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REACTION: Romney Picks His Running Mate

What do you think of Rep. Paul Ryan? Read Patch stories from around the nation and let us know your thoughts.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced this morning that Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will be his running mate in the November election. 

Read more about Ryan and the nomination in the Patch stories below. What are your thoughts on Romney's decision? Will this energize the Republican base? Will it energize Democrats?

Let us know in the comments! 

Allen King August 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Mr. Geefay, 50% tax payers did not pay any federal tax in 2010 (perhaps same in 2011). 25% paid very nominal. Most tax is collected from the top 10-20%. So nobody is being ignored. How is this fair that a small percentage of tax payers are carrying weight of the whole country. This class divide is created by Obama and not based on facts.
David H. Perez August 13, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Wrong. The 1% who have 90% of the wealth and who are paying little or no taxes is what got us where we are now. President Obama has not been able to get his ideas off the ground because the wingnuts do everything they can to obstruct what the President tries to do. All they care about is getting him out of office, and we all know the REAL reason why. Kno' whut ah meen bubba?
David H. Perez August 13, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Lois - Have no fear. I fully intend to exercise my vote. Unfortunately, a lot of people buy the lies of the GOP. I also have to give the GOP credit - they are really good at lying and manipulating. I hope people like you and I are able to overcome this. But then we run the risk of the GOP stealing an election, like they did at least once before.
David H. Perez August 13, 2012 at 01:35 AM
If the rich paid their fair share, the government would not have to deficit spend.
David H. Perez August 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Exactly. Funny how the GOP want people to present all of those forms of ID in order to exercise their right to vote, but their candidate will not even submit his tax returns.
JustPeachyThanks August 13, 2012 at 06:26 AM
I agree with much of what you say, but challenge you on two things.Sub-Prime loans skyrocketed under Bush, but MULTIPLE times throughout Bush's term, Republicans tried to rein in Fannie & Freddie, warning that these GSE's were growing so large & so unregulated that they were putting our whole financial system at risk. Yet continuously, Democrats voted unanimously to block oversight & regulation of Fannie & Freddie. THEY not only ignored the red flags & warning signs, they even accused Republicans of racist "political lynching" of Franklin Raines, for insisting on oversight after finding the accounting books 'cooked'!!...And now they say it was all Bush's fault. That's rich!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMnSp4qEXNM There was NO SURPLUS left by Clinton. He didn't have a surplus in ANY of the years he was president, including the last. With a TRUE SURPLUS, there is actually money left over and you pay down the national debt. Every single year Clinton was in office he ADDED to the national debt because he spent more money than taking in--just as despicably as EVERY other president has. There wasn't a big pile of extra money that Clinton handed over to Bush to start his presidency with!....This is one of those lies that gets repeated often enough, that people just parrot it as truth. Just like the lie that it was only "Bush, Cheney & their cronies that got us into this mess".
JustPeachyThanks August 13, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Not one original thought in your entire post. Just rehashed talking points & prejudiced name-calling. How mature. Really doing your part to bring the country together, huh?
Mark Burns August 13, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Facts versus opinion. The top 1% pay 36% of Federal taxes. The top 1% control 40% of the wealth. And they invest in businesses and ideas, create jobs, donate to charity, volunteer their time, build things, etc. Bashing fellow Americans who have neither the time nor inclination to respond is the central focus of so many people in this country lately. Time for a change.
Mark Burns August 13, 2012 at 07:28 AM
You've called Paul Ryan Eddie Munster and Mitt Romney Willard. Now Mittens. Civll conversation or just namecalling. Emerson once said, 'What you are speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you're saying.'
Mark Burns August 13, 2012 at 07:40 AM
It's a mistake so many are making about 'class' issues. The United States and its people are all about mobility. Your assumptions are based on remaining static - never changing. The goal is to move up in income, career, quality of life (for yourself, family, etc.). Each generation strives for the American Dream; however that vision appears to the individual. The chance to do better than your parents. But . . . Not the current generation. Why? Socialism. Time for a change.
Mark Burns August 13, 2012 at 07:45 AM
That's not true. The beginnings and basis of no qualifying, limited documentation mortgages go back directly to Clinton in his second term, and specifically include Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. You are wrong on other points as well.
