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Romney’s VP pick Ryan has Kansas connection via Brownback

August 11, 2012


— When Sam Brownback was a freshman in the U.S. House, his legislative director was a 25-year-old from Wisconsin who already had several years under his belt as a congressional staffer and speechwriter for Republicans in Washington, D.C.

On Saturday, that former Brownback staffer, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, was picked by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to run as vice president, challenging President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Brownback released a quick statement, praising the selection of Ryan.

"For three years, Paul worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Kansas; apart from his native Wisconsin, no state has benefited more from his talents," Brownback said. "Paul has the vision, experience and character to help bring America back," he added.

Ryan, 42, served as legislative director on Brownback's staff in Congress from 1995-1997 when Brownback was a House member and then successfully ran for the U.S. Senate. In 1998, Ryan ran for Congress and won.

Ryan, in his seventh term in Congress and chair of the House Budget Committee, has proposed trillions of dollars in cuts to federal spending in programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and student loans. He has proposed overhauling Medicare in a way that future seniors would receive government checks to purchase health insurance instead of the current system where the government directly pays health care providers.

While Brownback praised Ryan, the governor has in the past crossed swords with Romney. In 2007, Brownback ran for the GOP nomination for president and said Romney had supported pro-abortion policies. U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona won the GOP nomination and then lost to President Barack Obama. During the Republican Party presidential campaign this year, Brownback endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose candidacy failed.

A spokeswoman for Brownback said the governor has endorsed Romney for president.

Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon criticized the choice of Ryan, saying his and Brownback's vision of cutting taxes for wealthy corporations will hurt the middle class.

Brownback recently signed into law tax cuts that will reduce state income tax rates and eliminate income taxes on non-wage income for approximately 191,000 business owners.

Brownback says the cuts will stimulate the economy, but Democrats and some Republicans say the cuts will eliminate revenue for schools, social services and public safety.

"Everyone in Kansas needs to pay their fair share, including, and especially, wealthy corporations," Wagnon said. "We need to set better priorities and be financially responsible. Sam Brownback and Paul Ryan's attempts to eliminate/lower their taxes is the wrong priority; and it makes it harder on our working families," she said.


Centerville 5 years, 7 months ago

As usual, Iowahawk sums it up best: "Paul Ryan represents Obama's worst nightmare: math."

ksjayhawk74 5 years, 7 months ago

Obama is protected by Republicans worst nightmare: facts.

number1jayhawker 5 years, 7 months ago

Facts like he has spent more money on entitlements than any other president and that even though he promised to end the lobbyists in DC, he's hired many of them as aids and czars.

Also the fact unemployment as been over 8% longer than at any other time in history.

I could go on and on, but need to catch up on my reading of our Jayhawks.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"Facts like he has spent more money on entitlements"

Medicare and Social Security are entitlements. Are you suggesting that your grandma should be kicked to the curb, just to satisfy your sense of ideological purity?

Orwell 5 years, 7 months ago

This Republican hypocrisy is astounding. The complaint about unemployment, given their refusal to allow any remedial steps to be enacted, is just like the guy who murdered his parents, then begged for mercy because he was an orphan.

elkwc36 5 years, 7 months ago

The conservatives have tried to pass remedial steps. Obama and the Liberal Senate have refused to compromise. Obama and the Dems had control for 2 years. All they succeeded in doing was passing a huge stimulus bill that was a monumental failure and a health care bill that they didn't even know what was in it. That exempted their buds like Wal Mart from having to participate and is a huge windfall for the insurance companies. He bought support to get it passed even from legislators like the one from NE. Obama is the poster child for hypocrisy. I wouldn't even mention that word in his or the Liberals defense.

elkwc36 5 years, 7 months ago


I agree with your post. I just read a political comic where Obama states he is going to protect the people of the USA from evil vampire capitalists like Mitt Romney then in the next caption caption it shows him in front of a bunch of Wall Street backers and he states present company excluded. That is the same way he is on accepting huge campaign donations from big corporations and foreign sources. He hides them and then calls for Romney to show transparency. I hope Ryan attacks the lies head on and doesn't play soft shoe like Romney has.

ljwhirled 5 years, 7 months ago

By "entitlements" do you mean Medicare and Social Security? The programs that I pay 15% of each paycheck?

