President Obama better hope he doesn't get cornered by Paul Ryan again
By: Ed Farnan | Published Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 2:01 AM | Updated Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 2:01 AM
Congressman Paul Ryan is a tough, straight talking man with loads of intelligence. President Obama found this out to his dismay when Ryan was able to confront him
on Obamacare —at a bipartisan White House health care summit held in February of 2010.
When Ryan addressed the summit, televised on live TV, he immediately quoted from Obama's speech to a Joint Session of Congress, September 9, 2009 "I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits -- either now or in the future."
For the next 6 1/2 minutes Ryan calmly yet forcefully exposed Obama and the audience with facts and figures on the Obamacare legislation. As Ryan went forward dismantling the bill, President Obama had to sit there silently getting confronted with all of the smoke and mirrors that were used to craft Obamacare...It seems, unlike most of the politicians in Washington, Paul Ryan did read every page of the proposed healthcare bill, before it was passed.
Ryan was well versed and aware of the gimmicks in the bill, the double counting and stealth spending not accounted for, saying "Hiding spending, doesn't stop the spending" and "The bill is full of gimmicks that more than erase the false claim of deficit reduction"
Staring at the President and not backing down, Ryan stated "By removing the Doctor fix in this legislation and ignoring the additional cost does not remove it from the backs of taxpayers." The President shot daggers at Ryan throughout the 6 1/2 minutes but he didn't miss a beat.
Ryan ended up cuffing aside Joe Biden's earlier comment/gaffe that "legislators weren't qualified to speak on behalf of the American citizens on the healthcare bill," by saying: "We have attended many townhall meetings and listened to the people, they are telling us they don't like this healthcare overhaul."
Paul Ryan has no trepidation standing up to the President and speaking the truth. That was clearly shown the day of the healthcare summit as President Obama squirmed under Ryan's direct attack on the Obamacare bill.
Congressman Ryan crafted budgets for our country, have been approved by Congress and received 41 votes in the Senate. President Obama's budgets received no approval by congress and zero votes in the Senate. Perhaps the embarrassment of receiving no votes for the Presidents budget is the reason Harry Reid has not allowed a vote in 3 years.
Paul Ryan is young, principled and not afraid of a fight. He will do well in the debate arena against Joe Biden, on any topic, including foreign policy. Joe Biden's foreign policy history of being wrong on almost every major decision the country has made in the past 12 years, belies his foreign policy "expertise." Ryan of course can spin circles around Biden on budget issues, easier than he can with Obama.
My advice to President Obama, is to avoid any impromptu debates with Paul Ryan over the next 3 months, unless you want a replay of the healthcare summit.
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