Paul Ryan talks like a small government conservative:
"Too much government inevitably leads to bad government. When government grows too much and extends beyond its limits, it usually does things poorly."
And the WSJ is pumping up Ryan as an antidote to the growth of government....
But Ryan himself has been responsible for a lot of that government growth. He loyally voted for all the big government programs George W. Bush ensconced into law — Medicare Part D, often described as the largest expansion of the welfare state since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society; the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the PATRIOT Act and the NDAA; the TARP bailout of Wall Street; the bailout of General Motors. So long as it was debt-fuelled spending authorised by a Republican (and during the Bush years, there was an awful lot of debt-fuelled spending authorised by Republicans) Ryan was out voting for it.
Ryan’s voting record establishes firmly that Ryan is as much for bailouts and the expansion of government as Obama.
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