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.