Paul Ryan at CEI Gala: Want to see how this movie ends? Look at Europe

It’s not to late to turn around our country and get the American Dream back, said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) at the annual Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) gala Tuesday evening.

Ryan praised CEI for trying to stop government power grabs and “for fighting for free enterprise and freedom.”

He warned that America’s debt was coming to tipping point, however, and Americans could no longer look the other way.

“If you want to look at how this movie ends, look across the Atlantic and see what’s going on in Europe,” he said. “We know that sooner or later we’re not going to be able to control our entire debt situation.”

Ryan, who is also chairman of the House Budget Committee, said that the majority of Americans already get more money back from the government in cash or services than they pay in taxes, “so you can already argue we’re past that tipping point. That we’re at majority taker-versus-maker society.”

Still, Ryan encouraged attendees not to give up on America quite yet, reminding the libertarian audience that the majority of Americans still believe in the American Dream and American ideals such as capitalism. Therefore, he said we haven’t reached the tipping point yet “but if we keep staying on this path we’re on, we’ll get there.”

Ryan did not make a direct pitch for GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who he has endorsed, because CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Thus, Ryan simply explained why Americans needed to vote out President Obama in November.

“You see he can’t run on his record – it’s miserable,” Ryan said, referencing May’s terrible jobs report and the fact that Obama’s party has not passed a budget in three years. Despite all that, “the President hasn’t changed his tune,” Ryan said.

Ryan said Obama was hoping to distract and divide Americans long enough to win the fall Presidential election.

“One week it’s the War on Women, next week it’s gonna be something else. Probably the week after that it’s gonna be left-handed Irishmen,” Ryan joked.

The good news is, though, that Americans most likely won’t fall for Obama’s “phony” rhetoric, he said, but it’s up to Americans to chose which path they want to go down.

“It’s rare in American politics when you arrive at a moment where we’re debating the very nature of American democracy and the social contract. But that is exactly where we are,” Ryan said.

 

Do we want free enterprise or a “welfare state and social democracy?” Do we want a country where we have the freedom to choose how we spend our own money or do we want a country where the government picks winners and losers? he asked.

Ryan predicted conservatives would win in November, just like they he thought they would win the Wisconsin recall that night.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how Wisconsin took our state back, and how in November we’re take our country back, and how CEI – in a big way – is going to hold us accountable, and we’re going to get back the American Dream,” Ryan finished.

Less than an hour after Ryan’s speech gala organizers announced that Ryan’s prediction was correct. The GOP had in fact won the recall election and Scott Walker would continue as Governor.

 

 

 

 

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