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"We're going in the wrong direction," the Republican candidate for Vice President, Paul Ryan, said at the debate tonight. "This is not what a real recovery looks like." Ryan, who spoke at the Bush Institute's conference on "Tax Policies for 4% Growth" in New York this spring, said that economic policy should be about "getting the economy growing at 4%." Instead, "it's growing at 1.3%." He outlined five goals for a growth-oriented strategy:
— Energy independence in North America — Job training — Debt and deficit reduction — Strengthening America's ability to trade internationally — Nurturing small businesses, which are "the greatest job creators"
We need "real reforms for a real recovery," Ryan concluded. "Wouldn't it be nice to have a job-creator in the White House?"
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.