Prominent Consultant Ezra Friedlander’s Chat With VP Hopeful Paul Ryan

PHOTO: This past Saturday, Mitt Romney picked his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan. A fifth-generation Wisconsin native, Ryan has represented Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District for seven consecutive terms. He is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Ryan is most famous for his economic reform plan, The Path to Prosperity. The blueprint called for a long-term decrease in Medicare which would then allow a balance budget by year 2040. He also proposed reducing other government programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid, which would then be transformed into block grants to states.

What does this mean for the American Orthodox Jewish community?

Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, a public affairs consulting firm, had recently met with Ryan to discuss American Jewry.

“Ryan understands and respects the importance of Jewish tradition and culture. He was very inquisitive about Jewish history and its unique customs as it pertains to Ashkenazim and Sephardim.”

Ryan and Friedlander had also conversed about government waste.

Friedlander told The Lakewood scoop, “I tried to impress upon him the unique challenges of an Orthodox family and how government resources are sometimes a lifeline to a larger family struggling to make ends meet, not withstanding a hardworking breadwinner.”

Friedlander continued, “While in some cases a balanced budget could bring economic benefits, the reality is many Orthodox Jewish families rely on government programs. Medicare and Medicaid help many Jews and their children from the costly burden of healthcare. Food stamps is often a component in the monthly budget in many a Kollel family.”

Friedlander ended his interviewing by saying “I have no doubt that a Vice President Ryan would like to be very sympathetic to the financial burdens of the Orthodox Jewish community and would be able to identify with the particular needs of a religious Jewish family.” However the devil is in the details, Friedlander added, “I guess we will have to see if Paul Ryan ends up as Vice President to know how it all plays out.” TLS.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Im voting for Romney. Anyone who votes for Obama is clueless or in denial fact is Obama spending policies are a failure, disaster for the economy.

  2. Ryan has been chastised by the Catholic Bishops League for proposing policies that are against the Churches stand on charity and compassion for the less fortunate. If you rely on food stamps, Medicaid, tuition assistance, or any gov’t benefits a vote for the Republican ticket would be against your best interest. They will scuttle Social Security and Medicare. Why? Because it is expensive for big business. They’ve been trying to do this since the programs were created. If you don’t need these programs, vote for Romney/Ryan.

  3. medicare has nothing to do with programs for large families nor is it a program at all. The wealthiest people are on Medicare. Medicare is regular Health Insurance for those over 65 which everyone already paid for as a deduction from their paychecks their entire lives. Almost every person over 65 in this country whether rich, poor, or middle class is on Medicare. (you are confusing it with Medicare) So, before trying to explain this to a vice presidential candidate, it would be beneficial to know what you are saying so that you do not come across as not even knowing waht you are talking about. He may be fiscally Conservative-but don’t confuse Medicare with Medicaid. Medicare is his main issue

  4. medicare has nothing to do with programs for large families nor is it a program at all. The wealthiest people are on Medicare. Medicare is regular Health Insurance for those over 65 which everyone already paid for as a deduction from their paychecks their entire lives. Almost every person over 65 in this country whether rich, poor, or middle class is on Medicare. (you are confusing it with Medicaid) So, before trying to explain this to a vice presidential candidate, it would be beneficial to know what you are saying so that you do not come across as not even knowing waht you are talking about. He may be fiscally Conservative-but don’t confuse Medicare with Medicaid. Medicare is his main issue

  5. Not everything is about what “we” can get from government all the time.The fact of the matter is there are far to many serious isues at stake here.Also your hand outs are paid for off the backs of hard working orthodox members as well whos backs are broken from taxes , fees , and regulation.

  6. I’m sorry, but it is selfish and self-centered to vote for a president based on the amount of personal benefits that you will receive, even if it ostensibly enables you to learn in Kollel. I say “obstensibly” because you should have bitachon that your parnassa comes from Hashem and not from the social programs. Second, you should all know that regardless of who is president, these social programs will not be able to keep up for much longer. This country is on the way to bankruptcy, and will soon begin to look like Greece if government spending is not reigned in. Third, there should be no question that the single-most important factor in deciding who the next president should be is if he will improve the morality of the society in which we live and not deteriorate it. We live in this society and are affected by it, and it is our moral duty to do anything that we can to improve it. Our great president’s most recent effort to gain voter popularity was to let it be known that under Obamacare, (moderated). We must look further that the “pebble in our shoe” and do as much as is within our hands to defeat this man.

  7. When you depend upon government for your basic needs, you give up all of the ideas and hard work that made this country great.

    Society needs less government intervention, less spending, and consideration for we the people as we strive to make a better life through our own toil.

    When the members of the public make Obama unemployed, we will unleash all of the pent up growth, and the Republic will rebound.

  8. The only consideration for this election should be: Do we want a repeat of what happened from 2000-2008? Do me once, shame on you. Do me twice ain’t gonna happen. Why is it that former President George W. Bush won’t appear at the RNC? They don;t want us to remember what happened during his reign. They almost destroyed the country.

  9. to b-boy!
    why does someone else need to support your children. as americans we are respponcable for our own growth. you are supposed to work hard and provide a good life for you rchildren. not the goverment! why should the goverment support your children. why does everyone expect the goverment to take care of us. americe land of opertunity. go make your life better dont count on others to do the work for u

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