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Paul Ryan loves stimulus spending

Well how about that. It seems Paul Ryan decided to vigorously support stimulus spending after all. Just look at what Congressman Ryan is saying about the value of government support in the aftermath of a recession:

“What we’re trying to accomplish today with the passage of this third stimulus package is to create jobs and help the unemployed,” Ryan said.

“What we’re trying to accomplish here is the recognition of the fact that in recessions, unemployment lags on well after a recovery has taken place,” Ryan said. “We have a lot of laid-off workers, and more layoffs are occurring. And we know, as a historical fact, that even if our economy begins to slowly recover, unemployment is going to linger on and on well after that recovery takes place.”

“You have to spend a little to grow a little,” Ryan told constituents at a town hall in Wisconsin. “What we’re trying to do is stimulate that part of the economy that’s on its back.”

“We’ve got to get the engine of economic growth growing again, because we now know because of recession, we don’t have the revenues that we wanted to, we don’t have the revenues we need, to fix Medicare, to fix Social Security. To fix these issues we’ve got to get Americans back to work,” Ryan said. “Then the surpluses come back, then the jobs come back. That is the constructive answer we’re trying to accomplish here on, yes, a bipartisan basis.”

Wow. If you didn’t know it was Mr. Ryan, you might think this was a Democrat talking. And by golly, he’s absolutely right.

Oh wait, that was Congressman Paul Ryan defending the stimulus spending bill of George W. Bush, back in 2002. And that recession was mild compared to the one President Obama inherited from Mr. Bush. Now Congressman Ryan is saying the exact opposite. And yes, I truncated the quotes to make the point. You can read the quoted text in full and see the video here.

So the only thing that’s changed in the interim is there is a Democratic president in the Oval office. Congressman Ryan and nearly all of his fellow Republicans in Congress have voted against every single stimulus bill that has been proposed since the day President Obama took office. And why? Because, as they vowed on that day, they were determined to make him a one term president. They vowed to make President Obama fail.

In other words they pledged to sabotage every attempt to rescue our economy from the disaster their own economic policies caused, to advance their own political ambitions. So they relentlessly obstructed every positive step that would help and continue to do so this very day. The Republicans didn’t care how much they hurt our country and the American people for the last four years because they saw causing our continued suffering as the only way to bamboozle their way back into total control of the government.

So the question is, if they were willing to sacrifice the public good for their personal interests for the last four years, why should anyone believe they will govern in our best interests now, or ever?

Libby Spencer
Libby Spencer is a social media maven whose political commentary has been published on a wide variety of websites including a rather short lived guest blog at Fox News. She has been practicing her particular brand of punditry at the Detroit News Politics blog since April 2004.