Congressman Paul Ryan, Janna, & Family, Thank You!

A magnificent choice…

It was an exciting day when we learned Mitt Romney had chosen Congressman Paul Ryan to be his Vice Presidential running mate. Serving as the House Budget Committee Chairman, we knew of Paul’s reputation for hard work, excellence, and leadership. We knew he was serious about getting government spending under control.

It was a true pleasure getting to know Paul and his wonderful family better as they accepted the call to help Governor Romney restore America.

What a journey!

Family man, Paul Ryan: Paul is pictured with wife Janna, and children Charlie, Liza, and Sam.



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My Closing Argument, and This Ain’t Just Rhetoric

Overview: My Main Philosophical Reason I’m Voting For Mitt.

I feel so strongly that Mitt Romney is the right choice for president that I wanted to make one last post, my closing argument as it were, in hopes of convincing that one last undecided voter out there somewhere to vote for Mitt. I wanted to explain why I, and the other authors here at Mitt Romney Central, have devoted such time, effort, emotion, and yes, money, to the cause of electing Mitt. My list of specific reasons why I like Mitt, and my counterarguments to President Obama’s case, are below. But I can sum up why I feel so strongly with this: Barack Obama’s vision for America is inconsistent with that of our founding fathers and our Constitution.

A Limited Government Preserves Freedom

Our government was founded on the principles of self-determination and freedom. Americans were not content to be told by the British government how much they should pay in taxes or what freedoms they were entitled to. So they fought a war to gain their independence. When the founding fathers then set up their own government, at the forefront of their minds was the concern for how to preserve their hard-won freedoms. So they came up with three fundamental ideas about the new federal government: (i) it should be small, split into different branches with checks and balances over each other’s power, (ii) it should share power with, and in fact have less power over citizens’ day-to-day lives than, the states, where the citizens were better represented, and (iii) our most basic freedoms should be enshrined in a Bill of Rights to make absolutely sure the federal government did not violate them. This combination of ideas, they thought, would assure, over time, that the God-given rights they had won back from their government at great cost would be preserved against tyranny.

Obama’s Vision of a Larger Government is Antithetical to Freedom.

In 2008 when Senator Obama talked of “transforming” America and saying “we can do better,” it was clear to me he was talking about fundamentally changing these key principles. He stood for a larger federal government; one that would try and take responsibility for the poor and do more for its citizens. While that may sound nice, having a government undertake that responsibility also means it must become larger, tax more (a government that undertakes to define what’s fair for all its citizens will also try and make everyone pay their “fair share”) and become more involved in our lives, much more involved than the founding fathers intended. A larger government necessarily becomes more difficult to manage, begins to take on a life of its own, and becomes very difficult to control. A larger federal government also means a shift in power from the states, where citizens can more easily control their own destiny. And once people begin to rely on government largesse, cutting the size of that government and its programs, even if the government cannot afford them (witness our overwhelming deficits and the troubles in Europe as it tries to cut back), becomes very, very difficult. People become less willing to give up that security, even if it means a loss of liberty. And they can become accustomed to the idea that the government represents someone else, not them, and that they are owed something by that government (witness appeals from the left that sound like class warfare). As a result, I believe the policies of President Obama reflect a threat to our liberty. Perhaps not immediate. Perhaps only a little. But what he wants to do, at its core, is inconsistent with the intended size and role of our government, which means we will inevitably lose a little, or a lot, of liberty. How much really depends on how much further down Obama’s road we go. And in my view, we’ve already lost too much.

Example: Obamacare.

As an illustration of what I mean, I’ll use Obamacare. It sounds nice to make sure everyone has health insurance. And there are lots of stories of people who can’t afford insurance, and how having it would benefit them greatly. I get that, and I feel for their situation. This is what Obama meant by “we can do better.” He’d like to use government resources to fix these problems. But, just like when you get your first credit card, you need to look beyond the nice things you can buy and decide whether you can really afford it, because that bill will come due at some time. As for the cost in dollars and cents, it’s clear we can’t afford Obamacare. We just can’t. It adds trillions of unfunded government outlays over the next two decades. And once these benefits are offered to citizens it’s very difficult to take them away. In addition, Obamacare has already begun to infringe on our freedoms. At its core it’s the federal government (not the state, which is the principal difference between Obamacare and Romneycare), forcing us to buy a product. Then, because it forces us to buy this product, it must go further and legislate the minimum requirements of this product (or everyone would buy the cheapest version available). That legislation now includes elements some religions find offensive. How’d we get here? By involving the federal government in something it really was never intended by the founding fathers to be involved in: providing health insurance. Further, because the IRS will be in charge of enforcing compliance with the mandate, it will need to know our personal health information. The founders’ vision of limited federal power, with express limits on what the federal government can and can’t do, has been violated by Obamacare. And having the federal government in this position simply poses a threat to our freedom. The founders knew power corrupts, and while we think we can trust the government now, we don’t always know we will be able to. When will it be your religious belief that’s infringed? Or your freedom of speech? This is why the Republicans resist President Obama so much. This is why Obamacare did not get one single Republican vote. This is why Obama’s own budget was rejected by not only Republicans but his own party. And finally this is why Mitch McConnell said it was his goal to make sure Obama only had one term: to try and make sure the damage President Obama does is not long-lasting. Obamacare is a threat to our freedom, and it’s just one example.

