Monday, September 10, 2012

A Handy List of Question for Paul Ryan at his $25,000 Private Portland Lunch

Representative Ryan did not make himself available to reporters when he landed this morning at Portland's private aviation building, but for $500, you can attend his fundraising luncheon at the Governor Hotel today. It will be twice that for a photo op, and $25,000 for a private luncheon. Here's a handy list of questions for you lucky $25,000 ticket holders.
1. Your campaign policy director stated "A Romney-Ryan Administration will restore the funding to Medicare, ensure that no changes are made to the program for those 55 or older, and implement the reforms that they have proposed to strengthen it for future generations." Your health care policy adviser said, "Whatever you think of Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare, the fact is that a Romney administration would repeal them." How do you reconcile that with including those cuts in the House Republican 2013 budged which you authored?
2. Governor Romney has promised that federal spending will be below 20% of GDP by 2016, 4 percent of which will be defense spending. After 2016, federal spending will be capped at 20% of GDP. That will require spending cuts in excess of your budget proposal. By my estimation, that will every other program to be cut by 40% in 2016 and almost 60% in 2022. Do our numbers agree?
3. What kind of health coverage do you have? Would you consider your coverage to be superior to that of your constituents?
4. You look like a healthy guy. What kind of vegetable did you order with your lunch?
Be persistent with the first two.
So far, I haven't found any reliable answers. Enjoy your lunch.

1 comment:

  1. I suspect if you asked those first two questions, you'd see the miracle 3-hour marathoner sweat, a lot.

    Great column, Kitty. I'd pass on the $25K lunch, though. McDonald's has a Dollar Menu, you know.