Yep, I am "entitled" to get that money back in the form of a working social safety net when I retire 30 years from now.

elkwc36 5 years, 7 months ago

Obama hope he is protected by our nations worst curse: Lies and misstating facts.

ksjayhawk74 5 years, 7 months ago

Bring America back to what?

Back to the time before Medicare? Back to when birth control was illegal? Back to when there was no welfare and food stamps?

You know Brownie is just a little hurt that he wasn't even on the short list for VP.

kusp8 5 years, 7 months ago

But who has better hair.... Ryan or John Edwards?

deec 5 years, 7 months ago

The country has always had deficits, beginning with loans to fund the Revolution.

jackpot 5 years, 7 months ago

Andrew Jackson paid off the debt in 1835. Only time in history that happened.

ljwhirled 5 years, 7 months ago

How exactly would our monetary policy work if the US didn't issue treasury notes?

Where the heck would people put money if the US was debt free? Greek bonds?

People who whine about the national debt, then advocate for tax cuts clearly don't understand the first thing about monetary policy.

That dollar in your pocket? It doesn't exist. It is the result of a collective fantasy that we use to measure "value".

rtwngr 5 years, 7 months ago

Our debt never came close to eclipsing our GDP. It has now.

jafs 5 years, 7 months ago

Actually, that's not true.

There was a time, I believe just during or after WWII, that we had even slightly higher debt/GDP ratios.

But, ours are currently high, I agree, just not the highest we've seen.

Orwell 5 years, 7 months ago

Like under Bill Clinton? Yeah, whatever happened to that in the Bush Lite administration?

Oh, right – two wars on the national credit card, a tax giveaway to gazillionaires, and a general lack of concern for anything but the private profit of their cronies.

shotgun 5 years, 7 months ago

Ryan is a good choice. He will rally the base. The Pro-Union base which is alive and well in states where all of the electoral votes lie! Thank you Mr. "You are the problem not the solution" Romney! I don't expect most of my fellow Kansan's to agree however. May I suggest reading "What's The Matter With Kansas" by Thomas Frank.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

Even in Kansas, farmers make up a small percentage of the electorate.

He was talking about you. And he was right.

elkwc36 5 years, 7 months ago

Although I'm an independent but it was evident to an unbiased outsider they voted out those who were Liberals with an R behind their name. Just look at Mr Morris's record. He voted Liberal/Democrat over 90% of the time. He has never farmed. His farm did/does. His spend and tax policies along with those of many others over years when the economy was good doesn't work during a depression/recession. I don't agree with all of the changes that have been made but unless we wanted KS to be like CA there was no choice but to vote out those who refused to acknowledge the problem. They had been their too long and sometimes it is hard for an old dog to change his ways. They refused to make needed compromises. My concern now is there may not be enough restraint and there will be an over correction before we find a fiscal conservative approach that will work in the long term. I just hope we don't create a yo-yo affair by switching back and forth.

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

So I take it you haven't actually read the book.

shotgun 5 years, 7 months ago

Your comment shows that you did not read it. Did Fox News say that?

Tomato 5 years, 7 months ago

That book is dribble. I am pretty moderate and I think you have to be extremely liberal and really want to agree with that he's saying in order to like that book.

I don't think Thomas Frank has any real understanding of what is important to conservative Kansans. He knows what he thinks SHOULD be important to them, then builds an argument based on what he thinks should be important to them and how they're ignorant voters because they don't vote in their own "best interests" (the interests that he thinks they should have instead of the ones they actually have).

