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, 2021 (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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Romney is Right on an Entitled Society! He Cares! ***UPDATED***


The left is making hay over a recent statement attributed to Mitt Romney; A statement that resonates as being true and consistent with most reasonable and rational thinkers. A similar statement is also attributed to Alexander Tyler [Tytler], a Scottish lawyer and history professor at the University of Edinburgh in the late 1700’s- “A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.” The statement has also been attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, although Tyler precedes him in attribution. The fact remains, A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. History proves the point! These issues are further described in the preamble of, On The Brink, America’s Choice 2012.

***UPDATED***

Romney responds to fundraising video:

And here is the video that all of this is about:

By the way, the context of Mitt’s comments are not in dispute by Democrats, Republicans or Independents. The facts are supported wherein those of lesser education and financial means who are Democrats will support Obama, and those of higher education and financial means who are Republicans will support Romney. Unfortunate as it is, we are a divided society, made worse by Obama’s continued class warfare. Clearly, the poor have found favor in Obama’s willingness to purchase them further with greater dependency. And, Obama’s want to purchase the greater part of our society with debt and dependency - the middle class is what is so frightening. Even so, the majority of American’s (for the time being), if given a choice, would chose a job over a welfare or entitlement check.

If Obama really cared about the disenfranchised, poor and ‘entitled’ in our society he would not oppress them by further entitlement and dependency, but lift them up with opportunity. Mitt Romney has stated time and time again, the greatest means to elevate people from poverty and entitlement is the free enterprise system, and HE IS RIGHT! The fact that Mitt Romney espouses the policies of free enterprise that he does is because it works, and because he cares! In today’s society the Obama soothsayers and flatterers are trying to redefine the terms, ‘good and bad’ - they promote what is good (free enterprise and self reliance) as bad, and what is bad (dependency and debt) as good. A purchased society is not a free society.

Obama and Romney are vying for the ‘middle class independent’ vote because of the current divide. The message is clear from each - Obama is trying to purchase the middle class independents by offering generous gifts from a depleted and debt burdened treasury; Romney is advocating opportunity, free markets and free enterprise as a means to elevate society. Obama is shrouding his campaign in secrecy, distortions and lies; Romney is being truthful and returning to principles of freedom and democracy that have made America the exceptional nation that it is! As Romney states in the video, the ‘Middle Class’ and Independents will be the primary determinants of who wins the election at the end of the day. Therefore the question remains for the ‘Middle Class’ and Independents, who cares more for your interest and who will have a greater impact on your future, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? I am grateful that Mitt Romney cares enough to put it all on the line and stand for principles that will restore our nation in opposition to Barack Obama whose ideology will destroy our nation and our freedoms.

***UPDATE***

While in Orange County, Mitt Romney convened a press conference to offer additional color to the comments taken out of context here. Somehow the results of Romney’s fundraiser tonight were elevated - do you really think there is an absence of energy among Republicans? More crowds, more contributions, MORE ENERGY!

And Hugh Hewitt provides further commentary here. Regarding the mainstream media, facts? Who needs facts!

Say what you will, but for me and my house, I choose freedom over dependency. I care about the poor, I care about the needy, I care about the entitled, and have served them all of my life. The greatest thing any of us can do for them is wean them from society’s entitlement and create opportunity that lifts them from the burdens they bear. For those who are unable, it is our responsibility to care for them! This is not the message of Barack Obama, This is the message of Mitt Romney!

The choice is clear, Barack Obama is an advocate for a dependent society reliant upon entitlements.

History Revisited? 1980 Perspectives from Carter-Reagan…Obama-Romney?


In January 1980, ABC News and Harris Survey’s released the following headline - Carter Now Far Ahead of Both Reagan and Bush, with the introduction statement: “President Carter so dominates the American political scene now that his margin over Ronald Reagan in a post-Iowa trial heat has risen to an overwhelming 65-31 percent. And against George [HW] Bush, the GOP candidate who finished first in the recent Iowa caucuses, Carter leads by only a slightly lower 62-32 percent.”

A chart of the 1980 polls leading up to the election, recently published by Forbes, offers some additional insights to some of our failed memories.

Fortunately for America, the polling wasn’t reflective of reality. Will history repeat itself? The video posted by Vic Lundquist (here) of Bill O’Reilly’s talking points provides further substance to the argument, and is worthy of watching.

Current polls, in reflection upon 1980, are interesting.

Some comparative statistics, 1980-2012, are equally revealing (see below). The key statistical similarities tell their own story, but when you further juxtapose Jimmy Carter’s philosophical want and solution for bigger government vis-a-vis Ronald Reagan’s return to smaller government, lower taxes and empowerment of private enterprise; and Obama’s Carter-minded approach vis-a-vis Romney’s Reagan-minded approach, the question arises - will history repeat itself? In addition to statistical analytics and philosophical divides, you also have similarities in the incompetence factors of Carter and Obama against the leadership/experience competency of Reagan and Romney.

As if this historical perspective is not enough, compound the analysis with Obama’s oppressive $5,000,000,000,000 of additional US debt (more than all previous US Presidents combined), consecutive trillion dollar deficits to support reprehensible spending, nearly $16,000,000,000,000 in borrowings that exceed our annual GDP, Obamacare taxation, and a fractious divide unmatched in recent history - the argument becomes even more compelling for change.

