Monday, May 16, 2005

Following Tim Ryan (D-OH)

As stated previously in The Great Dem Hope: "Tim Ryan raised my hopes. He's the Democrat from OH who a few months back gave the passionate speech about why young people fear Bush is lying about a draft. The young Mr. Ryan last week received a prime subcommittee seat. Appointed to the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee that will enable him to keep watch on the upcoming base closures as he lobbies to keep open the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, pork for home. Certainly that tit will expect a tat and change Ryan's tone."

Friday the 13th : Youngstown dodges the closings. "Representative Ryan stated "Ladies and gentlemen of the Mahoning Valley, we did it,” Ryan told an ethusiastic crowd, “we are not on the list." Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld released the recommendation list this morning. The BRAC Commission will now review the list and submit its findings to President Bush by Sept. 8. During a Pentagon briefing yesterday….Ryan also said the air base is actually earmarked by the Pentagon to gain capacity. “We’re not exactly sure how many, whether that means planes or personnel, but the bottom line is we are not on the list,” he said."

Checking Mr. Ryan's voting record shows in 2003 he earned a 50% with the Arab American Institute but their rating dropped to 0% in 2004. He scored in the –negative for such groups as " Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel" and "U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation."

The ultraconservative John Birch Society rated Ryan as 50% (equal to or higher than many republican scores) in tune to their issues in Spring '04 but dropped to 22% in Fall '04. The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) a grassroots, nationwide organization affiliated with the Republican Party (GOP) rated Ryan 50% with them on civil right issues and 30% on government reform issues.

The NRA rates him 92%. The Cato Institute (rightwing think tank) rated him at 33. These ratings are by special interest groups, therefore biased, but at the same time if he pleases their interests he will score higher.

He voted NO on the bankruptcy bill but voted YES on making repeal of the estate tax permanent. Campaign contributions were 69.4% PAC contributions, broken down 43 business PACs and 53 labor PACs, the remainder single interest issue groups.

Ryan voted YES on the REAL ID Act of 2005. YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. In Dec. '04 (after election) voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence (Negroponte's new job). Although in Oct. '04 (before election) voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission which included the new position of DNI. In '03 voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. In March '04 voted YES on "approving removal of Saddam and affirming that the United States and the world have been made safer with the removal of Saddam Hussein and his regime from power in Iraq."

His statement Friday " the air base is actually earmarked by the Pentagon to gain capacity" may depend on how hard Mr. Ryan's lips remain planted on the conservative please-o-meter, and for how long, at least until September when Rumsfeld makes the final base closing recommendations to Bush.

I know the State representative, in fighting for Youngstown, is simply doing his job for his constituents. However, conclusion at KAB: Mr. Ryan is not passionate about peace in Iraq or Israel/Palestine as he blows off Arab and Jewish groups seeking resolution. He satisfies big business PACs probably more than a progressive should. Ditto for the Republican Liberty Caucus, Cato, and John Birchers. Obviously the '04 election a couple of months away had something to do with that impassioned speech, pandering for the youth vote. And for all his "this administration lied" statements in the speech, he voted to keep campus recruiting tied to monetary threats for facilities that don't comply. But the surest nod is the blowjob he gave with approving and affirming"the United States and the world have been made safer with the removal of Saddam Hussein." Almost reads like a loyalty oath to BushCo. Smiling and shaking my head here folks, Ryan not only blows, but swallows.


Deleted said...

It might be, "Tim Ryan, d'oh!".

Almost all the Great Dem Hopes turn to the dark side. You've got Dennis Kucinich, however, and he's a decent guy.

Kate-A said...

Kucinich was the only candidate worth a vote. But, voting only encourages them.

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