Jun
27
2013
4

*Other* QotD, I Almost Admire The IRS’s Chutzpah edition.

You have got to be kidding me:

New IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel appeared on his 34th day on the job to brief the [House Ways and Means] committee on his review of the agency’s activities, but he didn’t add much to the conversation — other than asking for a bigger budget, which prompted scorn from Paul Ryan.

I’m surprised Congressman Ryan didn’t throw his dry eraser at Werfel’s head.  I mean, that was just stupid of the new commissioner.  And if Werfel thinks that he’s having a bad day now, just wait until 2014 when he’s suddenly the scapegoat for every bad thing that happens with Obamacare’s implementation – which is to say, everything about Obamacare’s implementation.

I’d feel bad about that, except that nobody made him take the job.

Mar
13
2013
2

Paul Ryan and our budget.

This is an important point:

In what liberals are sure to describe as a fit of denial, [House Budget Chairman Paul] Ryan argues that Republicans are actually “much better positioned” to advance conservative policy alternatives during Obama’s second term than they were during the 2012 campaign. He predicts that once Americans begin to feel the practical effects of Obama’s policies, many of which have yet to be fully implemented, they will “yearn” for change. Voters may have endorsed such policies in theory, but according to Ryan, they are in for a rude awakening when Obamacare and other aspects of the president’s agenda take full effect over the next couple of years.

“I think it’s different now that the rubber is hitting the road with respect to Obama’s policies,” Ryan says. “We ran against the Obama policies before they were implemented. Obama was able to protect them with his rhetoric, but he was never measured against his results. Now, in the second term, they’re implementing these things, they’re putting details in writing, regulations are coming out, and we’re seeing just how different these proposals are than the rhetoric that was used to sell them.”

(more…)

Jan
14
2013
3

Obama’s budget proposal will be late. Again.

Because apparently math is hard.

The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress.

Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.

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Nov
19
2012
5

Rep. Paul Ryan: back in the fiscal wars.

I think that I can taste just the faintest touch of bitterness in this article:

When Mr. Ryan returned to Capitol Hill last week, he was met with a standing ovation from his Republican colleagues, a bear hug from Mr. Boehner and the hope from conservatives that he would hold the line on taxes and other spending.

[snip]

According to aides and others close to Mr. Ryan, he is as focused on doing the job before him as he was on winning the vice-presidential race. “We just sort of picked ourselves back up, and we are all back into our lives and jobs,” Tobin Ryan said. “And frankly, I see Paul doing the same thing.”

It always annoys the Left when people from our side indeed pick themselves up and dust themselves off.  We never wallow enough in despair to suit them, honestly.  (more…)

Oct
12
2012
8

Ryan/Biden debate: two word clouds, a YouTube video, and some idle speculation.

Via the Foundry comes these two word clouds of yesterday’s debate:

…and here’s an interesting game to play: quick, which one is which? (more…)

Oct
12
2012
8

#rsrh Barack Obama’s tepid reaction to Joe Biden’s debate performance.

Yeah, I’m thinking Barack Obama didn’t really think that Joe Biden saved the re-election campaign last night:


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Oct
11
2012
9

My take on the debate.

Short version: if they were planning to get Joe Biden to save the campaign, well, they need a Plan C.  It was not an exercise in applied brutality like last week’s debate; but I seem to remember that Joe Biden wasn’t this much of an asshole when he was debating Sarah Palin.  That seems to have cost him among CNN’s undecided voters, who were generally meh towards the man.

One note: undecideds did react favorably to Biden on abortion.  Keep that in mind.

Anyway… won’t move the needle on its own, which means that the GOP won on points.  Ryan came across as knowing what the hell he was talking about, which is precisely the last thing that Joe Biden wanted to have happen.  Forward!

Oct
07
2012
14

Welcome to the new Media paradigm, Mister Gibbs.

It’s one where you get interrupted when you try to spin the stupid things that your candidates say.

For those without video, it shows: George Stephanopoulos (!) playing a clip of Joe Biden’s infamous ‘buried’ gaffe*; asking Robert Gibbs whether gaffes like this will hurt the Vice President in his upcoming debate with Paul Ryan**; and stopping Gibbs cold when Gibbs tried to claim that Biden was talking about the last eight years*** when Biden clearly said four.  Pure entertainment, in other words: oh, I’m sure that there were plenty of softballs and whatnot.  It’s Stephanopoulos, after all.  But perhaps the Media is figuring out that smacking the Democrats around a bit promises to be good for the ratings… (more…)

Oct
06
2012
4

#rsrh Breaking from Mother Jones: Paul Ryans wants USA to emulate… Delaware.

I do not think that this will have the impact that Mother Jones thinks that it will.

For those without video, it shows Paul Ryan calmly noting that a) it makes sense to have a pro-commerce and pro-business atmosphere in the United States that will make people from other countries want to park their money in our bank and b) you can raise revenue without raising taxes by growing the economy.  While I understand that Mother Jones is almost violently opposed to pro-business and anti-taxation ideas, they are somewhat hampered by the minor detail that Paul Ryan’s next debate opponent is going to be Joe Biden, former Senator from Delaware.  Watching Biden trying to explain why it’s all right for Delaware to deliberately and unashamedly pursue business-friendly policies, but not all right for the USA to ramp up to do the same on the international scale, would be hysterical – but not as much as the Left’s reaction.  They still haven’t recovered from the beatdown that Romney gave Obama, you see.

Via AoSHQ and Riehl World View.

Sep
06
2012
8

#rsrh QotD, The Kinetic Bombardment From Orbit May Now Commence edition.

A Mitt Romney staffer, explaining why you’re about to see campaign ads everywhere:

“Time is short,” said one campaign aide. “We have $100 million we’ve just raised.  If you look at our burn rate to date and our cash on hand, there’s not much more we can spend on infrastructure. So we’ve got to start spending our general election funds in a big way, because you know what the value of that money is on the day after the election? Zero.”

Entertainingly: former NH governor John Sununu used the phrase ‘carpet bomb’ to describe the planned ad campaign. When challenged on this language, Romney-Ryan officials changed it… to ‘daisy cutter.’  Which is accurate, by the way: carpet bombing is far less precise as a method for flattening something.  Plus, it’s just as likely to give progressives the vapors!  Win-win, really.

Moe Lane

Aug
30
2012
11

Why the Left freaked out about Paul Ryan telling the truth about the Janesville closing.

Such an innocent looking passage, to spark such panic from the Left. 

From Paul Ryan’s convention speech yesterday:

President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two.  Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account.  My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.”  That’s what he said in 2008.

Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year.  It is locked up and empty to this day.  And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.

This is, by the way, a perfectly accurate statement.  There was a GM plant in Janesville.  Barack Obama did make a speech there in 2008.  He did, in that speech, make those comments*.  And the plant did not “last another year” – despite, I should note, the Obama administration’s bailout of GM that the administration is kind-of, sort-of touting as an ‘achievement.’  These are all true things; which has not kept the Left from screaming otherwise, to the point where the Obama campaign has officially (and in my opinion, unwisely) called Paul Ryan a liar. (more…)

Aug
19
2012
3

-A tale of two campaigns: contrasting Romney-Ryan’s access with Obama-Biden’s.

So, to review the bidding: when Romney picked Ryan, Establishment Democrats (and their liberal lackeys) cackled in response that the GOP would now have to hide from the entire state of Florida, thanks to Mediscare.  No way that they were going to go all-in, there.

Yeah, about that?

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