Today the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighted Congressman Paul Ryan again. That paper loves them some youngish Republicans! The story focuses on a program within the GOP called "Young Guns". By including Paul Ryan, apparently the only criteria is his age as it is compared to the average age in Congress. Being part of this club has very little to do with anything new like – say, fresh ideas.
Paul Ryan is a perfect example. Although he may be younger than most in Congress, he still has spent his time there following the GOP leaders right off the cliff that was the last two election cycles. He was a faithful rubber stamp for George W. Bush and I can't think of even one example of him doing anything other than towing the party line…the same OLD party line.
Now Paul Ryan has positioned himself as part of the obstructionist posse in Congress opposing everything and offering little to no real ideas. Despite the fact that his blind support of Bush helped put us in this current economic mess, he still relies on the same old talking points. Tax cuts for the rich will solve everything, zero regulation on big biz and anything from the government is bad. Pardon me, but I think that I have heard those talking points someplace before - like for the last 20 years!
So Paul Ryan being in a new club called the "Young Guns" may qualify as front page news in some papers, but it doesn't mean much when he still relies on all of the same old dogma.
UPDATE I: Now Read "Young Gun Unloaded by Pretend Budget".
UPDATE II: Have a laugh by watching "The Number 0, Brought to you by..."