As noted by Jennifer Bendery of the Huffington Post, despite his 13 year tenure in the House of Representatives, Republican Rep. (and Romney running mate) Paul Ryan has accomplished very little during his time in Congress, having seen only two of his bills passed into law.
Ryan, who Mitt Romney has tapped as his running mate, passed a bill into law in July 2000 that renames a post office in his district. Thanks to Ryan, the post office on 1818 Milton Ave. in Janesville, Wis., is now known as “Les Aspin Post Office Building.”
The other time Ryan saw one of his bills become law was in December 2008, with legislation to change the way arrows (as in bows and arrows) are hit with an excise tax. Specifically, his bill amended the Internal Revenue Code to impose a 39-cent tax per arrow shaft, instead of a 12.4 percent tax on the sales price. The bill also “includes points suitable for use with arrows in the 11 percent excise tax on arrow parts and accessories.”
Renaming post offices is hardly what I’d consider “big ideas” that are going to put our country on a different course, and I’m astonished that a man who has managed to rename a post office and change the way arrows are taxed is being held up as a “rising star” within the Republican Party.
The fact that Paul Ryan has done almost nothing of consequence during his time as the elected Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional district just underscores why he doesn’t deserve to be reelected to his position in Congress, much less the vice presidency of the United States.