Paul Ryan’s recent appearance on Morning Joe is a must-see. Ryan made it clear that there are areas of real agreement between him and the President. Trade is one. The trade agreement Obama is pursuing with Asian nations will mean more jobs here at home. Tax reform is another area with some common ground.
There’s Always a But
Ryan strongly disagrees with the President’s glowing portrayal of our economy and foreign policy. “If you were living on another planet for the last six years and you just parachuted in, you’d think everything’s going great, that the policies are perfect. But that’s just not the case, and what I worry about is that he actually believes this alternative universe.”
Cause for Optimism
Ryan is excited to remain in Congress (he’s not running for President or VP) and is optimistic about working with the President to solve important problems over the next two years. He sees tax reform as the key to growing our economy and providing more opportunity, and the Earned Income Tax Credit in particular as one of the smarter ways of getting people from welfare to work. “This country has to address poverty head-on. We’ve got to stop measuring things by how much money we spend, how many programs we create, but we need to start measuring our efforts by our outcomes, our results—are we getting people out of poverty?”