Fair game, I think, now that he’s a candidate for Vice President (and indirectly for President). Let’s look at his record.
Paul Ryan has represented Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional district for thirteen years. In that time, he amended the American tax code in 2008 to change the 12.4% tax on arrows to a flat 39 cents per arrow shaft. And in 2000, he had the name of the post office in Janesville, Wisconsin changed to the “Les Aspin Post Office Building.”
Oh c’mon, Nemo, I hear you cry. You’re hardly being fair to the man by singling out those two laws from his entire legislative record. What about all the other laws he enacted?
There are none.
Those two laws represent Ryan’s entire legislative record. They are the only two bills he’s submitted that were enacted into law. Changing the tax on arrows and renaming a post office is what Ryan accomplished in thirteen years in Congress.
I suppose some will argue that Ryan did a lot of other stuff. He made speeches, he submitted other bills that weren’t enacted into laws, and voted on bills that other Congressmen submitted. Maybe so. But the two laws I mentioned are the only two things Ryan personally accomplished in Congress. Everything else was either talking or supporting somebody else’s work.