Skip to comments.Paul Ryan: Midwesterner, Catholic, intellectual
Posted on 08/11/2012 10:20:33 AM PDT by Salvation
Rep. Paul Ryan, announced Saturday as Mitt Romneys running mate, is a lawyers son from Wisconsin who has become a genial, relentless force in Capitol Hill politics uniting a fractured and squabbling GOP behind his plan to remake the federal budget.
He is Catholic and has cited that faith snip major influences on his political views
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Now, Romney seems to have picked up Ryan and his budget, both.
Catholics now have a choice of a pro-life Catholic, or a pro-infanticide one for VEEP. Time for the USCCB to back the republican ticket.
ogawd please not more of this.
Mitt is trying to take the midwest.
I hope he does it and puts an end to partisan politics.
He’s taking a gamble a far as electoral votes go, but if he can get the heartland he will win.
I don’t think Catholics elected Obama.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW HIS RECORD AND WHAT HE STANDS FOR...
Paul Ryan on Abortion
Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mothers life. (Oct 2003)
Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
Voted YES on funding for health providers who dont provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Congress shall protect life beginning with fertilization. (Jan 2011)
Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)
Paul Ryan on Budget & Economy
Stimulus spending spree created debt but few jobs. (Jan 2011)
America is on an unsustainable fiscal path. (Sep 2010)
Automatic stabilizer spending is mandatory spending. (Jan 2010)
Freeze spending now, rather than in future budget. (Jan 2010)
Road Map for Americas Future: cut entitlement spending. (Jul 2009)
Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on defining energy emergency on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
Member of the House Republican Economic Recovery Working Group. (Sep 2010)
Chair of House Budget Committee. (Mar 2011)
Paul Ryan on Crime
Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
Voted NO on expanding services for offenders re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
Rated 30% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
Paul Ryan on Energy & Oil
Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
Voted NO on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules. (Jan 2009)
Drill the Outer Continental Shelf; & license new nuke plants. (Mar 2011)
Paul Ryan on Environment
Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
Voted YES on deauthorizing critical habitat for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Paul Ryan on Foreign Policy
America is the most pro-human idea ever conceived. (Sep 2010)
Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
Voted YES on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific. (Aug 2011)
Rated -3 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Paul Ryan on Health Care
Open-ended healthcare entitlement moves US toward bankruptcy. (Jan 2011)
Washington Way: closed-door deals & one-party votes. (Sep 2010)
ObamaCare passed with no GOP support & split Democrats. (Sep 2010)
For tax credits; high-risk pools; & regulatory reform. (Sep 2010)
Medicare is a $38 trillion unfunded liabilityadd vouchers. (Jan 2010)
Road Map: buy health insurance from any state in the country. (Jul 2009)
Replace Medicare with $9500/year private insurance payment. (Jul 2009)
Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
Voted YES on repealing the Prevention and Public Health slush fund. (Apr 2011)
Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
Voted NO on expanding the Childrens Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
Paul Ryan on Immigration
Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Paul Ryan on Jobs
Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
Voted YES on zero-funding OSHAs Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
Rated 7% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Allow an Air Traffic Controllers Union. (Jan 2006)
Rated 58% by CEI, indicating a mixed voting record on Big Labor. (May 2012)
Paul Ryan on Social Security
Only younger members in Congress support reform. (Nov 2010)
Invest 1/3 of payroll tax in personal savings account. (Sep 2010)
Comprehensive model to restructure retirement accounts. (May 2010)
Road Map: invest 5.1% income into personal account. (Jul 2009)
Proposed bill to invest 50% of FICA in personal accounts. (Dec 2007)
Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Paul Ryan on Tax Reform
Road Map: simplified two-level flat tax. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax (death tax). (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the marriage penalty. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Rated 72% by NTU, indicating Satisfactory on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Paul Ryan on War & Peace
Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
Voted NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)
No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone. (May 2011)
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Paul Ryan on Families & Children
Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
Rated 91% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
Paul Ryan on Civil Rights
Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
Rated 36% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
I must say, that I think Mitt is wiser to focus on the heartland than Fla.
