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Paul Ryan Receives Applause from Crowds in Greendale

Paul Ryan pushed his 'Path to Prosperity' budget at Friday's listening session to about 280 people.

Paul Ryan received a standing ovation from the crowd of about 280 people gathered for his Greendale listening session on Friday. 

He started the event with a 15-minute presentation about the threat of the debt crisis and reducing government regulations and spending. He then took questions from the crowd.

The crowd cheered and clapped whenever Ryan spoke against healthcare government regulation. He presented charts that displayed increasing U.S. debt projections by the end of the century, comparing them to European countries.

“Our debt levels are at that point of European level,” Ryan said. “Now the good thing for us and the reason we are not in a debt crisis right is that we are the world’s rerserve currency. We have the U.S. dollar. That buys us more time.”

Ryan stressed preventing an economic crisis. He also said the economy would shut down by the 2030s if spending continues in its current path.

Ryan listed five items to reform government spending:

  • Control spending
  • Cut corporate welfare spending
  • A safety net that promotes upward mobility
  • Patient-Centered Medicare Reforms
  • Pro-Growth Tax Reform

He turned to welfare and food stamps as a way to make cuts that would make a more efficient safety net. He praised welfare reforms of 1996, saying it pushed people to get jobs and leave welfare.

“If we see this problem coming to our economy, if we see this threat to our seniors, if we see this threat to our kids, if we see this threat to our jobs or economy, we have a moral legal obligations to do something about it,” Ryan said.

One man asked what Republicans are trying to do to fix the problem.

Ryan answered, saying there are people in both parties that agree with some of the same reforms and mainly they are trying to “fix the problem before it gets out of hand.”

One man told Ryan that the biggest problem is healthcare.

“You talk about your plan ...that you are able to shop around and bring it down. My question is, we have a pool in this country of 370 million people. We are all in the pool and everyone gets healthcare, which is the right thing to do in this country. We shouldn’t have 50 million people without healthcare…why can’t we use this pool bring down the cost and make it across the board for everyone. I don’t want my children and grandchildren to be one pink slip away from healthcare.”

Ryan said that this country needs a better system where everyone should have access to healthcare, regardless of pre-existing conditions and employment status.

"Healthcare spending is the biggest driver of our debt," Ryan said.

Rayn said that if there is one big pool that would eliminate competition among insurance companies and people won't be able to shop around and won't have 

"I really believe we can have a system where everyone has health insurance, including people who have pre-existing conditions, without having the government run the system."

Bren May 05, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I would have attended but standing in the presence of Ayn Rand-fueled right wing extremism in action makes me ill. Hope there were snacks.
Nicki May 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Of course he got a standing ovation. The only people there were his supporters.
Allen Staz May 05, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Actually Bren, I'm guessing it was your union collective who told you not to attend, and like all good members of the subservient flock you were obedient to their will.
Greendale Citizen May 05, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Nicki...anyone was invited to attend, even you. The people who attended care about this country and what the Congressman had to say, whether they agreed with it or not. What stopped you from attending?
Bren May 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Allen Staz, to which union are you referring? My field isn't unionized. Do you remember being vociferously anti-union prior to February 2011? Just curious.
Bren May 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
A pal attended one of Ryan's town hall meetings in Racine. He wouldn't answer the question my pal posed to him; just vomited extremist talking points. Seems a waste of time to attend if Ryan can't/won't engage. As I recall from my high school reading of Ayn Rand, Rand's narrative was more third-person omniscience than first person. One would receive (fictitious) positive reinforcement for anti-social behavior than useful persuasive debating points. Rand's writing engenders images of Communist Party posters, the strong, idealized, larger than life male figure. She asserted her hatred for Communism but was (subconsiously) inspired by its propaganda. Between her utopian, anti-social screeds and her checkered personal life (passport bride, admitted adultress), Paul Ryan picked a strange individual to worship. And force his interns to read.
Adam Wienieski May 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM
What is the progressive plan to avoid bankruptcy? Oh yeah, there isn't one, besides crash, burn and demagogue. The democratic senate hasn't passed a budget in 3 years because it would require facing the reality of slowing growth in government (forget about spending less.) See no budget crises, hear no budget crises, speak no budget crises. So much for the "reality based community."
Adam Wienieski May 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Got ad hominem? Sounds kinda harsh coming from a guy who regurgitates extremist talking points about the "ALEC" conspiracy daily. Perhaps the tin foil hat has diminished circulation to the upper extremities? Was your pal's question similar to the one you posited about balancing the federal budget by having congressmen Ryan give up his Congressional retirement benefits? Everything else is sacrosanct, as you know. If we send one less dollar to Washington people will suffer, we're talking arms and legs here. OK nobody believes that; how about the GSA will have to cut back on margaritas and hot tubs at their next "conference?"
Jason Patzfahl May 07, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I would have love to attended one of Paul Ryan's "listening sessions" where he speaks and the crowd is supposed to listen - but ALL of them were held during the DAY...when I and most people were WORKING. If Mr. Ryan really wanted his constituents to attend he would have held these at night, AFTER work - but then again he would have to listen to working class people, which are NOT his supporters. I wonder how many of the elderly or retired people in the crowd were willing to hand in their Medicare cards or their social security checks to Mr. Ryan so he could pay for the tax cuts to corporations and millionaires in his "bold" new tax plan? I bet NONE....
CowDung May 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Interesting observation, Jason. Funny that Herb Kohl and Tammy Baldwin don't seem to schedule listening sessions during non-work hours either. I guess working class people are not their supporters either. http://wfbf.com/ag-newswire/senator-kohls-office-hosts-farm-bill-listening-sessions/ http://tammybaldwin.house.gov/news/press-releases/2007/05/baldwin-to-hold-listening-sessions.shtml

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