Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division

Congressman Paul Ryan
The Heritage Foundation

The American commitment to equality of opportunity, economic liberty, and upward mobility, is not tried in days of prosperity. Instead, it is tested when times are tough – when fear and envy are used to divide Americans and further the interests of politicians and their cronies. In this major address at The Heritage Foundation, Congressman Paul Ryan will dissect the real class warfare – a class of governing elites, exploiting the politics of division to pick winners and losers in our economy and determine our destinies for us. In his remarks, Congressman Ryan will outline a principled, pro-growth alternative to this path of debt, doubt and decline.

Congressman Ryan represents Wisconsin’s First Congressional District and serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee.

H/T where there is a video in which CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviews Jay Carney entitled “Obama’s Broken Promise on Foreclosures

Ed Morrissey writes:

Just to be clear, Obama’s new plan does not help people who are facing foreclosure, since one of its prerequisites is that homeowners cannot have missed more than one payment in the last twelve months and must be caught up on their payments. It will help people whose mortgages exceed their equity by simply stretching out the mortgages for a longer period, allowing them to pay less each month on the mortgage — and supposedly that will get them to spend an extra hundred dollars or so a month and boost the economy. It’s the Cash for Clunkers approach again, only with some ersatz class-warfare rhetoric tossed in, even though this isn’t helping anyone keep their house at all.

Update: DaTechguy, Conference Call with Rep. Paul Ryan

I was on a conference call with Rep Paul Ryan this afternoon a follow-up to his speech. He talked about the change of direction in the administration’s message from one of hope and optimism to one of fear.

He fretted that an attempt to encourage class warfare and resentment will hurt the country as badly as the actual policies of the administration. He stressed the idea of upward mobility as the goal, her referred to different growth rates as something that simply fuels agendas.

He stressed that “…conservatives can’t be afraid to take on this divisive rhetoric or the policies that derive from it.”

He took questions after his initial statement. I asked him about the Occupy moment if it was an expression of the president’s policies and will it blow up in their faces?…

Update 2: Who does this new Obama housing program help?

Update 3: Paul Ryan on President Obama’s rhetoric A quick update from Paul Ryan following his speech at the Heritage Foundation earlier today.

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