Paul Ryan lectures Tim Geithner about leadership

This is an excellent clip of Paul Ryan taking it to Geithner over his horrible budget that will lead us to a debt crisis. Geithner’s point is that he gets the deficit down over the next few years or so, but then it shoots way back up due to unfunded liabilities (entitlement promises we can’t keep). And that is Ryan’s point, that leaders are supposed to fix problems instead of kicking the can down the road for future generations to deal with:


Also, Ryan was on Fox News this morning to discuss the above clip, and he says that Geithner simply doesn’t want to face up to the fact that his budget does nothing to improve our debt situation:

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  • That is quite the scary graph. I think Moodys and others should immediately downgrade the US credit, hopefully before the election.

    I’m not sure why they didn’t downgrade the credit the day the Debt Commission failed.

    • Sober_Thinking

      Agree 100%.

      Keep downgrading us… at some point, we’ll be paying at too high a percentage and they will HAVE to address it sooner.

  • Gotta lot of communists running around. Sure he is not Hungarian?

    • Sober_Thinking


  • The warnings are yelled at us and it seems that nobody care .”Right now feeling fine don’t care about the future”

  • mike morrison

    Just another game of kick the can.

    • Amy

      Except there’s no more road ahead – it’s a cliff.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Truer words haven’t been spoken…

  • MiketheMarine

    Tax evader belongs in jail.

    • Sober_Thinking

      Along with his peers and boss.

    • This man is one of the slitheriest, slimiest, crookist, despicable pieces of garbage to ever hit Washington. Jail is too good for him.

  • NYGino

    Gotta say. Seems like every representative of this administration that appears before a committee to testify on it’s behalf has one thing in common. They can all dance.

  • 4Hoppes2

    This senior citizen is not going to be around in those OUT decades and neither are most seniors alive today. We need immediate reduction of the debt, deficit and spending NOW. There is absolutely no plan to add revenue into the out of control (any person familiar with the BELL CURVE) increases projected by those charts displayed. Immediate action on the Keystone Pipeline, reduced taxes, reduced regulations, and the end of the oil,gas, and coal generating moratorium would garner millions of income into the budget.

    • steprock

      But then where would Al Gore be? Don’t you care about Al Gore???

      We can’t go around being energy independent on current technology while building for future technology. That makes too much sense.

      -and close “dripping sarc” tag –

  • rls77

    Yet they just approved a “tax break extension” that takes money out of Soc Security. There’s no way we should be reducing the withholding there!!! We are all too willing to sell our votes — this is bound to end badly.

  • BSScoop

    Better get your guns, gold, food, and land while you can. I’ll bet they never talked about black swans like war with Iran, a Euro melt down, or an American buying frenzy for gold and silver when paper is weakening or confiscated by the government. It ain’t America anymore, folks. The next president can’t stop the runaway train of debt.

    Don’t Tread On Me

    • maynardb50

      I got guns and land, but I think I may need more ammo. Gonna start stocking up.

      • BSScoop

        Yea, when I get a few bucks, I’d like a .223 or AK-47. Shotgun and pistol are covered. I want something with high rate of fire, accurate, and cheap ammo. I’ve got family with the long range, high-powered stuff.


        • maynardb50

          If you need food, varmints, such as squirrel and rabbits are quite tasty. A 22 cal.
          rifle is fine for that. The scoped 30-06 is good for white tailed deer. 12 or 20 ga.
          shotgun for doves and quail. Think FOOD! No one else may have any. Also if you
          live near water, have plenty of fishing gear. Do not cull anything. All is edible.
          Ever tried armadillo? Tastes just like pork!

          • Amy

            No it doesn’t! LOL 🙂 You sound like my dad (and I say that very affectionately) who always tried to pass everything off as ‘chicken’ when we were kids. I can remember eating a soup he made and all of us kids were wondering what the meat was. It just didn’t taste like the chicken he said it was. We found out what it was a few days later when we went to my grandpa’s and saw the rattlesnake hides tanning. Bleuck! The armadillo in the chili came later when we were visiting family in Texas – we had learned by then though to just eat it and not ask.

            That said, when you’re hungry you will eat anything. Just be sure to have lots of salt & tobasco sauce in that hoard! LOL

            • maynardb50

              I forgot to add, you need spices to make your food taste good.

              • Amy

                Yes, especially the freeze dried stuff!

                I’m not really that picky though. Before I moved to the big city of Chicago, I was raised in the mountains of Colorado. Dad & grandpa hunted to stock the freezer and we grew our veggies. I really miss fresh Elk, venison & trout. I don’t miss the rattle snakes however… I’ve become a semi-lazy citified person. Which could change rather quickly if necessary ~

      • MiketheMarine

        You won’t need more than 100 to 200 rounds. If they come for you, that’s all the rounds you’ll get off before they overrun your position. Make each shot count. One shot, one kill.

