Ryan Took Stimulus Funds After Voting Against Them, GOP Runs Away From His Budget Plan

The Boston Globe reminds usthat for many fiscally conservative politicians like Paul Ryan, the buck actually doesn't stop here.

In fact, Ryan aggressively sought the very kind of stimulus funds that he had loudly criticized as big government nonsense:


 The documents show that Ryan’s attempts to take advantage of the stimulus funds even after he voted against them was more expansive than previously reported. Ryan was criticized by some House Democrats in 2010 after the Wall Street Journal reported that he was among several Republican lawmakers who sought the stimulus money for their constituents by, in his case, writing a letter in 2010 to the Department of Labor.

The additional letters include his praise for the energy program’s aims, and clash with his own budget priorities, which call for curtailing many of the same Department of Energy investments that are designed to spur the growth of green technologies and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Furthermore, he was not so fiscally abstinent that he eschewed all earmarks:

In addition to the appeals for stimulus funds, Ryan also received congressional approval for $5.4 million in earmarks — appropriations by Congress members for specific favored projects — in fiscal 2008, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group. The requests included $3.28 million for bus service in Wisconsin, $1.38 million for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and $735,000 for the Janesville transit system.

This is only the beginning of the sort of thing a long record of votes in congress will show us about the soon-to-be Veep nominee. Read the full piece here.
Meanwhile, the GOP continues its freak-out over Ryan's budget.Politico reports first that the GOP sent out a memo spinning furiously away from the budget:

“Do not say: ‘entitlement reform,’ ‘privatization,’ ‘every option is on the table,’” the National Republican Congressional Committee said in an email memo. “Do say: ‘strengthen,’ ‘secure,’ ‘save,’ ‘preserve, ‘protect.’”

And another story reveals how the GOP is "fretting" and "panicking" about the pick:


 "In more than three dozen interviews with Republican strategists and campaign operatives - old hands and rising next-generation conservatives alike - the most common reactions to Ryan ranged from gnawing apprehension to hair-on-fire anger that Romney has practically ceded the election.

This is sure going well for the Romney campaign!



AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at August 14, 2012, 8:13am

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