Bishop Blasts VP Pick Ryan's Budget Policies, Links to Altschuler

Congressman says entitlement for millionaires is something his opponent, Randy Altschuler, also backs.

As news that Mitt Romney made national waves Saturday morning, local Rep. Tim Bishop took the opportunity to point fingers at his own opponent, Randy Altschuler.

“Altschuler, Ryan, and Romney all believe in giving additional tax breaks to millionaires while shifting the tax burden onto middle class families. They believe in slashing Social Security and making seniors pay $6,400 more for Medicare benefits, but they won’t even consider eliminating unjustified tax breaks for oil companies, despite their bloated profits," Bishop said in a statement.

Ryan, 42, has served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, currently chairing the House Budget Committee and serving on the House Ways and Means Committee. In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his “Roadmap for America’s Future," a deficit reduction proposal that Democratic critics lambasted for making cuts to social programs such as Social Security and for shifting entitlements to top earning Americans.

"The Altschuler-approved Ryan Budget would reduce taxes by over a quarter million dollars for the very wealthy, while increasing taxes on the middle class by an average of $2,700,” Bishop said.

Altschuler said he supported Romney's choice, and fired back at Bishop Sunday.

"Governor Romney's pick of Congressman Paul Ryan today signals that he
is willing to do what Congressman Bishop has never done, and that is
have an honest conversation with the American people about the serious
economic and fiscal issues facing this country and pursue real reforms
that will restore fiscal responsibility and revitalize our economy," he said in a statement.

The St. James businessman has also scoffed at Bishop's criticism of his economic platform.

"I won’t be lectured on jobs and the economy by a career bureaucrat turned Washington politician whose policies have destroyed more than 30,000 jobs on Long Island since he took office,” Altschuler said in a June campaign video.

“Tim Bishop is a rubber stamp for Barack Obama, and helped push us into the current economic mess by voting for trillions of dollars in higher taxes, wasteful spending and runaway debt as a Member of Congress."

In 2008, Altschuer just narrowly lost the election for the state's First Congressional District after a recount that lasted over a month. This time, Altschuler is betting that the slow economic recovery over the past four years may sway more voters to back him in 2012.

Romney formally made his VP announcement on a tour of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, Saturday morning. In the announcement, Romney said Ryan is an "intellectual leader of the Republican Party."

Romney also said Ryan understands that people can have honest disagreements without making personal attacks.

"There are a lot of people in the other party who might disagree with Paul Ryan, but I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t respect his character and judgment," Romney said.

Ryan said he is excited to join Romney's campaign, saying the former Massachusetts governor has the "skills, the background and the character that our country needs at a crucial time in its history."

Romney's pick is seen by national politicos as a risky compared to former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, the other two potential candidates on his VP short list.

In a statement to Politico and other national reporters, President Barack Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina criticized Ryan and his "Roadmap" plan.

"In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy," Messina said.

Do you think Romney made the best choice? Let us know in the comments.

