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August 21, 2012
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., in his Aug. 19 column in The Sun, views Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan to be his running mate as a "bold" choice ("Paul Ryan is a good pick - but very risky"). I see it, instead, as a move of desperation. Mr. Romney is not popular with the right-wing fringe who feel he is not conservative enough for them, so he has chosen "the darling of the Tea Party" in order to shore up his image as being a true conservative. Just another example of Mr. Romney pandering to the right.
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NEWS
July 31, 2014
Thank you for your thoughtful, balanced editorial on Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's recent discussion of poverty ( "Ryan's safety net," July 28). A quick read of Congressman Ryan's proposal show his appreciation of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit as an effective strategy for helping low-income working families rise out of poverty or at least improve their economic security. However, Mr. Ryan's proposals for SNAP (formerly food stamps) are, as noted by Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, problematic in that they remove protections for poor families who need such food assistance.
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NEWS
April 10, 2014
One thing that amuses me about former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s regular column is that he often proves the point of his opponents without even realizing it. His most recent, "Paul Ryan isn't a racist, and the Democrats know it" (March 6), is a perfect example. Mr. Ehrlich quotes Rep. Paul Ryan's comments about the lack of a culture of work in the inner cities and then says that what is lost in the conversation is the fact that the majority of people on entitlements are white.
NEWS
July 31, 2014
I just finished reading Paul Ryan's discussion draft of "Expanding Opportunity in America" referred to in your editorial ( "Ryan's safety net," July 28). In addition to discussions of the social safety net and the Earned Income Tax Credit, there are also thought-provoking recommendations about education, criminal justice and regulatory reform. It ought to be required reading for all informed, unbiased citizens. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Robert B. Reich | August 22, 2012
Last Friday, Paul Ryan, the presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee, made the most populist speech of this campaign season. "It's the people who are politically connected, it's the people who have access to Washington that get the breaks," he told an enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,000 at a high school gym in Virginia. "Well, no more. We don't want to pick winners and losers in Washington. ... Hardworking taxpayers should be treated fairly, and it should be based on whether they're good, whether they work hard and not who they know in Washington.
NEWS
August 15, 2012
The Obama administration's failed attempts to stimulate the economy have brought this country to the brink of financial ruin, and apparently The Sun's editorial staff thinks that's the direction the country should continue going ("With Paul Ryan, Romney bets on the wrong vision for American," Aug. 12). No wonder your once proud newspaper is on a similar path, with it's shrinking size, circulation and readership! Jerrold L. Brotman, Timonium
NEWS
August 14, 2012
In response to your editorial vilifying the Paul Ryan vice presidential selection ("The wrong vision," Aug. 12): There you go again. While the White House and the Senate democrats offer no budgets, or in the president's case several budgets that failed to gain even one vote by his own party, any attempt to offer solutions is demonized. The president couldn't even get on board with the Bowles-Simpson plan, crafted by a commission formed by a the president himself. Mr. Obama embraced almost no aspects of the plan, showing a total lack of leadership.
NEWS
August 18, 2012
It has been fairly well established that Mitt Romney is not a regular guy and doesn't have very many convictions. He is the type of guy who has a Swiss bank account, enjoys firing people and was for almost everything before he was against it. No he has added Rep. Paul Ryan to the ticket. Mr. Ryan is just a regular guy with steadfast convictions on budget-cutting and smaller government. These are the principal attributes that the GOP has identified as making him the perfect counterpart for Mr. Romney.
NEWS
March 20, 2012
If Republicans are getting ready to turn an election-year corner, settle on a presidential nominee and begin broadening their political message beyond the reality-challenged segments of the GOP base, Rep. Paul Ryan clearly didn't get the message. The $3.5 trillion spending plan the House budget chairman released Tuesday morning is a great deal like what Mr. Ryan and his tea-party-endorsed colleagues in the House offered last year - with a bit less detail in areas that got him and his party in so much trouble last year, like cuts in Medicare benefits for senior citizens.
