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Posted at 7:28 PM ET, 01/25/2011

State of the Union 2011: Paul Ryan responds that government spending needs to stop

By Rachel Weiner

In his response to President Obama's State of the Union tonight, Rep. Paul Ryan will argue that government interventions will lead only to America's decline.

Obama plans to declare this "our generation's Sputnik moment," a time for investment in research and education. Ryan's prepared remarks dismiss that idea.

"Our nation is approaching a tipping point. We are at a moment, where if government's growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America's best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency. Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked -- and it won't work now. We need to chart a new course."

Obama and Ryan do agree on one thing -- the need for fiscal discipline. The president plans to call for a partial spending freeze and defense cuts, while Ryan promises that the forthcoming House budget will "show you how we intend to do things differently, how we will cut spending to get the debt down, help create jobs and prosperity, and reform government programs."

The full excerpts, as released by House Speaker John A. Boehner's office:

REP. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS: "President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber."

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SPENDING: "In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress's own budget. And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs. The reason is simple. A few years ago, reducing spending was important. Today, it's imperative. Here's why. We face a crushing burden of debt. The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead. On this current path, when my three children - who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old - are raising their own children, the federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay. No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country. Frankly, it's one of my greatest concerns as a parent - and I know many of you feel the same way."

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BUDGET: "Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified - especially when it comes to spending. So hold all of us accountable. In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget. Last year - in an unprecedented failure- Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked. We owe you a better choice and a different vision. Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you - to show you how we intend to do things differently, how we will cut spending to get the debt down, help create jobs and prosperity, and reform government programs."

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FISCAL CHALLENGE AHEAD: "Our nation is approaching a tipping point. We are at a moment, where if government's growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America's best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency. Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked - and it won't work now. We need to chart a new course."

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"STIMULUS": "The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies - an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus. All of this new government spending was sold as 'investment.' Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt."

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HEALTH CARE: "What we already know about the President's health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have. Job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandates and fees. Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates. Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree - and we think his health care law would be a great place to start. Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage."

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DEBT LIMIT: "Whether sold as 'stimulus' or repackaged as 'investment,' their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much. And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten - along with record deficits and debt - to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit. We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first."

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ROLE OF GOVERNMENT: "We believe government's role is both vital and limited - to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense ... to secure our borders... to protect innocent life... to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights ... to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity ... and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves. We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility. We believe, as our founders did, that 'the pursuit of happiness' depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government. Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn't do any of them very well. It's no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high."

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LIMITED GOVERNMENT: "We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That's the real secret to job creation - not borrowing and spending more money in Washington. Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth."

By Rachel Weiner  | January 25, 2011; 7:28 PM ET
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Republicans' selection of Paul Ryan to respond to President Obama's State of the Union address tells us all we have to know about the state of the sadly senile and distracted Republican Party.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 26, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Republicans' selection of Paul Ryan to respond to President Obama's State of the Union address tells us all we have to know about the state of the sadly senile and distracted Republican Party.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 26, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Republicans' selection of Paul Ryan to respond to President Obama's State of the Union address tells us all we have to know about the state of the sadly senile and distracted Republican Party.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 26, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

A shot of the audience showed one member of the Congress reading something. And chewing gum at the same time!

From the size of the person it would be safe to assume he belonged to the TEA Party.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 26, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Ryan's SOTU's response was in keeping with the spirit of the Republican Party and Conservatives in general - vacuous, lacking in originality and behind the times kind of thinking. In a party whose cultural awareness outside the US is about as deep as a puddle of water on the interstate, Ryan cited as examples for the US, the travails of Ireland and Greece. Of course, this was a convenience in his scare tactics approach so much so that the silliness of the comparison was totally lost on him.

Ryan could have used Japan a more appropriate model because its advanced economy is similar to the US. In the 1990's when Japan suffered a serious recession also punctuated by an real estate bubble gone bust, the Japanese government responded in ways that could have been illuminating to the US.

For example, The Japanese moved too slowly to bail out their banking system which eventually compounded their recession. Do you hear that Tea Partiers who I guess needed every ATM to shut in the country before they would act.

