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You ought to really wonder what Paul Ryan was thinking when he was originally elected to Congress in 1998.  Being one of those "highly influential" Republicans in Congress, clearly he has had many battles, especially being House Budget Committee Chairman.

However, were the battles really necessary?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan said Saturday that Republicans need to stick together and pick their fights during President Barack Obama's second term, rejecting some White House proposals outright and trying to infuse others with conservative principles.

In a speech to conservatives, the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee said Obama would attempt to divide Republicans but that the party must avoid internal squabbles as it seeks to rebound from a second straight presidential loss.

"We can't get rattled. We won't play the villain in his morality plays. We have to stay united," Ryan said at the National Review Institute event. "We have to show that if given the chance, we can govern. We have better ideas."

Congressman Ryan, if you have better ideas, why didn't you reveal them during the 2002-2008 years which President Bush was in office where you voted to continue to fund the Iraq War which ended up bringing up the deficit and debt to levels sky high to where the U.S. government could not effectively deal with the looming Great Recession, which was created at least in part because of deregulation that your party fought for?

So yes, it would be very interesting that after all those years fighting the Iraq War, the debt and deficit that has built up, the Great Recession, the many jobs that were lost, the loads of wealth of U.S. citizens lost, more lives being lost in the Middle East because of the Iraq War, a credit downgrade by the S&P thanks to fighting over the debt ceiling in July 2011, the cutting of Medicare & Social Security in an inartful yet cunning way in Ryan's own budget and continuous lying over the real facts and a host of other things that Congressman Ryan thinks the GOP really should stay more focused?

Now this on "conservatism."

"If we want to promote conservatism, we'll need to use every tool at our disposal," Ryan said. "Sometimes, we will have to reject the president's proposals – that time may come more than once. And sometimes we'll have to make them better." He said Republicans should have two main goals for the next four years, namely "to mitigate bad policies" and "to advance good policy wherever we can."
"If" we want to promote conservatism.  Here's the problem: NO one wants conservatism.  The U.S. is becoming more moderate now, not conservative.  Sure, there are a number of conservative regions throughout the U.S. but not everywhere is Oklahoma or Alabama.

Now being fiscally conservative, that I can understand so long as it means we don't run debt up to trillions of dollars to where we need to create a stimulus package that runs up debt more just to give an ailing U.S. economy a boost.  Maybe being fiscally responsible is the right word.

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan said Republicans needed to guard against a debt crisis for the country that would undermine the economy. He said he would promote changes to Medicare and Medicaid and would propose a budget "that will balance and pay down the debt."

But November's election results still linger. Ryan said he was "disappointed" by the outcome, saying he was "looking forward to taking on the big challenges" while living at the vice president's residence. "My kids were looking forward to having a pool," he joked.

Once again, the argument Paul Ryan and his colleagues are making doesn't add up, no matter how hard they try to fight for "conservatism."  Joe Biden points this out:

Isn't it time to get on the DCCC and have them commit to the WI-01 Congressional race in 2014?

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Originally posted to pipsorcle on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:20 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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