In 2008 Barack Obama ran a campaign with the tagline of hope and change. Now four years later Americans have lost hope in the country’s future and the only change has been that our country is steadily falling deeper into debt. It is 2012 and the facts need to be addressed.
America is in serious trouble. No matter which side of the political aisle you stand on, the truth of where America is headed is commonly accepted. The economy is in rough shape. Our foreign relations with a multitude of nations lie in shambles. Meanwhile here on the home front the unemployment rate is currently hovering right around 8.2% which is up from 4.9% in February of 2008.
All the while in Washington, our selected leaders seem to be unable to right the sinking ship because of never-ending political war where the battle lines have been drawn countless times with neither side willing to give up any ground to the other.
It seems obvious that in order for America to move forward together, our leaders must be united, united as one political entity that will work tirelessly for the good of the American people and the ideals this country was founded upon.
So who can be this unique leader? Can we afford another four years of our current policies with the subsequent rate of decline? Can one man possibly hope to unify the country and offer a realistic vision for the future? Four years ago people thought that President Obama could be that man. Yet clearly his policies have led us down the wrong path. Perhaps there is a man who could infuse this nation with new life. I say why not give Paul Ryan a chance? At least he is a man with a forward-thinking plan.
Paul Ryan contains no secrets. His agenda seems simple: cut the power and cost of the federal government and allow individuals and businesses to grow or falter based upon nothing but their own ingenuity and resourcefulness. He is a bona fide genius when it comes to fiscal planning and for the first time in years his budget proposal outlines not just a plan, but a solution - a solution that hinges on our trusted politicians putting their selfish egos behind them and working towards a national fix before it is too late.
Here is where Paul Ryan has the chance to change everything He has the know-how and a plan that can appeal to both political parties as well as the ability to clearly articulate the benefits of such a plan. Not only can he show the nation the truth of its debt crisis, but he can open a door to a brighter future in the process.
He may be a dedicated conservative, but his plan goes beyond party lines. See Ryan is smart enough to know that drilling for oil everywhere will not be the solution to our economic crisis. Yet at the same time he also realizes we can’t just throw money towards unnecessary stimulus packages. The solution lies in changing the behavior of Americans and how we go about taxing and spending our money. It is a plan that seems so simple, yet somehow has eluded us for much too long.
Paul Ryan can walk the line between conservatives and liberals in a way no one else seems to be able to do. This coming November election is not about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. It can’t be. Bigger issues like the future of our country are at stake. It’s time to end this bureaucratic stalemate and put someone in Washington who can pilot this sinking ship out of these stormy waters. We can’t rely upon promises of hope and change any longer. What this country needs is the hope that it can change back. Back to the time when capitalism drove America’s financial future and people put their faith not in big government but in the people that propelled this nation forward.