Paul Ryan

The Calm Kid and the Uncouth Incumbent

Congressman Paul Ryan remained calm while Vice President Joe Biden lost his cool throughout the debate.

Apparently, Vice President Joe Biden saw something I didn’t because last night’s vice-presidential debate wasn’t quite as entertaining as I expected.  It was solid, and both Vice President Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan got their messages across to the American people.  What struck me, however, was the manner in which those messages were delivered. (more…)

Exactly What He Needed: What Ryan Brings to the Romney Ticket

By now, you’ve all heard the news: Romney-Ryan 2012!  The Republican nominee for President (yes, I’ve dispensed with the “presumptive” tag), Mitt Romney, has selected Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as his running mate.  His choice obviously departs from my prediction, but it’s a great choice.

I’m sure everyone knows a little bit about who Paul Ryan is, so I won’t detail his biography here.  But I do want to hit a few high points for you—points I believe will are significant to the election.  Rep. Paul Ryan is an energetic 42-year-old Catholic family man from Wisconsin.  He is the always-controversial Chairman of the House Budget Committee and is about as conservative as they come.  But what do these biographical points have to do with the election?  Let’s review. (more…)

Veep: Mitt’s Number Two

We’ve heard so much gab in recent months about who Mitt Romney, the GOP’s all-but nominee for president, will or should choose as his running mate.  Every name you can think of has been mentioned: Chris Christie, New Jersey’s loud-mouth yet lovable governor; Marco Rubio, Florida’s junior (and did I mention Hispanic?) U.S. Senator; and Paul Ryan, the ever-controversial chairman of the House Budget Committee.  There has even been talk about names most have never heard: Bob McDonnell, the governor of Virginia, and Mitch Daniels, Indiana’s chief executive.

But now that the Veepstakes has entered its audition phase, the question everyone will be asking is: “Who will he choose?”  Will it be Rubio or Ryan?  Will it be Bachmann or Bobby (Jindal, that is)?  But the question that appeals to me isn’t so much “who,” but rather “how?”  And that’s what I’ll write about. (more…)

Food Stamps or Jets?: An Installment of Faith & Politics

I live my life at the intersection of faith and politics; it’s where I’m comfortable.  If this intersection were a literal one, I would build a nice house (with a white picket fence, of course) at the corner and be perfectly content.  However, rather than being a geographic location, it’s a lifestyle.  I choose to live out my faith as an outward expression of the redemption I’ve found in Christ; I choose to live as a political conservative because the principles of conservatism have a track record of success. (more…)