The Hermanator endorses Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble

Today, Herman Cain and The Hermanator PAC announced the support for Sean Duffy (R-Ashland) who is running for Congress against State Senator Julie Lassa in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District and support for Reid Ribble in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District against the given-to-embellishment, liberal Congressman, Steve Kagan.

Both Mr. Duffy and Mr. Ribble have proven themselves to be aggressive taxpayer advocates committed to reining in, and rolling back, the irresponsible fiscal policies of Nancy Pelosi and her liberal and reliable enablers like State Senator Julie Lassa and Congressman Steve Kagan.

As unemployment remains unacceptably high and the Democrat-controlled Congress has failed to pursue policies that will put Wisconsinites back to work, Ribble and Duffy have made it a priority to grow our nation’s economy through policies that won’t bankrupt our nation and children and will ensure the American Dream is attainable for future generations.

Mr. Duffy’s election to Congress will portend a seismic shift in Wisconsin’s politics; working families and job creators will have an honest, hardworking advocate for lower taxes and growing an economy that produces long-term, sustainable employment.

Mr. Duffy’s opponent, on the other hand, has a nearly-unrivaled record of supporting billions of dollars in tax increases and the Madison special interests; indeed, she supported a government takeover of Wisconsin’s healthcare system that is already recognized nationally for its level of access and quality.  At the time, it would have been one of the largest tax increases in United States history.

Reid Ribble, a very successful businessman, has run an aggressive campaign for Congress, highlighting his commitment to – and track record of – putting people to work.  Mr. Ribble has committed himself to working in Congress to rein in out-of-control government spending and to put Wisconsinites back to work through pro-growth economic policies that won’t compromise working families and job creators.

Conversely, Congressman Kagan has been on the wrong side of Wisconsinites’ interests for too long; in the 111th Congress, Nancy Pelosi could count on Congressman Kagan to support her agenda over 98 percent of the time.  When it came to protecting Wisconsinites interests, Kagan sided with a liberal agenda to pass ObamaCare, Cap and Trade, and most recently, so-called financial reform that will only prolong the current economic downturn and hurt Wisconsin’s small businesses and farmers.

Noted Herman Cain of his support:

“I couldn’t be more pleased to endorse Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble as they continue to run strong campaigns advocating for Wisconsin’s working families and job-creators.

“Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble represent a real threat to the agenda of liberals like Nancy Pelosi and Steve Kagan.  The Democrats in Washington are already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on recklessly false ads attacking them.  Their most recent ad against Mr. Duffy was so offensive and wrong that the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact declared them to not only be false, but outright lies “nearly as old as [Social Security]itself”.

“Conservatives like Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble need and deserve the resources necessary to help put our great country back on track and to undo the damaging policies of the liberals who dominate Congress.”

Herman Cain’s “The Hermanator PAC” was formed because Herman believes it is time to stand up andTake Back Our Government!

By targeting open and vulnerable Democrat-held seats, we can bring back fiscal responsibility to government, starting with the House of Representatives, and we can make sure conservatives are returned to the majority when Congress begins a new session in 2011. With conservatives in the majority, we can slow, if not stop, the tax and spend policies of the current Congress, led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. (Source: The Hermanator PAC)

Herman Cain is getting involved with supporting a number candidates across the country this election cycle.  Interesting that neither the Duffy or Ribble campaigns have promoted this endorsement last week from a prominent conservative on the national scene.

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The cost of the healthcare debacle

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Congressman Paul Ryan‘s take on the healthcare debacle that has been signed into law.

The legislative victory among Washington’s political class comes at a high cost for Wisconsinites forced to swallow this bitter pill.

This massive health care overhaul – a remake of one-sixth of our economy – will exacerbate the very problems this reform effort sought to address. It will dramatically alter our deteriorating economic and fiscal conditions for the worse and may irrevocably impair the American identity.

Sky-rocketing health care costs are drowning families, businesses and governments in red ink – leaving millions priced out of the market and without coverage. This legislation – with its maze of mandates, dictates, controls, tax hikes and subsidies – pushes costs further in the wrong direction.

Premiums in the individual market would rise from 10% to 13% for families. Our debt and deficit crisis – driven by $76 trillion in unfunded liabilities – would accelerate from the creation of a brand new entitlement and an increase in the federal deficit by $662 billion, when the true costs are factored in. National health expenditures will increase by an additional $222 billion over the next decade, according the president’s own chief actuary, and $2.4 trillion in the decade after the new entitlement is up and running.

The passion against this intrusion goes beyond the mind-numbing numbers. Health care affects each of us in an intimate and personal way. The American people’s engagement is driven by our deep aversion to the federal government‘s unprecedented reach into our lives. The entire architecture of this overhaul is designed, unapologetically, to give the government greater control over what kind of insurance is available, how much health care is enough and which treatments are worth paying for.

The massive expansion of the federal government into the personal health care decisions will drive providers out of business and force employers to dump their workers on to government-controlled exchanges. Because Washington doesn’t approve, millions of Wisconsin seniors will lose their Medicare Advantage plans and millions more will lose the consumer-friendly high-deductible health plans they enjoy.

There is another personal cost to this deluge of new government spending and control. Wisconsin remains in dire need of sustained job growth and robust economic recovery. This legislation will hit our economy with $569 billion in tax increases – tax hikes that will hit workers, families and job-creators alike.

The true shame of this debate is that there are real problems in health care that need to be fixed. Almost a year ago, I introduced the Patients’ Choice Act to fix what’s broken in health care, without breaking what’s working. I’ve spoken with Wisconsinites for years about patient-centered reforms that would make possible universal access to quality, affordable health care with the patient and the doctor – not the government or insurance companies – as the nucleus of the health care market. These alternatives were ignored by Democratic leaders in Washington – and the concerns from Wisconsinites and an engaged American public were dismissed by Washington’s political class.

The yearlong partisan crusade – right through its ugly conclusion – revealed that this debate was never about policy but rather a paternalistic ideology at odds with our historic commitment to individual liberty, limited government and entrepreneurial dynamism. The proponents of this legislation reject an opportunity society and instead assume you are stuck in your station in life and the role of government is to help you cope with it. Rather than promote equal opportunities for individuals to make the most of their lives, the cradle-to-grave welfare state seeks to equalize the results of people’s lives.

We must begin anew on mitigating the disaster from this health care debacle. Let’s repeal the costly missteps before they hit with full force. Let’s make certain we do not simply retreat to an earlier point on the same path to decline. Let’s chart a new direction that will restore the promise and prosperity of this exceptional nation – and let’s do it together. (Source: JSOnline)

Great analysis by Congressman Ryan. Well thought out and wonderful use of facts. Paul shows once again why he is a wonderful thought leader.

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