In order to buy into that argument you would have to agree that conservative Kansans are wrong to think the way they do, wrong to vote on the issues that are actually important to them and that they are somehow too ignorant to know what they're doing.

The truth is, conservative Kansans simply don't believe the same things you do. And they don't agree that they should prioritize the things that Thomas Frank thinks they should prioritize.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"The truth is, conservative Kansans simply don't believe the same things you do."

So, you're saying that they believe in voting against their own best interests. I get it, now. I think.

Tomato 5 years, 7 months ago

They believe that things like abortion trump a living wage. In many ways, I suppose you could argue that they place their moral code above their own "best interests" - if you define best interests in strictly economic terms.

They do not define "best interests" that way.

Certainly many of them would be better off economically with more entitlement programs. But they do not believe that they would be better off morally or emotionally if they ignored the non-economic issues that were important to them.

What you fail to "get" and what Thomas Frank failed to understand in his book was that these voters that he (and you) feel are so wrong-headed do not believe that their economic well being trumps their "freedom" for some, moral values for others. They do not believe that it is in their best interests to vote against those values in favor of more entitlements. They do not think like you do. They do not prioritize the way you do. They do not believe what you do.

And so they do not vote like you do or how you think they should vote.

There is nothing wrong with the way the majority of Kansans vote unless you believe that it is wrong to place non-economic values above your immediate economic well-being. And if you do, you are entitled to that opinion and you may well think that Frank's book is insightful and has something important to say.

Does that help clear it up for you?

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 7 months ago

Those who you support DO NOT CARE. They are lying. They sell goods in temples. I don't expect you to believe me, but...your caring is being used to line pockets and create an economy based on a slavery model. The global "economy" has no belief beyond that old chestnut "There's a sucker born every minute." That "minute" would be about every 1/140th of a second, at this point in time. And so their profit margins are born again and baptized in the blood of greed and cheap labor. It's all about cheap labor. Carry on, soldier.

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

He understood it quite clearly, but I guess you wouldn't know that if you only read what someone else had to say about the book instead of reading the book itself.

He also pointed out that the people who voted for social issues were being duped by greedy politicians who were using those issues to cram through their detrimental fiscal policies. The usual trick is to make the laws too extreme, so they get thrown out as unconstitutional or defeated in another chamber.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 7 months ago

You that are living off the government and the taxpayer are gonna get your butts handed to you after this election.

Repeat after me: Do you want fries with that?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"Repeat after me: Do you want fries with that?"

I bet you've had a lot of practice saying that-- have you been promoted to shift manager yet?

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 7 months ago

I too, wonder about Bozo. He must be a trust fund baby as he does not have a clue about much of anything and frankly, does not get it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

So, if I'm a wealthy trust fund baby, it's probably alright with you if I don't work or pay any taxes, right?

Katara 5 years, 7 months ago

I find it disturbing that you complain about people living off the government but then make disparaging remarks about legitimate employment.

jafs 5 years, 7 months ago

Me too.

It's a sign of a certain mean spirited, sadistic streak.

Orwell 5 years, 7 months ago

"Living off the government and the taxpayer," like Paul Ryan? Didn't you read the story?

fiddleback 5 years, 7 months ago

Cant_have, I'm going to remember this hilarious taunt and try to offer you some consoling words on the morning of November 7...sorry but you've got a perfect GOP version of Kerry/Edwards, and you're about to have your own 2004 letdown.

question4u 5 years, 7 months ago

A Kansas connection and a Brownback endorsement: those are no doubt the reasons that Romney made his choice. Romney will certainly be emphasizing those pieces of information for the rest of his campaign, because everyone knows that a Kansas connection brings immediate cachet around the rest of the country. When you add an endorsement from Brownback, which proved so valuable to Perry during the Republican primaries, then there's nothing short of a world-smashing meteor that can stop the Romney train. The only surer bet would have been to have chosen Brownback for VP, but Romney probably realized that the rest of the country has so much admiration for Brownback that he would have stolen the spotlight. Then Romney would always have had to wonder whether he won the election because of his own merits or just because he had the foresight to select such a widely respected running mate. That must be the explanation.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 7 months ago

"For three years, Paul worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Kansas; apart from his native Wisconsin, no state has benefited more from his talents," Brownback said in a statement issued today.

