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RNC Dispatch: Local Dems Blast Ryan's Speech

U.S. Senator Gillibrand, Rep. Lowey talk to Patch about GOP meet-up.

With vice presidential-hopeful Paul Ryan's biting speech assailing President Obama's economic policies, ideology and stimulus, Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, FL, proved to be the fiscal capstone of the week.

Congressman Ryan's speech was in many ways his introduction to the country, and came on the heels of remarks by several familiar GOP faces. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged voters to select Romney—or face a world where China's power outstrips the United States'.

Senators John McCain and Rand Paul were quick to spotlight Romney's perceived strengths, too, and the current president's perceived shortcomings.

Vincent Reda, chairman of the Rockland County GOP, was on the floor during Ryan's time behind the podium.

"It was electrifying," Reda said. "He hit it out of the park—he covered everything."

"He even became a little emotional," Reda added, referencing the congressman's teary-eyes upon calling his mother "his hero." Ryan lost his father when he 16-years-old.

Democrat politicos back home in the Hudson Valley—who are waiting for their national convention next week—are not as thrilled with Ryan's rhetoric.

"I know Paul Ryan, I know him well," said representative Nita Lowey in Nyack Thursday afternoon. "He has a lovely wife, he has lovely children, he has a lovely mother—but he's just wrong. And he's wrong on all the issues."

"It's very clear that Paul Ryan wants to turn medicare into a voucher system," she added.

Lowey was flanked by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who was visiting the Lower Hudson Valley to .

"[Ryan and Romney] don't believe in women's rights, they don't believe in LBGT rights," Gillibrand said. "It's contrary to most New Yorker's views."

