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Paul Ryan: ‘I don’t think that the president actually thinks we have a fiscal crisis’

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan lashed out at President Barack Obama on Sunday, saying the commander in chief does not have a full grasp of the budget problems facing the U.S. economy.



"I don't think that the president actually thinks we have a fiscal crisis," Ryan said "Meet The Press" in his first live interview since the 2012 presidential campaign, when he was Mitt Romney's running mate. "He's been reportedly saying to our leaders that we don't have a spending problem, we have a healthcare problem. That leads me to conclude that he just thinks we ought to have more government-run healthcare and rationing."



Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, told David Gregory that while Democrats may have gotten higher taxes on the wealthy as part of the New Year's deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, that's all they'll get.



"The president got his additional revenues," Ryan said. "So that's behind us."



"Are we for raising revenues? No we're not," he continued. "If you keep raising revenues, you're not going to get decent tax reform."



Ryan also offered outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a compliment while bashing Obama.



"Look, if we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles, chief staff of the White House or president of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now," Ryan said. "That's not the kind of presidency we're dealing with."



The former vice presidential candidate also addressed a pair politically-divisive issues: immigration reform and gun control.



"It's a system that's broken that needs fixing," Ryan said of current U.S. immigration laws. "Look, immigration's a good thing. We're here because of immigration. That's what America is. It's a melting pot. We think this is good. We need to make sure that it works."



On gun control, Ryan said he was open to universal background checks, but stopped short of embracing a ban on assault weapons. "Let's go beyond just this debate and make sure we get deeper," he said. "What's our policy on mental illness? What's going on in our culture that produces this kind of thing?"



And as far as his political aspirations for 2016 are concerned, Ryan said it's too early for him to talk about.



"I think it's just premature. I've got an important job to do," Ryan said. "I'll decide later about that."


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  • Obama is a fool but the Lame St Media keeps proclaiming that he is a genius. If this was Bush(AKA Boosh) we would be told non stop what a fool he is

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    • @aranger45 He's been getting a pass from the media since day one. What happened to the daily body count we got every day during the Bush Administration? How about the uproar over Bush's drone strikes? Obama uses those like he's playing Call of Duty and no one cares. Not to mention that he practically handed our most top secret model to Iran and didn't have the balls to so much as send them an angry email to get it back or destroy it.

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    • @aranger45 Ummm, that's because Bush was/is a fool, upper class twit of the year variety. At least Obama isn't inventing words in the middle of his speeches.

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    • @Relli72  No he just studers like the fool hi is

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    • @aranger45 You mean he stu-stu-stutters. I hope like hell he doesn't studer, whatever the hell that is. He probably also learned ,in first grade, that sentences end with some form of punctuation?! Don't worry, I won't tell anyone you're not to be taken seriously... Prolly won't have to.

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    • @Relli72 
      WTF another grammar Nazi

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  • Of course Obummer doesn't...hell he told Boehner to stop telling him he spends too much...Obama thinks after raising the debt ceiling countless times, continued entitlements with no end in sight, and a 16T debt...we haven't spent America into poverty yet.
    But of course….the liberal tools on this site will still say “It’s Bush’s fault”

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    • @Gulf Flyer If George W Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate,in one year,and had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years Obunga's mindless drone supporters would still vote him in again all over again,but it is still Bush's fault though.....

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    • @ZANGADO If he had, we never would have heard about it...

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  • Universal background checks are virtual confiscation. No universal background checks. Why do we have to submit to background checks when Obama doesn't? Release your mental health and medical records Obama.

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  • Universal background checks are just feel-good bullshit for stupid people. A massive percentage of the guns in the US are untraceable, so how are you going to enforce a law on the sale of something between two people when law enforcement has no clue who owns what in the first place. Unless they're just using this as a stepping stone towards passing mandatory gun registration, which is beyond the realm of impossible.