Second, the Japanese were too slow also in initiating a stimulus program. In Japan, where the infrastructure is superb unlike the shoddy US condition, the Japanese had to struggle to find enough programs to reach the level of spending their economists thought proper, but they did accomplish the task to the tune of $1.8 billion. If you adjust this figure to today's dollars and the difference in size between Japan and the US, you come with a figure of roughly $6.5 billion. Compare that to the US stimulus package of $800 million. Now you know why most economists thought the US program too small. And we got that number only over the protests of the Republican Party.

Is it any wonder after after 30 years of largely conservative management that this country is behind the times in almost every meaningful measurement???

Shame on you, Rep. Ryan. You are a Neanderthal!

Posted by: Obadiah55 | January 26, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Ryan's SOTU's response was in keeping with the spirit of the Republican Party and Conservatives in general - vacuous, lacking in originality and behind the times kind of thinking. In a party whose cultural awareness outside the US is about as deep as a puddle of water on the interstate, Ryan cited as examples for the US, the travails of Ireland and Greece. Of course, this was a convenience in his scare tactics approach so much so that the silliness of the comparison was totally lost on him.

Ryan could have used Japan a more appropriate model because its advanced economy is similar to the US. In the 1990's when Japan suffered a serious recession also punctuated by an real estate bubble gone bust, the Japanese government responded in ways that could have been illuminating to the US.

For example, The Japanese moved too slowly to bail out their banking system which eventually compounded their recession. Do you hear that Tea Partiers who I guess needed every ATM to shut in the country before they would act.

Second, the Japanese were too slow also in initiating a stimulus program. In Japan, where the infrastructure is superb unlike the shoddy US condition, the Japanese had to struggle to find enough programs to reach the level of spending their economists thought proper, but they did accomplish the task to the tune of $1.8 billion. If you adjust this figure to today's dollars and the difference in size between Japan and the US, you come with a figure of roughly $6.5 billion. Compare that to the US stimulus package of $800 million. Now you know why most economists thought the US program too small. And we got that number only over the protests of the Republican Party.

Is it any wonder after after 30 years of largely conservative management that this country is behind the times in almost every meaningful measurement???

Shame on you, Rep. Ryan. You are a Neanderthal!

Posted by: Obadiah55 | January 26, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Ryan's SOTU's response was in keeping with the spirit of the Republican Party and Conservatives in general - vacuous, lacking in originality and behind the times kind of thinking. In a party whose cultural awareness outside the US is about as deep as a puddle of water on the interstate, Ryan cited as examples for the US, the travails of Ireland and Greece. Of course, this was a convenience in his scare tactics approach so much so that the silliness of the comparison was totally lost on him.

Ryan could have used Japan a more appropriate model because its advanced economy is similar to the US. In the 1990's when Japan suffered a serious recession also punctuated by an real estate bubble gone bust, the Japanese government responded in ways that could have been illuminating to the US.

For example, The Japanese moved too slowly to bail out their banking system which eventually compounded their recession. Do you hear that Tea Partiers who I guess needed every ATM to shut in the country before they would act.

Second, the Japanese were too slow also in initiating a stimulus program. In Japan, where the infrastructure is superb unlike the shoddy US condition, the Japanese had to struggle to find enough programs to reach the level of spending their economists thought proper, but they did accomplish the task to the tune of $1.8 billion. If you adjust this figure to today's dollars and the difference in size between Japan and the US, you come with a figure of roughly $6.5 billion. Compare that to the US stimulus package of $800 million. Now you know why most economists thought the US program too small. And we got that number only over the protests of the Republican Party.

Is it any wonder after after 30 years of largely conservative management that this country is behind the times in almost every meaningful measurement???

Shame on you, Rep. Ryan. You are a Neanderthal!

Posted by: Obadiah55 | January 26, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Ryan's SOTU's response was in keeping with the spirit of the Republican Party and Conservatives in general - vacuous, lacking in originality and behind the times kind of thinking. In a party whose cultural awareness outside the US is about as deep as a puddle of water on the interstate, Ryan cited as examples for the US, the travails of Ireland and Greece. Of course, this was a convenience in his scare tactics approach so much so that the silliness of the comparison was totally lost on him.

