US Rep. Paul Ryan wants to delay Obamacare
Congressman speaks at Waukesha County Business Alliance's annual meeting
Paul Ryan's schedule didn't allow the congressman to stay long at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel last week.
But the Janesville Republican still had more than enough time to give his opinions on issues facing America such as his desire to stop Obamacare, his plan for immigration reform as well as calling President Barack Obama's decisions on the crisis in Syria "poorly handled."
Ryan was speaking to 500 businessmen and women, including many local politicians, at the Waukesha County Business Alliance's 95th annual meeting inside a packed ballroom.
The former vice presidential candidate also addressed the availability of natural gas and oil within the country, lowering the tax rate and the national debt.
"We hope to bring a little common sense to Washington," Ryan said. "What we are going to try and do this fall is make a down payment on a lot of these problems that are making it harder for jobs to be created for the economy."
This includes Obamacare.
"No. 1 we think Obamacare is a disaster," Ryan said. "We think it's not ready for prime time. We want to get this law delayed.
"We are trying to make a case for our colleagues on the other side (who are in the majority) that it is not in your interest to roll out a law that's not ready to be rolled out.
"It's not in your interest to impose double-digit premiums on families and small businesses. So let's delay this thing."
Lowering the debt
He added interest rates will rise if the country doesn't "get our debt under control."
"The smart thing to do is to get ahead of this problem," Ryan said. "We have to get ahead of our debt problems. Obamacare can do great damage. We have to get a down payment on our debt problem."
Ryan said this starts with fixing the country's tax system.
"Our tax system is so convoluted," Ryan said. "It's basically a bunch of people in Washington picking winners and losers."
He said across the world businesses' tax rates start at 25 percent.
Here, he said, it starts at 35 percent, but he wants to get it to the world average "without causing a penny in the deficit."
Take on immigration
The veteran congressman addressed his step-by-step plan to reform the immigration law after the question was posed by former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow.
"We say first secure the border," Ryan said. " First you have to have interior enforcements. Once borders are secure we also need to have a guest worker program."
He said if a person wants to come to America a guest worker card should be issued. For the undocumented immigrants, he said, put them on a "probationary status" where they would pay a fine, pay back taxes, learn English, find a job without being on welfare benefits and then go through a criminal background check.
After five years, they would be required to get a work permit.
"If you want to get in line you have to be at the back of the line, because we want to be fair to the legal immigrant," Ryan said. "Those come first. That's the smart way of doing this. We don't reward people who broke the law. We have to have a secure border. We have to have a visa tracking system and those are things we can accomplish with a step-by-step approach."
Against Obama on Syria
Ryan also wants to put a stop on Obama's intention to take action in Syria.
"I've been biting my tongue all week," he said. "I do not support this action. I do not think the president has presented anything close to a coherent strategy.
"What's frustrating about this is this last week has been kind of an embarrassing spectacle for American foreign policy. The (Obama administration) basically laid out a plan that was ill-conceived and I don't think it would advance the objective the president even set out to do.
"I think it's a little delusional that we're going to get a peaceful outcome. It has damaged our credibility as a country."
Closer to home, he said if America tapped into its own oil and natural gas resources it could be energy dependent by the end of the decade.
"We could be exporting to other countries and not having to buy from OPEC," he said. "Think what that would do for us. Think what that would do for foreign policy. Think what that would do for our trade deficit. Think what it would do for jobs. We see this huge boom right underneath us.
"It just requires government to get out of the way and let it happen. It requires the infrastructure to develop like the Keystone Pipeline.
"It's amazing what we have right here. But unfortunately we have an administration that's doing everything to stop this from happening. That is standing in the way of this success."
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