Nice work, Sal, as always.
Now if Ryan can plant a bug in Romney’s ear about the One, Holy and Apostolic Church.
Thanks for that outstanding list.
I know people hate things posted on multiple threads — but it gets to different eyes and minds that way.
Once again, thanks.
How refreshing to have a true, practicing Catholic who is unapologetic about it in politics. He has my support.
All the liberal “catholics” and the catholic-lite politicians turn my stomach. They create scandal by confusing people about what the Catholic faith really is.
These numbers date back to six months after Obama took office.
Sure. The 96% of blacks, 78% of Jews, 67% of Latinos and 62% of Asians that voted for Soetoro had nothing to do with it.
With emoting abilities like yours you should have a show on MSNBC following that poverty pimp Sharpton.
terrific argument against the premise. you are a credit to the bloc.
Sounds good to me.
One also needs to distinguish between Roman Catholics and liberal catholics. A martian could see that Nancy Pelosi does not embrace Roman Catholic values; Biden & Cuomo & Giuliani fall into the same category.
The people you named are CINOS because they have supported abotion, same-sex marriage, contaception, Obamacare, etc.
Thank God, Ryan is not in that group!
And romney is a bishop in a cult - so it is also a major influence on his godless political views.
Is Ryan's beliefs so weak that he keeps them in his back pocket or he just doesn't know the WORD OF GOD?
2 John 1:10,11" If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him SHARES in his wicked work."
Paul Ryan’s basic description - Catholic, Midwestern, intellectual - is identical to that of my own father. I grew up thinking that Catholics were rigorous in their approach to life....but then on a train going to the South recently I met a very nice Midwestern couple - I could tell at a glance that they were Catholic - who were soooo repentant about having voted for Zero. The woman explained that she thought that “voting for someone Black would make up for what had happened in the past.” I told her she was an idiot, and she said she knew.
The Democrats froze the COLA for three years, monkeying with the formula and saying that no COLA was justified. I looked on that as a tax on the elderly.
Democrats finally approved a COLA for 2012, I believe it was 3.3 percent. If Social Security people get the COLA, then retired federal and postal employees get it, too.
Also Dems are proposing an increased tax on capital gains from 15 to 20 percent. Will the Republicans oppose?
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads TO DESTRUCTION, and there are MANY who enter through it".
"But the gateway TO LIFE is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a FEW find it".
Paul Ryan wears his Catholicism on his sleeve.
Did you see the thread Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Holiness?
You can't live what you don't know/meditate on!
Go vote for obama and be proud of it.
Then it would be easy to vote for mitt if I was that low.
I don’t take direction from you but GOD! You think TOO HIGHLY off yourself, proud one!
LOL - you “holier than thou types” are so FOS!
You claim you take directions from God that will most assuredly will give us another obama term? LMFAO!
Incoming US President Barack Obama has won back a significant proportion of the Catholic vote previously lost to George Bush, electoral analysts say.
The International Herald Tribune quoted several religious experts saying that the swing in the Catholic vote in this year’s election may be one of the more significant political developments, despite the emphasis that Democrats have put on attracting evangelical voters.
Although Kerry is Catholic, he won only 47 percent of Catholic voters, while Bush drew 52 percent. That represented a reversal from 2000 when Gore won 50 percent of Catholics and Bush won 47 percent.
On Tuesday, Catholics, who accounted for about a quarter of the electorate, supported Obama, at 54 percent, over McCain, at 45 percent.
Your deceived mind can’t understand TRUTH!
I’m not holier than thou but I follow the ONLY ONE that is!
And you follow the godless!
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Thank you for posting that. I’m amazed at how much ignorance there is about the Irish-Catholic power structure in America. Well, ignorance and denial — the latter of which I can understand, because they’ve always flown under the radar and seem to like the anonymity.