This Ain’t Just Rhetoric.

Let me say that this is not just rhetoric. I’m not just making an argument because I want you to vote for Mitt for some other hidden reason. This is why I’m voting for Mitt, and why I honestly believe everyone should. This is what worries me about the prospect of Obama serving another term. He has already made some strides toward “transforming” America into something I believe it was never intended to be. Obamacare was one very large step in that direction. As Vice President Biden said, it was a “[blanking] big deal.” I know the further we go down this road the more difficult it is to go back. I also know the GOP will fight Obama to preserve that liberty, which is likely to result in more gridlock at a time when our government needs to work together. Unfortunately, though, cooperating with the president can mean, and has meant, the loss of some of these liberties, which makes compromise difficult.
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Wisconsin Women are All-In for Mitt Romney (#Video)

Do you feel a high sense of urgency right now? I do. Have you done enough yet to help Mitt Romney get elected as our next President? I have not; not yet. What more can we do? First and foremost: VOTE. Every last vote is so very important. Then take this next message to as many people as you can today, tomorrow, and Tuesday. Can you do that for me? Click HERE.

Milwaukee County Fairgrounds, Friday morning, Nov 2nd / Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP

Two days ago, Governor Romney held a rally at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin fairgrounds early in the morning. The crowd was so large, they had to open up overflow areas. And all of it with “frosty” temperatures!

You have to see this video of many of the women in attendance who spoke up for Governor Romney. Somehow, they didn’t get the message from Obama that Romney is waging a war on women! Click here to see the video:


VIDEO

Rebel Pundit (what a great name for a reporter!) gives us this glimpse from the event:

The energy was enthusiastic and upbeat for Romney supporters. Female voters spoke to me about the most important issues to them this coming Tuesday. The overwhelming response was jobs, the economy, and a better future for their children and grandchildren.

Many expressed tremendous concern for their kids, who are already struggling to find jobs, even with a college degree. They also flatly rejected that there is a “war on women” which President Obama’s campaign claims is being waged by the Republican Party, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan.

Attendees also felt strongly that the momentum is on the side of Mitt Romney.

Governor Scott Walker with Governor Romney (Photo: David Goldman / AP)



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Hurricane Sandy: Romney Campaign Continues Focus on Relief Effort

GOP presidential candidate, former MA Governor Mitt Romney takes bags of food as they are donated for victims of Hurricane Sandy at an event held today at James S. Trent Arena in Kettering, OH. Oct 30, 2012
(Photo – Charles Dharapak/ AP)

While weather effects of super storm Hurricane Sandy are not yet over and rescue efforts are underway, the Romney/Ryan storm relief effort continues. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Ann Romney have not stopped! Governor Romney was in Kettering, Ohio this morning and will be in Tampa, Florida this evening. Today, Paul Ryan will speak at a stop at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota. He’ll then journey to his home state, Wisconsin for additional events. Ann Romney is in Wisconsin and will be in Iowa later today. All three will thank diligent volunteers who are collecting/delivering items for storm relief from Romney Victory Centers.

Governor Romney today in Ohio:

We have heavy hearts as you know with all the suffering going on in a major part of our country — a lot of people hurting this morning. We’re looking for all the help we can get for all the families that need.” – Mitt Romney



Congressman Paul Ryan today in Wisconsin will also be joined by former Wi Gov. Tommy Thompson in stops at La Crosse and Hudson. Thompson is in a tight U.S. Senate seat race against U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin. (When additional information about Ryan’s events in Minnesota and Wisconsin are available, it will be updated here.)