Even so, it is still July and with historical perspective, the real campaign won’t engage until after Labor Day. Presently, Obama seems to be flailing and spending like a drunken sailor. He is wanting to engage Mitt Romney on every other subject but the economy and his record. Obama’s continued and constant attacks on character, competence, class warfare and experience reflect a campaign without substance, purpose or message. On the other hand Mitt Romney continues to be measured and focused on what matters; remaining resolute in his key message about the economy. After all, by every measure, it is the economy that matters to so many.

This will be a campaign where discipline, character and competence matter. Yes, Mr. Obama’s likability factors are high and people seem to like him for the time being (as they did Carter) - but when push comes to shove and economic pressures are prevailing; when real unemployment and reported unemployment remain at 14.9% and 8.2%, respectively; when home foreclosures remain at all time highs; when poverty indicators remain at all time highs; when median incomes decline by $4,600; when people are just plain tired of being tired and fighting the daily battle for survival; and when consumer confidence is at an all-time low amid uncertainty at an all time high - likability is less consequential to the electorate. This is an election about competence and restoring our Belief in America; that better days are ahead!

I personally take comfort in an historical perspective and even more so in Mitt Romney. A man who has been prepared for this day, and whose capacity to lead America to better days ahead is unparalleled to any who have preceded him in our lifetime. Fortunately our nation has, through its history, seen men and women arise amid uncertainty, trial and tribulation to lead with principle in our nation’s defining moments. This is such a time, and Mitt Romney is such a man!

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Private Equity Deceptions?

Bewildered or Deceptive?

The failure of President Obama and his advocates, including the mainstream media, to understand economics 101 is distressing to say the least. Whether it is intentional duplicity, guile, or dishonesty on his part, or just plain ignorance because he doesn’t understand – it is disconcerting and frightening that our President would be so irresponsible as to lead American’s astray from truth!

Recent attacks against free enterprise and private equity by Barack Obama and his apologists are the tip of the iceberg and reflect an underlying agenda that is alarming. Even so, let’s address the attacks with substance and truth. The attacks are seeking to vilify the free enterprise system, private equity investors, and specifically Mitt Romney because of his business success. Barack Obama wants to disparage those who have been successful in business and fails to realize that rising tides float all boats. It is the foundation for his class warfare argument! Truth is, if we do not have a successful free enterprise system, no one, and I mean no one benefits. If we disrupt the balance and supplant the free enterprise system with government, we all lose and the middle class will disappear - in fact, we will elevate the impoverished. It is in our free enterprise system, and it’s success, that we overcome poverty. Why else have we seen nations around the world, even socialistic and communistic nations, adopt free enterprise? Within this context, free enterprise and private equity are synonymous.

Private equity in its simplest form is the foundation of free enterprise and economic markets. Anyone who invests capital directly into a business with a hoped for economic return is engaged in some form or degree of private equity. Whether you are Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, the owner of a small business selling jewelry out of your home, or a large private equity fund, you invest time and capital into building a business and making it successful – this is basis for the private equity markets. Interestingly, you may not even be aware that you are a private equity investor. If you have pension or retirement funds (IRA or 401k) and are invested in the debt or equity markets, you are participating in private equity investments in one form or another; if you have donated to a charity or not-for-profit you may be, tangentially, a private equity investor; it is only a matter of degree. Private equity investors are individuals, pension funds, charitable funds, educational foundations, governments, corporations, etc., each of whom provide capital to build and sustain free enterprise markets and businesses. That said, no one invests their money with an expectation to fail, only to succeed; and success comes with sustainability and a return of capital and then some. The role of government is not to constrain these markets, but to encourage and expand them. For in such we see the ‘private equity multiplier effect.’ The ‘private equity multiplier effect’ is most easily seen in job creation, wealth creation and innovation.

Mitt Romney creates billions of dollars for others

Mitt Romney’s self-made business successes have come under attack from President Obama. We read that his success has created personal wealth estimated at $350+ million. What isn’t discussed are the billions of dollars of wealth created for so many others. What Mitt Romney garnered in wealth from his business success is nominal compared to what he has created for so many others, including pension fund and retirement accounts for many Americans, charities, employers, employees, individual investors and shareholders, and businesses. If one understands the multiplier effect of wealth creation, this means that in his career, Mitt Romney has had a profound and extended impact in the lives of innumerable Americans – far beyond the 100,000 jobs created in and as a result of his work.

The President of the United States has available to him the full resource of the United States. He has access to the brightest and most capable economic minds on the planet, and yet he doesn’t understand basic economics? He doesn’t understand the private equity multiplier effect? Or, he does and deliberately seeks to misinform the public? Either way, it is irresponsible and/or dishonest! The President of the United States is held to a higher standard. As a people we entrust him with the burden of care and stewardship to lead with integrity. We trust him to put country above self, and not subordinate American’s to ignorance, deception and deceit for personal power or position. He has a sacred trust and stewardship to lead with integrity and truth. This is a standard that all who have been elected to public office must abide. Even so, many don’t, and neither is this President.

It has been said that the fear of losing the office of POTUS is greater than the want to secure it; and it is becoming more and more apparent that Barack Obama, and those who advocate for him, are willing to abandon truth and integrity in an effort to preserve power and position. Their want for power and position, and willingness to do whatever it takes to preserve it, is frightening given the agenda they hold to neuter and undermine America’s divine exceptionalism and freedoms.

Fundamental to America’s economic strength, and consequentially our freedom, is our adoption of free enterprise and “free markets”. Free enterprise embodies the principles espoused in our Nation’s founding documents, wherein we are empowered with the agency to choose and act, within the bounds of nature’s law. In free enterprise, we act on principles embodied in such and granted by “nature’s God”, the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Barack Obama should be ashamed!


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