Ryan good choice for GOP state of the union rebuttal

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Representative Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, will deliver the rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address. I expect his presentation to be more polished and intellectually substantive than the nonsensical gibberish and amateurish presentation Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal provided after Mr. Obama’s first State of the Union.

Unfortunately for Mr. Ryan he is a Republican. His obvious intellect gets no respect in a party too convinced that it must cater to the Palinista posse. Mr. Ryan tries his best to avoid the social conservative, culture war, yahoo rhetoric of discontinued governor Palin, former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, and current Texas governor Rick Perry.

Unfortunately like his GOP brethren he is too enamored with the simplistic “lets cut something, anything” approach. I’d like to see him champion something more radical like getting rid of agencies that do not manage our national resources or promote economic growth. Pushing to bring spending back to the 2008 level when the increases in commodity prices alone are a stark reminder that we are no longer in Kansas or 2008 anymore.

Unless you are a CNBC groupie, you definitely won’t know Paul Ryan. His response should be interesting and for we geeks and political nerds rather exciting.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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2 Responses to Ryan good choice for GOP state of the union rebuttal

  1. K L Moore says:

    It may come as a surprise to some that there are “progressive, liberal Democrats” such as myself who welcome sensible cuts to entitlement programs – yes, even the Sacrosanct Social Security. I heard the president call for a review of agencies in hopes of reducing duplication and inefficiency. Instead of suggesting their ideas are being co-opted, I would hope that budget hawks will hold him to his word and strive to really accomplish these goals.

    Interesting that you mentioned my home state of Kansas. Under the new “leader-ship” the state is looking at an end to the arts and humanities commission, no funding for head start, throwing mental health responsibilities on to already struggling local communities and abolishing the state parole board, all this while calling for a voter ID program that to meet constitutional requirements would saddle the state with providing the costs necessary to provide documentation. Meanwhile a tax exemption for “stripper oil wells” instituted when oil was at $9 a barrel – now approaching prices ten times that level – goes unchallenged and supported by many in the legislature. Even Oz is starting to look sensible compared to what’s going on in Kansas.

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