How can Catholics vote for Obama? Does being Catholic mean anything?
Oh my friend if my memory is correct as a faith they are the largest voting block of the faiths their is.
They didn't just vote for Obama, they gave the House and Senate to Dem's in 06'.
How do I know?
I got to see an interview with Rahmbo and Smuckey Chumer where they said they picked off districts from PA westward to take the House. I found a map based on Faith of those districts on the web, wished I'd downloaded it. All the districts? Heavily Catholic.
The Bishops and the Cardinals are pissed off in plain English with the Sibilius mandate, they might tell their parishioner's to vote for someone who shares their values in regards to life and anti-Obamacare, even if it is not directly mentioning said candidate(s)... Heck they have already sent scathing letters to the local priest to read in parishes to let it be known they are furious with it.
In regards to voting I am sure they will remind those in their flock to vote for those that share their values, I wonder who that might be..
THe GOPe sure picks great vps. Now if Romney is not a lib disaster maybe we will be able to elect a President Ryan in 2016 or 2020 and perhaps a VP.. Walker..West..Palin..?
Sadly and Embarrassingly, MORE CATHOLICS VOTED FOR OBAMA.....PATHETIC.
GREAT VOTING RECORD!!!! Can’t wait to vote FOR RYAN!!
GREAT VOTING RECORD!!!! Can’t wait to vote FOR RYAN!!
I actually give Mitt a LOT of CREDIT for picking someone like Ryan who is a DEVOUT CATHOLIC and VOTES THAT WAY!!! I like Mitt a LOT more today.
it means everything to a converted Catholic.
many American Catholics are 2nd and 3rd generation - "cradle Catholics.". They are also cradle Democrats, of the old school, who vote that way because that's the way they always have. They are also (often) cradle union members or supporters - already very well organized. That's why when Uncle Teddy says, "this is the one", it was certain to be a reality.
People also fail to realize that Catholics were brutally oppressed in the US a century and a half ago, and learned to pull together as a matter of survival. Foe better or worse, that's the way it was.
I would add that the Catholic church is probably the largest and most effective charitable organization on the planet. The influence of the Church in education and healthcare is simply incalculable. Catholics put their feet to the street to help the needy and "disadvantaged". (it is therefore NOT a slam-dunk that Catholics would recognize the dangers of socialized medicine, because an age old debate is the obligation of a society to care for its needy. Nonetheless, some do see those dangers). It's impossible to do that in this world and remain completely free of government entanglement -- esp when the nature of government is to encroach, usurp, and dictate. The Charitable works of the Church have been indispensable and are surely among the greatest unsung heroics in Americas social history.
Now, however, as the reach of government is extending more than ever, the game changing. It takes time for people to recognize that. Some will not want to be free of the states alleged support. Some will accept it. It could get very ugly, even heartbreaking - and I certainly expect it to simply because that seems to be the way the narrow road always leads.
The gates of hades will not prevail against the Church, but also, the Church will be sifted. As for Ametica, well, that's up to us.
I was thinking more of abortion.
But THAT goes beyond being Catholic. People of all and no creeds have had abortions. Not all have had their wakeup call about it, and don't have the conviction to condemn it without necessarily condemning themselves.
I know a husband and wife, married forever, Catholic: she refused to vote for obama, he voted for obama. I'll never forget the look of heartbreak and disbelief on her face when she told me that.
The Great Divider. But don't think God hasn't appointed him to do just that.
Practicing Catholics, OTOH, voted for McCain by a slim majority.
So how do you figure "Catholics elected Obama"? At worst, they "elected Obama" to the same degree the rest of the country did.
Non-practicing “cultural” Catholics elected Obama, not believing ones.
An authenthic Catholic really does not have a choice between Biden and Ryan. “You can’t be both Catholic and pro-abortion.” I really can’t figure out where the idea came up that a real Catholic could support any form of abortion. Taking a human life is telling God He doesn’t know what He is doing creating another human life. Human life is God’s creation not any human’s creation.