Here are the stances that Paul Ryan, who was officially named Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick on Saturday, takes on some of the most pertinent issues of the upcoming presidential election:
Budget, Medicaid and Medicare:
Ryan aims to cut government spending by $5.3 trillion over the next decade, slashing projected debt’s substantially. In order to do this, he aims to cut spending for Medicaid, thereby allocating fewer resources for food stamps, student loans, healthcare for the poor and other social programs. His program would also substitute Medicare with a program that would dole out government checks for seniors to purchase health insurance.
He has little respect for gun restrictions. He voted to shorten the waiting period to purchase guns from three days to one, and voted to protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits resulting from misuse of their weapons.
Ryan is a co-sponsor of the Sanctity of Human Life Act and Right to Life Act, which both say life begins at fertilization. In addition, in 2009 he also voted against using federal funds to pay for abortion, unless the abortion results from rape or incest or when the pregnancy threatens the woman’s life.
According to the Associated Press, “Ryan has voted against allowing same-sex couples to adopt, and opposed repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces. He has voted twice against hate crimes protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. And he’s voted for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.” Says it all.
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