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Saturday, August 11. 2012
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his Vice-Presidential running mate sets up a stark choice for the voters come November.
Many of us would have liked to have a running mate who would bring fire-and-brimstone along with humor to puncture the Obamaists' pretensions and lies. On the other hand, especially with the legacy media so in the tank for Obama and with Obama's V-P Biden already so widely seen as a clown, that would have played on Obama's field of seeming buffoonery. Romney, instead, has chosen to appeal to the thinking electorate who realize that we're in deep trouble and to offer them solutions that are drenched in facts. Romney knows that Obama will appeal to his base of know-nothings and gimmee-mores. Romney's choice appeals to the rest of us. That isn't to say that Paul Ryan will be boring. Just remember how Ryan confronted Obama to his face and dismantled him on Obamacare. And, have no doubt that the outside PACs and commentators who have exposed the recent and ongoing Obama smears will continue to raise them to ridicule that even the legacy media can't ignore.
The stark choice will become more and more evident, between continuing the policies that haven't worked and sink us deeper and insult decency and common-sense versus policies that with dignity further our initiative and freedom to excel.
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There you go again, assuming the voters are going to be responding to things like wisdom, intelligence, understanding, or character.
We already have those votes.
Strategically a poor choice; will appeal to the very conservative wing, but will alienate those more centrist. (like myself).
Not wise in terms of winning.
"Romney knows that Obama will appeal to his base of know-nothings and gimmee-mores. "
Actually, according to Drudge, yesterday Michelle called them "knuckleheads."
The difference is this stark: The Dems want Americans to be on their knees, the Republicans want us to stand on our feet. The Republicans see Americans as self-reliant, the Dems see us as beggars with votes. The Republicans extend a helping hand that comes with good will, the Dems a handout that comes with strings.
@ns: C'mon, you weren't going to vote Republican anyway so stop trying to con us. Ryan is a Cheesehead. You don't get any more centrist than that, do you? As Bruce says, the R-R strategy is to keep pounding away on the economy. To quote Nancy Pelosi, this election is about four things: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs! If Obama wants to campaign from the sewer with vicious personal attacks, let him. R & R should stay on message talking respectfully about restoring America. It is a conversation with the electorate that deserves to be held. I'm hoping the majority of voters want it, expect it, and will appreciate it from the candidates who engage in it.
How a ticket comprised of two intelligent, responsible, adults could alienate anyone other than a committed lefty is beyond me. This election must be a choice between the grown-ups and the spoiled brats.
Folks, Ryan's "plan" calls for a balanced budget...in 23 years!
How will this make a difference? How can it withstand the next administrations "plan", no matters who may be at the helm?
This isn't a serious plan to solve anything, it's a plan to get elected with votes from people who don't think things through and will vote for the "lesser of two evils". Or simple-minded folks who reflexively vote for the guy with the right affiliation.
Romney won't do a thing worthwhile. He's a s much a power hungry pol as any of em. I'm from Massachusetts and have followed him for decades. He destroyed h/c in MA and shows no sign of acknowledging it.
The next bailout? He'll be all for it. Think he'll repeal NDAA 12?
Get it in mind that the 2d Amandment is th only thing that will rectify this mess we've become.
I understand that's quite militant for the readers of these
pages, but disagreement is nothing short of delusional.
I am so tired of hearing this speech from people who love to see themselves as part of the Proud Few Who Understand Things. You may be a wonderful guy, and I don't mind whether you love the candidates or hate 'em. But your reasoning flows directly from your feelings, and you've got to ditch that.
Romney didn't "destroy" health care in Mass. People who disagree with you aren't "delusional." Look up the actual meanings of words, willya? Just because they're fun to say doesn't make them accurate. And cutesy little "2nd Amendment" references, hinting that there will be blood in the streets - but that won't be your fault, huh?
And Obama's plan calls for a European social welfare state as fast as he can get us there.
At least Romney and Ryan have an affection for the country and the traditions that they grew up in.
I don't know when or what crawled up this guy's ass and died, but it's obvious to me that we presently have a man in the White House with the biggest chip on his shoulder that I can ever remember. And I look forward to helping him find all the free time on the beach in Kailua he needs next January, to pen the third volume of his memoir.
"And I look forward to helping him find all the free time on the beach in Kailua he needs next January, to pen the third volume of his memoir."
He'll need a spare bedroom for Bill Ayres, then.
Yes, AVI, delusional fits perfectly, as you can see. Particularly bullets 3 &4.
