VIDEO – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) pleaded for his Republican colleagues to “drop the demagoguery” and pass the Bush stimulus in 2002. He said the stimulus would “create jobs and help the unemployed”. Of course, when it came time to pass President Obama’s stimulus in 2009, Paul Ryan demonized stimulus spending, but was then caught begging for stimulus money for his district. He then lied about requesting the money in 2010 and earlier this year, was caught lying about it, and then admitted he requested the money.
Paul Ryan on stimulus bills and “Keynesian economics” on the House floor in 2002:
- “[Stimulus bills], when they’ve passed in the past, have grown the economy and got people back to work.”
- “In recessions, unemployment lags on even well after a recovery has taken place.”
- “[stimulus bills] are time-tested, bi-partisan solutions”
This footage of Paul Ryan from 2002 clearly proves that his current, “deficit hawk” supporter of austerity measures persona is just something that is convenient for him now. In 2010, in the wave of Tea Party anti-Obama sentiment, Paul Ryan blasted the stimulus as a “failed idea” and “government waste” that “doesn’t work”. However, as we see in this footage from 2002, Paul Ryan knows that government stimulus spending is necessary when an economy is recovering from a recession. He knows that falling unemployment lags well behind a recovery and the added injection of stimulus into the economy helps families survive until the recovery is fully realized.
Paul Ryan is the perfect running mate for Mitt Romney. They both have flip-flopped on important issues when they want to get elected and expand their power. The bottom line is they are funded by billionaires and Wall Street, and they will say anything – even if it is the complete opposite of what they have said in the past – in order to do the bidding for their corporate overlords.
One has to wonder what the Romney-Ryan duo actually believes in on a variety of issues. There is one thing that both of them have remained consistent on: they both want to cut programs that benefit the middle class and raise taxes on the poor and middle class so they can give huge tax breaks to the richest Americans.