Ryan could have used Japan a more appropriate model because its advanced economy is similar to the US. In the 1990's when Japan suffered a serious recession also punctuated by an real estate bubble gone bust, the Japanese government responded in ways that could have been illuminating to the US.

For example, The Japanese moved too slowly to bail out their banking system which eventually compounded their recession. Do you hear that Tea Partiers who I guess needed every ATM to shut in the country before they would act.

Second, the Japanese were too slow also in initiating a stimulus program. In Japan, where the infrastructure is superb unlike the shoddy US condition, the Japanese had to struggle to find enough programs to reach the level of spending their economists thought proper, but they did accomplish the task to the tune of $1.8 billion. If you adjust this figure to today's dollars and the difference in size between Japan and the US, you come with a figure of roughly $6.5 billion. Compare that to the US stimulus package of $800 million. Now you know why most economists thought the US program too small. And we got that number only over the protests of the Republican Party.

Is it any wonder after after 30 years of largely conservative management that this country is behind the times in almost every meaningful measurement???

Shame on you, Rep. Ryan. You are a Neanderthal!

Posted by: Obadiah55 | January 26, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

ROLE OF GOVERNMENT: "We believe government's role is both vital and limited - to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense ... "
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That's exactly what Obama and Democrats are doing.

Paul Ryan did not specify whether the attacks on the country come from inside or outside!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 26, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Stimulus did not work?

Then where did the money go? It simply did not disappear! It must have gone to pay someone's salary, purchase materials and keep some manufacturing going on!

Now hypothetically take away the Stimulus money out of the economy, and see what happens to public and private employment!

What a bunch of......

Posted by: kishorgala | January 26, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

No analysis? Why don't you just call this "Pimpin' Ryan"?

Posted by: FoundingMother | January 26, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Bottomline people - whether you are a Dem or a Repub.....just declare a simple analogy - it is unsustainable to spend 2 dollars an hour when you are only taking in .75 cents an hour. Invest - education - there's a joke. We have been 'investing' for 50 years now and we rank a close 20th in the world while we spend more per person per capita. It's not funding - it's not classroom sizes...they have bigger ones in Japan and they far out perform us ...so the answer is? Ah spending. Duh! When will we learn.

Posted by: short1 | January 26, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Yup.

It is Big Government running the country.

Or it is Big Business running the country.

I don't know about you but I would opt for The Big Government. I think it is their job to run the country.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 26, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I missed Simpsons for the SOTU Trilogy yesterday!

The SOTU also marked the beginning of three 2012 campaigns 1)Democrats/President, 2)GOP and 3) Tea Party.

I was a little disappointed in Bachmann, though: 1) She was lying (she was not looking me in my eyes when speaking, therefore, she must have been lying), and 2) She did not announce she was breaking ranks with the GOP Establishment. Yet.

And looked like Boehner had one too many and was trying to control his belching/burping!

Other than that, it was a dull evening. Very dull. No outbursts. No violent head shakes.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 26, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

A great deal of what Ryan said simply isn't so.

The stimulus was enacted in February, 2009; the economy bottomed, i.e., stopped getting worse, in March, 2009. Mr. Ryan would have us believe this to be sheer coincidence.

As for his denial of the value of public investment, he has a profound disagreement with Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Eisenhower, Mr. Kennedy, and history.

Lincoln made the East and West coasts accessible to one another through public investment.

Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, believed in active governance, and was the original progressive.

Eisenhower created the Interstate highway system through public investment.

Kennedy's investment in going to the moon, a seemingly frivolous objective, created the entire basis for the current generation of electronic technology, the integrated circuit, advanced ceramic materials, miniaturization in general, all were by-products of investment in the space program.

The bottom line is that history proves that public investment pays off.

For his own part, Ryan offers us superstition:

"We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That's the real secret to job creation - not borrowing and spending more money in Washington. Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth."

There's no "there" there. He's just saying, "Stop doing anything, and everything will just fix itself."

Has that ever really worked for anyone? Do you normally expect that if you do nothing for long enough, all your problems go away? For most people, all your problems go away only when you take action to resolve them, but Republicans think the best thing to do is nothing at all.

