Mitt Romney has finally revealed who will be running as his VP in the upcoming American presidential election. He has chosen the widely tipped Paul Ryan. Mr Ryan is a Republican representative for Wisconsin and has sat on the house budget comittee since January 2011. He was widely tipped by observers to be a part of the Romney ticket and his strong conservative values will help Mr Romney sure up support with his base.
Mr Ryan attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and majored in economics and political science. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1998 and has a staunchly conservative voting record. Among conservatives Ryan is known as an architect of conservative fiscal policy, focussing on reducing government spending and reducing taxes on individuals and businesses. Although he has been criticised on this front as during the Bush years he often voted for policies which increased government spending and added to the deficit.
More recently Mr Ryan has attracted attention for his budget proposal in March 2012. Continue reading
Keeping track of the news can be a full time job and when you are interested in what goes on around the world, the task can be even more difficult. For those interested in worldwide current events it is a good idea to choose a few reliable news outlets and blogs that you can follow to stay up to date on everything that you find most interesting. It is a great idea to be knowledgeable about international news and politics but it can be a daunting task because there are so many countries with many interesting stories occurring at any given time that to try to look for news about each individually would be too overwhelming.
If your interest in staying abreast of international news stems from an interest in one particular area such as politics or the economy, then that is another way to keep track of things, by following international news items related to a particular industry or sector. Although you may miss some things by taking this method, so much is connected right now that you will be able to remain current on most things. For instance, although politics and the economy are different issues, they frequently interact especially in the current international economic climate where there is a domino effect in place where what occurs in one country can affect another greatly and how that can have an effect on leaders and their future terms in office.
There are a lot of great resources out there for those interested in tracking more than just news from their home country. It is an increasingly global world and it only makes sense to be aware of what is going on at least to some extent in other countries as much as possible. The boundaries of what is national news and international news intersects more each day.