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Stephen Moore: The Kempian Roots of Ryanomics

August 13, 2012 1 minute Read by Robert Asahina

By Stephen Moore, The Wall Street Journal President Obama's campaign is exulting that Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate highlights the contrast of campaign visions about America's economic direction. They're right. Mr. Ryan, who I have known for more than 20 years, has made his recent reputation as a budget wonk. But his policy roots lie in the growth and opportunity wing of the GOP. Mr. Ryan broke into politics in the 1990s at Empower America, where he became a protégé of former Buffalo Congressman Jack Kemp, the pro-growth, pro-trade, pro-immigration leader of the GOP during the Reagan revolution and into the 1990s. Kemp understood, as Mr. Ryan also does, that while spending restraint is important, faster economic growth is a precondition to averting a fiscal impasse. More than anyone else in Washington in recent years, Mr. Ryan has adopted the Reagan-Kemp message. Read More


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Robert Asahina

Robert Asahina has been a newspaper and magazine editor and writer, a book publishing executive and editor, and a data management consultant. He was editor in chief and deputy publisher of Broadway Books, president and publisher of the adult publishing group of Golden Books, and vice president and senior editor of Simon and Schuster; deputy managing editor of The New York Sun and an editor at The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, George, and The Public Interest; and a consultant at Freddie Mac. He is the author of "Just Americans" and of numerous articles and reviews for The Wall Street Journal, Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere.

 

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