Mitt Romney has finally made his pick for Vice President. This morning, he chose Paul Ryan, the well-known deficit hawk. The Wisconsin representative is the architect of the deceptively named “Path to Prosperity” budget plan. Ryan wants to privatize Social Security, and continue tax cuts for the wealthy.
It is apparent from this pick that Romney has little agency when it comes to his decisions. For the most part, Romney was arm twisted into putting Ryan on the ticket. This illustrates that a Romney presidency would be heavily influenced by right wing ideologues. Paul Ryan is there as the fiscal conservative, an economic hatchet man. He wants to cut social insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid, and measures like this will hurt millions of people who are reliant on them. It is not an exaggeration that the Ryan Plan would mean more people retiring into abject poverty. See some key parts of the Ryan budget here for yourself.
The Republican Party has openly embraced austerity as a major part of its platform this election cycle. Now, this election becomes less about President Obama’s record, and more about the direction of the country for the next 4 years and beyond. There is little question about what the American people will be getting with the Romney-Ryan ticket. Now with everything on the table, in just under 3 months American voters must decide if they want increased austerity as part of their future.
-Marc W. Polite