Paul Ryan

Taxpayer Expense

According to this celebratory article, tender readers are led to believe various levels of government pitched a combined total of $9 million of the $100+ million projected price tag when in truth, private funding totals only $11.5 million of the $50 million raised so far leaving public sources i.e., federal, state and local taxpayers, pledging the difference of roughly 77% (give or take a few points) of the venture capital raised at this juncture.

Via Rock Netroots: As Government Shines In New Industry, Paul Ryan Shows Up.



Here’s the thing… Ryan will be a fine Speaker. And he is certainly the most conservative Speaker in my lifetime. But it’s a thankless job, and as someone who hoped that Ryan would one day ascend to higher office, being the Speaker make that much less likely.

Via Paul Ryan to Be New Speaker @ Boots & Sabers.

Same Old

Here’s one of those “why bother” articles from Rep. Paul Ryan’s “hometown” newspaper, the Janesville Gazette, on tackling the seemingly fictitious question, “what’s in it for us (district) if Ryan became the House Speaker?”

For one, the question itself posed at this juncture in Paul Ryan’s political career begs a special sort of low-info voter curiosity about his record versus traditionally held expectations from those in Congress. So if you’re familiar at all with Congressman Ryan, the answer is an easy “nothing.” To put it another way, whatever your perception is of Ryan’s contributions to the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin, nothing will change if he becomes House Speaker. Things will stay the same as before.

Via House Speaker Or Not, Nothing Would Change For Paul Ryan’s District @ Rock Netroots.

Predicting ‘No’

After spectator blogging about Congressman Ryan for the past decade, my first instinct tells me that although he is a career opportunist of the first kind, he knows that history shows the House Speaker position (even under more amicable circumstances) would probably be the end of the line for his carefully laid personal ambitions in government – and that’s really all that matters to Ryan. Let’s just say he’s got bigger priorities.

Via Prediction: Paul Ryan Will Not Run For Speaker @ Rock Netroots.

Janesville paper’s trolling for Ryan

Paul Ryan’s loyal media tool, the Janesville Gazette, did what they do best when they recently published a one-sided rambling article with a bewildering troll-like title, “Janesville is his oxygen. Ryan and city go hand in hand” as one in a series of Gazette stories about people, events or things that helped insert Janesville into the national consciousness.

Via Rock Netroots: Waukesha, Not Janesville, Goes Hand In Hand With Paul Ryan


“I am where I am. I like where I am,” Ryan said in an interview Monday. “I feel like I can have a huge impact on the course of the debate in this country.” Via Republican Paul Ryan won’t run for president in 2016 @ JS All Politics Blog. 

At the end of the road, fracking

With that said, the I39/90 interstate expansion doesn’t need Paul Ryan or the fracking industry to make it happen. It’s going to happen with or without them. The problem is it’s Koch Industries that needs Paul Ryan to make fracking expansion happen and Ryan is confident he’ll work out a deal to get it done.…

Another day, another protest

The liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change announced it would shadow Paul Ryan at each stop on his three-day, nine-city tour in Florida. This is big news at The Capital Times, your progressive vuvuzela. A group of protesters showed up at a book signing at a Pensacola Barnes & Noble on Friday, with signs…

Left predictably pans Ryan’s anti-poverty plan

The House Budget Committee chairman, who on July 24 released an anti-poverty proposal that rehashed decades-old schemes to scale back safety-net programs and regulatory protections for low-income Americans, offers scant evidence of a serious determination to solve the problems that have Americans up in arms. If Ryan were serious, he wouldn’t be proposing to “consolidate”…