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The American Conservative Union gives Paul Ryan a lifetime score of 91%. Not too shabby, until you look a little closer at his performance on several key votes. Consider the following provided by Matt Lewis with The Daily Caller. Rep. Ryan voted FOR:
When I look at these votes under the microscope of Ryan’s lifetime ACU rating, I’m reminded of a quote attributed to Mark Twain:
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”
Even though Mr. Ryan’s ACU score is high, it’s really nothing more than a lying statistic. As Matt Lewis concluded in his article:
“While Ryan’s overall voting record is very conservative, the problem with casting these high-profile votes is that they demonstrate he is willing to fundamentally reject conservatism when the heat is on.” (emphasis mine)
I wish those votes were just a blip on the screen in an otherwise staunchly conservative career. I wish they were, but they aren’t.
The latest example of Paul Ryan’s inability to live by the conservative principles he claims to hold were revealed with the recently passed Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. This bill, a “compromise” made with Senate Budget Committee chairman Patty Murray (D-WA), raises spending over the next two years with a promise of recouping it ten years down the road. Yeah, that makes me feel better.
So long, sequester. Who needs reduced spending when Republicans have the mid-term elections coming up, not to mention the presidential aspirations Ryan has in 2016 (although he denies this had anything to do with his support of the bill). No, his support of this bill is motivated purely by his belief that it moves the budget in the “right direction.”
“This isn’t the greatest agreement of all time, but this is a step in the right direction.”
Oddly enough, he used similar words when he supported the sequester that he is now abandoning back in August, 2011:
“The Budget Control Act marks a positive step forward in getting government spending under control.”
Maybe Mr. Ryan needs to be more careful about where he steps.
Particularly troubling during these budget negotiations has been the ease in which Mr. Ryan has resorted to using Washington-speak to justify his support of this most recent Republican surrender.
And let’s not forget that Obamacare is fully funded under this bill.
Further confirmation of Ryan’s place in the Hall of Shame can be found in the support he received from several existing enshrinees.
Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president in the 2012 election. That fact alone is enough to know that Ryan’s conservative credentials are subject to modification when the political opportunity presents itself.
But for establishing a track record of being willing to abandon true Conservative principles for political expediency, we enshrine our latest inductee into the Gutless On Principle Hall of Shame . . . Representative Paul Ryan.
Posted at The Strident Conservative