Paul Ryan’s MUST-HEAR Speech in Cleveland: War on Poverty? Poverty is Winning

GOP V.P. candidate Congressman Paul Ryan gestures while speaking of the war on poverty during a speech at the Walter B. Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Oct 24, 2012 (Photo – Tony Dejak/AP)

A packed auditorium awaited him…

Congressman Paul Ryan today was very warmly received today as he walked on stage at the University of Cleveland in Ohio. With his unique, clear capacity to speak succinctly on the enriching principles of our free enterprise system, Ryan delivered a powerhouse speech on upward mobility and the economy.

War on Poverty? Poverty is Winning

FOX 8 Cleveland offers this preview:


WATCH Ryan’s entire speech here (begins @:37).

Transcript of Ryan’s compelling speech:

UPWARD MOBILITY AND THE ECONOMY

Thank you very much for that warm welcome – and thank you Jimmy, for that great introduction. I want to thank everyone at Cleveland State University for your kind hospitality. I especially want to thank President Berkman for his help in making this happen. And of course, none of us would be here today without the extraordinary work of Bob Woodson and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Thank you, Bob, for bringing us together today.

We are here in partnership on behalf of an idea – that no matter who your parents are, no matter where you come from, you should have the opportunity in America to rise, to escape from poverty, and to achieve whatever your God-given talents and hard work enable you to achieve.

In so many ways, our nation’s history has been a long struggle to bring opportunity into every life. Our nation was founded on the creed that “all men are created equal” – that we all possess equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But, of course, equality of opportunity hasn’t always been a fact of life in our country – it’s been something we’ve had to constantly fight for. It’s a cause that continues to this day.

Even though so many barriers to equality have fallen, too many old inequities persist. Too many children, especially African-American and Hispanic children, are sent into mediocre schools and expected to perform with excellence. African-American and Hispanic children make up only 38 percent of the nation’s overall students, but they are 69 percent of the students in schools identified as lowest performing.

That’s unacceptable. We owe every child a chance to succeed. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, we owe them “an unfettered start and a fair chance in the race of life.” Upward mobility is the central promise of life in America. But right now, America’s engines of upward mobility aren’t working the way they should.

Mitt Romney and I are running because we believe that Americans are better off in a dynamic, free-enterprise-based economy that fosters economic growth, opportunity and upward mobility instead of a stagnant, government-directed economy that stifles job creation and fosters government dependency.

There is something wrong in our country when 40 percent of children born to parents in the lowest fifth of earners never know anything better. The question before us today – and it demands a serious answer – is how do we get the engines of upward mobility turned back on, so that no one is left out from the promise of America?

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Avoiding the Liberal Traps — Exploited by Gingrich & Obama

One Letter to the Editor in February 2nd edition of the Journal (by Jim Fini):

I couldn’t agree more with Donald Luskin (“Newt’s Bain Opportunism Is Mitt’s Opportunity,” op-ed, Jan. 17). As Mitt Romney has so aptly pointed out, the attacks he has endured for his ties to Bain Capital would be expected from President Obama and the Democrats but not from fellow Republicans.

Bain Capital invested in my company and helped me bring it from the basement of my house to a profitable enterprise employing 350 people in a few years. Not all companies are like Enservio, and most fail within the first couple of years of inception. Career politicians like Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Barack Obama never mention such failures but rather focus on the few successes.

Even with the failure of companies in a typical investment portfolio, the net jobs and wealth created are most always higher than the negative capital and jobs lost. If this wasn’t true, investors would not continue to invest.

Furthermore, jobs are lost only temporarily as companies reform with new capital, more seasoned entrepreneurs and employees who are smarter than the last time. I am one of those entrepreneurs for whom failure was a requisite for success. It is this engine of creative destruction and rebirth that is a critical component of our country’s strength.

I love America and want it to remain the land of freedom and opportunity, but bashing companies like Bain Capital or people like Mitt Romney who support our country’s job-creation engine isn’t how to do it.

Jim Fini

President and Founder

Enservio Inc.

Needham, Mass.

[emphasis added]

From the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal (2/2/12):

Title: What Mitt Really Meant

Mitt Romney was a turnaround artist in business, which is in contrast to his artlessness when he departs from his political script. Today we’ll try to decode his latest adventure in spontaneous lingua franca, and if necessary we’re prepared to make this a long-running series right through November. Like Twain said of Wagner’s music, Mr. Romney is better than he sounds.

