Paul Ryan: “Obama Clearly One of the Most Divisive Political Figures We’ve Had in Modern History”

Laura Ingraham interviewed Paul Ryan this morning on her radio show, ahead of Obama’s widely panned speech on the economy.

Ryan described Obama’s economic vision for the United States as a “government-centered society with a government-driven economy”.

He said, “what we’ve learned is that if we keep borrowing, taxing, regulating and spending our way out of this economic doldrums we’re in, we’ll just dig the hole deeper.  If that were the secret for economic growth, and entrepreneurial development and small business start-up success, then Greece would be in for a golden age.”

He also slammed Obama for being “clearly one of the most divisive political figures we’ve had in modern history” after running in 2008 as a uniter, a charge, Paul Ryan, of all people, is justified in making.

LAURA: Is it enough for Governor Mitt Romney to attack President Obama’s record, hit him hard and offer a general blueprint for fixing economy?

@6:31: Half of what is needed is to point out Obama’s failures. President Obama ran as the uniter. He’s clearly one of the most divisive political figures we’ve had in modern history. Media-Give-Obama-Speech-Thumbs-DownHis plan is not working.

@6:42: We equally, on the other half of it, have to offer a very bold, specific, clear alternative so that the country gets to choose, what kind of America do you want, what kind of people do you want us to be? We get to choose in November.

@6:54: That’s what we did here in Wisconsin! That’s what Scott Walker did! He ran on these reforms, then implemented these reforms and then he was reaffirmed with these reforms with a bigger vote margin then he received the first time he ran against Tom Barrett.

@7:05: So what we have learned here in Wisconsin — and what I’ve been trying to do with all these budgets — is be specific, be very clear, show the country how we are taking the Founders’ timeless principles, reapplying them to the problems of the day, offering specific bold reforms, so that the country gets to choose. And if they do choose that? Then we win an affirming election; then we win by acclimation. Then we have the moral authority — the obligation — to put these reforms in place.

LAURA details opinion that Romney needs to lay out the vision & the specifics of vision, adds: They’re going to attack him because they’re going to say this is the mean-old Ryan Plan! For all of us who know you, we don’t think of you as mean-old anything!

@9:48: My first name’s Ryan, my last name’s Plan these days.

@9:55: We don’t like the direction the President’s taking the country in. So therefore, we owe the country an alternative and we owe the country specifics and details and that’s what we’ve been doing in the House — here’s how we think we need to go to get the country back on track, to get the opportunity society with a safety net, not the welfare state.

On liberal nuns going on the bus tours to protest federal budget cuts for the poor and working families.

@13:11: I get picketed weekly, often by nuns, here in Wisconsin. It’s a fairly common thing we have in Wisconsin ever since these recalls started. You know who gets hurt the first and the worst if we have a debt crisis? The poor and the elderly. That’s what we’re preventing with our budget

@13:30: I wish I could say we’re dramatically cutting back the size of government! Government spending still grows under our budget — it just doesn’t grow at the feverish, unsustainable pace that the President is proposing.

@13:41: What we’re doing is we’re bringing these programs under control so they don’t wind up giving us a debt crisis. Forty cents of every dollar spent today by the federal government is borrowed money. Half of that money is borrowed from other countries! If we have a debt crisis, which we’re clearly on track to having — just like what’s going on in Europe — the people who get hurt the first and the worst are the poor and the elderly. That’s what going on in Greece, Spain, Italy. These countries are slashing the benefits of the safety net that people rely on in their retirement


Report: 1 Maybe 2 More DOJ Whistleblowers “With Knowledge of Eric Holder’s Actions” Have Approached Issa Committee

Mike Vanderboegh, the blogger who broke the Fast and Furious story in December of 2010, is reporting that sources  “close to the Gunwalker investigation” are claiming “one and perhaps two sources within the Department of Justice headquarters” have approached Chairman Issa  seeking whistleblower status.

Yesterday, Sipsey Street Irregulars reported this  exclusive story:

One source, who reported that there were at least two of Eric Holder’s subordinates who “came in from the cold,” characterized them as “high-level” DOJ employees “with knowledge of Eric Holder’s actions before and after” the 4 February 2011 DOJ letter denying that the DOJ and its subordinate agencies knew about “gunwalking.” That letter has since been admitted by DOJ to have been a lie. If true, one or both of these whistleblowers may be the so-called “mole” — a source within DOJ said to have been leaking documents, including the wiretap affidavits, to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

What they bring with them from the cold, according to one source, is “the keys to the kingdom as far as Holder is concerned,” adding “if this comes out before the (contempt) vote (on 20 June), then Holder is toast.”

Vanderboegh  reports that this development  “has re-energized the investigation staff, which was widely rumored to be floundering after the reluctance, not to say opposition, of the GOP leadership became known some months ago.”

He notes that other reporters are hot on this same trail, so expect to be hearing more on this “sooner rather than later.”

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Newsmax: Issa to Holder: Give Me a ‘Serious Proposal’:

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told the nation’s top law officer he wants to meet him to discuss ways around the impasse caused by Holder’s refusal to produce documents related to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scheme.
“Let me be clear – if the Department of Justice submits a serious proposal for how it intends to alter its refusal to produce critical documents subpoenaed by the Committee, I am ready and willing to meet to discuss your proposal,” the California congressman wrote in a letter sent on Wednesday.
The move could indicate that Republicans are softening their stance on Holder, after more than 100 called on him to quit — the most recent being veteran Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wednesday.
It came after Issa’s Senate counterpart, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, gave a similar message in an interview with Fox News’ Greta van Susteren.
If Vanderboegh’s report is correct, I would submit that it is highly unlikely that “Republicans are softening their stance on Holder”. It’s more like – Produce the documents, or else.
As one of Vanderboegh’s sources said of Issa:
 “Oh, yeah, he’s got the ‘or else’ in his pocket . . . more than one actually.”
See what I’m saying?

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told The Daily Caller on Monday that Boehner is willing to meet with Holder, but only after the attorney general first complies with congressional demands for documents related to the gunwalking scandal.

“The Speaker will meet with the Attorney General when the Attorney General complies with the reasonable, specific requests in the May 18 letter from House leaders and Chairman Issa,” Steel said in an email.

Issa’s spokesman Frederick Hill told TheDC that Holder’s public request for a meeting is a stonewalling tactic.

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Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross, thanks!