Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Ryan Factor, the President Must Put Forth Ideas

The catch phrase of the day for President Obama’s campaign is “the Ryan plan”.  Just the phrase stands in stark contrast to the President and his record.  Why? The word plan denotes ideas and the President is out of ideas.  As one studies the Obama budget…..wait, there is no Obama budget and there hasn’t been in four years.  As one studies the budget passed by the Senate….wait, the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in four years.   If one wishes to examine a budget, one must go to the house and the man that authored that budget is Paul Ryan. 

Does that mean that we have to agree with every point of Ryan’s budget?  No.  There isn’t any plan or bill that passes through any house of Congress that everyone will agree on.  Congress is a place where ideas are formed and molded into what is needed to maintain and grow the greatness of this nation.  It isn’t always the case, but hopefully good ideas are embraced and bad ideas are rejected.  For a President or a house of Congress to neglect the obligation they hold to put forth ideas is one of the great tragedies of modern politics.  Harry Reid and President Obama need to learn from Paul Ryan.  Stand true to your convictions, and put your ideas out there so that your party can make a stand for or against them and then be held accountable for the ideas they embrace.  Have the courage of your convictions.