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January 25, 2011

Excerpts From Tonight's Major Speech: What Paul Ryan Will Say

The GOP is sending out a trial balloon tonight by sending Ryan out there. It puts the "Roadmap" front and center. If it goes over well, if not...Plan B. Or something.

From Ryan's speech.

FISCAL CHALLENGE AHEAD: “Our nation is approaching a tipping point. We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency. Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won’t work now. We need to chart a new course.”

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ROLE OF GOVERNMENT: “We believe government’s role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves. We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility. We believe, as our founders did, that ‘the pursuit of happiness’ depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government. Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well. It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.”

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LIMITED GOVERNMENT: “We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington. Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.”

More at the link.

Obama's giving a speech at some point as well. Something about more spending, er, "investments", a fake spending freeze and Sputnik.

Rumor on the street is we'll be live-blogging this thing tonight, so be sure to stick around for that.

Oh an good news/bad news thing...

Bad news, a cable network will carry Michelle Bachmann's "Tea Party Express" fundraiser response.

Good news, it's CNN so no one will see it.

Seriously, Ryan is a star on this stuff. He should be the face of the GOP tonight. Not only do we not need a divided message, we don't need a whole "GOP/tea party split" storyline.


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