Excellent Choice: Respected Economist & Conservative, Rep. Paul Ryan Agrees to Speaker of the House Position, Is Elected & Sworn in Today (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on October 29, 2015
Many liberals aren’t happy today.
Conservative economist and Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is now officially the Speaker of the House.
Let’s see what happens now to the rampaging spending by the federal government and our broken Congress.
"No more favors for the few. Opportunity for all—that is our motto." – Paul Ryan: A new generation? https://t.co/d5FWcA32n2
— Thadeus (@huskerlive) October 29, 2015
Congrats to @SpeakerRyan. Enjoyed working w/him on Murray-Ryan deal-willingness to compromise to get nation's business done. We need that
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) October 29, 2015
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) October 29, 2015
Reported by NY Times, Paul Ryan Is Elected House Speaker:
Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin was elected the 54th speaker of the House on Thursday, taking the gavel that he never sought to wield from John A. Boehner, who relinquished it under fire.
But the personal jubilance and high expectations felt by Mr. Boehner, who was elected in a sweeping Republican takeover of the House in 2011, have been replaced with a grim recognition that Mr. Ryan’s ascent stems not from electoral victory but rather the chaos in the ranks of his party’s sizable majority.
Mr. Ryan received 236 votes, a comfortable margin that included several of the hardline conservatives who had worked to oust Mr. Boehner. In his address to Congress after the vote, he implored members who have been fighting so bitterly to find a way to work together. “Let’s be frank, the House is broken,” Mr. Ryan said. “We are not settling scores,” he added, “we are wiping the slate clean.”
Mr. Boehner, 65, came into the job a seasoned leader who tried to appease the Tea Party members whose elections helped usher Republicans into the majority. Mr. Ryan, 45, the youngest speaker since 1869, comes in warning those members that he expects them to have his back.
Mr. Ryan agreed to run for the job only after a small but powerful group of conservative members drove Mr. Boehner out of it last month, and then prevented his heir apparent, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader, from replacing him.
Rep. Paul Ryan Sworn In As Speaker Of The House
This was written a few weeks ago, prior to Ryan’s election, by Dr. Sreedhar Potarazu – Fox News, Paul Ryan: The perfect choice for speaker of the House:
At a time when unity and collaboration are critically important for both Democrats and Republicans, there are few people in the House of Representatives who can command the respect they need to bring together legislators who are so dramatically polarized, even when they’re on the same team. Paul is that kind of leader. He is a gentleman and a scholar, and he is the perfect choice to be speaker of the House. Or president of the United States.
Paul’s ability to rally a convincing majority among Republicans in the House is largely a testament to his character and decorum. He not only has the intellect to bring warring factions together, but he also has the compassion. It is rare in today’s political arena to find someone who can offer depth of character and leadership in one package.
Over the next few days, Paul will be at a crossroads. But no matter which direction he takes, he will be successful, because he will raise the bar to a level that every one of us should strive for.
The very fact that Paul has been able to resist the temptation to run for speaker of the House, despite intense pressure to do so, is a testament to his commitment to core values. If he chooses to become the reluctant emperor, then one can only hope his colleagues in Congress will rally in unison behind him, so he can be most effective.
The fact that Paul Ryan has succeeded in balancing a successful career in Congress with getting to his kids’ baseball games is one reason there is mounting pressure for him to become speaker.
He’s the kind of leader America needs.
Amen to that.
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) October 29, 2015
Paul Ryan, while not perfect, is the kind of optimistic conservative GOP needs to broaden base & lead. Also, American democracy is awesome.
— Akash Chougule (@AkashJC) October 29, 2015
It's Official: Paul Ryan Is Elected House Speaker: Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was easily elected to serve as the 54th… https://t.co/sS0BxRBsV3
— Change Memphis (@CHNGMemphis) October 29, 2015