Today’s Brew 8-13-12

Fresh brew tonight with Stephen Moore in the Wall Street Journal:

The Kempian Roots of Ryanomics

Like his mentor Jack Kemp, Paul Ryan understands that growth makes a balanced budget easier to achieve.

Mr. Ryan broke into politics in the 1990s at Empower America, where he became a protégé of former Buffalo Congressman Jack Kemp, the pro-growth, pro-trade, pro-immigration leader of the GOP during the Reagan revolution and into the 1990s. Kemp understood, as Mr. Ryan also does, that while spending restraint is important, faster economic growth is a precondition to averting a fiscal impasse. More than anyone else in Washington in recent years, Mr. Ryan has adopted the Reagan-Kemp message.

At Empower America, Mr. Ryan worked with Kemp on issues ranging from enterprise zones for inner cities to school choice. Like Kemp, Mr. Ryan has always made a case that free-market policies benefit minorities and poor people generally who are “capital deprived.” That message has special resonance now given the reversal of minority progress on income growth, and the high black and Hispanic unemployment rates, during the Obama years.

Today’s Brew 8-12-12

From Scott Grannis:

Romney makes the perfect VP choice

I’ve long been a big fan of Paul Ryan, so I am thrilled with Romney’s VP choice. The Romney-Ryan ticket represents the single best hope for reforming our runaway government and reviving our sickly economy. If the people do not respond to this overwhelmingly in November, then the future of our country will be in serious doubt.

UPDATE: For a fairly comprehensive look at the origins of Paul Ryan’s approach to policymaking, see  this article by John Podhoretz.