NEWS
August 14, 2012
Well, it's official. A member of the tea party is on the presidential ticket. Think about that for a moment. This is a party that is backed by right wing billionaires like the Koch brothers. A party whose members show up at Obama campaign rallies strapped with assault weapons at a time when deranged people are shooting up movie theaters. A party that wants to dismantle the U.S. government, get rid of Social Security and Medicare, and allow the warped philosophies of Ayn Rand to become the law of the land.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 31, 2014
Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty. This has not been a pretty picture in the recent past. Who can forget then-South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer likening poor people to animals one feeds from the back door and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning calling them stray raccoons? And let's not even get into Mitt Romney's wholesale slander of the so-called "47 percent. " So one receives with a certain trepidation the news that Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, has issued a proposal aimed at curbing poverty.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
It didn't take Democrats much time to denounce Rep. Paul Ryan's latest plan for addressing poverty in this country. The main feature of the Republican's proposed "Opportunity Grant" would be to roll a lot of social welfare programs together and leave it mostly to states to decide how the money is spent, which sounds a great deal like the block grant proposals of the past. Critics included Maryland's own Rep. Chris Van Hollen, ranking member on the House Budget Committee, who said the former vice presidential nominee has used the mantra of "reform" as a cover to cut safety-net programs.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
One thing that amuses me about former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s regular column is that he often proves the point of his opponents without even realizing it. His most recent, "Paul Ryan isn't a racist, and the Democrats know it" (March 6), is a perfect example. Mr. Ehrlich quotes Rep. Paul Ryan's comments about the lack of a culture of work in the inner cities and then says that what is lost in the conversation is the fact that the majority of people on entitlements are white.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | April 6, 2014
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican, recently pointed out that many anti-poverty programs create disincentives to work. Appearing on Bill Bennett's national radio show, the 2012 GOP nominee for vice president proceeded to bemoan a "tailspin of culture" where young men, many in our inner cities, fail to learn "the culture of work. " He added a challenge for conservatives to help those who fall "through the cracks in America" to reach their potential. Mr. Ryan's remarks were immediately characterized as "racist" by the progressive blogosphere.
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By Jules Witcover | December 24, 2013
Three years before the next presidential election, Republican also-rans are making noises about trying again. The most conspicuous is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 but quickly faded and pivoted to his own television show to lick his wounds and contemplate his future. Mr. Huckabee wisely decided to take a sabbatical from office-seeking in 2012 as another previous GOP loser, Mitt Romney, dug himself deeper in political obscurity by losing again.
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By Jules Witcover | November 4, 2013
A new post-mortem account of the 2012 presidential campaign holds that President Obama's strategists toyed with, but rejected, the notion of dropping Vice President Joe Biden from the Democratic ticket and replacing him with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The rationale apparently was that Mr. Obama's re-election was in jeopardy and that Hillary Clinton's popularity, particularly with women voters, would boost Mr. Obama over the top. In any event, the switch never happened and the Obama-Biden ticket rode to comfortable victory over Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
NEWS
September 8, 2012
As I expected, the right wing is desperately trying to spin Rep. Paul Ryan's lies into something other than what they are by splitting hairs and implying that what he says isn't what he really means ("Romney and the GOP construct an alternate reality," Sept. 5). But unfortunately for the conservative crowd, Mr. Ryan continues to spew his bald-faced lies faster than they can spin them into fairy dust. Just this past weekend, while the right-wingers were trying desperately to come up with an angle that would make Mr. Ryan's lies about the GM plant in his hometown sound less untrue, Mr. Ryan let this whopper slip out: when asked about his claims regarding the excellent shape he's in, he told an interviewer "I had a two-hour and fifty-something" marathon.
NEWS
August 14, 2012
Rep. Paul Ryan made a curious and troubling statement in his roll out as the Republican vice presidential candidate. He said "our rights come from God or nature, not from government. " As a member of this government for the last dozen years, I am certain he bases this statement on something. It is certainly not the Constitution. You know, that document that lays out how this government works. Nowhere in that document is God mentioned. It talks about the separation of church and state in the establishment of religion clause.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's nominee for vice president last year, challenged the Maryland GOP on Thursday night to follow the example of the party in his home state of Wisconsin and take back the State House. Bringing a message of hope to Maryland's downtrodden Republicans, Ryan pointed to the Wisconsin GOP's success in seizing the governorship and both houses of the Legislature in 2010, while also making gains in the Congress. "We did it a few years ago in Wisconsin," he said.
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by Matthew Hay Brown and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012, is scheduled to speak in Baltimore on Thursday at the Maryland Republican Party's annual Red, White and Blue Dinner. Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, is seen as a leading candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. The Red, White and Blue Dinner is the state party's largest fundraiser of the year. Previous speakers include Ryan's 2012 running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Republican strategist Karl Rove.
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