…And America rejoiced, as we no longer have to witness the endless speculation that is The Veepstakes.
The first clue that Paul Ryan was going to be Romney’s VP pick? This happened to Ryan’s high school history on his Wikipedia page last night in the hours leading up to the announcement:
Removed unnecessary statement from Early Life about prom king or “Brown Noser.” This is not needed in article is not common in such brief survey sections.
But besides his fame as Joseph A. Craig High School’s 1988 Class Brown Noser, Paul Ryan is also known for setting forth his “Roadmap” budget plan, which would have eliminated taxes on capital gains, dividends, and interest, and abolished the corporate income tax, estate tax, and alternative minimum tax. (So we can understand the appeal for Romney. We’re pretty sure Romney is not releasing his tax returns because he just pays too much in taxes and doesn’t want the American public to feel sorry for him.) The Roadmap, which ultimately died in the Senate, also would have privatized portions of Social Security and ”dismantl[ed] Medicare as we know it“ for a voucher program instead.
So, he’s a brown-noser; he’s married to a tax attorney (of course he is); he wants your grandmother to fend for herself in the insurance market. We’re pretty sure he hands out parking tickets in his free time — you know, just for fun. What’s not to like?
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