When I respond, or seek responses, I think of the Internet Republic and the people [[whump]] and the places who have made our water world Eden brave and free and fair. Permitted, required, and impossible. Stand alone or stand with, whose choice to what degree [[Thn/]] O[[thn/]]ne water world Eden under "We the people" – created by whom?

Paul Davis Ryan

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Charles Lazzio of Lake Geneva, Wis., spoke with Mr. Ryan during a town-hall-style meeting in 2010 in Elkhorn.
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JANESVILLE, Wis. — Representative Paul D. Ryan’s childhood home here was not overtly partisan. His parents were enthusiastic supporters of Representative Les Aspin, a Democrat, yet adored President Ronald Reagan from their glimpses of him on the evening news. But the death of his father when Mr. Ryan was only 16 punctured his life of math tests and bike riding, and in that fissure, the seeds of his worldview were planted.
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Paul D. Ryan, right, the president of his junior class, in the 1987 yearbook of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, Wis. He was 16 when his father died.
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“Paul went to work at McDonald’s and began to pull his own weight, and becomes class president the same year,” said his brother Tobin. “It is remarkable that he chose a path of individual responsibility and maturity rather than letting grief take a different course.” He added: “Some of his political views did begin to coalesce around the time of my father’s passing.”

His self-reliance followed him to summer camp, where as a counselor he canoed and hiked, and into young adulthood, where he took up deer hunting, a fact noted in his engagement notice in 2000 in The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Ryan is an avid hunter and fisherman,” the paper reported, “who does his own skinning and butchering and makes his own Polish sausage and bratwurst.”

It followed him into college, where he immediately took a passionate interest in the canon of conservative economic theorists and writers — Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and Ludwig von Mises — who inspired the up-and-coming generation of libertarian-minded activists and lawmakers.

It followed him to Congress, where his brand of conservative economics, honed in Washington’s conservative policy and research groups, eventually inspired the Tea Party freshmen in the House for whom Mr. Ryan has served as seer, cheerleader and workout buddy.

And, finally, it captured the imagination of Mitt Romney, who named Mr. Ryan as the Republicans’ presumptive vice-presidential nominee on Saturday.

In Mr. Ryan, he has found not only a sympathetic life story to animate his campaign — which he seized upon when he spoke on Saturday of how Mr. Ryan’s father’s death “forced him to grow up earlier than any young man should” — but also a politician who fills in what many see as the gaps in Mr. Romney’s conservative bona fides. Mr. Ryan is a strict supply-side budget expert and social conservative who counts fans across the Republican spectrum. He has been a driving force, if not always a visible one, in the party’s biggest fights with President Obama, including last year’s budget impasse that took the nation to the brink of default.

Mr. Ryan’s enormous influence was apparent last summer when Representative Eric Cantor, the second most powerful House Republican, told Mr. Obama during negotiations over an attempted bipartisan “grand bargain” that Mr. Ryan disliked its policy and was concerned that a deal would pave the way for Mr. Obama’s easy re-election, according to a Democrat and a Republican who were briefed on the conversation.

On Sunday, an official in Mr. Cantor’s office disputed the characterization, and a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner, who was also there, said he “has no recollection of such a discussion.”

Yet even if he is viewed as politically pure by the modern-day standards of his party’s base, he is not without contradictions. The nation’s first Generation X vice-presidential candidate, he is an avowed proponent of free markets whose family has interests in oil leases. But he counts Rage Against the Machine, which sings about the greed of oil companies and whose Web site praises the anti-corporate Occupy Wall Street movement, among his favorite bands.

He also voted for the bank bailout known as TARP and for President George W. Bush’s prescription drug benefit for the elderly, both of which are loathed by Tea Party activists. And even as he delved more deeply into libertarian economic theory in college, his tuition was partially paid by the Social Security benefits he received after his father died.

Mr. Ryan’s remarkable rise from small-town prom king to the No. 2 on the Republican presidential ticket reflects a combination of sheer will and patience, with the ideological leanings that began in Janesville and were cultivated in Washington finally finding their moment on a raised platform in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday morning.

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Jennifer Steinhauer reported from Janesville, Sheryl Gay Stolberg from Washington, and Jim Rutenberg and Mike McIntire from New York. Nicholas Confessore contributed reporting from New York, and Serge Kovaleski from Denver. Kitty Bennett contributed research from Seattle, and Sheelagh McNeill from New York.

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xref: basketball player who fell to court floor in a salat like position while the dull roar of whose drinking club filled the sidewalk at about the time of night when Afghanistan wold be making Fajhr or starting work. So who should call Afghanistan directly regarding 100% withdrawal before election day?