Allen King August 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Mr. Perez, Occupy movement people like yourself should move to Russia and convince them to revive USSR and communist rule. I am not rich but I work hard and make a living. Half of it goes to pay taxes. 50% people did not pay any fed tax in 2010 (perhaps in 2011), the remaining 25% paid nominal. So where do you think the tax is being collected? Lazy people like the follower of "occupy movement" don't contribute anything to society and want others to support you fully. They would complain there are no jobs... guess what, central valley farms are looking for farm workers. Why not you guys go there and do some real work.
Neighbor August 13, 2012 at 04:59 PM
That is absolutely right. So stop supporting a guy who wants to take us to war with Iran. Put your vote where your mouth is.
Neighbor August 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Taking 10 mpg clunkers off the road did more to help our fuel crisis than any other thing we could possibly do, including injecting more money into electric car companies.
Susan August 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I love quotes too, Mark. Here's another: Figures don't lie, but liars figure. Google it for the source.
Mark Burns August 13, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Taking clunkers off the road removed affordable transportation options for low and minimum wage workers. It artificially inflated the value ot the remaining used cars, and was an incredible waste of money. How is bailed out GM doing compared to the other automakers?
Watzon McWats August 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I've reserving a campsite regardless of who wins! We're screwed either way!
David H. Perez August 14, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Allen King - You are the poster child for the statement, "It is better to remain silent and let people think you are ignorant than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." For your information, I have never in any way been involved in the Occupy Movement. I'm not sure what they really stand for, and to tell you the truth, I don't think they do either. I am also not a Communist. And I DID do farm work when I was young. You and I actually have a lot in common. After receiving a college degree and a graduate degree, I worked hard for over 35 years in a very prestigious career, payed my taxes and saved for retirement. If you want to vote for candidates who would never think twice about stealing your retirement money, denying you medical care, denying your elderly parents end-of-life care or denying your children the opportunity for a college education, then go for it. As the blue-collar comedian Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid."
Allen King August 14, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I am critical of both parties. They both have screwed up the country big time. Unfortunately, we must share the blame too. We are the ones who continue electing these fools over and over; same senators, same representatives. People vote based on "oh yea, I have heard this name, others I don't know and I don't care to do research on them. I can safely assume they won't do a good job so let's vote the same people in office again." Now to Mr. Perez, your views certainly sound like the views of occupy movement. I am sick of hearing the term "fair share" knowing that he majority does not pay any federal tax (or pays very nominal) while consumes most resources. How is it fair? Don't everybody use roads, libraries, public services, police, firefighters? And, when did I say I would vote for people who deny elderly care or college education? On the opposite, I believe that medical care should be provided to all free of cost (at least basic medical care) because nobody, rich or poor, has no control on it. I also believe that higher education should be free or almost free. It is ridiculous to force students to pay 30K/year or more. But this can only happen when everybody pays tax. Right now, majority of people don't pay any tax. How is it fair?
Allen King August 14, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Mr. Perez, GOP is not be to blamed alone. Dems are equally responsible. Everybody blames Bush for starting the wars but remember Dems were controlling Congress those days and they overwhelmingly approved the war (they had a power to stop ). Dems live and breathe for unions and freeloaders who don't pay any tax, they don't care about the country.
Susan August 14, 2012 at 06:38 AM
So of the 50% who don't pay Federal Income Tax, how many are retired seniors? The disabled? Students? The working poor? When young, working families with children below the poverty level take the standard deduction, their Federal Income tax bill is reduced to zero. Well, the Ryan/Romney budget fixes all that. It would make the working poor and middle class pay more Federal Income tax, as much as $2,000 more a year – while allowing the wealthy, like Willard Romney, to pay zero because it removes the capital gains tax. Talk about freeloaders… instead of demonizing the least of these from inside the Koch Brothers' lie bubble, how about questioning the tax code that allows the wealthy to pay nothing while they throw the entire middle class under the bus? Where's the outrage over these so-called job creators – more like offshore job creators – who avoid paying any Federal Income tax by taking their compensation in stock options, while ratholing their wealth in offshore accounts?
