The Republican Party selected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to deliver their response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ryan is best known for his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which effectively calls for privatizing the entire social safety net, including the elimination of Medicare as we know it.
Up next will be Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) with the official unofficial response of the Tea Party wing of the GOP (FDL will have a liveblog of that speech, as well).
Here is the full text of Ryan’s response.
…Ryan has started his response. He starts out will reference to the Tuscon shooting.
…Obama was right to try to address the deficit.
…Ryan is concerned about the crushing debate as a “parent.” Claims Obama engaged in a spending spree.
…All this failed spending “was sold as investment” (Republicans seem no interest in getting on board with Obama’s call for investment.)
… Claims Republicans will work for a great replacement for health care reform they voted to repeal (Seems like they had two whole years to come up with their alternative.)
…Ryan only says those “in or near retirement” will be protected by Republican entitlement reform.
…Interesting to see that Ryan acknowledges that a “social safety net” is part of the job of a limited government.
…Spending cuts must come first.
…If we continue down this path we will end up like Ireland and Greece. which were forced to make big cuts. (Which is the justification apparently for why we must make big cuts.)
…Claims our system has down more to help the poor than any other system on earth. (I would say the poor in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, etc…. which are much better off than the poor in this country would care to disagree.)
Overall a strongly partisan speech.