Teleman September 05, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Presidents don't directly control gas prices- but their policies can have a dramatic effect- do you think it's just coincidence that Bama is anti-fossil fuels and we have these extremely high prices? It's because of his pro-renewable agenda
Bob Zahm September 05, 2012 at 03:36 AM
@Ros - How would he drag us back to the Bush era? Romney hasn't identified any countries to invade.
Bob Zahm September 05, 2012 at 03:38 AM
You mean someone who'll work to overturn the constitution or someone who will reign in judicial activism.
Bob Zahm September 05, 2012 at 03:41 AM
@Ros - yes, all workers should be free to join a union. BUT, they should also be free to work w/o being forced to join a union. And that freedom is one that the unions and many Democrats want to eliminate. Right to Work should be the US standard, not the union shop.
bruiser September 05, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Francis my dear friend again your observation of my business is incredible i just don't know how you do it.I have been in business for over 40 years and i have never forgotten to be thankful for my customers,whether it be a government contract(You know tax payers money)or a private homeowner, or private unions calling me to make deliveries of blacktop or item 4 or gravel.You see Francis technically you are right because without my customers i wouldn't be able to pay for my fuel bill(which is substantial),you see Francis i appreciate my customers,because without them i would starve,and all businesses should feel the same way.
Irish Daddy September 05, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Hey, My 401K has doubled under Obama, without me paying in one dime!
Bjorn Olsson September 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Jenga, yes, that has very little to do with it.
Bjorn Olsson September 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
How did he make it worse, specifically?
Teleman September 05, 2012 at 02:41 PM
My 401k has done pretty well too, and if that was my sole issue when casting my vote, then i would have a whole new outlook on the candidates, but seeing my childrens future laden with $16 trillion in unsustainable debt and seeing record numbers of people on foodstamps, it's hard for me to say the country is on the right path
dleighg September 05, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I'm pretty sure gas prices have increased just as much in Europe as they have here. It is due to many factors far outside the realm of what a president can do. Gas is a global commodity after all. Unless you want to require gas producers to only sell in the US (but that would not be very free market would it?)
Walt September 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM
When Bush was President, the media told us that he was in bed with the oil companies and was responsible for any spike in gasoline prices, now that gas prices are at the highest sustained levels in our history and obama is in the WH, the MSM is telling us the President has no control over prices and there is "no magic bullet" to solving the soaring prices. Many here just keep lapping up the garbage they throw at us. No oil refineries have been built or upgraded in the US under obama. His administration recently loaned Columbia $3 Billion to expand and upgrade on of their big refineries. They also gave a loan to Brazil a $2 Billion loan for oil exploration. His policies or better yet his lack of an energy plan altogether has an effect on gasoline prices.
Walden Macnair September 05, 2012 at 03:34 PM
So the Republican philosophy as I understand it is: When gas prices go up, the President caused it. When gas prices go down, the President had nothing to do with it. If you start a business and it succeeds, then you built it. If you start a business and it fails, it was the government that made it fail. Do you guys ever listen to yourselves?
Watchdog September 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Waldo the magnificent , will you donate your brain to the Smithsonian when you pass on? It seems to process information by taking facts and coming to conclusions that most sensible people reject.
bruiser September 05, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Bwaaaaaahaaaaaaa,walden exellent post, No they do not listen to themselves Of course it's the governments fault(you didn't know that) I did build up my business Walden,but with the help of some union people(even though i am not a union shop)and with the help of the banks and people who deposit their money so the banks can lend money.I will also thank my parents who helped out getting me started and the right path,i will also thank George Meany who helped an awful lot.
Walden Macnair September 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Dog, What would you know about sensible people. Here you are a guy that's probably collecting social security and on medicare so you're going to support the team that wants to take it away. Sensible? I think not.
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Hi all, thanks for the discussion. Patch's first story on this week's DNC is posted here: http://nyack.patch.com/articles/dnc-dispatch-first-lady-talks-women-s-rights
Watchdog September 05, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Now there is an interesting and typical liberal response. I love the unions but I will employ non union illegal immigrants instead. ! Hilarious.
Watchdog September 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Waldo, I was FORCED on Medicare. I had my own small business policy but could not keep it.
Ros Kliban September 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Jenga, sorry but you are incorrect about oil prices. Petroleum is sold on the world market, even the oil produced in the US. Speculators drive the price up. If prices per barrel go to low OPEC cuts production to increase prices. Many opec counties buy off their citizens by giving them free services and money suppled by the high oil prices. The only thing increased American production might accomplish is to temper prices at times. American could only become energy independent if someone was willing to invest in alternative energy. People should have listened to Pres, Carter years ago. Presidents are not as powerful as you believe they are especially when it come to gasoline prices.
Ros Kliban September 05, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Walt. his plan seems to be good to me. Don't spoil our natural resources. You just might want to breathe some clean air and drink pure water someday.
Bob Zahm September 05, 2012 at 07:07 PM
@Ros - to say that only investing in alternative engery will reduce the price of the energy is the US market is wrong. Simplistic and wrong. It's a two sided equation. Increasing supply (domestic or otherwise) helps. Reducing demand helps. Prices come down when supply expands demand - for whatever reason; production of oil, production (and use) of alternative forms of energy.
Ros Kliban September 05, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Bob, Thanks very much for the info about supply and demand. Its a concept I know and understand well. Investing in alternative energy would be a good staring point. The more alternative energy we can produce the less dependent we will be gasoline. That will hopefully over time reduce our need for petroleum. Petroleum production and refinement is a little more complicated than simple supply and demand.
Glenn September 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Words show intent, Action proves character. Don't rely solely on the words of any politician, instead look at the record of votes they have left. Ryan voted against implementing Bowles-Simpson unless all of the revenue increasing proposals were removed (bi-partisan???) Ryan has also co-sponsored bills in the House that would curtail a women's right to make decisions about her own health (small government???). This includes defining something called a "legitimate rape" and he introduced a measure to define life at the point of conception (HR212). This went so far as to assign all rights under the constitution to a zygote, and would have banned all IVF and most contraception. So, listen to what someone says, but look at what they actually do to determine their worth.
bruiser September 07, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Watchdog the only thing i ever hear out of you is negativity,do you know anything else,1.I am family owned and operated,you know wife,myself,daughter,and nephews.2.As for illegals that answer is absolutely not,would not and will not.3.As for being union you don't have to be if you are family owned and operated,but do employ union people when needed and pay union wages.I honestly think you are a person who is just very unhappy with his life,and that Watchdog is sad,you claim you were forced onto medicare,please explain being forced did Obama send people to your house and twist your arm and make you take it.
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
If anyone believes the lies he told, they're idiots. He's harping on the Janesville plan knowing full well the plant was already closed, and fails to acknowledge that infrastructure spending does indeed create jobs - despite the fact that his family's multimillion dollar business Ryan, Inc. made the majority of their money in the first place building roads and railroads using government money.
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Yes, my rates have gone down. And they took overpayments out of Medicare, which is why Ryan included them in his budget - removing the overpayments and waste just means Medicare will be insolvent by 2016 instead of years later. This is a really absurd and fact-free argument the GOP has brought up - I'm very disappointed in my party. This is the last year I will be registered R.
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
You mean that woman who inspired a far-right wack job in Norway to kill dozens of kids just for being liberal or not Christian? That's pretty much the opposite of the intent of the first amendment - to protect freedom of religion. Disgusting.
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Yes he did nothing but double the Dow Jones, and put in place policies that have led to more than two years of sustainable job growth - despite my own party filibustering and voting down in the house every single proposal anyone puts for to create jobs. Their jobs proposals are clear efforts to repeal wage protection and safety precautions that were instated that have nothing to do with jobs, and only serve to make life easier for their donors. It's transparent, and sad. We used to have such great thinkers, great compromisers, and now we have nothing but a party of losers who care more about keeping their seats than helping their constituents. Since when did infrastructure spending or payroll tax cuts become controversial? During Reagan's administration tax cuts for the working class and increases in capital gains were seen as uncontroversial, bipartisan ideas. This is all utter nonsense, devoid of any economic rationale and built on hate for a President who truly has tried to reach across the aisle to no avail
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:39 PM
As a woman who now has free coverage for breast cancer screenings that the GOP is itching to take away, I sincerely disagree. As a working woman who saves an extra $2,000 per year in payroll taxes, I sincerely disagree. As a woman who has gone from a low income job to finally having one that utilizes my advanced education, I sincerely disagree.
Local Resident September 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
HAH! That's the funniest thing I've read all day!

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