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Initial post: Sep 21, 2012 9:25:01 AM PDT
Rhea D. says:
In 2011, At a town hall event in which people had to pay $15 to attend, Paul Ryan kicked out five people and had three arrested, all for asking questions he didn't like.

When Ryan tried to claim that our job crisis is directly related to our debt crisis, a woman stood up and asked, "Our debt is out of control because of the tax cuts you're giving...Our unemployment in 2003 was 6.2% before the tax cuts went through. Now our unemployment rate is 9.1%. What are you doing to create jobs, Congressman?" Instead of answering her question, Ryan kicked he out of the event.

After another person was shown the door, a woman stood up while Ryan was talking and said, "You won't talk to us. How can we give our opinions when you refuse to talk to us?" She too was kicked out. Then someone stood up in the back and asked, "Where are the jobs, Ryan?" He too, was escorted out.

An older gentlemen became angry when Ryan mentioned entitlement programs, and said that he "paid into unemployment, Medicare, and Social Security for 50 years," and he too, was escorted to the exit.
Paul Ryan went on to have three people arrested, all for asking questions.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 9:27:31 AM PDT
Dale Day says:
And would you care to give a link to show this is true?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 9:29:13 AM PDT
Google is your friend, DD:

http://www.examiner.com/article/video-paul-ryan-has-71-year-old-man-and-others-arrested-for-asking-questions

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 9:29:30 AM PDT
Rhea D. says:
Google is your friend. I can start providing lots of links, to articles and youtube videos of what happened, or you can just google "Paul Ryan townhall arrests" and figure out that I am not making anything up here.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 9:32:27 AM PDT
Rhea D. says:
here is another link for you:

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/09/09/314419/paul-ryan-mocks-senior-citizen-handcuffed-at-his-town-hall-i-hope-hes-taking-his-blood-pressure-medication/

By Marie Diamond on Sep 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the author of the House GOP plan to phase out Medicare, does not like it when constituents publicly challenge him. In fact, people who disagree with Ryan have a habit of getting arrested for it. A few weeks ago, several of Ryan's unemployed constituents staged a peaceful sit-in at his Kenosha, Wisconsin office to protest his unpopular decision not to hold any free public town halls during the August recess. These constituents didn't think they should have to pay to ask their elected representative a question. Instead of meeting with them, Ryan's staff called the police.
So it should come as no surprise that this week, three people who paid to see Ryan speak were arrested and charged with trespassing for protesting the event.

One constituent, a 71-year-old retired plumber from Kenosha, Wisconsin, was handcuffed and pushed to the ground by security:
Video footage taken by an attendee at the event shows that one of them, Tom Nielsen, received particularly harsh treatment - he was pushed to the ground and handcuffed. Nielsen received an additional charge of resisting arrest.

Ryan was speaking Tuesday afternoon at the Whitnall Park Rotary Club. Protesters gathered both outside his event and inside, standing up and disrupting the congressman's remarks.

According to Oak Creek Patch, as many as a dozen protesters were escorted out of the event. Another dozen or so left willingly.

Ryan seemed supremely undisturbed that a senior citizen worried about receiving the Medicare he's paid into his whole life was treated so brutally.

Indeed, Ryan made light of the arrest and quipped to the audience, "I hope he's taking his blood pressure medication."

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 9:35:06 AM PDT
Boomy says:
Ryan is despicable...good to bring these actions to light...so we know how these candiates treat those they seek to represent...or are actually supposed to be representing at the time...

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 9:35:47 AM PDT
Rhea D. says:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBhdXfCdaA8

Here is the video of what they did to Grampa. Compassionate Conservatives my asp.

This video just proves that Elderly people on Social Security is EXACTLY who Romney was calling leaches in the 47% video.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 9:38:55 AM PDT
Magna Carta says:
>>said that he "paid into unemployment, Medicare, and Social Security for 50 years," >> --- then there should be money in these 'funds' now, right?

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 9:41:07 AM PDT
Tony Bruno says:
This would be Paul Ryan's America.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 9:42:54 AM PDT
>> --- then there should be money in these 'funds' now, right?

