June Smith

Paul Ryan is just what Romney needed. He’s a man who believes the dreams and greatness of this country can be restored with real solutions and strong leadership.
Romney said, “With energy and vision, Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party. He combines a profound sense of responsibility for what we owe the next generation with an unbounded optimism in American’s future.”
Romney-Ryan will offer “a positive governing agenda that will lead to economic growth, to widespread and shared prosperity,” Romney added.
He assured seniors they should not fear the loss of their Medicare and Social Security entitlements and that he will “keep them for future generations.”

Before Romney finished his introduction of Ryan, the Obama campaign issued a statement calling Ryan a “radical” and the poster boy for everything wrong with conservatism, Congress and the GOP. He’ll soon be linked to the manufacturing of Buckeyballs.

Jim Messina, Obama’s Campaign manager, said, “In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy.”

“The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.”

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Shortly thereafter, The Wall Street Journal reported Romney’s selection of Ryan “could spark enthusiasm for the Republican ticket among conservatives and all but ensure the election will turn to deep philosophical divisions between the two parties over spending, taxes and entitlements.”

Spike Lee said President Obama is “not perfect,” but that the expectations for his first term “were way too high. He was a savior, black Jesus,” Lee told CNN’s Don Lemon, along with a lot of other booway, bushway, and blah blah, in an interview scheduled to be aired tonight.  

Lee raised more than a million dollars for his “black Jesus” in January. Lee and the Obamas go way back. Barack and Michelle recently doted about seeing “Do the Right Thing” on their first date in 1989.

But I digress…

Romney and Ryan have pledged to tell the American people the truth, address “tough issues”, not blame others and accept responsibility.

Ryan started on that pledge today, saying “High unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt is not a new normal. It’s the result of misguided policies. And next January, our economy will begin a comeback with the Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will lead to more jobs and more take home pay for working Americans.”

“…American’s more than just a place…it’s an idea,” Ryan said. “It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.

“The idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.

“This idea is under assault. So, we have a critical decision to make as a nation.

“We are on an unsustainable path that is robbing America of our freedom and security. It doesn’t have to be this way,” he added.

And we’re on target for some very interesting debating. The first Obama-Romney debate is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ET, on the topic of domestic policy and will be held at the University of Denver.

Biden and Ryan will debate foreign and domestic policy on October 11th, same time, different venue.

Obama-Romney tee off again on October 16th (a town meeting format) and October 22nd.

Making the debates more enticing, the “moderators” have yet to be announced. That will be a debate to follow as well as all the usual suspects are rounded up and a few new names thrown in the hat. Maybe NBC Olympic “moderators” Bob Costas and Ryan Seacrest will make the cut.

The Romney-Ryan ticket has taken the name “America’s Comeback Team” and the betting on “bounce” in the polls has begun at ten percent.

Ron always said the Presidential/VP debates never focused on policy, specifics, and alternatives. Let’s hope “American’s Comeback Team” changes that.

The Voice of Reason’s basic conviction was that the times were changing and people should know how and why. Let us hope the American people realize our nation is facing a crisis, is in need of strong leadership and that they can handle the truth.

June Smith is the widow of Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy® Award winner, and Baltimore Sun columnist, who was a media titan in Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her tribute website, founded in his memory, is She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is

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