Now that the Republican ticket has been firmed up with the addition of Paul Ryan, the spotlight has fallen on the vice-presidential hopeful’s congressional record. A searchlight may be more appropriate, though. You have to look pretty hard to find anything Ryan’s actually accomplished. In his 13 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan has produced 2 laws, one completely inconsequential, and one that saved him some pocket money on his hobby:
- In 2000, Paul Ryan passed a law that that changed the name of the post office in Janesville WI. The post office is now called the Les Aspin Post Office Building.
- In 2008 (Or 4 election cycles later) Ryan introduced a bill that changed the way arrows used in bow hunting are taxed. From HuffPo, “Specifically, his bill amended the Internal Revenue Code to impose a 39-cent tax per arrow shaft, instead of a 12.4 percent tax on the sales price. The bill also includes points suitable for use with arrows in the 11 percent excise tax on arrow parts and accessories.” Ryan, an avid bow-hunter basically wrote a piece of legislation into the tax code, that would save him and his buddies from having to pay sales tax. Arrows average anywhere from $35 to $185 dollars.
That’s it. That’s all of it, except for voting the party line (including the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act, that even bankers now admit irreparably damaged the economy). His claim to fame is a 2008 budget proposal, that could have started out as book report on Ayn Rand, but was adopted and promoted by the powers that control the Republican party. It’s been described as, “A Mistake of Historic Proportions.” even by conservative friendly Forbes magazine.
True to form, Mitt Romney judged which way the wind was currently blowing, and steered his ship in that direction. In his entire congressional career, Paul Ryan has produced nothing, save an unworkable blueprint for economic ruin.
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