The Three R's of Political Extremism

The Romney/Ryan budget plan is radical, reckless, and rubber stamped by Rodney Frelinghuysen.


We all learned the three R's in elementary school — reading, writing, and arithmetic. 

Today, I want to discuss three R’s that form the basis of political extremism:  Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Rodney Frelinghuysen. All three politicians found their way into the news this weekend, setting up what most of us agree is the most important election in American history.

Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice-presidential running mate. Romney’s choice of Ryan made it clear that there will be no middle ground in this election.

Romney, using a familiar game term, went "all in," committing himself to an agenda embraced by the extreme right wing of the Republican party. Standing in the wings, waiting to embrace them both was Rodney Frelinghuysen who made the following statement:  " I am pleased that Governor Romney has chosen one of our House leaders to be his running mate.  My colleague, Paul Ryan, is young, very intelligent and will be an excellent Vice President. "

Mr. Frelinghuysen’s endorsement came as no surprise to anyone who has followed his voting record. Frelinghuysen voted twice (in April 2011 and again in April 2012) in favor of Paul Ryan’s extreme budget, commonly referred to as the Ryan Plan.

What’s so nefarious about the Ryan plan is that it offers an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires while placing greater burdens on the poor, the middle class, and on seniors. Ryan’s tax proposal helps the people who don’t need it and hangs out to dry those who need it the most. But it gets much worse.

Paul Ryan intends to eliminate Medicare as we know it, replacing it with a voucher system that will not keep up with increasing health care costs. Where does that leave our senior citizens? It leaves them with a complicated system where the vouchers would not cover the cost of healthcare, which would ultimately translate to crippling financial hardship.

In addition, the Ryan budget makes deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid. The plan eliminates Pell grants for one million students, doubles the interest rate for student loans, and cuts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) grants for 1.7 million children who live below the poverty line.

The Romney/Ryan plan for our collective futures is radical, reckless, and rubber stamped by  Rodney Frelinghuysen. There you have it — the R’s of political extremism.

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John Lee August 14, 2012 at 06:32 PM
taking from the poor to give to the wealthy is not a distortion
Nucky Thompson August 14, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The only, and I truly mean only, thing Rodney's got going for himself is his somewhat recognizable last name. Outside Morris County, it's meaningless. He's a political hack who votes whichever way the political wind is blowing and has made a career feeding at the public trough.
Ron Mullen August 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM
So what's Mr Arvanites plan to cut the budget? Since only the 1st ward of Montclair will be part of this congressional district and since all politics are "local " how about some ideas on reducing the 1st Waards recent onerous Property Tax increases .
Billy Q August 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
It is amazing that what Ryan wants to do to Medicare is vilified as extreme right, but Obama taking 700 billion $$ from Medicare to pay for Obamacare is great. How hypocritical is the left and media? How much further in debt does this country need to go before we wake up? How many more executive orders does this administration have to pass (Dream Act for one that was shot down by a Democratic Senate) before we say enough is enough? How many more racial insults will we tolerate from an ignorant VP (7-11 and Indians, Repubs are going to put y'all in chains) before we say enough is enough? It is amazing to me that everything, and I mean everything, that the Repubs do is classified as extreme. How about the fact that this administration has not passed a budget? The one budget that was presented was voted down 97-0 in the Senate. What does that tell you?
Tracy Wells October 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
What did Fox News say when you asked them the same question?


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