July 31, 2009

Another $2 billion? Ryan says no

"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."
-- (attributed to) Everett Dirksen

The U.S. House of Representatives understands the axiom very well, and today voted 316-109 to authorize another $2 billion for the "Cash for Clunkers" program.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, 1st District, voted "nay."

In the same House session, lawmakers approved, 237 - 185, limits on executive pay at major corporations, allowing shareholders to vote on executive compensation (although those votes would be non-binding).

Ryan again voted "nay."


  1. Hollywood Paul Ryan didn't support the additional funding for the clunker bill because there isn't any auto manufacturing left in WI so he didn't have to worry about their votes.


  2. I dunno, seems like there's an engine plant close by that isn't doing anything right now.

  3. Another vote against his constituents...When will we learn

  4. Mr. Small business sure doesn't give a hoot about car dealers. They've been dying forever and just caught a break with this program.

    They must not have contributed enough to his campaign.

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  6. Yeah, can't believe that Ryan didn't vote to give thousands of dollars to each person who could afford a gas guzzler and now wants to buy a new car in these hard times. I thought he was a stooge for the rich? I guess this time he actually is against giving money to people who don't need it. Good for him!

    Billions of dollars so those who can afford to buy new cars can buy cars that only get 23mpg! LOL!

  7. Paul Ryan has big political ambitions. perhaps a run for the presidency. His positions have become more and more conservative. He talks a populous line but when you examine his voting record, it clearly reflect a big business free market philosophy.
    Abraham Lincoln once said,"you can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. I am confident that some day the majority of the people in Paul Ryan's district will stop being fooled by his rhetoric and see him for what he is.

  8. Paul Ryan introduced an amendment to the government takeover of healthcare bill in the Ways & Means Committee that would have required all Senators, Congressmen, and staff to use the planned "public option" for health care. It was voted down. If it's not "good enough" for them, why should I consider it?

  9. A little off topic but - the next time you talk with Ryan, ask him if his employer (us!) will be relieved of subsidizing his personal family health care plan like his “Patients Choice”plan does for everyone else. Remember, Patients Choice is funded by shifting a tax incentive from employers to the employee. It’s the opposite of the public option and single payer. No more group leverage – you are on your own.