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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Paul Ryan to deliver State of the Union response

By Felicia Sonmez and Amy Goldstein

Updated: 3:55 p.m.

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address next week, congressional GOP leaders announced Friday.

Ryan, who turns 40 next week, is the chairman of the House Budget Committee and is considered a GOP rising star. He is slated to deliver the response from the House Budget Committee hearing room, a symbolic move that Republican leaders say underscores their party's commitment to fiscal responsibility in the new Congress.

In a statement, Ryan said that delivering the GOP response is a "unique opportunity" and pledged to "work with the new House Majority to cut spending, reform government, and restore the foundations for growth and job creation."

Congressional Republican leaders hailed Ryan as a voice of fiscal discipline.

"Paul Ryan is uniquely qualified to address the state of our economy and the fiscal challenges that face our country," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement. "We're broke, and decisive action is needed to help our economy get back to creating jobs and end the spending binge in Washington that threatens our children's future."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that Ryan's "unique understanding of the fiscal problems we face, his command of policy, and his adherence to the principles of our nation's founding make him an excellent spokesman for the path that Americans want Washington to take."

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, issued a statement congratulating Ryan but also taking a swipe at the recent steps House Republicans have taken on fiscal issues.

"I have great respect for Paul, and I think the Budget Committee will be a place for robust debate on how to create jobs and put our fiscal house in order," Van Hollen said. "Unfortunately, since the new GOP majority took over the House, they have done nothing to help put Americans back to work. ... While we look forward to hearing what Paul has to say, more importantly we look to see what the GOP will do to tackle the challenges facing our nation."

During the last Congress, Ryan issued a "Roadmap for America's Future" that proposed addressing the federal deficit through changes to tax policy, Social Security, job training and health care. Ryan's Social Security proposal, for instance, revived the longstanding Republican idea of letting workers under age 55 chose between the current federal payroll taxes for retirement or setting aside a "significant portion" of those funds in individual retirement accounts.

The plan also contained some far-reaching conservative thinking about how to redesign the health care system: reducing employers' role in health insurance by removing the tax advantages they get for covering their workers, giving Americans tax credits to buy insurance on their own, and restructuring Medicaid and Medicare. For Americans now under age 55, Medicare would give Americans, when they became old enough for the program, a fixed contribution towards health insurance, rather than covering all of a defined set of medical benefits.

Ryan's health care plans did not attract much support, even within the House's Republican caucus, and it remains unclear whether he will revise them, or gain more support for them, now that he has become chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Last year, newly-elected Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) gave the Republican response to Obama's State of the Union. In 2009, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), another GOP rising star, was widely panned for his less-than-compelling delivery.

By Felicia Sonmez and Amy Goldstein  | January 21, 2011; 11:45 AM ET
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“a symbolic move that Republican leaders say underscores their party's commitment to fiscal responsibility in the new Congress.”

"Paul Ryan is uniquely qualified to address the state of our economy and the fiscal challenges that face our country," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement. "We're broke, and decisive action is needed to help our economy get back to creating jobs and end the spending binge in Washington that threatens our children's future."

That is all it is “Symbolic”
Maybe Ryan will announce congress is giving up its life time health and pension benefits “We The Small People” are forced to pay for.

It’s time for each state to pay for their senators and congress persons expenses. No more sucking the teat of the federal government.

Posted by: knjincvc | January 23, 2011 12:42 AM | Report abuse

"In the real world, that typically means having a Ph.D in economics from a renowned institution, years of practice and study, a Fields Medal, and a Nobel Prize." Bwah ha ha, leftists really believe it is the so called very learned who should lead us. Krugman lives in a fantasy world as do all Keynesians. Here's your challenge - give an example of working (successfully) Keynesian econ in the real world. No theory allowed.

Posted by: joanne600 | January 21, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"Here we go again. More voodoo economics from someone who the GOP considers "uniquely qualified" to discuss economics. In the real world, that typically means having a Ph.D in economics from a renowned institution, years of practice and study, a Fields Medal, and a Nobel Prize. In GOP Wonderland, it means being a trust baby whose family sucked off the public tit for decades, who was a mediocre student at a mediocre school, and who has zero real world experience. If you wonder why the economy contracted nearly 10 percent under GOP governance, look no further.

Put an underqualified buffoon like Ryan on a panel discussing economics with folks like Volcker, Greenspan, Samuelson, Krugman, etc., and you've got a Palin-Couric interview situation."

LMAO! Awesome! To those who don't like the "tone", this might not sound nice to you, but it's the truth, and the truth hurts, if you're a Republican with a conscience (they make those, right?)

Posted by: fbutler1 | January 21, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

this charlatan, sorry "young gun", that took a congressional staffer job immediately after graduating from a second rate school with a ba in economics is now the republicans finance guru? guess you gotta keep it real simple for the teabaggers -- they are not too skilled at basic math. pathetic.

