- Mitt Romney's selection of Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate may indicate an endorsement of deeper education cuts than those Romney has proposed so far.
- Ryan is best-known as the architect of a House of Representatives budget plan to slash discretionary spending--including federal research funding, student loans, the Pell Grant program and the National Endowment for the Humanities--and he has also called for the elimination of subsidized federal loans for undergraduates.
- Ryan was a speechwriter for former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett and subscribes to Bennett's view that federal financial aid leads to tuition increases.
From the article:
With the selection of Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday morning, presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney made federal spending -- including on higher education -- a major flash point of the coming presidential campaign. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and chair of the House Budget Committee, is best-known as the architect of a House of Representatives budget plan to slash discretionary spending, including federal research funding, student loans and the Pell Grant program, over the next decade. ...