Mitt Romney stepped outside his comfort zone and ordered the spicy salsa by picking Paul Ryan. It was a bold move, and the Conservative base is very happy now.
Aside from his baby blue eyes, he’s famous for his budget – The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise. It would cut the tax burden of the wealthy from 35% to 25% and change Medicare to a voucher system. Interestingly, one program that is immune to Ryan’s slicing and dicing is…defense. Shocking.
Yeah – none of that surprised me. However, his extreme pro-life views did. In 1998, when he was running against Democrat Lydia Spottswood, both of them backed the ban on “partial birth” abortions. Spottswood said that there should be exceptions made when the mother’s life is in danger. Ryan said the opposes abortion period and that “any exceptions to a ‘partial-birth’ abortion ban would make that ban meaningless.”
Horrified? It gets worse. If abortion were illegal, he also would let states decide on criminal penalties for women having them. Of course, he never advocated jailing women who have abortions or prosecuting doctors who performed them. He did add, though, “if it’s illegal, it’s illegal.”
When I was in the drive-thru line for my Saturday night burger ritual, I was listening to Karel on the KGO radio station. He warned women that Ryan is heading “straight for your vaginas.” I laughed because this was coming from a totally flaming gay guy. After reading all that on Ryan, I realized that he was serious. NARAL Pro-Choice America gives him a score of 0% on a woman’s right to choose. NRLC (National Right to Life Committee) gives him a 100% score on voting for life.
I think this surprised me because Romney is pro-life, except for cases of rape, incest, and if the mother’s life is in danger. For some reason, I expected Ryan to be the same. He’s not, which is disturbing, but Romney made his choice.
Message to Mittens: Hot and spicy can be tasty and energizing. It can also be a major pain in the ass, both figuratively and literally. Ask John McCain about that.