        • BSScoop

          Yep. Thanks, Mike. I’ve grown up around guns but have worked in the city a lot and only now starting to collect. The members of my house hold will have a dozen by the end of the year. All situations covered!

          My wife, however, needs some practice rounds. She’s an ex-liberal I converted over and her family believes in gun confiscation and the like. She still has some fear but is determined to get over it. So, cheap ammo plus the 100-200 we need for you know, live fire. God forbid.

          I also believe that ammo will become money in the near future. For a while anyway. Unless things change, it’s gonna be bad, real bad.


  • doowleb

    The Dems will spend until they get booted from office. Then the Repubs will have to be adults and prescribe the awful tasting medicine. Then the childish voters will punish the Repubs. for the medicine at the insistence of the Dems and the mendacious media.
    As forseen, the democracy will crumble once the takers realize they can vote themselves candy from the treasury with input or responsibility.

    • Nukeman60

      Even the ones that get booted out will spend ‘like drunken sailors’ between November and January. Lame duck Democrat legislators are the most dangerous people in our country. It happened in 2010 right here in Illinois.

      I say, if we kick them out in November, they should be banned from Congress from that day forward. No lame duck legislation.

    • veek46

      That’s my fear too. Even if we win the election in 2012 and take control of the Presidency and Congress and give the nasty tasting medicine that is necessary to restore the economy, we will get pilloried by the MSM, there will be riots in the streets like Greece and raucous demonstrations in the state houses like we saw in Wisconsin and we lose everything in 2016. Then the country is finished. Most voters won’t like the nasty tasting medicine.

  • Nukeman60

    DO NOT argue budget with Paul Ryan! It looks like Geitner is trying to balance our budget the same way he balanced his own taxes. Unfortunately, we go to jail for things like that and the politicians get re-elected for it.

    I want to see more politicians use the word ‘lie’ more. It appears that, to most of them, ‘lie’ means ‘well, he wasn’t being totally fothcoming’. WTF!

    • Rightstuff1

      We judge these criminals on their character and their deeds but also on their words. The words that spew from their corrupted mouths. They offer war, pestilence and future famine. They offer a broken, ruined economy. Look to Greece my friends. Look, that is our future. How will you feel when the govt eventually, eventually, say 10-12 yrs time come and says we need to cut our national standard of living by 20-25% because that is what it will take becase we will be a bankrupt nation trading with nothing to sell. We will be broken and the fix will be horribly painful. You know sometimes the medicine/treatment can actually kill you if you leave it too late…..

      That is what lies in the balance.

  • welltempered2

    Who cares? A few of us nerds here on RS watch and say “yeah, you tell ’em Paul.”
    I said this before and I’ll say it again: Ryan, Rubio, Jindahl and a few others should be running for president. The founders are calling across time and space to them to save this republic! If many military families can sacrifice so much, these guys can figure out a way to make their families happy and serve as president.

  • Rightstuff1

    This is a recipe for economic genocide. That Rome could be ruled by such people while it burned !!! We have a modern Emporer Nero in our midst – Zero, The Dear Leader, he is the reason for this. The hardest thing for me to fully comprehend is that that they must literally hate, seeth with hate for this great, glorious country, this generous beautiful people. Their wanton destruction of our economy and our kids future cannot be seen through any other prism.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Ryan should be Treasury Secretary after this election. Ron Paul replaces Bernanke. Allen West is Speaker. Maobama is ousted. Redi, Pelosi, Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, Chuck Schumer, little Dick Drubin… are all run out of Washington… fire the Czars immediately… I could go on.

    Why is Ryan the only one making sense anymore? NO ONE will make me believe that Maobama isn’t deliberately trying to destroy our nation. This is catastrophic and remarkably stupid.

  • I really don’t believe the conspiracies, but I am beginning to think Obama’s whole plan is, perhaps unwittingly, to be a terrible one-term president who leaves his successor with insurmountable problems in order to tilt power back toward the waning left. Everything he’s done has back-loaded so its worst effects will not occur until the next presidential term. Geithner basically admitted it here. All this administration is trying to do is stave off the big debt explosion until Obama is out of office. That way, they save face and the next guy has no possible way to deal with the issue without becoming extremely unpopular politically.

