In an interview with conservative radio host Mark Levin on Wednesday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan took 15 minutes to lay out how he and his running mate Mitt Romney intend to tackle some of nation’s most challenging problems.
Partial transcript and highlights below
“The core of our education plan is to put parents back in charge, to respect federalism, respect states’ rights, but do what we can to deal with the interest groups, mainly the teachers’ unions that are standing in the way of parental control and choice in education, and for adults — people who lost their jobs, who are mid-career,” he said.
Ryan went on to explain that he wants to consolidate some of the job training programs spread out over seven bureaucracies, which he said are very difficult to study for success rates, and to open up more school choice programs, which had been blocked by the Obama administration early in his term.
“It is a reversal of Obamanomics,” he said. “It is cut spending, get the deficit and debt under control, stop the regulatory juggernaut, which is picking winners and losers in the economy from a central bureaucracy, to have regulatory reform, clean up this tax system through loopholes, lower tax rates for everybody, trigger economic growth, get energy from this country because we have energy in this country — all of the above: coal, natural gas through fracking, oil, nuclear — all of it, all of the above, get trade agreements that work for us because we can make more things in America, grow more things in America, sell them overseas, the skill-system we just discussed on education for people K-12 and above and we’ve basically got to send a signal that we’re not going to have a mountain of uncertainty plaguing the economy at the first of the year, but a liberation.”
“The idea is growth, opportunity and it is to not look at people who are successful in society with envy or resentment, but with pride,” he continued. “We’re happy when people are successful in America. We want more people to be successful in America. The job of government is not to fix the pie and redistribute the slice of the pie. The job of government is to protect our natural rights, promote equality of opportunity so that entrepreneurs, small businesses — the American people can grow the pie and we can have growth of opportunity. That is what the Romney-Ryan administration is going to do from day one.”