Thoughts on Paul Ryan?

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Thoughts on Paul Ryan?
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Mon, 08-13-2012 - 9:54am

I'm kind of new to iVillage, so I hope I'm posting in the right place!

I was just wondering what you think about Romney's VP choice.  I don't know a lot about Paul Ryan, so I don't have much of an opinion yet. 

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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:49pm
In my state, there are people who have prequalified for loans and can't get a house because "investors" are coming in and paying cash for them...and we are the foreclosure capital of the country - lots and lots of houses for sale.
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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:48pm
Paul Ryan is absolutely tied to Akin. They cosponsored a bill using the term "forcible rape." Ryan has voted for personhood bills. He believes the same way that Akin does. Oh, yeah, that's most certainly relevant in this thread.
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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:46pm
Are you talking about crazy bills in the House that would take away rights from women?
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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:45pm
What suppression of military voters?

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:34pm

Not sure what you mean by "retail sales are flat to down the year".  They were up in July according to this link:  http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/what-retail-sales-data-means_650172.html

Regarding the "global economy"--it's global for big employers who outsource manufacturing and service sectors.  It's global for consumers who want cheap products.  But it's not global for workers who cannot uproot themselves and their families from stable and developed nations to go after the jobs in authoritarian and underdeveloped nations.

I agree that Congress has failed to do the job for which is was created. Much as I dislike the concept of protectionism, I think that it's time our leaders start asking how much we can sacrifice for the sake of capitalist gain.   

Democrats are not acting to limit voting.  The howls of fraud and calls for voter picture ID are ALL coming from Republicans.  In fact, Doonesbury's Sunday comic was rather pointed:  Doonesbury

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:20pm

Two more points:

The WSJ is a wholly-owned NewsCorp subsidiary and as such isn't likely to point out any flaws or fallacies in either Romney or his policies, particularly now that he's the heir-apparent of the GOP. 

The SBA has its own criterion of what constitutes a small business (http://www.sba.gov/content/what-sbas-definition-small-business-concern), and it looks to me like both Romney and Bain were more (if not totally) involved in the acquisitions, breaking up and mergers of large companies. If that's true, then Romney has no more small business experience than Obama does. 

Jabberwocka

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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:06pm

Many businesses do not want to invest with so much uncertainty.  Last year the GOP lead attack resulted in mandatory cuts to be make in Jan 2013.  Those cuts are pretty drastic.  They came about because of the impasse in congress over the debt ceiling.  No one in the US really loves taxes but everyone loves the benefits.  It is just deciding which group will get gored.

chaika

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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:00pm

It is in the fact the retail sales are flat to down the year.   Also,in is for most states losses in sales tax revenue as the internet sales are increasing.  The world is changing.  However,IMO the congress has not done it's job.  Since there is no longer a spirit of compromise, legislation is stalled or defeated. 

   The fears of the populace are not entirely fantasy.  Job creation will take time. Some jobs will never come back.  It truly is a global economy.  One important issue to concern ourselves with is less tax income the more one must raise taxes to keep the same level of services.  Many people want the services government(federal,state,local) offers but balk at paying for it. 

  Suppression of voting is a real issue.  For both parties.  In GOP states the issue of voter ID and the ban on Sunday voting has hurt.  I myself can see that extending the days of voting has a better chance of a higher voter turnout.  Unlike some countries there is no law requiring voting(Australia).  I think I remember a figure of only 32% of registered voter actually voting.  An increase of 5% would be a game changer. IMO there is nothing adverse in giving military and expats more time to vote.  Unfortunately it also means the platforms and conventions need to be at the beginning of summer so the public can digest what it all really means.

   Some of the unemployment/underemployment is caused by efficiencies in production and services.  Under employment due to less full time living wage jobs.  Actually there are ways to enhance the lower wage earner's quality of life.  However,those are not politically favored.  Another issue is getting the information to the people.  The mass news organizations do a very poor job explaining complex issues.  A sound bite is not complete information.

  

chaika

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 12:55pm
If this isn't gutting, I don't know what is: "October 1993 buyout firm Bain Capital LLC, which Romney founded and ran from 1984 to (roughly) 1999, and its partners bought a steel mill in Kansas City, Missouri, from Armco Steel Corp. (AKS) for $75 million, merged it with other steel companies, loaded it with too much debt, paid themselves big dividends and ran the company into the ground. Bain’s behavior was all perfectly legal, of course, and many argue that this is an essential part of the creative destruction that is capitalism." http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-12/bain-s-creative-destruction-destroys-lives.html

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 12:52pm

Hmmmm.....  So one doesn't have to prove something if another person has stated it and one is only echoing that person?  Not how I was taught to think or debate! 

My DH says that the non-spending consumer and non-hiring employer are self-fulfilling prophecies.  IOW, the more that people are fearful of the future, the more that fear creates a future which is less than promising.  If he wasn't right, the consumer confidence index would carry no weight. 

Did you happen to read the link I posted about voting?  To whit:  "the Ohio Association of Election Officials endorsed the idea of cutting the three final early-voting days, those just before Election Day, contending they needed the extra time over the weekend to prepare for Tuesday voting."  That cutting applied to other-than-military-personnel.  IOW, nothing was withdrawn from military voters.  Why would it be so important to give both civilian and military personnel different standards?  There are plenty of civilian occupations with irregular hours to justify equal early voting access for all.  More details at http://www.npr.org/2012/08/06/158232655/early-voting-lawsuit-in-ohio-draws-ire-from-romney-campaign  Allowing the early voting option for only the already-in-state military smacks to me (strong ties to the military over three generations) of discrimination.  

As for the unemployment rate, it would be interesting to see how the numbers break out--but I have yet to find a site which provides the raw numbers and percentages.  General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Bank of America, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, RIM, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, United Continental and Medtronic are just some of the big companies which have laid off thousands of workers in the past year.  The laid off workers would not likely all be picked up by small business owners.

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