Text: Remarks by Rep. Ryan to the Republican National Convention
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Wednesday, September 1, 2004; 9:38 PM
RYAN: Fellow Republicans, fellow Americans, and my good friends from Wisconsin...
... when George Bush entered the White House, he inherited an economy that was sliding toward recession. The stock market was declining. The dot.com bubble had burst.
He pushed Congress to accelerate the tax cuts to boost growth and job creation. He doubled the child tax credit and cut the marriage penalty to help parents make ends meet. He provided incentives for small businesses to invest and expand.
Because of the president's leadership, the economy is now strong and getting stronger. During the past year, we've created over 1.5 million new jobs. Unemployment is falling. Productivity is surging. And America's manufacturing sector is adding jobs.
RYAN: For Nathan and Kris Blank of Janesville, Wisconsin, this meant a lot. Nathan is a police officer, and Kris is at home with their daughters, McKenzie, Allison and their new baby girl, Natalie. Nathan earns $51,000 a year. And last year, because of the tax cuts, they saved over $2,000 which helped Kris start a business from home.
Of course John Kerry claims he wants to reduce the squeeze on the middle class. But whenever he had a chance to do something about it, John Kerry voted "No."
During his 20 years in Washington, John Kerry never met a tax increase he didn't like.
So you have to wonder: Why would he vote in favor of tax increases 98 times and against tax cuts 126 times?
RYAN: Why would he push for higher taxes on families and small businesses, higher taxes on seniors and savers, higher taxes on gasoline in family farms?
There is one explanation. This is one place where John Kerry never flip-flops.
In fact, during this campaign, Senator Kerry is now proposing more than $2 trillion in new spending over the next 10 years. And we still have two months to go before the election. We all know how he would pay for this explosion in new spending: He would need to raise your taxes.
John Kerry believes that government can spend our money better than we can. But most Americans don't share this view. That's why John Kerry has to preach the politics of division, of envy and resentment. That's why they talk so much about two Americas. But class warfare is not an economic policy. And the politics of division will not make America stronger, and it will not lead to prosperity.
RYAN: I say to them: Anger is not a governing philosophy.
Instead, we offer a more hopeful vision to America by reaffirming our party's commitment to freedom and opportunity for all. These are the economic foundations of the American dream.
Join us to re-elect this great president, and join this great cause.
Thank you. And God bless America.