Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a fiscal conservative and critic of federal handouts, has sought for his constituents in Wisconsin an expansion of food stamps, stimulus money, federally guaranteed business loans, grants to invest in green technology and money under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
Such requests are at odds with Ryan’s public persona as a small-government advocate and tea party favorite who has pledged to tighten Washington’s belt.
Paul Ryan is making sure to get his share of what he deems wasteful. Well, he deems it wasteful only when he’s not claiming that it would be “economically devastating” if he didn’t get some of it.
He had no problem putting his hand out for green energy grants, then turning around and calling those same grants “corporate welfare.”
His track record may be at odds with his stated beliefs, but it’s the same “I got mine, now screw the rest of you” attitude that the Romney/Ryan ticket wants to put in the White House.