Do you trust your life to someone who tells you he's going to immediately stop all actions intended to help you? If so, don't file for unemployment benefits if you're out of work, and don't apply for assistance if you're starving. Just go off to some quiet place out of sight, so the fortunate people don't have to watch you die.

And Social Security isn't in a fiscal crisis; Medicare is, but Ryan wants to kill Social Security, so he lies about its fiscal condition. In fact, if interest rates were at normal levels, Social Security would be doing fairly well. It's decades from any kind of real fiscal crisis.

Ryan's response would be nothing but a bad joke, except for the numbers of people he'll kill, if he gets his way.

Posted by: lonquest | January 26, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

America really put their best days behind them by selecting then reelecting George W. Bush, thereby putting Republicans and big business fully in charge of our country and driving it into the ground. As the saying goes, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer (and the middle class is disappearing like the GOP wants us to). You can't blame someone who's only been President for two years for a downward socio-econimic spiral in this country that started with Reaganomics mentality.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | January 26, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"STIMULUS": "The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies - an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus. All of this new government spending was sold as 'investment.' Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt."

These are the facts. Socialism is a failed system. It is the equal sharing of Misery. Churchill

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | January 26, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to take anything any Republican says seriously regarding spending cuts when they demanded tax cuts for the VERY rich and added $36 Billion to the deficit. They are hypocritical and self-serving and do NOT have the average American's best interests in mind.

Posted by: tcb_va | January 26, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised he didn't have a violin playing in the background. What a crook of bunk! Where were the republican penny pincher's when Bush and company were putting us in this mess? He didn't mention the 40 thousand factories that packed up and left do to Bush's idea of prosperity or the unfunded wars and tax cuts for the rich that were going to generate jobs, or how about the Bush plan for medical that also was unfunded? All the republican party can seem to do is talk a lot of babble with really no idea what to do about anything. Their main concern is to destroy the democrats anyway they can with no regard for this country and the people in it at all. Its a shame that since Reagan this country has been on a down hill slide with the top ten percent controlling 90% of the wealth and 90% scraping the bottom working for 10% of the wealth and getting ripped off on a daily basis by a bunch of sleazeballs that are busy conning the system with the republicans blessings. I can wonder when this country will wise up to them. I don't think there's a man alive that could of cleaned up the mess the republican party left this country in in two years. If any one hadn't noticed the republican party has put the total blame on Obama since the first day he was elected. And lets not forget, record filibusters... Ryan's just another republican worm that came out of the woodwork, or should I say termite? Its ridiculous, the president of the country gives the state of the union address and the republican party already has an attack speech or two to counter any gain. It wouldn't of mattered what he said to them or the country, the commie party would of ruined the speech any way they could just like they have been doing to the country since Reagan.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | January 26, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

If Ryan is the best and brightest of the GOP, they are in some serious doo-doo.

Posted by: clintt5 | January 26, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Ryan is an Idiot!
It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.


Posted by: ddoiron1 | January 26, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Ryan is an Idiot!

Posted by: ddoiron1 | January 26, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Did Senator Paul Ryan turn down the benefits offered to all members of Congress?? You knw that is a large expense to taxpayer, with no cost to the Congress members.
Talk is cheap!!

Our elected representatives have made this country a Cashrarocy and took away our Democracy.

Posted by: bkarpus | January 26, 2011 5:38 AM | Report abuse

Pres. Obama spent most of the speech talking about preventing U.S. jobs from going overseas to be done by foreign workers there, and then incongruously argued for increasing the number of foreign workers to take the scarce jobs we keep in the U.S.

Though mostly ambiguous, his statements on illegal immigration seemed to put illegal foreign workers and foreign students first while keeping unemployed Americans in the shadows.

And he declined to ask for mandatory E-Verify to put millions of us back to work by opening up 7 million jobs held by illegal foreign workers. Instead, he vaguely asked for work permits for illegal aliens and an increase in foreign workers.

Posted by: hunter340 | January 26, 2011 5:16 AM | Report abuse

But the last $3.4 trillion did us so much good. We need to pass a new stimulus RIGHT NOW. There's a time for thought and a time for action and this is no time to think!