    • actionsspeaklouder

      He wants to be reelected so badly his teeth ache. Don’t think for one minute that Obama doesn’t want to finish what he has started. The democrats and the complicit media are trashing Republicans at every turn in an attempt to stop them from taking the senate – and, hopefully lose seats in the house. The phoney “recovery” mantra is being touted and they will keep it up untill Nov. in hopes that the stupid and easily influenced will buy it. The simple fact that gasoline prices are going through the roof should put Obama out of office. His rejection of the Keystone pipeline should be enough to boot him out. But, they just keep spinning lies upon lies and they know it will work with the ignorant slobs that support Obama and live for their next handout.

  • 911Infidel

    Timmy-me-boy you are an incompitent boob. Your idea of fixing the budget is to raise taxes just so you can spend more on entitlements and stupid ass ideas like the so-called stimulous package. You should have stayed with Goldman Sachs. Maybe you were good at something there…I mean besides avoiding paying your taxes.

    This enemic economy is growing at a paltry 1%. China by comparison is growing by 9%. There is no recovery, there is just a bunch lying little weasels like Geithner who are great at obfuscation and BS’ng but are useless dolts when it comes to doing their jobs.

    This entire administration of full of poster children for the Peter Principal. And maybe its because this administration is all about party before country.

    Nice job Mr Ryan. Too bad you ain’t the Treasury Secretary.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Paul Ryan is the only adult in the room.

    • I wanted, so badly, for Ryan to run for President. None of our current crop of candidates understands our country’s financial situation as well as he does, and none of them has a plan that addresses it as well has the one he already submitted.

      • Sober_Thinking

        I tend to agree. I hope folks like Ryan, Allen West, Rubio, etc. move up into prominant positions of power soon. We are losing time…

  • stevenbiot

    So, for ten years we are fine. Then, we are screwed, and debt to GDP ration goes over 100%. Awesome!

  • stevenbiot

    I’ve never seen Geitner look so outclassed before.

  • PFFV

    This entire administration is a bunch of liars and cheats that are personally getting wealthy beyond their wildest dreams while raping the taxpayers that they are supposed to be protecting. In today’s modern vernacular this is EPIC FAIL.

    My son would be proud that I used his term…lol!

    • actionsspeaklouder

      Yes, you are right. The cronyism is rampant in D.C. – just look at Solyndra – a company gone bankrupt but still gave out bonuses WITH OUR MONEY. We MUST stop this despicable “thing” in the White House. He must be stopped.

  • Stehekin912

    Don’t you dream of the day when our leadership does not have to say “kick the can down the road” or “approach” any more?

    My sleeves are rolled up. I have my mop and bucket. I have my work clothes and bandanna on. I am ready to get to work and go with Paul Ryan’s plan to fix the economy. But I can’t do it on my own. We need a leader with the plan, who will open the door so like-minded people and I can do what we are ready to do to fix this country.

    • Alborn

      The problem is these people in power do not want to fix the problem. They want to destroy the wealth(except for theirs) in this country so we will not be the only super power anymore. That means they have to bring down the dollar which is exactly what they are doing. Vote R in 2012 no matter who it is on the ticket and we can start fixing the problem. I am an I not an R but we have to start with the R this year. Tax cheat Tim does not even want his job but he is too much of a coward to quit and get the backlash from this administration.

      • This is why they’re fighting so hard to keep a certain someone from becoming president. I don’t agree that voting R no matter what will save us from anything. Romney is their “chosen one”. At this point, either the other 2 are acceptable alternates or…

        • Alborn

          I was a Perry supporter and I have now decided I really think Newt would be the best President out of the four now still standing. Paul himself says he probably could not hold up for a long campaign. He is 76 years old already. We cannot have Obama in for another four years. I will vote for Newt on super Tuesday. But if he does not get the nomination I will vote R for any national race. My vote at that point will be against Obama. I lean Libertarian and look forward to Rand Paul maybe being able to continue his father’s voice for years to come. But I want Allen West for President in 2016. I am sick of the POTUS being someone who has never had to defend this country in the military sending our sons off to fight stupid wars.

          • actionsspeaklouder

            I’m with you Alborn. Newt is my guy as well. And, like you, I will vote for any one of the candidates that win the nomination. I hate Obama with every fiber of my being. Hate isn’t a strong enough word for how I feel about what Obama is doing to our America. The freedoms our brave forefathers fought for, and what our brave men and women are trying to preserve, is being trampled by a bunch of communists. I truly hope the “sleeping giant” didn’t wake up too late. The main stream media should be called out for their complicitness in the destructive politics of the left.

