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Limbaugh: Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's Line in the Sand

By David Limbaugh

Mitt Romney has outdone himself in choosing Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. The conservative base is ecstatic, and that will translate into voter intensity and high turnout.

Our country faces an unprecedented debt crisis, primarily driven by our entitlement programs. We have more than $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities -- a staggering, incomprehensible number -- and we are on a collision course with national bankruptcy.

Obama has offered no solutions; his Democratic majority in the Senate has failed to produce a budget in 1,200 days; and they have both obstructed the Republicans' proposed remedies. It's as if it's a game with these people and our crushing national debt is but a trifling matter.

Obama is not only obstructing budget reform; it's almost as if he is trying to make matters worse. He has added a new major entitlement, Obamacare, and has continued to amass annual budget deficits in excess of $1 trillion, and his latest 10-year budget revealed he would continue to do so. Instead of reducing spending, he has demanded yet more "stimulus" spending and is ushering in the largest tax increase in U.S. history, which is guaranteed to further smother growth and probably worsen our debt problem.

Not too many years ago, both parties acknowledged that our entitlement commitments were a sword hanging over our heads. But when President George W. Bush tried to begin discussions on Social Security reform, Democrats ridiculed and demonized him and told seniors he was after their nest eggs.

But in 2008, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dared to make the third rail of politics his calling card and to serve it up on the national stage. He presented a credible, comprehensive and workable plan to structurally reform entitlements.

Ryan earned national attention because he addressed the issues candidly, soberly and with such a command of the facts and attention to detail that Democrats couldn't shame him off the stage. Though he was calm in his presentation, he pulled no punches in warning that in the absence of major reforms, we would sustain a Greek-style financial collapse.

Ryan has been the Anti-obama; he has provided the main adult leadership in the room, while Obama has been acting like a child in a candy store, spending every federal dollar he can get his hands on.

Ryan hasn't just provided issue papers; his plan was reduced to actual legislation and was passed in the House, only to be flatly rejected in the Democratic Senate and viciously and disingenuously mocked by President Obama.

Obama knows that Ryan has been his financial nemesis; he singled him out for ridicule during his farcical bipartisan health care summit. He has castigated Ryan during national speeches.

Ryan's inclusion on the GOP ticket guarantees that the financial issues threatening our republic today will remain front and center. As long as Ryan is around and playing a prominent role, Obama simply cannot effectively duck the issue.

Indeed, Romney's selection of Ryan signals his irrevocable commitment to tackling our entitlements problem and solving our financial crisis. It loudly signals that these issues, along with related economic issues, will be the centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

It would have been easy for Romney to have avoided the entitlements issue, and some GOP advisers were urging him to do so, arguing it is a political loser because demagoguery will prevail over fiscal responsibility.

But Romney chose the path of statesmanship. He decided not to underestimate the American people and instead trusted that if properly informed, they would understand the gravity of the situation we face and support the right choices.

By choosing Ryan, Romney has drawn a bold line in the sand, telling the American people that his administration will tackle these problems no matter how much ridicule they receive from Obama and other Democrats.

Romney isn't promising to adopt Ryan's plan entirely, but it is obvious he embraces the underlying principles it contains: entitlement reform, discretionary spending reductions, a responsible national security budget and tax reform, which, when coupled with strong spending reductions, will lead to economic growth.

Obama has yet to present any semblance of a plan to reduce spending, restructure entitlements and bring our short- and long-term budgets into balance. He has offered only class warfare and fear-mongering.

The Ryan selection will force Obama and his party out of the closet and to offer some plan of their own instead of just ripping the Republicans' plans. It won't end the demagoguery, but it will smoke them out -- and expose the incoherence of their ideas.

Mitt Romney's best chance of winning this election is to draw the starkest of contrasts between his vision and Barack Obama's record. Choosing Paul Ryan was the best possible way to do that. Kudos to Mr. Romney. Game on.


David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "The Great Destroyer," has been on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction for six weeks. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at


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  1. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    August 14, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    I have to admit, I was looking forward to holding my nose and pulling the lever for Romney on Nov. 6th. But now, with Ryan on the ticket, I feel motivated to actually involve myself with the whole process and to encourage others to do the same.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      August 14, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

      Good to hear.

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 14, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    Paul Ryan is not only Mitt Romney’s Line in the sand, he is his LION in the sand which makes Mitt our Lion on the ledge, whose love of the truth and obsession in the pursuit of the actual facts will bring the American “Circle of Life” full turn back to prosperity as the Scarred and scared country lead by the Scarred and scared party of scavengers are replaced by the rightful leaders of the American Mufasa line of prosperity. The age of the men of inaction, play and pleasure will become the age of action, work and results. The job killer will be replaced with the job creator and the age of the hand out will be replaced with the age of the hand up, the age of collective dependency replaced by the age of personal empowerment. When we follow the enlightened Lions of the legitimate American line of leadership, the legitimate Americans will again regain their “Pride” and regain their legitimate place at the top, not the bottom of the world food chain. No longer do the Conservative “Lions sleep tonight”,,,,,,,,Imbube, Imbube, Imbube, Imbube.

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      August 14, 2012 @ 9:59 am


      This election will be historical beyond what anyone can envision.

      An election where we the People decide if we want to be a Socialist nation just like Cuba, Venezuela or one where, we the people pull this county back and out from the jaws of socialisim

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  3. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    August 14, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Even the Democrat Erskine Bowles is saying that what BO is doing is unsustainable.

    Sure it is feels warm and fuzzy with “freebies” for a short period of time but the has money run out and is only being propped up by more borrowing and debt. Who do you think is paying for you? Your children and their children children to come.