Brownback praised the selection of Ryan, saying, "Paul has the vision, experience and character to help bring America back."


good choice. excellent speaker. sound conservative.


or, intentionally destroying amerika.
trying to "fundamentally change" amerika? is just wrong.

Grundoon Luna 5 years, 7 months ago

Fail? How can you say that? the stock market is about 13,000 and the wealthy are sitting on more reserves than ever before.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 7 months ago

Not so. Most financial news reports 'wait and see' because of Congress. The president does not make the budget decisions. He just signs off on them . . . or not.

Grundoon Luna 5 years, 7 months ago

Sanctimonious much!

It was an illustration of the epic fail that is known as Trickle Down Economics. That get by you?

They are afraid of 3%. Stomping around like 2-year olds in the throes of a tantrum so they don't have to pay 3.*% more percent. We're in this hole largely due to unpaid wars right after a huge tax cut. The middle class and poor can pony up spent blood but the corporations and wealthy, some who benefited the most from infrastructure, contracting, subsidies, as well as huge tax breaks, don't feel they need to go back to what they paid under Clinton and, in fact, what more tax breaks according to Ryan's budget.

So what it was before was just too much? That prosperous time was not enough? Seems to me everyone was doing better back then so what they are defending is straight up avarice and greed! How patriotic is that?

Meanwhile China's been enjoying a booming middle class.

Katara 5 years, 7 months ago

Bush cut taxes and the "job creators" still sat on their money. Obama cut taxes and the "job creators" still sat on their money.

We've been cutting taxes for this and that for quite some time and it hasn't encouraged job growth.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Orwell 5 years, 7 months ago

Except NOT. Look at job creation under his predecessor, when tax giveaways were the order of the day, and "regulatory" agencies were under the control of the industries they were supposed to oversee.

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

I really hope Brownback quits to go be Ryan's veep in 2016.

Grundoon Luna 5 years, 7 months ago

Ayn Rand's biggest fan? Woohoo!! And it's not even my birthday!!

Obama / Biden 2012!!

ljwhirled 5 years, 7 months ago

Ryan - Because the American electorate is increasingly rich, white and male!!

Go! Romney Go!

voevoda 5 years, 7 months ago

The choice of VP candidate demonstrates that President Romney would not pursue policies similar to Governor Romney of Massachusetts. I could have voted for Governor Romney, who enacted health insurance for all (Romneycare) and women's reproductive freedom. But not Candidate Romney who chooses right-wing radical Ryan as a running mate.

Jean Robart 5 years, 7 months ago

Does every person or event have to have a Kansas connection? I fear that Romney, with his choice of Ryan for the VP spot has doomed us to four more years of Obama and his policies.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 7 months ago

Paul Ryan is a good choice for Romney. Ryan will help define Romney's campaign. Til now, Romney really has been an Etcho Sketch.

P.S. It's too bad the Journal World comes out in the morning. This news will be a day old. Maybe older, since it's a weekend. Now that LJW doesn't have USA Today, maybe they will switch back to afternoon delivery and report the news of the day.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 7 months ago

Ryan is a competent performer who is the best suited to fix the budget process. The excessive spending has to be stopped in its tracks, or we will never have a path to get it paid. If you want to bust on people look at those like Charlie Rangle, Diane Feinstien, Clair McCaskel, Harry Reid and Pelosi. They are totally focused on creating an underclass that is dependant upon them for survival, thus keeping them in office. Our empT bus system is an example of that. I don't care that transportation is provided for those who really need it, but to just provide it teaches dependance instead of self reliance. The Democratic platform is full of creating dependence at the expence of those of us who produce.

