact that:

  • We’ve had 26 consecutive months of job growth coming out of the the worst recession in decades 
  • The war in Iraq had ended
  • We are leaving Afghanistan
  • A major reason those wars happened – Osama bin Laden, who organized the attack on 9/11 – was captured and killed under the Obama Administration
  • DADT is history 
  • The stock market has doubled
  • Millions of people have better health coverage than they did three years ago

There’s your choice.