    BO himself yesterday said that he wanted shared prosperity aka Socialsim. He is certainly not bashful about his real agenda these days. Joe the Plummer gave us a glimpse into what an Obama Presidency would be like. Sadly many chose to ignore it. They believed Obama was going to unite the country with his, “we are not red states, or blue states but the United States” He has not done that but instead piting the poor against the rich. He is dividing this country.

    Obama himself these past few years and only recently gave us another glimpse into what his next 4 years would be like, with his, “you didnt build that” and his use of the dirty word “shared”

    This November is our last call and gives those who allowed themselves to be seduced by his lies an opportunity to right the wrong for their children and future generation.. It is the best Christmas present you can give your children and this country. It is call a future free from the new age slavery called debt.

    Romney/Ryan 2012 – Leadership, Courage and Honesty

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 14, 2012 @ 10:06 am

      They just love to share the prosperity, but never share in the cost, nor the consequences of their failed ideology of the immediate gratification, always followed by enhanced long term costs of their social experiments gone bad.

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      August 14, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

      One more thing, who could forget what BO whispered to Dmitry Medvedev not so long ago (that he would have more flexibility after he wins the election)

      Hellllllllloooo…, if this isnt another very telling glimpse into the future BO has in store, then I dont know what is!

      Romney/Ryan 2012 *** Leadership, Courage and Honesty ***

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  4. malcolmxComment by malcolmx
    August 14, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    America ;;; you choose===capitalism [freedom] OR communism [suppression]. R&R or BO

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  5. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    August 14, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Doing the right thing is frequently not easy. Gov. Romney could have chosen the easy path promising everyone everything, enhancing his chance of election, and guaranteeing the destruction of the county. He chose the hard path and I salute him for doing so.

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      August 14, 2012 @ 10:37 am


      It shows Gov Romney’s commitment and love of this country rather than his own election prospects.

      He and Cong Ryan is trying to fight for us, for future generations and for this country. I only wish more voters would see and realise this.

      Romney/Ryan 2012 – ** Leadership, Courage and Honesty **

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  6. malcolmxComment by malcolmx
    August 14, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Romney has respect for the TEA PARTY he may not publicly espouse it; can not yet, but he knows we are his path to the White House.

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  7. NY GrahamComment by NY Graham
    August 14, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Up until last weekend I was worried that even if Romney was elected he would simply maintain the status quo and condemn this country to bankruptcy and default. Now there is a glimmer of hope.

    With Ryan at his side, it is now clear that Romney is committed to saving this country. Even if they win, it will be difficult. With the Democrats blocking them at every turn, what they actually accomplish may not be enough.

    But it is our only hope. I am now convinced that if Obama wins this country is finished. I hate to be melodramatic, but the evidence is clear that Obama will do nothing to solve this country’s problems and will actually make them worse. This country, and all of Western civilization, is teetering on the edge of the abyss. Romney and Ryan are our only hope.

    The question is, are there any Democrats left who will act like adults and help them fix the country?

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      August 14, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      NY Graham, you are not being melodramatic.

      You are absolutely correct. If BO wins, it is game over for all of us. Socialism does not discrimminate by the colour of your skin, your gender or your political affiliation (ie whether you are dem or repub).

      I think deep down many of the moderate/blue dog democrats knows this, but they are either in denial or have no guts to speak out publicly and when they do, some of them immediately announces that they still support BO (I dont need to tell you why) just take a look at Mayor of NJ

      If BO wins it will be the day capitalism and liberty die and you will the rise of many red nations!

      I urge them, independants and undecided voters to join the GOP tent. Stand with Romney/Ryan and fight for Liberty, Freedom and Captalism that many have fought and die for. No more lies and more lies for BO. Make the right choice and right the wrong, Stand with a team who is seriously committed to Leadership, Courage and Honesty.

      Vote Romney/Ryan 2012 *** Leadership, Courage and Honesty ***

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  8. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    August 14, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    Paul Ryan has the honesty to tell the voters that they simply can’t have everything they want because this limitless spending will eventually lead to a financial collapse if it’s not ended. We have to fix Medicare and Social Security to save them, not just continue on the current course, and the voters are going to have to come grips with the simple fact that our national credit card is maxed out and at some point the bill is going to have to be paid.

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      August 14, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

      I hope voters would open their ears and start listening to what Gov Romney and Cong Ryan is trying tell them and want to do. They want to save Medicare and SS for those who are 55 yrs of age and older and fix the problem for everyone below this age. I hope would see through this lie from BO and his co-horts and it will backfire!

      Folks I would like to re-iterate, in 2008 Joe the Plummer gave us a glimpse of who BO is and now from BO’s own mouth again, he is giving us a final glimpse into what he would do if he wins in Nov. He wants to fundamentally change this country in the image of Karl Marx. If this is truly what you want, vote for BO. Remember it was what your ancestors fled their homeland from.

      You have one last and final opportunity to right the wrong that happened in 2008. Another 4 more years of BO = death to Freedom, Liberty and Capitalism.

      Romney/Ryan 2012 *** Leadership, Courage and Honesty *** and opportunity to chart your own future!

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      August 14, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

      Go ahead, make my day, give all of us one star. It wont alter the facts nor change the truth. “the truth will set us free”

      Romney/Ryan 2012 *** Leadership, Courage and Honesty ***

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  9. colt1911Comment by colt1911
    August 14, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Ryan is a good man but I don’t see him bringing any new votes over to the Patriot Party….other than the 10 electoral votes from his home state.

    I think Romney should have picked a minority and/or female and/or southerner.

    Instead he picked a white, male, Yankee, career politician. At least he didn’t pick a damn lawyer.

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