Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.
Mitt Romney’s bold choice for vice president, Rep. Paul Ryan, could not have been more perfect. Ryan is the poster child for the dysfunctional House of Representatives — approval rating of 10 percent, lowest ever. The Republican-controlled House passed no bills to finance spending in the public sector to hire teachers, firefighters and police or to rebuild our infrastructure — collapsing bridges, deteriorating roads, etc. This inaction impeded economic growth in an attempt to make President Barack Obama look bad. However, the House voted more than 30 times to ban a woman’s right to choose.
Ryan co-sponsored bills that essentially abolished a woman’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy for any reason — rape, incest or maternal health. And if these draconian anti-woman bills don’t succeed, Ryan co-sponsored a bill requiring women who want an abortion to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound.
The Ryan budget plan would turn the long-standing and highly successful Medicare program into a voucher system, privatize Social Security and defund Medicaid. The Ryan plan would also give the wealthiest Americans, like Romney, a large tax cut, while raising taxes on the middle class.
So across the board, Ryan’s philosophy, supported by Romney, harms seniors, women, the middle class and the poor.
Romney’s first major decision as a presidential candidate was a sterling example of how he would lead the country.