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General: What does Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket mean for your family, your job and your community?

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Paul Ryan further defines and clarifies the Republican ticket. He's shown us his limited perception of the issues that daily affect our working families, and his simplistic ideas to remove supports for hard-working people while the economy is still recovering. He seems to believe middle-class Americans have no dignity or pride in their work if they unite voices to assure fair and safe conditions. He shows disregard for the spirit of working together to build communities. It means that when my students learn creative, acknowledging, collaboration skills, they will be labeled as lazy, irresponsible, non-individuals. That's pretty demoralizing.

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Elizabeth Weight
AFT Granite
West Valley City, UT

It means the Republicans are not serious about reforming Medicare and Social Security, because if they were serious, Romney would not have chosen Ryan as his running mate. Ryan's plan will end Medicare as we know it and privatize Social Security. THAT'S NOT REFORM! My parents rely on Medicare and Social Security and Ryans plan would jeapordize their health to a degree. People's health should never be jeopardized. Many people in my community would be affected because I live in an area where the majority are either poor or middle class working Americans. Ryan's plan does nothing to help my family nor my community.

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Javier Ramirez
Palmview, TX

I am getting ready to retire within the next Presidential term, and his stand on Medicare, Social Security and other programs that will affect my retirement are on his agenda to do major cutting. Without a doubt, he is not the candidate to endorse especially if you are not getting ready to retire in the next four years, because those people who will suffer the "ax" the most.

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Elizabeth GonzalesHughes
CNM Employees Union, 04974
Albuquerque, NM

I am newly retired and I feel that this ticket is the worst ticket for our country. They seem to believe that the wealthy will share their wealth with the rest of the nation and that will stabilize the country. That's what's wrong now. They want to eliminate medicare and healthcare for those that are less fortunate. This is not right. Most of us have worked and put money into Social Security and Medicare all our lives and we deserve to get something back. We do not have the kinds of medical coverage that the members of Congress have and we don't get the type of pensions that they receive for life.

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Arlene Bey
3
Philadelphia, PA

Ryan's policies will devastate safety net for seniors, the poor and middle class Americans. The 1% will continue to prosper under a Romney/Ryan admin. Ryan is biggest "do nothing" GOP in house and has hindered job creation at the expense of the American people and for his political gain.

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Esperanza Oppenheimer
Esperanza Oppenheimer
Bronx, NY

i'm retired, and barely hanging on money wise. if this ticket wins, i'm concerned that social security, medicare, and medicaid will be cut to such an extent--if not eliminated altogether--that i won't be able to survive.

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ronald maxson
l.a., CA

To me, the Romney-Ryan ticket means less money for education and social services; it's a slap in the face at poor and middle-class people in this country who are working hard or trying to find a job. It also means we're looking at 4 years of the rich getting richer through less or the same unequal tax burden and looking down at the rest of us.

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Ron Giranio
CTU Local1
Chicago, IL

Having Paul Ryan run for Vice President along with Mitt Romney, is scary. They both want to shut down unions, lower everyone's wages and diminish the middle-class.....as they keep their low income taxes allowing the rich to get even richer! Since my husband works for the UAW, we are BOTH in fear of our unions becoming weaker, as well as our job positions all but non-existent at any given moment.

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Sherry Wohlfarth
Toledo Federation of Teachers Local 250
Toledo, OH

Those of us who are close to retiring are scared witless about the whole Romney/Ryan agenda. We've lost so much power as well as rights we've fought long and hard for all during our careers. Teaching is a tough job that the Republicans find necessary to malign. WORK WITH US --NOT AGAINST US!!

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Michele Manno
UFT
Baldwin, NY

I am a recently retired career teacher. Throughout my 25+ years in teaching I was a member of NEA/AEA/TEA. I recognize that we are engaged in a war and AFT and NEA must be allied against a common foe. The choice of Paul Ryan by the (UN)Republican Party only serves to solidify their intent to continue to attack public education. We must remain strong and united in our common goal of defending the only true opportunity for self advancement available to all Americans: public education. ReTired Tucson Teacher, TucsonCitizen.com

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Marc Severson
AEA
Tucson, AZ

My 84 year old mother will now have to pay more for her health coverage. My personal tax liability will increase by $400/year. In six years I will then have to pay an additional $6400 for my health coverage. That will use up .20 of my total teacher's retirement!!! Where will my wife and I go for health care??? The emergency room? That does not solve the problem..it only shifts the burden to those who pay health insurance. Meanwhile the top 1% gets more of our hard earned money through an additional tax break!! I fear that Romney will gut the Education Department as well, not to mention turn back the clock on women's health care!!!!!

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Bill Frederick
Hudson Falls TA
Salem, NY

I am hoping that the Romney/Ryan ticket can finally get this nation on the right track of fiscal responsibility. We are standing at the edge of a fiscal cliff and we have only one chance to keep from falling off the edge. Countless nations in history have fallen off this cliff because they were led by monarchs and dictators who cared for little other than their own pleasures and power. Thank God that we live in a nation where we can elect leaders who will make these difficult but necessary choices. I only pray that Americans will stand up as previous generations have done and make the right decision. The Romney/Ryan ticket will do the job.