Obama Parries Criticism as Fund-Raising Eats Into His Schedule

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President Obama posed for a group photograph in Atlanta on Friday. He appeared at five campaign events during the day.
Published: March 17, 2012

ATLANTA — Friday marked another stage in President Obama’s springtime metamorphosis into full-fledged campaigner: his first daylong trip out of the capital devoted solely to fund-raising. He gripped and grinned through five campaign events in Chicago and Atlanta, where the actor and producer Tyler Perry played host to Mr. Obama at his house and television studio.

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The 13-hour “money run” raised at least $4.8 million for the president’s re-election effort — more than $5 million if one counts a fund-raiser in Minneapolis with Michelle Obama.

How presidents use their time inevitably becomes a target for scrutiny and criticism, particularly when a campaign heats up. The White House insisted this week that Mr. Obama still spends “the vast preponderance of his time on his official duties.” But with his schedule increasingly crowded by fund-raisers and speeches that could easily double as campaign rallies, that case is getting harder and harder to make.

Except for a phone call he made on Friday to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan shortly after midnight, Mr. Obama’s day was dominated by speeches like the one he gave in a hotel ballroom in Chicago, where he told a faithful crowd that he understood “it’s not as trendy to be involved in the Obama campaign as it was back then.”

Later, in Atlanta, Mr. Obama mingled with Oprah Winfrey at a small fund-raiser at the chateau-style mansion of Mr. Perry, where 40 guests paid $35,800 each to attend. The president thanked Ms. Winfrey for her support in 2008, noting that, as with books and skin cream, her endorsement was critical.

On Thursday, in a speech billed as official rather than campaign, Mr. Obama defended his energy policy, mocking Newt Gingrich, though not by name, as a member of the “Flat Earth Society” for ridiculing investments in alternative energy sources like algae. The crowd rewarded him with chants of “Yes, we can!” and “Four more years!”

Even formal diplomatic events, like the state dinner for Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain on Wednesday, have taken on a political cast. The White House invited more than two dozen big-dollar contributors to mingle with the prime minister and a bevy of British stars from the hit shows “Downton Abbey” and “Homeland.”

Mr. Obama has attended 108 fund-raisers since filing his candidacy in April 2011, double the rate of President George W. Bush at a similar point in his re-election campaign, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS News correspondent who keeps track of these numbers.

Republicans have lost no time highlighting that difference and offering back-of-the-envelope calculations to reporters of how much presidential time this amount of fund-raising is soaking up.

“If you assume two hours per fund-raiser, which is conservative, that’s 200 hours, the equivalent of five workweeks,” said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

The Obama campaign says the president is simply doing what is needed to counter the fund-raising juggernaut assembled by the Republican candidates and their armada of “super PACs.”

Republicans, however, contend that the problem is less their muscle than Mr. Obama’s weakness. Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, wrote in The Wall Street Journal last week that the Obama campaign’s average monthly fund-raising haul of $24 million put it on track to be “hundreds of millions of dollars shy” of its goal of $1 billion.

The $1 billion figure, the Obama campaign counters, exists only in the mind of Mr. Rove; it was never a campaign goal. A spokesman, Ben LaBolt, noted that Mr. Obama had attracted 1.3 million donors by the end of 2011, with an average contribution of $55. The campaign reached the million-donor benchmark twice as fast as in 2008, Mr. LaBolt added.

While the Obama campaign insists that everything is on track, the White House plays down suggestions that it is dwelling on the campaign. The press secretary, Jay Carney, said he had not asked Mr. Obama whether he had watched “The Road We’ve Traveled,” a newly released campaign video. The video was played before Mr. Obama took to the stage in Chicago, and he referred to it in his remarks.

For Mr. Obama’s staff, the creeping transition to campaign mode creates other awkward moments. Traveling with reporters on Friday, Mr. Carney dodged a question about who pays the expenses of flying Air Force One around the country on a trip like this. (According to the campaign, it covers aspects of the trip that are purely political.)

But the White House is acutely sensitive to suggestions that Mr. Obama is not always on the job. It posted a photograph of his previous call with President Karzai, which he made on Sunday from his sport utility vehicle, in front of a recreation center in Chevy Chase, Md., where his daughter Sasha was playing basketball.

“The president of the United States is the president of the United States 24 hours a day, including when he calls foreign leaders in the very early hours of the morning, and on weekends,” Mr. Carney said.

xref: basketball player who fell to court floor in a salat like position while the dull roar of whose drinking club filled the sidewalk at about the time of night when Afghanistan wold be making Fajhr or starting work. So who should call Afghanistan directly regarding 100% withdrawal before election day?

