Paul Ryan to Speak at The Heritage Foundation

Today at 10 am, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, will give a major address on “Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy, and the Politics of Division”. Click here to watch live or come back later to watch the taped webcast.

Congressman Ryan’s remarks at Heritage will hit the proverbial “nail on the head” as he dissects the real class warfare that is occurring across America of what he describes as a “class of bureaucrats and crony capitalists trying to rig the rules, call the shots, and preserve their place atop society”.

Difficult times call for serious leadership and the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats’ demagoguery of issues raised by conservatives from fundamental entitlement reform to saving safety nets for future generations to comprehensive tax reform to reinvigorating a stubborn, rutted economy is flat out unserious. The debate that Chairman Ryan and Congressional Republicans began to layout in the House Budget resolution earlier this year is a debate America needs now more than ever.

It is understandable at times like these for temperatures to rise from both within the “Beltway” to throughout the concourses of America. At this same time, though, President Obama has returned to campaign mode and premised it by what Ryan describes as “preying on the darker emotions of fear, envy, and anger.”

This type of rhetoric “…has the potential to be just as damaging as [President Obama’s] misguided policies. Sowing unrest and class resentment make America weaker, not stronger. Pitting one group against another only distracts us from the true sources of inequity in this country – corporate welfare that enriches the powerful, and empty promises that betray the powerless.”

That being said, Ryan will give a pathway forward for a divided nation.

“Instead of policies that make it harder for Americans to rise, let’s lower the hurdles to upward mobility. That’s what the American Idea is all about…in the midst of all the joys and sorrows of our everyday lives, I think we sometimes forget why America was considered such an exceptional nation at its founding, and why it remains so. To me, the results of the Founders’ exceptional vision can be summed up in a single sentence: Throughout human history, the American Idea has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. Americans, guided by our ideals, have sacrificed everything to combat tyranny and brutal dictators…we’ve expanded opportunity, opened markets, and taught others to resist oppression…we’ve exported innovation and imagination…and we’ve welcomed immigrants seeking a fresh start. Here in America– unlike most places on earth – all citizens have the right to rise.”

Here is to hoping that more conservatives like Rep. Ryan continue to push bold policy proposals, give a vision of optimism and American exceptionalism, and unite Americans on a pathway forward to saving the American dream for future generations.

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