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Foreign Policy

As we are all aware, it never takes the opposing side long to offer counter arguments in politics, especially in such an important election year as this.  That being said, it comes as no surprise that the Ryan attackers on the left are in full vigor as they assault Romney's choice for lack of foreign policy experience and his proposed budget (something Harry Reid has seen as important enough to bother creating in the past three years).

I'll discuss the all-important matters of our federal budget and health care in posts to follow, but wish to take a few minutes right now to think about Ryan's lack of foreign policy experience coupled with that of Mitt Romney.  That's an issue that has come up, at least in one blog posting I read on the Huffington Post by Abby Hunstman, one of the Post's political bloggers.  It's actually a fairly well-written article that points out things that bear consideration.  While we are largely focused on the poor economy in this election season, our foreign policy is definitely linked to it in a very deep and meaningful way.  How we conduct our financial affairs in the global market and the relationships we maintain with our global trading partners are key to our economic vitality.  If one of average intelligence stops to give it even a moment's consideration, no explanation of that premise need be offered.

So now we have young Paul Ryan with no real foreign policy experience whatsoever.  Add to that his presidential running mate Mitt Romney, also with no foreign policy experience and what do you have?  No foreign policy experience x2.  Is that a problem?  I suppose it could be, but let's consider some other things we know to be true.

President Obama came to office after a somewhat lackluster, brief career in the Senate.  Coupled with no foreign policy experience, he really had no business experience, either.  He chose Joe Biden as his running mate.  Well, by now we all know our Vice President, don't we?  Supposedly he was to bring a treasure trove of foreign policy experience and knowledge to the table.  I'll let you decide the value of what he has offered to our country, in terms of experience and profitable foreign policy.  Our current foreign policy (which is arguably difficult to understand as it seems to change from moment to moment) has not done much to stave off the economic tidal wave that has hit Europe and our banking system as well (many claim it started here).  One point of note:  countries that have fared the best and have had the best immunity from this global recession tend to govern more conservatively and adopted austerity measures early on.

My point is simply this: This isn't an argument for voting a Romney/Ryan ticket in November; I am simply illustrating that an argument for the value of "foreign policy experience" to help fix the ills of our economy is a tough one to make when he have little to nothing to show for the "experience" that has led us to this point.

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