Paul Ryan: Big government has U.S. at ‘tipping point’

Ben Yount
Aug 26, 2014 8:22 AM
Paul Ryan: Big government has U.S. at ‘tipping point’
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GREETING FANS: Paul Ryan, left, shakes hands last week with Todd Warton, right, of Miramar Beach, Fla., along with Warton’s daughter Skye Warton, 15, at Books-A-Million in Destin, Fla., during a book signing for Ryan’s book.


By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio

It is no longer a question of how much government Americans want. The only question is how much government Americanscan afford.

And the former Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the answer is becoming clear.

“I talk about this in the book,” Ryan told Watchdog Radio Monday. “About very progressive policies. About the outcomes they produce, and how they bankrupt governments.”

Ryan writes in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea”, that the federal government has expanded entitlement programs, Medicare, Social Security and now Obamacare, to the point where they cost far more than taxpayers have.

“If we keep going on this way, soon, we’ll reach a tipping point,” Ryan writes in his book, “where there are too many people receiving government benefits and not enough people to pay for those benefits.”

Ryan, who said he has not decided about a presidential bid in 2016, added that Americans need to act now to stop from going over that tipping point.

“We need to have a clarifying election in this country, where we give the people of this country a very clear choice, so we can win that election and have a mandate to fix this country’s problems before it’s too late.” Ryan told Watchdog Radio.

Listen to the full conversation Watchdog Radio’s Benjamin Yount had with Ryan.