Setting an Agenda with Real Solutions
WASHINGTON, DC — Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, recently spoke with WLKG’s Dave Michaels and Gail Lewis, WRJN’s Mike Clemens, and WISN’s Jay Weber.
Excerpts of Ryan’s remarks follow:
Addressing voter anger:
“Look, people are angry. People have looked at the last seven years, and they are understandably very anxious, very upset, and hurting. But the solution isn’t to call names. It isn’t to stoke anger for political gain. The solution, I think, is to channel that passion into solutions. That’s basically what . . . we’re doing in Congress. We are working on an agenda of solutions to channel this frustration and anxiety into positive emotions about how we can fix problems and the need to get on our game as a country and get these problems fixed before it gets out of control.”
“That is why I have every committee in Congress working overtime on taskforces to lay out an agenda this spring to tell the American people: ‘This is the agenda we think gets our country back on the right track, wages up, jobs created, faster economic growth, people out of poverty. [It] puts you back in charge of your health care, reduces the cost of education and health care, and keeps us safe; [it] builds a durable economy of prosperity and a strong national security strategy that actually keeps Americans safe here and abroad.’”
Preserving the American Idea:
“Our nation is facing a very historic crossroad, so to speak, on the direction we head. Our national security is going to be determined in this election. The economic agenda . . . [is] going to be decided. Whether or not we can confront the fact that we have a debt crisis in our future will be decided. I think our freedom, whether or not we choose to deviate from the Constitution, which is really a self-governing republic type of government to one where we have unelected bureaucrats more and more calling the shots on a day-by-day basis and writing our rules and our laws."
“I really worry about the future for our kids and our grandkids and the kind of country we’re going to be leaving them and whether or not we’re preparing ourselves for prosperity or they’re going to dump our unpaid bills on the next generation, which basically guarantees that they have a lower standard of living than we do. "
Halting the President’s proposal to close Guantanamo Bay:
“I’ve got Paul Clement, one of the best litigators in America, a Wisconsinite, who is former solicitor general ready with a lawsuit . . . which we will take straight to the Supreme Court. The President cannot [unilaterally close GITMO]. It is . . . against the law that he signed, a bipartisan law, that he cannot take those Guantanamo inmates, close it down, and send them to America. He sent us a plan. We will not act on that plan, and if the president does so, we will be in court with him and get an injunction.”
Condemning ISIS for genocide:
“We will pass a resolution labeling these [atrocities] as what they are, genocide. . . . Congress has called the spade a spade. There is genocide, particularly against Christians, and we say it for what it is. And . . . it would call upon the president then to up his game and actually have a strategy for defeating ISIS and protecting these vulnerable minority populations . . . and he is not doing that.”