            • jondos

              Hey, we all know that Romney is not ideal, however, he will be a lot better than Obama. I picture Obama in his last term, absolutely doing everything in his power to ruin our wealth as a nation. That includes confiscating gold and 401Ks, to gas and electricity prices “necessarily skyrocketing” totally out of control. Oh, and don’t forget the new “global” tax. I picture every tax going up, the wealthy leaving, and the impoverished ranks hitting exorbitant numbers. Exactly what Obama’s old Alma Mater “Students for a Democratic Society” wanted, going back to the Tom Haydn days. I don’t picture Mitt Romney trying to DESTROY America.

  • aZjimbo

    Look, it is more than obvious that tax cheat turbo tax timmy has no idea what the hell is going on. He is so far over his head just like his boss. Paul Ryan, though not perfect would surely get this country back to some sort of fiscal sanity.

  • 12grace

    Paul Ryan, problem-solver, straight-shooter, American patriot.

    We all know who and what Geithner is…

  • Spartan4Palin

    This is not something new. Let’s look back at Geihtner’s performance during the Asian crisis?

  • Marky_D

    As a European I have to take exception to what Paul Ryan said 4 minutes in on the second video. He said in Europe they have youth unemployment running at 30 per cent…

    It’s much worse than that. ‘Official’ figures (which tend to hide the unemployed by labelling them as disabled or sending them on dead end, go nowhere, pointless degree courses – for example ”windsurfing management” to delay adding them to the unemployment figures untill after an election) in Spain have youth unemployment at 48%. In Greece I’d imagine it’s easier to count the employed youth than the unemployed youth.

  • Martin Carr, PhD

    Congress is supposed to control the purse, not the Feds and least of all Obama. It is time for Congress to go back to their oaths of office, examine their hearts and play hard ball. For to long it seems to be “business as usual” or “give and take”. Compromise is based upon an agreement or meeting of minds, not the bully getting what he wants because if he doesn’t he’ll beat the crap out of you. Stand up to the bully and show him that the responsibility for acting in an adult manner has past, it is now time to replace the pawns with people who will act responsibility and be accountable for their actions.

    • actionsspeaklouder

      The Republican leaders in Congress (Boehner, McConnell, Cantor) are useless and worthless. They need to be ousted.


    For presents this year to family and friends there is only one gift that I am giving period, A book called AMERITOPIA!

  • What we have here is a complete evasion of reality by the administration while the sheepeople stand around looking at their “smart phones”! Isn’t that ironic?

  • mjs_pa

    Awesome: Santelli & Gallager Smash the Deficit!

  • FreeManWalking

    P Ryan really shines in this type of format, and I really like the way he takes people to task when they try to fudge the numbers, or present a shell game with no pea under the thimble.

    For those that think Newt was attacking Paul Ryan when he said “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” you might be amazed that like many of his ideas, this is another long held idea. In this speech Newt made in 1994 prior to being sworn in as Speaker at the 38 minute mark you will hear him speak to this.

    This speech which is about 45 minutes long is a very powerful and is very Reaganesque. The 2 profound realizations he said he came to near the end of this speech was the one above and the idea that representatives need for the citizenry to be with the representatives they elect or it will return to the same ole government.

  • Saturday Night Live was never this funny, this comedian testifyng before the committee is hularious, the only thing that could have made this better is if obama had been sitting there with timmy without his teleprompter. I can’t understand why Mr Ryan and the other committee members weren’t applauding Timmies performance.
    The performance should get him at least one more Trillion. LOL’s
    Now bring on the clowns my popcorn is getting cold.

    Tea Party Patriot

  • cheyennecowboy

    So…..what’s the answer? FIRE THE BASTARDS! Get Odumba and his merry band of thugs out of office. They are absolutely ruining our country. Odumba is creating treason against and toward the peace and dignity of the people of the USA. Read the following: I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. He simply does NOT comply! Maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t have the ability. We all know that that statement is true. “He doesn’t have the ability.” And we all know, that he does not preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. BH Obama is TREASONOUS.

  • bobemakk

    Paul Ryan should replace Geithner, the tax cheat. Ryan can teach Geithner a good lesson on how to run things the right way.

    • FreeManWalking

      but it would take a 2×4 upside the head to teach him how to fill out his tax form correctly.

  • kong1967

    “Fiscal responsiblity” and “Democrat” do not belong in the same story. In all actuality, Republicans have been getting pretty bad themselves….and they are fighting against the newcomer fiscal conservatives to prevent any change. We have to destroy the status quo Repulican party and revive it with people that will actually do something about it.

  • Is_Sense_Common

    I think the most telling line of that interview was at the end when Timmy said, “… We don’t have a definitive solution to the problem, but what we do know is that we don’t like yours.” Doesn’t that speak volumes?!?

  • NJK

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