If we keep doing the same thing over and over again, we're bound eventually to obtain a different result. Right?

Posted by: andrew23boyle | January 26, 2011 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Paul Ryans response to the SOTU only affirms the GOP plan to get rid of the poor and middleclass. And make a country dependent on Wall St. for all our ills.
A proven charade hell bent on destroying this country. Paul Ryan needs to step out of fantasy land and wake up.

Posted by: sumo1 | January 26, 2011 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Paul Ryans response to the SOTU only affirms the GOP plan to get rid of the poor and middleclass. And make a country dependent on Wall St. for all our ills.
A proven charade hell bent on destroying this country. Paul Ryan needs to step out of fantasy land and wake up.

Posted by: sumo1 | January 26, 2011 3:14 AM | Report abuse

has Ryan not been paying attn during his time in Congress which saw massive de-regulation which subsequently crashed the economy and produced the worst oil spill in history?

Posted by: tedri_50 | January 26, 2011 2:33 AM | Report abuse

MY LETTER TO paul (gall) ryan :

I would like to make a comment on your reponse to PRESIDENT OBAMA's STATE OF THE UNION speech this evening:
As usual, the sloth republiCON party are like baseball players who LOST and are taking their balls and lousy (short) bats and going home.....I was hoping for a change in the repuke party, but that was a pipe dream....You wasted no time putting down the PRESIDENT'S ideas and his concern for ALL OF US, as a nation, with the same old rhetoric that we hear everyday from you and your lame party....I cannot tell you how disappointed I am at your stubborn dislike for a TRUE AMERICAN PRESIDENT who cares about ALL our nation, instead of your desire to MAKE ONLY THE RICH RICHER !!!! Your idea of a wonderful AMERICA is to have TWO (2) classes of people; the VERY RICH and THE VERY POOR !!!!.... The VERY RICH, of course, would be the rich republiCONS and the VERY poor would be the democrats that you would use for slaves ....This has been the republiCON's dream for decades and you will not stop until it is true......You and your sorry party are against the HEALTH CARE BILL, ONLY because you have investments in the insurance companies that this bill is attacking !!!! Admit to the truth and shame the devil !!!!.....I heard you say that you were worried about your children's future tax responsibility; well I could care less about your children or your children's future or about how much more money your RICH BRATS will have over the millions you already have, when they are adults !!!! ......I SINCERELY HOPE THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA VETOES EVERY SINGLE BILL they you CORRUPT BASTARDS PLACE ON HIS DESK and I will write him in support of those many vetoes !!!! I will watch and laugh-out-loud with every stroke of PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VETO PEN !!!!! You sorry bastards deserve exactly what you are going to get.....

Ed Himes of Tennessee

Posted by: Topsearch2b | January 26, 2011 1:03 AM | Report abuse

MY LETTER TO paul (gall) ryan :

I would like to make a comment on your reponse to PRESIDENT OBAMA's STATE OF THE UNION speech this evening:
As usual, the sloth republiCON party are like baseball players who LOST and are taking their balls and lousy (short) bats and going home.....I was hoping for a change in the repuke party, but that was a pipe dream....You wasted no time putting down the PRESIDENT'S ideas and his concern for ALL OF US, as a nation, with the same old rhetoric that we hear everyday from you and your lame party....I cannot tell you how disappointed I am at your stubborn dislike for a TRUE AMERICAN PRESIDENT who cares about ALL our nation, instead of your desire to MAKE ONLY THE RICH RICHER !!!! Your idea of a wonderful AMERICA is to have TWO (2) classes of people; the VERY RICH and THE VERY POOR !!!!.... The VERY RICH, of course, would be the rich republiCONS and the VERY poor would be the democrats that you would use for slaves ....This has been the republiCON's dream for decades and you will not stop until it is true......You and your sorry party are against the HEALTH CARE BILL, ONLY because you have investments in the insurance companies that this bill is attacking !!!! Admit to the truth and shame the devil !!!!.....I heard you say that you were worried about your children's future tax responsibility; well I could care less about your children or your children's future or about how much more money your RICH BRATS will have over the millions you already have, when they are adults !!!! ......I SINCERELY HOPE THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA VETOES EVERY SINGLE BILL they you CORRUPT BASTARDS PLACE ON HIS DESK and I will write him in support of those many vetoes !!!! I will watch and laugh-out-loud with every stroke of PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VETO PEN !!!!! You sorry bastards deserve exactly what you are going to get.....

