For a while now we have been trying to show how Paul Ryan Is Bad for various groups such as women seniors, the middle and lower class, any minority that has been ever been labelled and the economy overall. We’ve been spending countless hours, days and weeks going through his House voting record to give you a detailed analysis of his (il)logical twists and turns around policies that directly affect everyone in one fashion or another.
When you compare Paul Ryan’s actual voting record with what Mitt Romney has been claiming is their platform/plan for America, in the debates and now in this final week of the election cycle, you will see a vast chasm of differences. For example, Romney questioning President Obama on the size of our Navy, when it was Paul Ryan who actually voted for Reducing Navy and Air Force Appropriations in 2011.
Ryan also voted for the Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), which is legislation that makes it illegal to fire someone because they are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgendered, but voted against the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. So in his viewpoint it’s ok to be openly gay in a public work place, but not ok to be openly gay if you are risking your life patriotically serving your country in the military. Do you see a difference? He also voted against the Hate Crimes Expansion. So we are left to ponder if his tolerance of the LGBT community is limited strictly to economical worth and if he is willing to create a law on paper but not willing to fund means of enforcing those laws. Compare all of it and a schizophrenic voting pattern begins to emerge.
Paul Ryan is a candidate who supports gay rights and anti-discrimination by voting for ENDA, but votes against the Equal Pay Bill, the Employment Discrimination Law Amendments, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 with measure for strengthening and enforcing anti-discrimination laws. So employees should be protected, but no one should be able to take action against those committing discrimination?
Additionally, the Romney/Ryan ticket repeatedly states that activist judges should not be dictating the law, but voted against the United States Attorneys Act of 2007, which amends the federal judicial code to establish protocol for the appointment of U.S. attorneys. Should we surmise that the ticket doesn’t mind U.S. Attorneys bringing forward politically driven cases?
Their ticket has proclaimed it “will not dodge the tough issues,” but Ryan is a Congressman who did not show up to vote on the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, 2010-2011 Defense Appropriation Authorizations, Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" After Military Review and Certification, Unemployment Benefits Extension and Tax Law Amendments.
Ryan, a devout Catholic, proclaimed during the debate that his religion informs all of his choices, yet he did not show up to vote on Recognition of the Importance of Christmas and Christianity.
Ryan is billed as a “fiscal hawk” but he can’t tell you the details of his economic policy because it would take too much time and be boring to the American public. The Romney/Ryan ticket claims that our budget/deficit is immoral and vow to balance the budget as well as decrease the deficit, but Ryan has voted against Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as voting against Reinstating PAYGO Budget Rule and then the Pay-As-You-Go Rule multiple times. Both of which state that Congress cannot pass new legislation without it being revenue neutral (i.e. paid for as it’s passed). Sorry if that was too “wonky” for everyone to understand.
We believe strongly in being truthful about the candidate’s record. On one issue Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan very strongly agree. That issue is that we really should not have regulation, of any form.. Paul Ryan has voted against almost every form of regulation. So far he has voted against all of the following: Regulation and Oversight of the United States Financial System Oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments, Credit Card Regulations, Commodity Markets Speculation Bill, Price Gouging Prevention Act, Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, and Repeals Department of Education Regulations. If you think anti-regulation is limited to just the private sector, fear not, he voted against the Establishment of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Is he concerned about the public or his peers questioning his ethics? Or does he think that he and his peers are above question in their ethical behavior? Looking at Ryan’s voting record doesn’t allow us to give you a good idea of his sense of important businesses nor business based legislation. While it’s clear that he was looking to protect so-called “job creators” with his ‘Yea’ vote for Requires Public Disclosure of Bonuses and Golden Parachute Arrangements, his ‘Nay’ votes for Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments, and the Automotive Industry Financing seem to imply that he isn't so concerned about the workers of small businesses nor the American automotive industry.
Even though Mitt Romney stood in front of Miners for a commercial in which they were not paid to appear in, and their jobs were thinly veiled with a possibility of being fired if they did not show up, Paul Ryan has voted several times against the safety of Miners. He voted No on the: Mine Safety Act and the S-MINER Act. His deregulation carries over to other hazardous working conditions because he voted No to Requiring OSHA to Establish Combustible Dust Safety Standards
Has China only become a threat to the United States in the past 4 years? One would think so in reviewing Paul Ryan’s vote against the East Asia Security Act of 2005? This act would have required the President to report all information to Congress relative to any foreign individual or country who transferred arms or related technology to the People's Republic of China. Or do Romney’s claims of China’s theft of cyber weapon technology (among other bits of Intellectual Property) not include the assumption that these are actively used in attacks against the U.S.? Maybe it’s just the lack of foreign policy experience that leads Romney to theorize that China has only be stealing Intellectual Property and condoning (if not instigating) cyber-attacks against the U.S. and U.S. companies in the last four years.
We can construe the Ryan’s anti-regulation views extend to not protecting where we live, what we eat and the eco-system of which we are part, because he voted No on all of these things: Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration, Repeals Laws that Limited Funding for the Endangered Species Act, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010, Food Safety Regulation Amendments, Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"), Trade-in Vouchers for Fuel Efficient Cars, FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products, Repeals EPA Emissions Regulations for Cement Manufacturers, Repeals Energy Efficiency Standards for Incandescent Light Bulbs, and so many other energy policies that we really don’t have the time to list them all. While our sympathy goes out to those individuals currently sickened by the fungal meningitis they caught from their contaminated steroids and those families who have lost family members to the disease, the Romney/Ryan ticket doesn’t seem to want to do anything to prevent deaths.
For those truly “patriotic” American’s Ryan is definitely your guy. He’s voted against: Removing Troops from Afghanistan, Repeals of Indefinite Military Detention Provisions, Limits Funding for War in Afghanistan to the Withdrawal of U.S. Forces.
He’s done all of this while securing your Second Amendment rights. Ryan voted for Exempting Guns from an Estate for Bankruptcy Purposes ( if your estate goes in to Bankruptcy, they can’t take your guns to pay off your debt), Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks, and Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban.
Paul Ryan was the original hipster of the voting against health care. He voted No on Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) (multiple times), the Mental Health Coverage Bill which requires health coverage plans that offer mental health coverage to establish parity between mental and substance treatments and physical health treatments, Medicaid Extensions and Changes, Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis (multiple times), Medicare Bill,and all of this was before it was cool to be against “Obamacare”. When it comes to providing US citizens with any kind of public health support, he has been uncharacteristically consistent. Based on his voting record, is it safe to say that he thinks we’re all on our own? He isn’t though. As a member of our legislature he and his family have outstanding health coverage provided by our government.
We will just briefly remind the reader that Ryan voted twice against Increasing the National Public Debt Limit and voted for the Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit under President Obama, but had no issues voting to increase the debt limit seven times under President Bush. If after all of these examples you’re still feeling like Paul Ryan might have somehow skipped over your favorite issue or other form of classification, have no fear he has also voted against all of the following: Minimum Wage Increase, DREAM Act, Seniors Protection Act, Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007, Undocumented Immigrants' Ineligibility for Certain Financial Assistance, Extends Payroll Tax Cut (2012), Authorizing Loans for Energy Efficiency Purposes, Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes, Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements, Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill"), National Volunteer Program Expansion.
And Big Bird, you won't be all alone in the unemployment line because Paul Ryan has already voted for Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio. We think you and Ira Glass will get along quite well.
You can find all of his votes listed here.