Posted by: joeblow111 | January 21, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"I thought it was a good atricle. And I'm appalled by the tone of the comments - especially after our President called for a more civil tone. I see nothing of substance in the comments. Just look at these examples:
voodoo economics
GOP wonderland
sucked off the family tit
underqualified buffoon
where were the tea-baggers then?
Ryan is a joke
uses those for kleenex
only reads coal industry stats
makes him look like Pinocchio

Shame on you!! All of you!!"
________________________________

You lie!!

Posted by: pj5106 | January 21, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans, being the Party of No, should be very good at responding to presidential messages. Unfortunately, they can't get any further than "No."

Posted by: amstphd | January 21, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Saying a CPA (a glorified accountant) is qualified to understand government finance, is like saying a CEO is qualified to run a Republic when that CEO is not really the boss. The simile is tiresome and blatantly false.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 21, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

We are all waiting for the House Republican Jobs Plan. Don't hold your breath. All their folks have jobs.

Posted by: BBear1 | January 21, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was a good atricle. And I'm appalled by the tone of the comments - especially after our President called for a more civil tone. I see nothing of substance in the comments. Just look at these examples:
voodoo economics
GOP wonderland
sucked off the family tit
underqualified buffoon
where were the tea-baggers then?
Ryan is a joke
uses those for kleenex
only reads coal industry stats
makes him look like Pinocchio

Shame on you!! All of you!!

Posted by: copperhead1939 | January 21, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again. More voodoo economics from someone who the GOP considers "uniquely qualified" to discuss economics. In the real world, that typically means having a Ph.D in economics from a renowned institution, years of practice and study, a Fields Medal, and a Nobel Prize. In GOP Wonderland, it means being a trust baby whose family sucked off the public tit for decades, who was a mediocre student at a mediocre school, and who has zero real world experience. If you wonder why the economy contracted nearly 10 percent under GOP governance, look no further.

Put an underqualified buffoon like Ryan on a panel discussing economics with folks like Volcker, Greenspan, Samuelson, Krugman, etc., and you've got a Palin-Couric interview situation.

Posted by: pj5106 | January 21, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Thank you rryder for that link. It is so true how hypocritical the REP's are. Time after time, they say Obama is taking over government spending..we need to take our Country back etc. When George W has become the first fullterm president since John Quincy Adams to not veto a single bill! The result was a congress that had been completely unconstrained in satiating its appetite for pork and corporate welfare. Now they cry..where were all the tea baggers then??

Posted by: kt_shops1 | January 21, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Paul Ryan is a joke. In the real world he is a CPA at a small accounting firm in Oshkosh, WI at best and this is the guy in charge of the Budget. He will continue to pretend to be an innovator and "conservatively progressive" by regurgitating ideas that may have worked during the Reagan years. It was a different world then - no internet, no competition from the BRICs and mortgage backed securities had a real good purpose. They call him talented because he can read a balance sheet and income statement - Boehner uses those as kleenex and McConnell only reads coal industry stats. Keep turning that GOP propaganda machine. What hypocrites.

Posted by: dbryan01 | January 21, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have a history of hiding from the fact that they repeatedly build up government, since they only want to take credit for tearing it down. Please refer to this for the facts:
http://www.independent.org/newsroom/news_detail.asp?newsID=31

Posted by: rryder1 | January 21, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he could start by reading the part in the Constitution where it says there is supposed to be a response to the State of the Union message. Since these days we are all about reading the Constitution.

Take your time. It's kind of a slow read.

Posted by: pressF1 | January 21, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope he takes a que from Bobby Jindahl's speech after the President & doesn't make it look more out of touch to the American people than they already are!!
Go Bears!!

Posted by: kt_shops1 | January 21, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

That picture of Ryan make him look like Pinoccho!!

***

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | January 21, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse


That picture of Ryan make him look like Pinoccho!!

***

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | January 21, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

You sound just like your name Snark. Full of rancor and signifying nothing.

Posted by: annnort | January 21, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The following is from another article in this paper:

"Banking, insurance and investment firms gave millions more to lawmakers heading finance-related committees, including Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (Mich.), Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (Ky.)."

We know who will win. Not the American people.

Posted by: kms123 | January 21, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The following is from another article in this paper:

"Banking, insurance and investment firms gave millions more to lawmakers heading finance-related committees, including Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (Mich.), Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.) and Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (Ky.)."

We know who will win. Not the American people.

Posted by: kms123 | January 21, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone read his "Pledge to America"?

If that pile of soft, misleading, qualitative dishonesty (which does not mention the Department of Defense) is all of what it takes to be a rising star in the house, then it is a sad day in America.

It's not even close to a quantitative solution it's a sales brochure, but that apparently is enough detail to convince Representatives that he's a genius. What's unsettling is many in the GOP actually believe it's a real "solution". It is not. Accounting and mathmatics, not 3rd grade algebra please.

Posted by: DCSNARK | January 21, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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