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Marching Orders for Paul’s Volunteers: Do Shave, Don’t Tweet

The Caucus | The Ron Paul Army Mobilizes: Dec. 29. 2011 – The presidential campaign for the Texas congressman is bringing in volunteers from around the country to organize voters in Iowa.
Published: December 28, 2011

DES MOINES — Ron Paul’s college-aged volunteer army — a core of the powerful ground organization that is the envy of rivals — is descending on Iowa from around the nation to coax people to the state’s Republican caucuses as he seeks to pull off what only months ago seemed like an unthinkable victory here on Tuesday.

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Ron Paul and his libertarian views have appealed to many youthful voters, including David Richardson, of Newton, Iowa, who attended a campaign event in his hometown on Wednesday.
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Four years after young people flocked to the state to help propel the campaign of Barack Obama, this radically different movement is embracing a 76-year-old veteran Texas congressman who is drawing supporters for his libertarian and antiwar views.

And they say they are under strict orders: To look, dress, shave, sound and behave in a way that will not jeopardize Mr. Paul’s chances. Even before flying here on their own nickel, some students said they had been instructed to cover up tattoos and told that their faces should be fresh-shaved or beards neatly trimmed, wearing only nice clothes that one described as “business casual.”

“No tats,” another volunteer, Rocco Lucente, said as he ticked off the rules after arriving at the airport Tuesday night. No liquor, no drugs and, he said, no “fraternizing in the dorms, nothing like that.”

He said the standard expected of volunteers was: “What would Ron Paul do?”

Volunteers are considered Mr. Paul’s most potent weapon beyond his vast and acerbic advertising campaign in Iowa, where the caucus results often turn on the ability of campaigns to turn out supporters. After hundreds of college volunteers arrived here this week, they were whisked to a Y.M.C.A. camp the campaign rented in Boone, an hour outside Des Moines, where some said they expected to be drilled on get-out-the-vote techniques and how to use scripts to talk to prospective caucusgoers.

Much of their efforts have been cloaked in secrecy: They said that once they arrive at the camp they are under orders not to speak to journalists or make postings on social media sites about their activities in Iowa, a provocative limitation for a movement lubricated by the effective use of the Internet. A half-dozen Paul aides declined to comment or allow a visit to volunteers. “We’re keeping our cards close to our vests,” said Jesse Benton, the national campaign chairman.

For college students together a long way from home, the mood was all business as Tuesday’s caucuses neared and they began canvassing in full force.

“There was no partying that we saw or heard,” said Dave Sherry, the camp director, who emphasized that the Y.M.C.A. was simply renting out the camp and was not aiding Mr. Paul. On Wednesday morning, he said, the few hundred students ate breakfast, had a meeting and then left the camp, saying they did not expect to be back until after 10:30 p.m.

The requirements about personal conduct seemed to be a recognition that bringing in a cadre of outsiders carries risks in Iowa, a lesson Howard Dean learned the hard way eight years ago when thousands of intense and orange-stocking-hatted volunteers from out of state apparently rubbed many Iowans the wrong way, with Mr. Dean placing third in what was the beginning of the end of his campaign.

Part of the Dean camp’s problem was that it did not know what to do with all its volunteers. But for a well-oiled organization like Mr. Paul’s, “it’s a decent strategy, since it’s such a labor-intensive process,” one rival campaign official here said. “Outside folks can be helpful.”

For the students, much of Mr. Paul’s appeal derives from civil libertarian views like ending the federal ban on marijuana and other drugs, as well as his desire to end foreign wars and his small-government credo.

Mr. Lucente, a 19-year-old from Ithaca who is a sophomore at Alfred University, said the Republican Party had been hijacked by a “social conservative war party” that had lost sight of the “idea that the government should be out of the way,” one of Mr. Paul’s abiding principles.

Mr. Lucente’s ride from the airport — along with two dozen others who arrived the same time — was on a Partridge Family-style school bus painted red, white and blue and festooned with slogans like “Pro Gun Ownership,” “Pro Homeschool,” “No Lobby $” and “Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain.”

Josh Plotkin, 21, an American who traveled from his job in Brazil, said Mr. Paul was the only candidate serious about shrinking the national debt and noted that his message had been consistent for decades. “You can take a speech of his from the ’80s and it’s still applicable today,” Mr. Plotkin said.

That determination and consistency also help explain his support among the young, Mr. Plotkin said. “It’s 500 college kids away from home and who are volunteering not to drink,” he said.

The college effort is critical to Mr. Paul, who is depending on a nontraditional base to bring him victory on Tuesday. In his speeches he is also careful not to dismiss Occupy Wall Street protesters — as most of his Republican rivals have — and he goes out of his way to praise young people as having a better grasp of the meaning of liberty than many lawmakers in Washington.