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    • @Elk Snot Yeah, and for that matter...can they really find out I'm wanted in another galaxy, I mean come awn! Every other gun I see here in Wisconsin was bought/sold traded for a dirt-bike, given as payment for roofing work... the authorities don't even bother asking. We had people open carrying around here since before it was cool! Of course our crime rate is superfluously low as well, wonder why...

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  • 'I don’t think that the president actually thinks we have a fiscal crisis'

    The president actually has a compentency crises

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  • when its all according to plan;
    the plans of those that control both parties

    and not the plan of the Citizens of these United States

    theLAB

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  • It's not like it's his fiscal crisis.

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  • yo paul ryan lol yo he wack

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  • He knows the kind of trouble we are in, but he doesn't care. Would you care about a letter from the bank if you already knew your house was foreclosed upon? Nope. It's already gone.

    It is obvious that they have no intention of ever paying off this debt.

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  • 'I don’t think that the president actually thinks we have a fiscal crisis’

    Hasn't anyone ever toy'd with the idea there isn't a crisis and the numbers are all for show?

    I read all the scriptures from all the cultures that I could get my hands on in the last 40 years and everyone of them concur in the description of exactly how deceitful, wicked and evil humanity can be, only to be masked by the flipside of its disguise, baited benevolence.

    So I postulate that there could be a very good r More..

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    • @whatduh

      : "Hasn't anyone ever toy'd with the idea there isn't a crisis and the numbers are all for show?"
      And I postulate that madness will strike you in the next -- whoops! Well, there ya go.

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    • @NotJimmy has his finger on the insultatron. Hurry up lad, I'm sure your not finished with cheap insultations.

      If every dollar printed came with a false debt attached to it, then it's in name only. If you can make money out of thin air, what makes you think they can't make debt out of thin air? Do business with thieves and trust liars that's your prerogative.

      Since when is it chic to be normal in an insane world?

      History has many occurances of forgiveness of debt.

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  • I estimate that in about 3 years I'll have completed all my farming needs around my house. So when the country goes to shit, I'll be able to survive and feed my family. All you fucks who think gov't is the answer can starve.

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  • The president isn't stupid! He knows very well that our country is in dire straits. Thats the plan! Obama is a disciple of Cloward-Piven and deliberatly destroying our country as we know it!

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    • @nomadlife
      You think GWB was trying to implement a Cloward-Piven type economic collapse?

      Thats the first time I've ever heard that one!

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  • redistribute the wealth!

    Give them the money!

    Give them the wealth!

    Sure a lot of homeless people in my city!

    I guess they never got the wealth!

    Promises, promises promises and you dicks keep voting for them!!

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  • FBHO

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  • Anyone see the movie idiocracy? Im serious. I predict in 20 years that movie will be a reality for my country. Maybe more like 10 years...

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  • Ryan is a loser and a liar. Claims to be a good christian, yet the catholic church says his budget is "draconian". Claims Obamacare cuts 700+ billion out of Medicare, yet his budget does the same thing almost to the dollar. Claims to be a fiscal hawk, yet his budget increases the debt. His party is running away from this guy like he has mad cow disease.
    Why should we care what he thinks again ?

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  • Ryan gets it. Obama lives in la-la land.

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  • Doesn't the congress have no pay, as long as the "Fiscal-cliff" has not been resolved?

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  • And I think your a loser!!! And your running-mate had a hat full of rocks too!!! And still lost!

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    • @True_North
      The mark of a troll is one that says the same damn thing on post after post and if you're truely in and from Canada you're opinion really is of no merit.

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    • @gonehuntin
      I agree with you, and doubt that your opinion matters significantly more just because you can place a single vote once every four years.

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    • @Faecal Encephalopathy
      It matters far more than one realizes in the fact that I can hold my head high and say "I didnt vote for him" and know that I did my part in trying to change that. Now it's those that dont vote at all and have the same mindset as youself that their vote doesnt mattter that really pissses me off.

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    • @True_North
      Unlike yourself I'm not trolling for comments and you may learn that after you've been here a while rookie. Welcome to LL!

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