Ed Himes of Tennessee

Posted by: Topsearch2b | January 26, 2011 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Dear heavens. He made Bobby Jindal look animated. Say 'thank you', Bobby.

Posted by: Robynmarigny | January 26, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Dear heavens. He made Bobby Jindal look animated. Say 'thank you', Bobby.

Posted by: Robynmarigny | January 26, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I was disappointed with Ryan's response tonight. Not because I am not of his party, but because he has been heralded as the up and coming young GOP senator, and I expected more from him. I expected a speech with more specifics on reducing the deficit; what we got were warnings. Dire warnings that unless the country followed their blueprint for the economy, the country was headed to bankruptcy. We all agree that we have fiscal problems, but there are different ways to go about restoring the economy.

The Republicans had eight years under Bush who started his administration with a budget surplus, and ended with a trillion in the red. They can't seriously believe that we should go back to those disastrous days. Two wars and outrageous tax cuts, combined with lack of oversight and inattention to financial institutions - all these contributed to what we are facing today.

I'm glad the Republicans are now responsible and taking a hand in making policy - but they have to be good ones, geared to the greater good, for our country. Not political and not ideological, but plain good commonsensical ideas that will be beneficial and positive for all of us.

Posted by: robinx | January 26, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I have always disregarded Ryan's statement on the ground that he forgot history( case in point the space program where private and government sectors worked together to put man on the moon.) and making the use of talking points instead of actions. Furthermore his plan is nothing more than giving away money to the wealthy when it is should be a shared burden by all.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 26, 2011 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I have always disregarded Ryan's statement on the ground that he forgot history( case in point the space program where private and government sectors worked together to put man on the moon.) and making the use of talking points instead of actions. Furthermore his plan is nothing more than giving away money to the wealthy when it is should be a shared burden by all.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 26, 2011 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I have always disregarded Ryan's statement on the ground that he forgot history( case in point the space program where private and government sectors worked together to put man on the moon.) and making the use of talking points instead of actions. Furthermore his plan is nothing more than giving away money to the wealthy when it is should be a shared burden by all.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 26, 2011 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Obama sounded more like a moderate Republican tonight. He knows that without the House his options are limited and he has moved hard to the middle.

He is still big government but he is starting to understand business and job creation.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | January 25, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

My apologies for the duplicate post, my connection went down.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 25, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Read the specifics for yourself, they are not there, just more slogans. His own party won't go to his positions which shifts the burden of deficit reduction to the strangled middle class to give even more coin to the top 2%. His voucher cap will surely kill grandma when costs exceed voucher amounts. Read the Obama speech, having much of the same slogans but far more specifics on cuts, reorganizing gov't and taxing the top 2%. Obama's defense cuts and top 2% tax increases get a higher deficit reduction number than the 2008 rollback of increased discretionary spending.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 25, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Read the specifics for yourself, they are not there, just more slogans. His own party won't go to his positions which shifts the burden of deficit reduction to the strangled middle class to give even more coin to the top 2%. His voucher cap will surely kill grandma when costs exceed voucher amounts. Read the Obama speech, having much of the same slogans but far more specifics on cuts, reorganizing gov't and taxing the top 2%. Obama's defense cuts and top 2% tax increases get a higher deficit reduction number than the 2008 rollback of increased discretionary spending.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 25, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Get over yourselves, residents of Liberalstan. You just met Obama's successor as President tonight.

Posted by: Illini | January 25, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I live in Paul Ryan's district, and I know that his politics have always been on the extreme right-wing. He's always been in favor of abolishing Social Security and Medicare, for the sake of "cutting wasteful spending."