What remains to be seen is whether new scrutiny of racist statements in newsletters carrying Mr. Paul’s name — which he has disavowed — will complicate his support. The timing of the caucuses during the holiday break is also likely to dampen turnout from his college supporters.

xref: Malcom X, repentance, forgiveness, and acceptance of forgiveness.

And some students also question the real-life impact of Mr. Paul’s policies on programs that might affect them. One student from Grinnell asked Mr. Paul on Wednesday afternoon whether he could name something he thought government could do to help the country.

Extend the Smithsonian Mall from Washington, D.C. to Santa Barbara! In the same way the government has the duty to make sure interstate roads [crk \] are built and maintained to facilitate interstate commerce, so too, Pedestrian Right of Ways, and sufficient park, recreation, and entertainment venues are available to one and all.
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[[thn/]] Another asked about the future of the Peace Corps under a President Paul.

Let’s spin off the Peace Corps. as a private NGO 510c and let it affiliate with ANY sponsors from McDonalds, to Black and Decker, to GE, and so on… Get academic credit… Develop one and two semester modules…

Oh, also xref: “Let’s walk down to the mail box together,” Sgt. Shriver, Beetle Bailey data point past year or two.
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His answer may not have been what either had hoped for, as he cited defense and protection of currency as reasonable governmental duties but added, “Probably about 80 percent of what the federal government does is technically unconstitutional.”

But, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be done, and you are the very person to see to it the 80% is done constitutionally – by people like you and your friends and family and market forces under the liberty tree.

“80%”; xref: “Only 8000 minutes left…”

Michael D. Shear contributed reporting from Newton, Iowa.

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bama to Ask for $1.2 Trillion Increase in Debt Limit
Published: December 27, 2011

WASHINGTON — President Obama will ask Congress this week for $1.2 trillion in additional borrowing authority, which would raise the federal debt limit to $16.4 trillion and avoid the need for further increases before the 2012 elections, administration officials said Tuesday.

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This would be the final increase allowed under the budget agreement reached in August after the government came close to default. Since signing legislation to codify that agreement on Aug. 2, Mr. Obama has obtained two increases totaling $900 billion.

The budget agreement largely pre-empts the partisan debate over federal deficits and debt that the request might otherwise have touched off in Congress.

While the House, controlled by Republicans, could try to block the proposed increase in the debt limit, the Senate, with a Democratic majority, is unlikely to go along. If both houses of Congress voted to block the increase, Mr. Obama could veto the legislation.

The government’s need for more borrowing results from the fact that it spends far more than it raises in revenue; it makes up the difference by borrowing 36 cents of every dollar it spends. In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the government spent $3.6 trillion and collected $2.3 trillion.

Despite record debt, the Treasury still finds that it can borrow at extraordinarily low interest rates, contrary to predictions by some Republican lawmakers, who had warned that soaring deficits would require the government to pay more to lenders and investors in Treasury debt.

In the last decade, the government has borrowed record sums to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tax cuts adopted under President George W. Bush and economic stimulus measures enacted in 2009 to address the worst economic slump since the 1930s.

Since President Obama took office, the debt has shot up 42 percent, to the current level of $15.1 trillion. Of that amount, $10.4 trillion is borrowed from the public, and $4.7 trillion consists of special-issue Treasury securities held by Social Security and other government trust funds. Debt held by the public, considered by many economists to be the more significant indicator, is 65 percent higher now than in January 2009.

Treasury officials said the debt often increased at the end of the year because of large interest payments that the government makes to Social Security and other trust funds. These payments will total $82 billion this month, the Treasury said. Money not immediately needed by the trust funds is invested in the special Treasury securities.

In September, the House voted to block Mr. Obama’s request to raise the debt limit by $500 billion, the second increase. However, the Senate had already turned back a similar move.

Representative Tom Reed, a Republican from upstate New York, who led the House effort, said, “Dealing with this national debt is one of the primary reasons why I ran for Congress — to stop the endless borrowing of Washington, D.C., on the backs of our children and our grandchildren.” He said the debt was a “threat to national security.”

[””thn//] National Debt: a threat to national security… [””thn/]; xref: if “Money can be used as ‘bullets,” DHP, Dir. CIA, 2010, then surely a $16.4 X 10^12 national debt is proportionally a potential weapon of awesome mass self-destruction. Is that right?

if “Money can be used as ‘bullets,” DHP, Dir. CIA, 2010, then surely a $16.4 X 10^12 national debt ( % of global asset values) is proportionally a potential weapon of awesome mass self-destruction. Is that right? Vote Ron Paul ! Start [thn/] the long journey back to firm floors and ceilings on wages and prices.

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