UPDATE:

Republican VP candidate Congressman Paul Ryan thanks volunteers and supporters at at a campaign office in Hudson, WI, where volunteers were collecting storm relief supplies. Oct 30, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)

Paul Ryan and Tommy Thompson visit Hudson

Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of men, women, children and students waited for over an hour so see Paul Ryan, vice presidential candidate. Tommy Thompson, the former governor and now Republican candidate for U.S. Senator arrived at the Hudson Victory Center shortly before Ryan.

An effort at Republican Victory Centers throughout Wisconsin to collect food, dog food and other essential supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy took place in Hudson Tuesday.

Hundreds of people arrived bringing their donations and the hope to see vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The donations will be going to an organization called Nourish America. They will shipped to Pennsylvannia for distribution to areas of the East Coast hardest hit. Ryan also called for donations to be made to the Red Cross. …

Ann Romney today in Wisconsin:

Whenever there’s a crisis in this country, what do we all do? We put aside party, we come together, we put our arms together and we solve the problems.” – Ann Romney

More:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife encouraged people to donate to the Red Cross at a Green Bay area campaign office.

Ann Romney told a packed room of volunteers and other supporters that this is a time for Americans to unite for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

She also urged people to pray for the storm victims.

Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker introduced her after urging the crowd to give blood.



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Swing-State Sunday Newspapers Receive ‘Mittzine’

Look what’s coming out tomorrow in about 4.5 MILLION Sunday papers…

Mittzine!

It’s an informative, colorful, 12-page publication titled Decision 2012: Who are the Romneys? and is similar to ‘Parade’ and other Sunday inserts. Not only does it feature the Romney family biography, it has a page with stories about Paul Ryan, a chart comparing Obama with The Gov, Romney’s leadership helping to find a missing girl, a Romney/Ryan themed cross word puzzle, and more. Testimonials from former Obama supporters, including U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, are included on the back page.

Voters in crucial swing-states Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Florida will find it in their newspapers tomorrow (more than 160 newspapers), including: The Des Moines Register, The Richmond Times Dispatch, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

To check out the interactive voter guide, just click on the magazine page below, then use your mouse to navigate through the pages. If you click on ‘enlarge’ use arrrows at the top of the page, or at the side of each page, or click on images at the bottom. (Remember to use your ‘escape’ key [esc] to exit.) ENJOY!

The ‘Mittzine’ was paid for by super PAC ‘Ending Spending Action Fund’which was founded by Chicago Cubs baseball team owner, Joe Ricketts. The group focuses on reducing congressional earmark spending and now includes federal government spending cuts and debt reduction.

Excellent!

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#comMITTed: New Romney Facebook App Makes it Easy to Contact Friends in Swing States – USE IT!

I was just browsing TechCrunch and caught an article that talks about the cleverness of the newest, official Romney Facebook app: Commit to Mitt.

After connecting to your Facebook account, the app automatically finds all of your friends that live in swing states and — whether by private message or by posting on their timeline — makes it easy for you to encourage them to support Mitt Romney.

Honestly, I was surprised to see that I had many friends who currently live in swing states. I used the app to send each of them a personalized note, asking them to Commit to Mitt and to encourage their friends to do the same. Easy stuff.

If you’re not one for making phone calls or knocking doors, this may be the best way that you could have a personal impact on the results of the election (just 13 days from now!). Please take a moment to ask influential friends in your network to vote for Mitt Romney — let’s make sure we use this awesome tool to win it for Mitt!
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Amid Autumn’s Heated Campaign, Do Romney/Ryan Families Find Time to Chill?

With the Romney’s attending church today in Belmont, MA and the Governor spending time preparing for Tuesday’s presidential debate, I thought it might be relaxing for Romney/Ryan supporters to look back on the week. Let’s see if the Romney and Ryan families are finding time amid the heated campaign to enjoy October, a bit of Mother Nature’s beauty, and just chill…

Kick off your shoes and take your time.

