Politico is reporting that Paul Ryan is retiring. They claim he will leave after the 2018 midterm elections. Ryan has been in Congress since 1999. I have to wonder if he does indeed leave if it is to prep for a run at the presidency in 2020. Ryan is and always has been an economics wonk. That’s his thing. He has been adamant about fixing our tax system and our ballooning entitlement state.

Trump’s tax deal going through is a great moment for Ryan. But it’s not Calvin Coolidge by any means. Ryan is now eyeing entitlement reform next year, but with the Senate barely in control of the Republicans, I doubt he’ll get anywhere on it. The Speaker has since gone public with this aspiration, suggesting that 2018 should be the year Washington finally tackles what he sees as the systemic problems with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Politico claims that Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as Speaker. But according to the Washington Examiner, Ryan said he isn’t going anywhere. We all know that is a political two-step and doesn’t mean he won’t be stepping down. But who knows? Again, per Politico, in recent interviews with three dozen people who know the Speaker… fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists… not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018. I think it has become too contentious for Ryan and his aspirations are down other political avenues.

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Ryan had to be convinced to become Speaker of the House in the first place. It was not a position he sought. He allegedly told John Boehner it would be his last job in politics. We’ll see about that. Ryan is still relatively young at 48.

Ostensibly, he would like to serve through Election Day 2018 for a number of reasons and retire ahead of the next incoming Congress. This gives him a year to wrap things up and would allow him to exit stage right before the next major power struggle ensues. He would also like to spend time with his family and kids and I can understand that. But sitting at home will never be enough for Paul Ryan. Of that, I am certain.

Ryan may not get to leave the House on his own terms or on his own schedule. With the loss of Alabama to Democrats, the Senate is in peril now and tax legislation may be the last thing that Trump can realistically expect to get through Congress during his tenure. Ryan will have to deal with even more infighting and the looming threat of losing the Senate to the Democrats once again. I don’t envy his job. It’s brutal and a stress inducer.

I think Ryan is attacking all of this one day at a time. Ryan was never my choice for Speaker of the House and I will not be sad to see him go. Perhaps Gohmert or Jordan will replace him. A titanic battle is shaping up in the House and we need strong, resolute, conservative leadership. I think Paul Ryan has grown weary of this fight and if that is the case, he needs to step down and let another general fill his shoes. Whatever he does, I wish Paul Ryan all the best.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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