Kevin McCullough

Paul Ryan--as the pick for Vice President--is a demonstrative, serious, commitment by Governor Mitt Romney to fulfill the vision of returning America to fiscal sanity.

There exists almost no more important reason for this selection to be lauded, by people of every race, religion, ethnic influence, sexual orientation, skin color, and way of life. All we needed to learn about which ticket will be laser focused on causing the economy to be improved, jobs to be created, business formation to begin to grow, and ultimately improve the quality of every American's life, was asserted loud and clear in the pick of the seven term congressman from Wisconsin.

No one else is singularly more qualified to join the already strong credentials of economic improvement for Team Romney than the sometimes only man who stood between President Obama's view of economic destruction, and true free-market solutions that would thwart it. Thus he has accepted.

But for common sense voters there is an infinite record of votes that Congressman Ryan has cast in seven terms, and I believe it might be helpful to see ten additional reasons as to why a Vice President Ryan can not only be trusted with leadership, but demonstrate his commitment to America, his entire elected life.

1. Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)

Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)

Even those on both sides of the marriage debate will find something to criticize in these two votes, Congressman Ryan has had a consistently pro-equality viewpoint, while defending rights of children to have a mother and a father. His view of freedom, does not interfere with a person's sexual choices.His view of values protects the institution of marriage, to keep it from becoming the next great laboratory of societal experimentation.

2. Strongly supports an 8.5% Business Consumption Tax instead of taxing profit. (Jul 2009) The benefit of this position would help the growth and advancement of small business in ways few had articulated. It puts fewer limitations on the number one job creating sector in our economy--the small business, and it creates a tangible measurement of how companies can plan for the taxes they will owe--in advance of production. This will do nothing but aid business formation (currently at its lowest measure since World War II) and advance the economic incentive to create jobs.