Paul Ryan: Another “Conservative” Hypocrite

Paul Ryan: Another “Conservative” Hypocrite

The news media has been reporting how Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican, self proclaimed conservative from Wisconsin, and current Chairman of the House Budget Committee is leading the movement to balance the budget and force the Federal Government to live within its means.

“As Chairman of the House Budget Committee I assure you that we want to work with the President to restrain Federal spending. 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….Our debt is out of control. What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.”

There’s no doubt that this is a great speech and Rep. Ryan mentions many very important facts. WTF Finance agrees that the United States has been living beyond its means and that this deficit spending is out of control and cannot be sustained indefinitely. WTF Finance agrees on that, what we would like to point out is the fact that Rep. Ryan is no different than the many other hypocrites that vote to expand the size, role, and cost of Government only to lecture us about the importance of Government living within its means.

Since Rep. Ryan proclaims to be a “conservative” and his official website states that he “works to bring fiscal discipline and accounting to the federal government” we would like to debunk the myth that this Republican is what he claims to be.

Rep. Ryan and many of his neo-conservative party members are rightfully accusing President Obama and the Democrat Party of being fiscally irresponsible; but what Ryan and many of his party members don’t acknowledge is that they are expanding the size, role, and cost of Government as much as the liberals.

Most politicians aren’t trustworthy and have a history of campaigning on one platform while enacting different policies once elected. Congressman Ryan not only has a history of campaigning on promises while voting differently but now accuses the left of expanding the size, role, and cost of Government while his voting record shows that he contributed to this very problem.

Let’s see whether Rep. Paul Ryan is a fiscal conservative and for limited Government by taking a thorough look at his voting record.

In 2001 this self-proclaimed conservative that now critiques the size and cost of Government voted for the unconstitutional Patriot Act that not only is a significant expansion of the powers granted to the Federal Government but also came with a significant price tag.

Paul Ryan publically advocates for a free market and uses the pro-free market platform to attack the Nationalization of the Health Care System. WTF Finance doesn’t disagree with the notion that free market capitalism is important but unlike Rep. Ryan we are not hypocrites about it. In his remarks at the National Press Club in Washington DC, he stated the following:

“Government’s obligation is normally met by establishing the conditions for free markets to thrive. Societies with economic freedom almost always have a growing abundance of goods and services at affordable costs for the largest number. When free markets seem to be failing to meet this test – and I’d argue today’s health care delivery is an example – government should not supply the need itself. It should correct its own interventions and liberate choice and competition.”

His voting record is all but in favor of keeping the Government out of business to ensure the market functions. He voted in favor of the first Economic Stimulus Plan (HR 5140) under President Bush and approved further budget deficit spending with his anti-free market vote on the Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments (HR 1424). With his “Yay” vote in HR 5140 he also increased the FHA loan limits which is not only a vote in favor of Government interference in the mortgage market but further expanded the debt obligation through loan loss risks. Any conservative that understands the importance of personal freedom and free markets would be terrified of anybody voting in favor of such business interference. Further, it is all but conservative to use Government funds to assume power over private enterprise while adding to the National debt in the process.

Since Paul Ryan is so worried about the great debt this Nation is facing and proclaims to understand the drastic consequences this could have on his children that are now 6,7, and 8 years old we would like to point out that he voted for additional deficit spending on the unconstitutional wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and approved of every deficit Budget under the Bush Administration. He also voted to expand Medicare benefits in 2008.

In 2008 and prior to that while a Republican was in the White House he didn’t seem to mind deficit spending to put a greater debt obligation on his children and others. So it does matter when his children are 6, 7, and 8 but it wasn’t important when they were 4, 5, and 6…or does it only matter when the opposing party is in charge? Whatever the reason, Rep. Ryan’s voting record is proof enough that he is neither fiscally conservative nor for limited Government.

While we acknowledge that Rep. Paul Ryan is not as liberal as many other Presidential hopefuls, he is still far from being the fiscal conservative, pro free market, limited Government advocate he claims to be.

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Jesse Livermore - who has written 99 posts on WTF Finance.

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  • Grant

    I just heard of Paul Ryan recently and my impression was that he is a very sincere and conservative guy in favor of limited Government. I was really rooting for him until I came across your post. Initially I thought you were just a liberal news site that tries to trash a fiscal conservative…the curiosity got me to look into his voting record and everything you’ve stated is fact. I could not believe it. I usually don’t post comments online as I don’t have much time but I should have taken my time to research his voting record prior to rooting for him. Great article that exposes the truth, I will visit your site frequently from now on.

  • Peter

    Wow, that’s great that somebody took the time to investigate his voting record and not blindly follow his promises. You don’t hear that kind of reporting from major news sources anymore. Great job.

  • Lisa

    A friend just forwarded me this link on facebook. I’ll share your site with others. I like that you are conservative yet don’t mind outing Republicans that aren’t doing their jobs.

  • Allan

    He should be voted out!

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    I know this is really boring and you are skipping to the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thanks – you cleared up some things for me!

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    Yes. Paul Ryan is a hypocrite like his sociopathic hero Ayn Rand, who herself sucked on the government teat when she got cancer and found out that “Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn” despite spending her life trying to deny others the dignity of a social safety net… but what’s is this “Democrat Party” you talk about? I’ve heard of the DemocratIC Party… founded by Thomas Jefferson as the Democratic Republican Party which dropped the “Republican” party and became the “Democratic Party” and is now the longest standing political party in world history, but the “Democrat Party” is something that the Republican Party operatives use as a, sort of, pejorative against the only party that ever did a damn thing for the working people of this country… I get it though. When a party as repugnant as the Republican Party exists solely to turn the working class into compliant serfs, all they CAN DO is make up semantic games about the opposition that is trying to create a society that works for ALL – not just the top 1%. Republicans are as shallow as their talking points with hypocrisy as certain among them as the sun rising in the east.

    • Jesse Livermore

      Thank you for your correction about the DemocratIC party. But if you think the Republicans are the only ones practicing political hypocrisy I suggest a reality check. Let’s end the wars…LOL!

      And no, I’m not at all standing up for the GOP given their unconstitutional record and their endless desire to increase the size, role, cost and deficit of the Government. We don’t have two parties, we have one party split into two marketing campaigns.

      Since you mention Thomas Jefferson, let’s read some quotes of the third President of the United States, who, I’d make the case, would greatly be disgusted with the actions of both parties:

      ““Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

      “I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”

      “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

      “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

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