Here’s an autumn Romney/Ryan photo essay

With cold rain falling in sheets, Governor Mitt Romney rallied stalwart supporters at a campaign event in Newport News, Virginia. Oct 8, 2012 (photographer unknown)


The chill in the air didn’t stop the crowd from coming to see GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaign amid the hay bales in Van Meter, Iowa. Oct 9, 2012 (Photo – Evan Vucci/AP)


GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan and wife Janna size up pumpkins for just the right jack-o-lantern at the Apple Holler Pumpkin Patch in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. Oct 7, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)


October 11, 2012 – Ann Romney writes, “Bought Craig some vanilla fudge at Kilwins in Sarasota today. Can you believe he doesn’t like chocolate?!” (photographer unknown)


Janna Ryan (left) watches as her husband, Paul Ryan helps his daughter, Liza, dip a caramel apple. Ryan’s other children, Charlie and Sam, eagerly await their turn. (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)


Paul Ryan indulges in a fall rite of passage – the tailgate party! He’s pictured loading his plate at the Bowling green University vs Miami University of Ohio football game in Ohio. Oct 13, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)


Paul Ryan makes a toss in a game with son Charlie before a football game at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio. Oct 13, 2012 (Photo – Sentinel-Tribune, Enoch Wu/AP)


Ann Romney, bundled up to stay warm, took a detour on the way from Hudsonville, Michigan to the Detroit suburb of Franklin to visit the Peanut Shop in downtown Lansing. She bought some trick-or-treat goodies including cashews and cinnamon almonds she said were Mitt’s favorite. She also picked up some ‘sour jelly pumpkins’ for the grandchildren. Yum! The Detroit News quoted her saying “I love it here.” Oct 12, 2012 (Photo – AP)


At The Peanut Shop in Lansing, Michigan, Ann Romney takes time to greet sisters Jenna, left, whom she wished a happy 4th birthday, and Audrey Carrier. Oct 12, 2012 (Photo Dale G. Young/The Detroit News)

Did you happen to see Ann co-host on Good Morning America last week?

Standing in front of a backdrop of straw bales, pumpkins, and a tractor, Ann Romney speaks with supporters at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She spent the day campaigning through the state. (Photo – Charles V. Tines/The Detroit News)

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More Voices Join: Romney Right on Best Way to Save Auto Industry

I said in my prior post that Mitt often comes to the right answer a couple beats before others do. Today’s Detroit News features an op ed from Hal Sperlich, a former president of Chrysler from 1984-88 and a member of the Automotive Hall of Fame, entitled “Romney was Right on Detroit Bankruptcy.” This article illustrates the point.

The entirety of Mr. Sperlich’s piece is below, but highlighted below are a few critical points we have made here on this site previously:

1. Obama’s assertion he saved the US auto industry while Governor Romney would have let it go under is simply not true.

2. Obama’s plan mirrored Mitt’s plan, with a couple key differences:

* Obama used $80 billion in taxpayer cash, about $25 billion is still at risk.

* Mitt’s “far superior” plan would have only guaranteed automaker obligations, not offered cash.

* Mitt’s plan would have built competitiveness, the key to long term success.

3. Mitt was not proposing abandoning the auto industry, that’s only an Obama soundbite. Mitt’s plan would have been less expensive and more successful.

Here’s the entire piece.

No, Mitt didn’t want to abandon the US auto industry. He wanted to save it, and his plan was better and cheaper:

Romney was right on Detroit bankruptcy
By Hal Sperlich

President Barack Obama alleges that he saved the U.S. auto industry, whereas Gov. Mitt Romney would have let the U.S. automakers go under.

Not true.

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times dated Nov. 18, 2008, Romney proposed a plan to enable GM and Chrysler to survive as strong competitors through a managed bankruptcy.

Four months later, the Obama administration proposed a similar managed bankruptcy, but with two very important differences.

The Obama administration proposed a very costly bailout of the two companies with $80 billion of taxpayer cash, a process started by President George W. Bush with $17 billion of TARP money. Close to $25 billion of those taxpayer funds remain uncollected, still tarnishing the GM brand with the label “Government Motors.”

The Romney plan was far superior.

First, it proposed using government guaranteed private financing, similar to what we did with Chrysler back in 1980, not massive quantities of precious taxpayer cash, as was done by the Obama administration. Second, as a man who has led many business and public sector turnarounds, Romney recognized that the auto companies not only had to survive the crisis, but they had to build the strength to allow them to be stronger competitors in the years to follow.

Let me digress for a moment to make a point. I was privileged to be in a leadership role during the Lee Iacocca led Chrysler turnaround that began in 1980. In fairly short order, we converted the world’s least competitive auto company into one of the most competitive. America’s first fuel-efficient front wheel drive cars, along with innovations like the first mini-vans, replaced the obsolete. Market share increased 50 percent by 1988 and, with dramatically improved costs, great labor management cooperation, major quality improvements and shared sacrifice from everyone, Chrysler became competitive and highly profitable. We baked a bigger pie so that all could share, including customers, shareholders and the folks who built the products.

That’s what competiveness does.