Right.

"CBO States Social Security is Solvent Until 2038"
"Trustees Say Medicare Will Be Solvent Until 2024, Urge Fixes"

http://bit.ly/IavBaB
http://bit.ly/qH6BcH
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.
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See what you can learn if you stick your head outside the rightie lie machine, MC?

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 9:44:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 21, 2012 9:44:50 AM PDT
Of course he would do something like that. Not only is Paul Ryan a giant coward, he's also another entitled little beeyotch just like Romney, who thinks we should quit pestering him with questions and just give him the job already.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:00:59 AM PDT
DCSports says:
This has already been brought up -- the stories are from early August. Ryan didn't order anyone arrested. Event organizers arrested (or escorted out) protesters who were intentionally being disruptive.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:08:38 AM PDT
Rhea D. says:
So you're saying that neither Ryan nor his people had any control whatsoever over what happened at his own town hall?

What kind of "leader" is that?

If Ryan were a real "leader" who respected people, he would have certainly not let an old man get thrown to the ground and hogtied for being understandably upset about the possibility of his Social Security benefits being ripped out from under him.

Ryan obviously thought it was "funny" or he wouldn't have quipped "I hope he took his blood pressure medication".

Oh yes, because the possibility of having a stroke because you are assaulted by Ryan's "security" for asking a question about Social Security is something to joke about.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:09:55 AM PDT
Rhea D. says:
And if this was "already brought up", then why did your boy Dale Day even question if this was true?

Obviously even conservatives aren't aware that this happened? Would you care to provide the links to the previous threads on this topic?

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 10:10:27 AM PDT
Boomy says:
Either he is a bad leader or a bad person...sorry right wing apologists, when someone goes into national politics, things they did in the past get re-scrutinized...it is just how it is...ask Obama about it.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 10:15:15 AM PDT
I can't stand Paul Ryan, and don't think anyone should have been arrested, but I am confused by the video. To me, that guy deserved to be removed, as he was disruptive and yelling at a politician. Don't get me wrong, I kind of think more politicians SHOULD be yelled at, but I wouldn't have blamed anyone, especially in this shoot-em-up day and age, for removing a yelling, angry man.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 10:21:41 AM PDT
N_W_TX says:
A town hall meeting is an American English term given to an informal public meeting derived from the traditional town meetings of New England. Everybody in a town community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, and hear the responses from public figures and (if applicable) elected officials about shared subjects of interest.-Wikipedia

It's not a place to deny free speech. They speak then you speak and challenge if necessary, then allow them to respond.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:22:43 AM PDT
Rhea D. says:
It may not be ok to yell out (that whole 1st Amendment thing, you know)... but it is definitely not ok to arrest a Constituent because they yell at their Congressman.

I actually expected better of you, Panthor.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 10:23:33 AM PDT
Rhea D. says:
See, even N_W_TX gets it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:25:51 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:26:11 AM PDT
Hecklers normally do get kicked out.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:26:18 AM PDT
I agree, my question was about the video.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:32:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 21, 2012 10:32:49 AM PDT
N_W_TX says:
I agree that if he was being disruptive he should have been removed, but not arrested. However, since there is a cut in the video and we don't see what he was doing inbetween the time escorted out and arrested, I don't think anyone can really make a statement on that. The problem is a lot of those on the left have been doing this. They shut down free speech in order to get arrested then post an edited video.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2012 10:34:17 AM PDT
Rhea D. says:
actually, Ryan DID order the arrest of this 71-year old man who was upset about Ryan's plan to end Social Security.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glzma7r-BOI

At 1:13, you can hear Ryan say "Get him out of here". Instead of doing anything to address the guy's concerns and fears, he had him removed and arrested.... I also love the part where Ryan disdainfully waves at the protesters telling him he should be ashamed of himself. What a despicable piece of scum.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 10:36:15 AM PDT
Leigh HD™ says:
Ryan is a sociopath. A scary one.
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