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john de luca
mvft
yonkers, NY

I hope that Paul Ryan on the ticket means that we will get a president who works much much harder to get the federal defecit under control. I hope that Paul Ryan on the ticket will encourage more people to vote out Obamah because his methods of management have not been succesful. I hope Paul Ryan on the ticket means that my family will have more opportunities to advance their careers that they have worked so hard for. I hope that my community will be able to reduce the number of underemployeed and needy. I hope that we will stem the additude that the government should take care of all of our financial problems.

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anne meyer
geneva
geneva, NY

The Romney/Ryan ticket, to me, means fiscal responsibility -finally, at the national level! Their plan for Medicare and Social Security is a sensible approach to the problems we face in those programs. Making people accountable is a good thing in my opinion.

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Susan Mack
Madison/Oneida BOCES
Cape Coral, FL

I think the choice was a poor one if the ticket expected to gain votes from middle class America. As a retired teacher, I have seen my pension frozen while tax cuts are going to be available to certain income levels while Americans who are working hard to make ends meet will see none of that. The "fix" will be if a majority of Congress can foresee what the middle class is up against. That does not fall within the parameters of the Republican party.

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Lorraine Minto
Lorraine Minto
Warwick, RI

I am looking forward to elected officials who know how to balance budgets and stand up for all americans without dividing them. Romney is a successfull businessman and knows how the process of obtaining licenses, insurance costs for employees, and spending only what comes in. Also partnered with a man who can speak from his heart, not a teleprompter, has a degree and proven record of economic successes and knows how to budget with priorities = not by special interests. Yes, I am ready for a different hope & change than our current situation.

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Debbie Prentice
CFT
Camarillo, CA

I love the ticket; We must get America back to our basic rights and route to free America. I am in support of Romney and Ryan. My picture is on the right, just where we all need to be. God bless America and bring her back to us law abiding citizens.

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Teresa Rodgers
Oklahoma City, OK

If the private sector improves teachers would not be under the magnifying glass and salaries and jobs in the public sector would improve

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SANFORD STRUM
NORTHPORT, NY

I was listening to Obama campaign say that Romney/Ryan will raise my taxes $2000. Obama/Patrick have raised my health care costs by about $3000 by taking our negotiating rights away, not to mention our new evaluation system and national core standards . All a complete waste of time, just a repackage of what we already do, on our own time. Obama has been no friend to teachers.

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Mike Ashe
1677
Lowell, MA

In 2009, Paul Ryan stated that Ayn Rand, who is an atheist, was the reason he got into public office and that she shaped his values. MSNBC has the complete video. Please research this & let the world see the real Paul Ryan. Facts vs. Fiction? His philosophy means that his Plan equates to death for the seniors, women, children, blacks, latinos, catholics, and other ethnic groups! It means Ryan would destroy the community & democracy as it stands while he, the corporations, and the top 1% get richer. It means his plan would cause castastrophic harm to the community & economy due to him lacking both foreign and domestic policy experience..

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JOYCE SIMPSON
231
DETROIT, MI

Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket increases the probability that Romney will win the election and OBAMA WILL BE OUT. Hooray! For the first time in my life (and possibly the last) I will vote Republican for good of my family & the USA. Obama has been the most destructive president that I can remember. He is a gifted salesman, and too many gullible voters are eager to buy his snake oil. It is true that he has inherited a mess, but he has made it much messier, while always pretending to have done the opposite. He lies, blames others for his incompetence, and is running the dirtiest, most unethical campaign immaginable. Vote Romney -- Ryan

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Edward Davis
Fort Myers, FL

This is bad news for public employees everywhere - I applaud those whose unions are strong and attain great benefits - but public employees I know hardly sit in the lap of luxury!

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Judi McCracken
Morgantown, WV

While RACING TO THE TOP, I have seen teachers placed in an evaluation system that Medical professionals would fail. I cannot support another 4 long years with Mr Obama and Arnie Duncan. When was the last time you saw a Vice President (especially the current one) really effect change in government. Don't be afraid of the unknown,BE AFRAID of the known.

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Karen Cooper
Local 2012
Providence, RI

Tremendous losses in separation of church and state, healthcare for women and healthcare and financial support for the elderly; higher taxes for middle class; more benefits to wealthy and corporations. Ryan's ideologies are right wing extreme. His personhood view of a fertilized embryo is frightening. Listen to August 13 democracy now.org enlightening discussion on Paul Ryan.

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Leslie Shaw
PSC
MANHATTAN, NY

America has to stop blaming the current president for the failing economy. Truth is Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney and the rest of the republicans have fought to stop everything positive this president has put on the table to help the American people. Sadly they have even fought against issues they supported and sought passage on. America, we need President Obama and Vice President Biden back in the White House, but we also need a Body of suppporters who have the American intrest at the heart of their focus.

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John Coats
PFT Local #3
PHILA, PA

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