David H. Perez August 14, 2012 at 01:04 PM
The "Dems" approved the war based on flat out lies provided to them by Bush and the GOP. As far as your comments about "unions and freeloaders", I was a union member for the majority of my career, I have always payed taxes, and I have never been a freeloader in my life. I always gave 300% when I was working, and I deserved and earned every penny I made and every benefit I earned. Your ignorant Tea Party statements like that make it very difficult to take anything you say seriously.
David H. Perez August 14, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Susan - Well-put and I totally agree. People like Allen have all of this hostility toward people less fortunate than themselves, and whose economic impact on the system is chump change compared to how much we have been ripped off by the likes of Romney and the Koch brothers. And then Allen has the nerve to criticize unions, which represent people who actually work for a living and pay taxes. The real freeloaders are the rich who send their money and jobs overseas, so let's bark up the proper tree.
Mason Mccarty August 14, 2012 at 01:53 PM
FYI- "Willard" is Romney's first name (Willard Mitt Romney).
Cathy P. August 14, 2012 at 03:16 PM
@JustPeachyThanks: Lies??? According to the Treasury Department, when George W. Bush took office in 2001 the national debt was $5.73 trillion and when he left office in 2009, the national debt had increased to $10.63 trillion. That’s an 85% increase of $4.9 trillion. Former president Bill Clinton inherited a $400 billion annual deficit from George Bush, Sr, and he chipped away at that annual deficit for 7 out of his 8 years in office. According to the Congressional Budget Office, under former president Bill Clinton there was a budget surplus in 1999 ($1.9 billion) and in 2000 ($86.4 billion). Polly want a cracker?
Susan August 14, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Speaking of lying liars, this one is doozy courtesy of The Tea Party's Facebook page. They have 407K "likes" and their little darling, the Koch Brothers' spawn, is Willard Rob-me's running mate. Can you find all 3 lies? "Unemployment in 2007 when I [Georgy W. Bush] left office was 4.7% and today almost 4 years later, unemployment is at 8.3%. 17 million were on food stamps when I left office and today 43 million people." Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=390419117680246&set=a.152219938166833.40496.133279166727577&type=1
Just Dandy August 15, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I'm way more concerned that President Obama lies to America than a Facebook group lies. The Tea Party isn't unilaterally (unconstitutionally) dictating new laws? And what is with all the creepy talk in your post: 'spawn' & 'little darling' & 'Willard Rob-me'? It's not original or clever to regurgitate petty, leftist insults & namecalling lifted from blogs. You lose credibility when you stoop to nasty, infantile tactics. People will actually listen & consider your points if you make them using with regular, non-vicious words & original thought.
Just Dandy August 15, 2012 at 04:47 PM
That was an accidental question mark in my second sentence. That was a statement.
Susan August 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
You know, JustDandy, when you hit bullies back square on the jaw, they look pretty darn pathetic when they start crying like a baby for civility. I, too, was both stunned and disappointed when a Tea Party idiot screamed "YOU LIE!" at the President of the United States during the State of the Union Address; when the Governor of Arizona shook her bony finger in the President's face, and when the RNC Chairman called the Senate majority leader a "dirty liar" on national television without any proof… When people on the right stop their seditious lies and using the words Liberal and Progressive as a pejorative, I'll stop, and not one minute sooner. Now please please explain exactly how President Obama is "unilaterally dictating new laws." I honestly don't know how that's possible.
Mark Burns August 31, 2012 at 04:15 AM
This has been discussed and pointed out to you before. Executive Order. When you can't get the legislation you want or that your handlers demand; you issue executive orders. You appoint Czars to carry out your agenda within government agencies like the EPA. People that are neither confirmed by Congress nor vetted for qualifications and background. You remember the Green Czar, self-described communist Van Jones . . . http://www.examiner.com/article/van-jones-green-jobs-czar-a-self-described-communist-arrested-during-rodney-king-riots Did Harry Reid disclose his 'source' for Romney not paying taxes? Name calling (using the word 'dirty') is inappropriate despite your approach when describing people you don't like. The word liar does apply. If Harry says things like that on the floor of the Senate, he is immune from prosecution. Have we heard anything lately about that? How about the timeline for Joe Soptic's Wife's cancer? Stephanie Cutter said she knew nothing about it in August but had spoken to him directly in May about his story. Major League versus Minor League in terms of moral quality of candidates and parties.

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