By Tom Quiner
I sat on my patio last night with some fellow conservatives. The question I asked is: who would you like to see as Mitt Romney’s running mate?
The Junior Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, was mentioned first.
We discussed his merits, which include conservative conviction and eloquence. Few conservative politicians on the scene express themselves as powerfully and credibly as Mr. Rubio.
His addition to the ticket would boost Republican’s chances to take Florida, something they must do to win the election.
Mr. Rubio is solidly pro life and would enflame the hearts of conservatives in way that Mitt Romney never will.
I made the case for Congressman Paul Ryan from Wisconsin. No politician on the scene has a better grasp of the fiscal cliff the U.S. sits on and how to save us than, than Paul Ryan, who is also solidly pro life.
He has demonstrated leadership and political courage by offering a specific plan on how to restore fiscal sanity and put America back on a path to prosperity.
The rap against Mr. Ryan, said one of my guests, is the very fact that he HAS put forward a specific plan. His very courage has set up his plan to be dissected and disparaged by proponents of expansive federal government. They can point to this cut or that to demonstrate that he and his party are heartless SOBs.
The cowards in the Senate, on the other hand, have refused to submit a budget for three years, despite federal law that calls for them to do so.
Should we reward these cowards?
No. Congressman Ryan is a credible and compassionate man. We need someone who will talk to us like we’re adults. We know Barack Obama won’t do it. Frankly, I’m not sure Mitt Romney will either.
Paul Ryan does … and will.
He points out that if we continue down the path of Obamacare, Medicare is going to go broke.
Is that a compassionate goal?
Of course not. Many voters in the middle may not be clear about the fiscal peril big-spending politicians on both sides of the aisle have put us in. Paul Ryan shows the danger. He presents the solution. He presents hope with a plan that can work if we don’t delay much longer.
The financial peril from Obamacare alone is staggering.
Mr. Ryan points out that despite $2 Trillion in tax increases on hard-working Americans, debt will continue to skyrocket under the president’s budget.
The risk we face is sudden cuts in benefits, huge tax increases, and stagnation at best and chronic recession at worst.
The Paul Ryan plan takes power away from Washington and puts it back into the hands of the people.
I guess what I like about Congressman Ryan is he’s a straight-shooter. He doesn’t come across like your typical politician, as you can see in the video above.
For example, Mitt Romney has to dance around the Obamacare debate because he put a similar plan in effect in Massachusetts as Governor.
On the other hand, Congressman Ryan can calmly and clearly articulate what’s wrong with Obamacare:
1. It is a massive tax increase on the middle class. The Supreme Court said so. Mr. Obama insisted it wasn’t.
2. The president promised healthcare premiums would go down if Obamacare passed. Turns out they’re expected to skyrocket by 19 to 30%.
3. The president promised that if we liked our current policy, we could keep it. Now the Congressional Budget Office tells us 4 million Americans are going to lose their current coverage.
Who should be Mitt Romney’s running mate? There are some good choices out there, including Senator Rubio.
For my money, I vote for Congressman Ryan.