Chuck August 16, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Funny, Richard. Clever.
TerenceQuinn August 16, 2012 at 02:22 AM
This latest corruption scandal puts a cloud over everything done by Bishop. When one finds out about this stuff, there is much more that went on that did not come to light. It is disgusting and disgraceful. There needs to be a concerted effort to remove this type of person from public office. No wonder people are sick of politicians. This is right up there with the Chicago style of Obama, Emanuel and the vote stealer Franken. Pelosi promised to "drain the swamp" and what a swamp it is. Now it's up to the voters to do the draining! November can't come soon enough for me. Wake up people and smell the filthy water.
North Fork Bob August 16, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Christie you and Preliator should form a cult.Snatch some people living under a bridge and you can live in the woods
Jaguar-Guy August 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Great call on Al Franken Terrence. He won on Prison votes - that were illegally counted.
Jaguar-Guy August 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM
East End - Obama has already stolen $716 Billion from Medicare. Poof !!! It's already gone.
Preliator August 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM
The only people running this year who have cut Medicare to the tune of over $700 billion; Obama Biden Bishop Schumer Gillibrand If you are a senior and you vote for these scumbags...well only blame yourself when the panel says no to your medical procedure and they hand you a bunch of pain pills so you can go drawl off and die in the corner like a dog.
C. Bery August 19, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Is anyone outraged that Tim Bishop helped get a permit for fireworks at a constituents party and received a $10,000.00 campaign contribution from the partygiver??? Is this criminal?? It should be! Or is this how crookhaven works?? Is this what's happening at 150 Chrisitian Ave. ? Our local gov't helped the "campaign contributing landlord" come into compliance on $$$$$code violations so that we can live next to this abomination -40+ students living/staying in this house?? Let's vote them ALL out in November -
Richard Blumenthal August 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I have to say, I think your comment about his "blonde" wife is pure racism. By the way, Randy Altschuler, the one you think is "cut from the same paper mache" as "dumb" Ryan was chosen as a Rhodes Scholar based on his stellar performance at Princeton (we still don't know how the incumbent President did in college, because he had all of the records sealed). In case you were wondering, Randy's "blonde" wife isn't blonde. She's an Asian-American pediatrician and the mother of his two young children.
Factual August 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Do you really want to compare the intellect of Paul Ryan with Joe Biden? Paul Ryan is recognized by republican and Democrats alike as an intellect and economic expert. Or maybe you want to take a look at Fullbright Scholar Randy Altschuler who was raised by a single mother, worked his way through Princeton as a short order cook, earned a degree from the University of Vienna, and has an MBA from Harvard? Then worked his way up the corporate ladder to become a successful private business owner. What is it about Democrats that they are continually criticizing people like Randy, who has earned everything he has in life. Just because he refused to live off the breast feeding of the government there is something wrong? Let's see Obama's college records and have the public decide if he earned his way up the ladder or if he took advantage of every hand out and special deal available to get where he is.
John Gruber August 19, 2012 at 06:58 PM
we didn't look to concerned about the national debt clock when we started 2 wars...just sayin
John Gruber August 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
yea, those people who have trouble paying for medical expense are really selfish...
John Gruber August 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
the stupidity of some of these comments is frightening
John Gruber August 19, 2012 at 07:03 PM
so we have a party that got us into a mess and one that really hasn't helped. You tell me which is lesser
Richard Blumenthal August 19, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Mr. Gruber, we have to look at it now and do something about it. By the way, all defense is only 20% of the total federal spending.
Richard Blumenthal August 19, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I can tell you what I do. First and foremost, which candidates will help restore our economy? They have my vote.
Patrick August 20, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Romney cannot fix it. Obama will not fix it. Gary Johnson for President!
Preliator August 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM
One thing to consider in the VP choice: Ryan is aware and cogent and capable of serving as President. Biden is sadly suffering from exhaustion, delirium or the affects of age and clearly losing grasp of reality. In no way, shape or form is he prepared or capable of taking command if the unthinkable were to occur. There is only one real choice this fall and that is Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Lets start restoring America.
Jaguar-Guy August 20, 2012 at 05:10 PM
That was the BIG issue in 2008 - VP choice. Biden with Foreign Policy experience (thankfully, he's only lost while in the U.S.) easily over-matched Palin (who could see Russia from her back porch). In 2012, Biden seems to have lost a step or two - honestly. Ryan (go ahead and attack him Mary Beth, Mo and John) is a smart, serious and dedicated man - who actually has MORE experience that Obama had in 2008. So, when they say being President is only a "heart-beat away" - think about the choices there.
Preliator August 20, 2012 at 07:40 PM
You have to wonder if this is for real, is Joe Biden drunk, medicated or senile or is this some kind of act, an excuse to get him off the ticket and some how salvage the steaming pile of feces that we call the Obama Presidency? I honestly don't know but I would not put anything past people as desperate and grasping as the Obama Campaign and its host of freaks and misfits.
John Gruber August 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
where have i ever "attacked" ryan? oh wait, I haven't. so it would be helpful if you knew what you were talking about before you post about other people
John Gruber August 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM
quite frankly I don't care about either VP one way or the other. I personally think the VP has an inflated role in today's government and voters concern themselves to much with them. It's one thing if they're as dumb as Sarah Palin but someone like Biden or Chaney really doesn't matter to me when I'm voting so why don't we do a little less assuming and a little more reading and thinking before we just go posting something to support a warped view point.
Patrick August 20, 2012 at 08:24 PM
They want you all to argue all day long. As long as you do that you will never open your mind to another choice. That choice is the only real choice and that is Gary Johnson. That's right Gary Johnson for President! Romney cannot fix it. Obama will not fix it. The only logical choice is to stop arguing and start making the real change that we need in this country before it all really falls apart. Do a little investigation about Gary Johnson. It is up to all of us. We can continue arguing about who did what or we can start looking to the future with hope and excitement. You may think I am throwing my vote away but I would rather do that then vote for either of the losers in the race today.If enough of us throw our vote away we can change the world!
Preliator August 21, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Yes, now that Biden is losing his marbles, medicated or drunk and it is not even fair to compare him to Paul Ryan, the VP does not matter. Convenient John. And Sarah Palin is dumb? Kind of sad that you have to drag up people who are not even running; desperate even.
John Gruber August 21, 2012 at 01:53 AM
again, I do not pay attention to the VP they are picked solely to get more votes for a specific demographic , he does NOT run the country. and it's not desperate, just pointing out you'd be happy with some like Sarah Palin as VP which says it all
John Gruber August 21, 2012 at 01:55 AM
oh don't get me wrong I'm not debating whether it's an issue or not, its just to people like JG it's only ok to talk about the debt clock when they're talking about people they don't like
John Gruber August 21, 2012 at 01:58 AM
actually you claiming everyone on wealth fare is lazy shows your lack of education...
Preliator August 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Yes John, because as you say VP does not matter I would be happy with Palin as VP. You, you would be happy if the person just has a pulse...hey, Joe Biden has a pulse, what a coincidence.
Jaguar-Guy August 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM
@ John - You are wrong. I like Obama, but I do not like the outcome of his policies. OUR National Debt is more than double what it was under Bush. Sadly, the President has NO plan to address the debt, or any intent on lowering it. Rich is right - he's in the business of adding debt.
Jaguar-Guy August 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM
What an incredibly FOOLISH this to write and ask. Randy is NOT in Congress and has never been an elected official. Holy Cow - what is wrong with you Meadow Lane ??? A better question is why hasn't the Senate passed a budget, OR voted on passing the Budget the Congress has passed ??? Harry Reid will not allow a vote on it. Oh, BTW - they voted on Obama's budget - 99-0 against, 1 abstain. Good job there by Democrats.
nmfd72 August 22, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Bishop needs to shave and expose his scared up face from bar fights years ago! He's hiding behind a lot of old baggage from years ago!!


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