Campaign Shocker: Ryan NOT a Progressive!
What Ryan did not mention was the political philosophy that underpins what is universally recognized as "the Wisconsin Idea." The vice presidential candidates's thinking was shaped by Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand and Austrian economists, not by the progressive political ideals of the first Wisconsinite to lead a national political ticket into serious competition for the White House: governor, senator and 1924 presidential candidate Robert M. La Follette.
In fact, the House Budget Committee chairman is expressly at odds with his home-state's progressive tradition.It seems to have escaped Nichols attention that with the election and retention of their conservative governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin voters are at odds with their "progressive tradition." Maybe its time to change Wisconsin's form of government from a democracy to benign dictatorship run by college professors. At least they would protect the state's vaunted tradition of progressivism.