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Paul Ryan’s Visit Energizes Local Republicans

The economy and entitlements were hot issues.

For the many Republicans who gathered at Paul Ryan’s Tuesday visit to the  in West Chester, the current state of the economy was a huge issue.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended the event, campaign volunteers estimated. Many present also expressed concern about the need for smaller government and about entitlement programs and their sustainability. 

“I’m concerned about the economy, as everybody is,” said Chet Walker, of Birmingham Township, when asked why he’s supporting the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket. “And about the job situation.”

Walker added he was disappointed in the Democrats who protested outside and who went in to disrupt Ryan’s speech.

“I think he understands the severity of the situation this country’s in,” said Duane Pettis, of Bristol. “As conservative as he is, he has a bipartisan plan… I think it’s a really good middle ground. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very conservative, but you have to start somewhere.” 

Pettis voted for a third-party candidate in the last presidential election and later regretted it.

“There’s too much on the line,” Pettis said. “I would vote for anybody over Obama.”

Susan Birch and Barbara Albright, both of West Bradford, said they were there to hear more from Ryan. Albright said she was glad of Ryan’s plans to lower spending and lower taxes.

“I think that Ryan brings fresh ideas—yet time-tested solutions—to our economic woes,” Birch said. 

Margie Diasio, of Montgomery Township, also said she was supporting Ryan because of his plan for the economy.

“He knows his numbers and understands what’s wrong with the economy,” Diasio said. “He brings to the table these solutions.”

West Chester resident Bob Whetstone said he feels misrepresented by the current Barack Obama/Joe Biden administration.

“I like what Romney and Ryan represent,” Whetstone said. “Small government, a controlled economy—all the things I’m concerned about.”

Though Lower Merion Township Commissioner Scott Zelov (Ward 10—Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Gladwyne) was unable to attend the Ryan event, he did say Ryan is a “superb choice for vice president.”

“He has a proven track record of proposing solutions to solve problems,” Zelov said. “The policies of Romney/Ryan will lead to economic growth and will increase employment… Paul Ryan wants to save entitlements so they are affordable for our future.” 

Dan Van Ryn of West Chester attended the event with coworkers who, like him, were curious and excited about this year’s Republican ticket. 

“I like what I’ve heard so far,” Van Ryn said. “But when does the action start and the talking stop?”

Jay Beckerman August 25, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Ryan is no less a would-be theocrat than Santorum. Both support a Constitutional amendment which would outlaw abortion of any kind, no exceptions of any kind. That's heartless and cruel. No woman should be required to have a child she cannot support or does not want. Even Santorum has not stepped up to adopt all kids from foster care, orphanages, etc., so they are first-class hypocrites. Ask the women in and around you life for an honest answer to the question of whether they, or someone they know, has had an abortion. Unchecked population growth is a formula for economic disaster, at levels from unwed mothers and individual families to nations. It promises unending childcare and poverty for most women. In Ryan's world, there would be no form of birth control for anyone. His view is more extreme than Romney's. So, what happens if Romney is elected, then dies in office, or resigns, Nixon-style? Romney criticizes Obama for "not having held a job". Neither has Ryan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ryan Ryan is a devotee of Ayn Rand, the guru of selfishness. Alan Greenspan, formerly head of the Federal Reserve, was too. He refused to regulate derivatives or other Wall Street excesses, which was a major basis of the 2008 financial meltdown. Ryan is of the same mind. Want a brief education on this problem? Read the book Extreme Money, by Satyajit Das. Ryan and Romney are bringers of problems, not solutions.
MikeP August 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
The Ryan "budget" is a fraud. The numbers don't even come close to adding up. Ryan just makes things up out of thin air. He has $4.5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy in the plan but not a single detail about how he'll pay for it. Ryan says that he'll pay for it by eliminating tax shelters and loopholes. Sounds good! What shelters or loopholes will he eliminate? He doesn't list a single one. He just asks us to assume that it will happen. That's not a real plan and it's not something that someone who is serious about budgets and debt would put together. He is far from the serious finance policy wonk that he is being protrayed as. He's a snakeoil salesman. He's had years to put something together. Claims he's been interested in finance and budgets for decades. But he can't put together a legit budget?
Scott Weekley September 03, 2012 at 01:43 PM
How can "anyone" label or categorize Paul Ryan theocratic when "he" is renowned to have been a "follower" of Ayn Rand's "atheistic" "dogma" as printed in her literature such as "Atlas Shrugged?" If Paul Ryan was agreeable to taking a lie-detector test we could ask him about his true religious beliefs which I believe would prove to be none! Paul Ryan said he decided to get into public service because of the influences of atheist, author and orator Ayn Rand! How can we honestly believe an individual is energizing us if Paul Ryan actually "doesn't believe in a higher power?" How can Mitt Romney and/or Paul Ryan energize "Pottstown" by "telling" us that "their-mission" is to "create-jobs?" How many folks who live in the Pottstown area honestly believe Romney's and Ryan's wealthy Corporate friends who are profiting enormously by having their steel, garments, electronics, fishing equipment, holiday items, Olympic items, clay & alloy pipe fittings, auto & truck tires, lights & lighting, tools & machinery, etc. are going to STOP "sending" American jobs to China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, etc. where they pay foreign workers about $8 to $9 a day? If you live in Pottstown, remember Bethlehem Steel & Firestone Corporation, Stanley Flag Pipe Fitters, Guidebrods(spelling), etc. and I want folks to be perfectly honest with themselves. Do you buy Mitt Romney's claim that he's going to bring these good jobs we had back? His buddies pay Chinese folks much less than our minimum wage!!!
Mike September 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Pretty much the same sentiment that Mr. Romney expressed about a month ago.
V. Scheurich September 11, 2012 at 11:34 PM
The President, Barack Obama has told us many times that he hates coal and the coal mining process. It has now taken its toll in Whitesburg, Kentucky, one of many. Which state is next? 1. http://www.wkyt.com/yourtown/locations/letcher/headlines/Mine_will_close_in_June_148175715.html 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-aLcbr63ME

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