Just about every businessman will tell you it begins with competitiveness. If you do it better than the guy down the street, you will generate growth and jobs. If we do it better than the people in the next country, we will have more jobs here in America. It’s that simple. Competitiveness is the foundation for the prosperity we seek.

Romney understands this. He would not have abandoned GM, Chrysler and all their employees. In the end, either the Obama or the Romney approach would have provided the companies the support necessary to move forward.

But the Romney plan would have spared the taxpayer the billions invested by the Obama administration in the bailouts. Further, the more aggressive approach to new levels of efficiency proposed by Romney would have left the companies significantly more competitive.

As a result, the companies would have been better positioned to provide the long-term job security for their employees that only true competitiveness can guarantee, and to grow, adding thousands of new high paying American jobs.

In his November 2008 op-ed, Romney said, “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.”

In a way, I believe the same can be said of America at this point.

We don’t need to continue borrowing money we may never be able to repay.

America needs a turnaround.

America needs to become more competitive.

Romney understands this at a deep level and his policies are designed to enable a more robust and competitive America.

That’s what experienced leadership is all about.

UPDATE: An astute reader also caught the following post, also in the Detroit News’ op ed section: Delphi debacle spoils Obama bailout boast. One key quote:

When President Barack Obama uses the first of three debates Wednesday to tout his bailout of Detroit’s auto industry, as he surely will, Republican challenger Mitt Romney should be ready with a single number:

22,000.

That’s how many salaried retirees of the old Delphi Corp. saw their pension fund seized by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. at the behest, documents suggest, of an Obama Treasury Department that ensured no such thing happened to the Troy-based auto supplier’s unionized workers and retirees.

Even worse, as the president and his proxies hail the auto bailouts as a cornerstone of an otherwise dismal economic record, they’re slow-walking congressional demands to explain fully why taxpayer dollars were used to favor the pensions of Delphi’s union employees over their salaried counterparts — many of them located in the politically critical battleground state of Ohio.

Getting to Know the Real Paul Ryan (VIDEOS)

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan crouches down to greet a toddler at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Monday. (Photo – Robert Ray/AP)

Today marks one week since Congressman Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney’s running mate. Curiosity about the next potential vice president of the USA has skyrocketed since the announcement. FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren devoted the full hour of her program last night to learning more about Paul Ryan. Reporter Griff Jenkins also contributed.

From Janesville, Wisconsin to VP:


VP Paul Ryan: Hometown boy:

All in the Ryan family:


Uncut – A look at Ryan’s high school years:


To hear the high opinion others have of Paul Ryan validates what we already know of him. He and Governor Romney are going to be outstanding for America.

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Lots of Love for Romney / Ryan in Waukesha, WI (VIDEO)

Yesterday’s Romney/Ryan bus tour ended in Waukesha, Wisconsin where an enthusiastic crowd, estimated at 10,000, greeted the new GOP ticket. Newly-announced GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was on home ground and the throngs of well-wishers didn’t hold back…

It was a touching and emotional homecoming for Ryan.

Thousands cheered for Ryan and his family as they took the stage in the Waukesha County Expo Center. A visibly emotional Ryan wiped tears from his eyes as he joked that half the crowd — estimated by the campaign at 10,000 — was made up of his relatives. He is a fifth generation Wisconsinite and many Ryans have resided in nearby Janesville.

“My veins run with cheese, bratwurst, a little Spotted Cow, Leiney’s, and some Miller. I was raised on the Packers, Badgers, Bucks and Brewers. I like to hunt here, I like to fish here, I like to snowmobile here. I even think ice fishing is interesting,” Ryan said, calling out his favorite state foods and sports teams. “I’m a Wisconsinite through and through, and I just got to tell you how much this means to be home.”

One of the best rallies I’ve seen… Take a look at this crowd:

Romney / Ryan: The crowd was estimated at 10,000 at the Welcome Home rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Aug 12, 2012 (Photo by DG Jackson, click on image to enlarge.)

Ryan and Romney both gave fantastic speeches. When a couple of hecklers let loose as The Gov was speaking, the crowd responded with chants of USA! USA! USA! Romney responded swiftly and powerfully. As the last heckler was ushered away, Romney strongly admonished Obama for the sleazy campaign he’s running: “Mr. President, take your campaign out of the gutter and let’s talk about the real issues that America faces!

The crowd ROARED with exuberant approval. (Way to go, Governor! Keep it up!)

Here’s video of the entire inspiring event (has to be viewed full-screen):

Thank you, Wisconsin!

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