Paul Ryan is out promoting public universities in Ohio. His public university, of course, didn’t spring from the ground entire the blessed day of Paul Ryan’s birth. People who came before Paul Ryan had the forethought and sense of the common good to build that university and support it with tax dollars. He just showed up, got what he needed, and then went out to launch his career trashing public investment.
Later, he told the crowd, “Our rights, they come from nature and God, not from government.” He says there is a clear contrast between the two candidates in this election.
I don’t know where his “rights” came from, but I do know where his benefits came from: people who believe in a public university system. People who are not libertarians or radical conservative ideologues.
A group of protesters gathered outside the rally. They claim Romney is not in touch with Americans. In the morning, some Miami University students also held an anti-Romney/Ryan press conference. They say Romney’s economic plan would double interest rates and cut funding for students.
Hey, Paul? You didn’t build that. How about pitching in to maintain it so it will be there the next time a lawyer’s son wants an affordable high-quality college education?
Paul Ryan also loathes the stimulus, says it was a waste and didn’t work, although he was happy to lobby hard to grab his share with sappy love letters to the Secretary of Energy.
Here’s what Miami University, the public school Paul Ryan attended but didn’t build and doesn’t support funding, got in stimulus funds:
DUNS Number: 041065129
OXFORD, Ohio 45056
Congressional District: 08
Total Funds Awarded
See All Awards
As Prime Recipient
Number of Awards 19
Total Funds Awarded $5,275,300
As Sub Recipient
Number of Awards 5
Total Funds Awarded $24,539,469
Must be nice to be a libertarian or radical conservative. Liberals build the commons, conservatives and libertarians use and benefit from the commons, then they launch lucrative careers dedicated to destroying the commons. When Ryan walked out the door, diploma in hand, that university must have sunk into the ground only to rise again when the next good Republican showed up needing an affordable, high quality education.
Sorry the comments are off. It wasn’t intentional. John will fix it, I hope.