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Paul Ryan: Budget Hawk? No. Internationalist? Yes.

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I found ten votes in the 112th Congress that illustrates that Paul Ryan is far from the “Budget Hawk” the corporate media would have you think he is.  His votes illustrate support for a party agenda that is not American and is not popular among his constituents. He votes to strengthen international institutions while attacking our Bill of Rights, blurring the separation of powers defined in the Constitution and hindering our economy.

Furthermore, these votes lead me to believe he is a Neo-Conservative International Interventionist reminiscent of the Bush regime:

Hon. Paul Ryan
WI 1st District
My Grade
1 Amendment to HR 1: Restrict United Nations Funding Internationalism
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) offered an amendment to HR 1 (an appropriations bill) that would have prohibited any funding in the bill from being used to pay dues to the United Nations. The House rejected Broun’s amendment and so did Rep Paul Ryan. X
2 Patriot Act Extension (S 990) Attacks Bill of Rights
A four year extension of three separate provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire: The “Roving Wiretap” is a provision that allows your federal government to snoop on any number to phone and internet lines without specifying what lines will be tapped and what they expect to find. The “Financial Records” provision allows asset seizure during investigations. The “Lone Wolf” provision allows spying on non-citizens without a warrant. These provisions violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which requires that no warrants be issued “but upon probable cause” and that warrants must contain language “particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Ryan approved these extensions. In essence, the Patriot Act’s provisions undermine the 4th Amendment by allowing Federal Law Enforcement to go on reckless “Fishing Expeditions”. X
3 HCR 51 “The Libya Troop Withdrawal” Separation of Powers
According to the Constitution, Congress holds the power to declare war. This power was watered-down with “The War Powers Act” many congresses ago. According to the War Powers Act, the President cannot engage the Armed Forces for more than 60 days without Congressional Approval. HCR 51 “The Libya Troop Withdrawal” sought to force our President to either seek approval or end the troop deployment in Syria. The Obama Administration consulted with the UN, the Arab League, and the African Union while it snubbed our Congress. The measure was rejected by congress and Hon. Paul Ryan. The war continues. X
4 Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill Internationalism
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH.) offered an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have prohibited any funding in the bill from being used to wage war in Libya without a Congressional declaration of War. The House rejected the measure on July 8, 2011 and Paul Ryan voted in opposition. X
5 S. 365: The Debt Deal Attacks The Economy
Mr. Ryan approved the Debt Deal. This legislation (S. 365) provided for an immediate $400 billion increase in the national debt limit, while allowing the President to raise the ceiling an additional $500 billion unless Congress passed a resolution of disapproval. In his favor, he did follow this vote with a subsequent disapproval when the President attempted to grab more of your dollars. It is important to mention that this deal involved future cuts over 10 years but there is no constitutional process which could prevent future congresses from discarding those proposals. It was a typical face-saving, “toss-it-over-the-fence” measure. It guaranteed more spending at a time when the pressure to cut spending had never been more intense. X
6 H.R. 3080: South Korea Trade Agreement Internationalism
Apparently Paul Ryan doesn’t think NAFTA has done enough damage to our economy. He jumped all over the “South Korea Trade Agreement”. Another in a series of “free-trade agreements” intended to transfer the power to regulate trade (and eventually other powers too) to super-national arrangements. NAFTA is a prime example of such an arrangement. The House passed H.R. 3080. Mr. Ryan approved. X
7 H.R. 2055: Omnibus Appropriations package Attacks The Economy
Rep Ryan approved the Omnibus Appropriations package (H.R. 2055), which provided $915 billion in spending. Passage of this mammoth appropriations bill in light of the ongoing trillion-dollar annual deficits is fiscally irresponsible. How will Congress cut spending if they do not dissect these funding measures and handle them separately? X
8 H.R. 3521: Line-item Veto Separation of Powers
Mr. Ryan had no problem with approving a Line-item Veto (H.R. 3521) which would allow the President to rescind all or part of any dollar amount of funding for discretionary spending items in enacted appropriations bills. This bill dramatically and unilaterally enhances the power of the executive branch. Article I, Section 1 and Article I, Section 7, Clauses 2 and 3, of the U.S. Constitution vest Congress with all legislative powers. This bill attempts to shift legislative power away from Congress and to the President. It violates the constitutionally defined separation of powers. The Supreme Court already found a similar proposal unconstitutional during the Clinton Administration. Mr. Ryan should know that altering the Constitution requires an amendment process. A simple legislative act is insufficient. X
9 H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Attacks Bill of Rights
Mr. Ryan approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). This bill (H.R. 3523) protects businesses from lawsuits regarding the sharing of their customers’ private information with the government. This is obviously an attempt to circumvent the 4th Amendments protection to be secure in your persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. After all, if a warrant were issued upon probable cause and supported under oath, these businesses would be protected from lawsuits based upon the fact that the data was subpoenaed by the court. This bill seeks to circumvent the court process and the protection clause is an attempt to remove an obstacle to participation by private business. X
10 H.R. 4310: The National Defense Authorization Act Attacks Bill of Rights
The National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) is so sweeping that American citizens accused of being terrorists can be detained by the U.S. military and held indefinitely without habeas corpus and without even being tried and found guilty in a court of law. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) offered an amendment to strike this language from the bill, but the House rejected Smith’s amendment and so did Rep Paul Ryan. X


Written by federalexpression

August 14, 2012 at 1:53 am

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