Posted by | August 12, 2012 10:06 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Stuart Shapiro

As I posted yesterday, I don’t think the selection of Rep. Ryan helps the Romney campaign and may even hurt it.  However, there is a downside.  Rep. Ryan is nothing short of a radical conservative and the vice presidential nomination gives him a national stage.  Charles Pierce explains how conservative Ryan is:

Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn’t believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have to live. This now is an argument not over what kind of political commonwealth we will have, but rather whether or not we will have one at all, because Paul Ryan does not believe in the most primary institution of that commonwealth: our government. The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution make a lie out of every speech he’s ever given. He looks at the country and sees its government as something alien that is holding down the individual entrepreneurial genius of 200 million people, and not as their creation, and the vehicle through which that genius can be channelled for the general welfare.

As the saying goes, “Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line,” when picking presidential nominees.  Ryan moves to the head of the line for 2016 or 2020, assuming he doesn’t Palin himself in this campaign.  And that is a truly frightening prospect.
By: Stuart Shapiro

Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy
program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers
University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies
regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels.
Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office
of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and
George W. Bush.