As everyone has by now heard, Mr. Romney celebrated his Florida primary victory Wednesday by offering a bouquet to President Obama’s re-election committee, declaring in a CNN interview that “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” He then added, “We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it,” and then, “I’m not concerned about the very rich,” and then, “I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90%, 95% of Americans who right now are struggling.”

Asked to elaborate, he continued, awkwardly, “You can focus on the very poor, that’s not my focus. The middle-income Americans, they’re the folks that are really struggling right now and they need someone that can help get this economy going for them.” So Mr. Romney finally got to his real point, which was about economic growth, but the wait was—how to put it?—excruciating.

Democrats have responded by invoking Dickens at the blacking factory and

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Mitt Romney doesn’t care about poor people? WRONG!

In the 24 hour news cycle, the story of the day has been Mitt’s comments to CNN in the early morning after his Florida win. While I think even the most ardent Romney fan would admit that this could and should have (and will be) phrased more adeptly, the liberals have taken and run with the partial quote that he’s “not concerned with the very poor” … It looks worse in print that in the context of the interview:

Mitt cares deeply about the poor, and his actions speak louder than words. How many “journalists” have bothered to mention that Mitt has given over $7,000,000 (SEVEN FREAKING MILLION!) to charitable organizations in just the last two years? Records from before then show the Romney’s consistent giving millions upon millions to organizations that care for the poor. By contrast, Joe Biden gave only $3690 to charity in an entire decade … that’s PROOF of someone that doesn’t care about the poor. From 2001-4, the Obamas made nearly a million dollars, but donated LESS THAN 1% of that income to charity.

Or what about when Mitt gave cash out of his pocket to the lady in South Carolina who said God guided her to follow Romney’s campaign bus to find help to keep her lights on? The EXACT SAME CNN REPORTER (Soledad) even reported about that a couple of weeks ago … does she have no memory?

Mitt doesn’t care about poor people? Demonstrably false and easy to debunk (and this is without even delving into fact that Mitt, as a Mormon Bishop for several years, dedicated much of his time to caring for the poor in a very “hands on” fashion). If Obama and team push this theme it will come back to bite them. Mitt’s done more to care for the poor than any snarky reporter or any of his political rivals.

Recall Vic’s post from a couple days back that highlighted Romney’s life of service and included the following YouTube:

Additionally, Brit Hume on Fox News today adroitly argued that anyone who wants to “make hay” or be offended by this out-of-context quote wouldn’t be voting for a GOP candidate anyways. I’d have to agree.

Romney Secures Strong, Bold Endorsement from The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman
This Op-Ed endorsement from The Oklahoman editorial board I find to be extraordinary for three reasons: 1) It is from the South (though Oklahomans probably consider themselves middle America), 2) The opinion is rich with significant facts establishing Romney’s superior leadership skills and experience, and 3) The content is quite effusive in support of Romney as the board excoriates Obama by contrast.

I vividly remember history of four years ago when the South was cool on Romney. As a Romney supporter, I was astonished at the time that McCain was getting traction there. In hindsight, I realize that one of the reasons was that people didn’t look deeply into Governor Romney’s amazing leadership experience and unusual successes. This time is different. The Oklahoman is not only providing this strong voice of reason, they are taking this step very early in the process, securing a bold leadership position in the South.

Powerful advice to the nation at the beginning of this piece:

“Let’s unite behind a man who can beat Obama and let’s do it sooner rather than later….That man is Mitt Romney.”

Chief Executive, Governor Romney

Chief Executive, Governor Romney


Consider these parting comments of the editorial board:

“The time to unite behind Romney is now, not after Iowa or New Hampshire or the Oklahoma primary in early March. Now!”

I can just imagine a vigorous discussion among board members as they considered the credentials of a man they probably know well from Georgia. There were probably a few on the board that would prefer a Southerner over any other candidate as was the case of Huckabee. I would have loved to be a gnat on the wall to hear that discussion! To hear that exchange would have been fascinating. The entire article is excellent and leaving excerpts here doesn’t do it justice, but for those of you with very limited time, here are some of the standout quotes (each excerpt is taken out of context but in sequence):

“Voices of common sense, not anger and entitlement, spring from the Heartland. We must raise our voice again because America is in trouble. We stand and watch as our country plummets deeper into polarization. We are divided by a divisive president — Republicans and Democrats, wealthy and poor, employed and unemployed.”

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