Ironically, his district is not overwhelmingly Republican. Unemployment here is high and wages are low. I can only hope that voters here will become fully aware of where he stands on the issues, and will vote him out of office in 2012.

Posted by: tedf1 | January 25, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Once again the Republicans do NOT have or know anything but talking points, never specifics. Cantor did the same old thing that they always do: SAY NOTHING, just have a few talking points which disagree with our president. Republicans want working class folks under 55 years old to realize that they should NOT expect Social Security as we have all worked and known it. Cantor feels that population should be given a voucher and then play the stock market with their livelyhood. FOlks you all need to reach and touch Boehner (202-225-6205) and advise him that we are NOT satisfied with their continued delay and only having talking points. Healthcare reform should NOT be repealed because it will increase our deficit and decrease job creation. Boehner needs to listen to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) because this is the non-partisan body and Boehner, Cantor, Ryan are NOT entitled to their own facts. Thank God for president Obama who really wants to continue moving our country forward with success for the middle class and low income families; unlike Republicans who only want to process tax cuts, mainly for the rich.

Posted by: netstoy | January 25, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Government is too Large " Nice going Paulie Boy . But please tell us something that hasn't been obvious for the past 20 years . Please tell us how we are going to reduce it, reduce spending with Obama still in power, and do away with the corruption while he and his incompetents are still spending more than we're earning . And please tell us why we should believe the latest reports on Unemployment when we know people just quit looking for a job , and the figures are trumped up anyway. And please tell us that Obama as Bush and Clinton before him isn't leaving the Mexican Border wide open just to garner the Hispanic vote . Then tell us that Obama is issuing Permits to drill on our own shores to help us get out from under the Middle Eastern Yolk as Heating Oil is over $3.20 a gal now in the N.E. And last but not least, tell us how talk ever solved anything. If that were so, we could have a safari to the Jungles and pick up some parrots to run the country. It would be an improvement over the Jackazz that is reading the Teleprompter now.

Posted by: puck-101 | January 25, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Paul Ryan cocked his head, with his eyes wide open and lips pressed together in disapproval as he gave his response. He reminded me of the church lady on Saturday Night Live saying "Isn't that special?"

Posted by: jagee9 | January 25, 2011 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe it. Bachmann and Ryan are sanctimonious fools. Right now Bachmann is talking about "miracles." Are they all tripping?

Posted by: reaganbluedogs | January 25, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Basically an anti-government stump speech. No positive specifics, only a couple of reactionary (in the true sense of the word "going back to something") actions.

Posted by: jdrd58 | January 25, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

What an airhead! Unbelievably stupid and religion-soaked.

Posted by: reaganbluedogs | January 25, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Paul Ryan is horrible.

Posted by: ExConservative | January 25, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Assets of America estimated in 100 trl
With all debts adjusted it is - 60 trl.
So, You want to tell us - we are in trouble?
Hell - No.
We need innovation and development, not sitting on our hands waiting for miracle to come.
I got it - GOp does not have clue abouit how to create jobs and develope society.
Well, get out of the way then.
We will make it happen.
We will move America forward: for best future for every citizen, not just 2 fat cats, who already lost - what to wish.
Move on Nation!

Posted by: lordmi | January 25, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Despite what President Obama said in his speech tonight, here is the real state of the Union:

1.) The debt held by the public stands at $14,062,239,904,820.69 effective January 24th, 2011.

2.) In the month of December 2010, the United States paid $104,700,174,845.03 in interest on its public debt.

3.) The U6 unemployment rate stands at 16.7 percent.

4.) Housing prices continue to drop as shown in today’s Case-Schiller home price index with nine major markets hitting new lows.

The greatest issue facing the United States is mounting interest payments on the debt. The Congressional Budget Office calculates that, under their best case scenario, interest payments could rise to 4 percent of GDP (or one-sixth of federal revenues) by 2035. Interest payments, which absorb federal resources that could otherwise be used to pay for government services, currently amount to more than 1 percent of GDP.

Here’s an article outlining the interest rate spiral that is facing the Obama administration:

http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/01/interesting-look-at-interest-on-us-debt.html

Heaven help us all when interest rates rise to historical norms

Posted by: Baywoodfarm | January 25, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

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