Orwell 5 years, 7 months ago

When the union busters and job exporters continue to push down average household income so they can maximize their own greed, and refuse to hire until they can get even more tax breaks, it's a good thing there might be some ways for the hardest hit to avoid starvation and homelessness.

Kirk Larson 5 years, 7 months ago

"Let them eat cake, if they can afford it".

ThePilgrim 5 years, 7 months ago

Getting a ringing endorsement from Brownback - not a positive

Centerville 5 years, 7 months ago

Here's when Ryan won me over: that hearing where he was asking Sebileus about her Medicare rationing. She was having one of her not-so-good days-if-you-know-what-I-mean and admitted that, yes, it was all about the government doing the rationing.

Kirk Larson 5 years, 7 months ago

As opposed to the insurance companies doing the rationing?

Centerville 5 years, 7 months ago

As opposed to 15 political hacks doing the rationing, with no (read the law) opportunity for appeal. And with one-half of a trillion dollars less for Medicare. This run by someone who, if it weren't for skimming off fees from partial birth abortions, would still just be running errands for the lawyer lobby.

Orwell 5 years, 7 months ago

Great idea– keep the decisions about your health care in the hands of some weasels in the back office who make more money by denying you health care, whether you need it or not. If someone in government makes a bad decision, you can vote them out; when somebody at the insurance company does the same thing, they get a raise and people die, any you get no say in it. Change insurers and you get the same result, because they're beholden only to their stockholders.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

Ryan is proposing many of the exact same kinds of cuts to Medicare, only much bigger, minus any of the measures that will slow the increase in healthcare costs, which will all be passed on to the Medicare/healthcare consumer, not the insurance companies cashing those voucher checks.

But he's your boy, so that's OK, right?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

Great choice! Ryan has Brownback as a hero. Just what the GOP needed!! A connection to the chump in Cedercrest! Yeah, Brownback's support of Gov Hair of Texas was a great move to remove one Republican from the fray.

The really great thing is that with this albotross around his neck now, the job for Obama is simplified, this should be like shooting fish in a barrel! With the anti- Medicare, anti-Social Security, anti-woman's rights (etc) candidate that lives in a location where he cannot even see Russia, there is little doubt in my mind that the rising Republican Reich should be easily dragged back into the dregs of the fetid swamp where it originated. Sarah Palin will enjoy the cmpany!!

Romney is a goner. The country may still have a chance for redemption.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 7 months ago

I did not say whether or not I'd vote the GOP ticket. I just said that Ryan is a good pick for Romney.

elkwc36 5 years, 7 months ago

If that happens it will cement the start of the end of the USA as we all know it.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

More Brownback = Romney and Ryan Entitlements which will not be healthy for republicans or democrats or anyone else for that matter except the 1%.

Such as:


ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets!

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

Tax cuts = the ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Still A Bad ENTITLEMENT Idea – Bush Tax Cuts aka The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time.

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

ENTITLEMENT - Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

ENTITLEMENT - Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

ENTITLEMENT - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

Not to mention CRIMINAL ENTITLEMENTS such as Reagan/Bush Iran-Contra Illegal Sale of Weapons

And a Nixon CRIMINAL ENTITLEMENT The Nixon Watergate = Illegal wire tap of democratic headquarters

globehead 5 years, 7 months ago

Although I would never consider myself a conservative cut from the same mold as Mr. Ryan, I nevertheless respect the choice as being intelligent on the part of Mr. Romney.

My problem is with this: " Brownback praised the selection of Ryan, saying, 'Paul has the vision, experience and character to help bring America back.' "

Mr. Brownback is the same one who originally endorsed Rick Perry over Mr. Romney and who appointed Mr. Mann the stamp-licker with the fake degree to head the state's IT infrastructure, who appointed a host of in-over-their-heads from Florida which is the poster child state for medicaid fraud to run the former SRS now DCF, etc.

When Mr. Brownback praises someone, I start to shake. I've lost a lot of weight lately.

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