Please, seriously, answer this...How can his plan, which calls for a balanced budget in 23 yrs withstand the next administration or hostile congress? How on earth can we expect it to be followed by anybody in govt, the way it operates these days, even if one were sympathetic to the stated goals?
I take no particular pride in being part of a "Proud Few", as you so condescendingly put it, but I, personally, am growing more disgusted with those who think everything will be fine, so long as "our guy" is elected. Things are not fine.
I'm from MA, as I stated, and Romney destroyed h/c here just as surely as I can assume you blame Obama for destroying it in the rest of the country. Is that a correct assumption? 'Cuz Romney and Ryan are pinning it on him, and the fact is Romney signed it into law, same as obama. Ownership. If your argument is that it isn't in fact ruined, some fairly quick research will produce a very wide range of evidence supporting the case. Most recently, cost controls are being implemented by a to-be-chosen panel, with as yet to-be- enumerated powers. Govts don't do that when things are working well, do they? Implement more control over a sector of the economy like that? Whether Romney intended for it to fail in such a fashion as does Obama is irrelevant.
And reasoning doesn't flow from feelings, just the opposite in fact. It s called outrage. After reviewing facts upon facts and delving quite deeply into things like economics, history, and a whole host of other subjects, yeah, I get outraged when the local village idiot says "Alls well! Remain calm!".
And is your implication that [i]I[\i] could somehow singlehandedly initiate a civil war? (BTW it wasn't a reference, it was a declarative statement. Also, using the word "cutesy" indicates a less than serious thinker. You've got to ditch that.) are you serious? I could be responsible for something like that, from my lowly position, so to speak, but Romney has no culpability in the h/c debacle in MA? Seems to me like your more prone to emotional lines of reasoning. As evidenced in your opening sentence.
And I won't even respond to your implication about village idiot any further than this. Just so you know you didn't slip one past me.
To Scullman, I agree obama has his foot on the gas and cant get us there fast enough for his liking, but simply being wrapped in a flag is no reason to vote for anybody. We've done it too long, all of us to one degree or another, and look where we are! I'll ask the same question of you, how can his plan work? Over 23 yrs? With all that's coming, my thoughts on a civil War notwithstanding. The financial situation alone simply won't permit it to happen.
And do you really not know where Obama is coming from? What makes him tick? It's not as simple as a chip on his shoulder. It's his mission in life. He was quite literally raised to hate us and all we stand for, you get that Im sure, but history tells me that this election won't be either legit or easy. People like this don't go quietly. And his supporters are legion with a zeal that most of us are lacking these days, and it will boil down to who wants it more. I'm not a religious man, but of the few things that I do find myself reflexively praying for, top of the list is to be wrong about this. I don't want my kids going through any of this but it's quite out if my my control.
Dan, I'm not trying to sound like Bill Clinton, but "I hear you."
Dan, it took a long time, accelerated under Obama, to get into this mess. It'll take a long, and difficult, and treacherous, time to get out of it. 23 years isn't that long, compared to never if we continue down, and I mean down, the path we're on. The road of a thousand steps does begin with the first. Have some faith and battle on, because that's what works. There is no miracle recovery, there's a long, several decade road ahead to get out of this hole. I, too, have young boys. I try my best to steel them for the battles ahead. That's our job.
Bruce,thanks for the courteous response.
Your point about this plan, indeed all our troubles being solved over time is true. It won't likely happen overnight. But my contention is twofold. I don't believe we have the kind of time required, based on a multitude of problems we face, but more to the point of Ryan's plan, how can it work, over 23 years, given that each successive admin will have their own visiosn even if they are sympathetic to goals we share. And given that a D admin will completely discard the plan, what good will this do? Obamas amnesty decree may or may not stand, but Romney won't touch it and will likely endorsed it to try to swipe that demographic.
I don't want to be antagonistic, but how do you envision this plan working?
Dan, your assumption that it will be reversed in a Democrat administration may well be so. However, the plan works if it isn't because it is so entrenched and successful, and it works if we keep working and fighting to avoid such an administration. Aside from that, it is the best alternative on the table. Otherwise, we get nothing or next to nothing, or something so radical that it fails to be passed or that it fails quickly.
Thanks for the response.
I'm not normally a cynic or overly pessimistic, but on this issue, I'd have to say we're just about done for. The deck is stacked against us.
Dan, seriously, all we can do is to try the best plan to get out of this, at our earliest possible opportunity. No one knows what the next year will bring, never mind what the landscape will look like in 2034.
Enough already, with the handwringing fearful anxiety that we are all "done for" and "the deck is stacked against us"
In my neighborhood they use the upper deck of the George Washington Bridge or the Tappan Zee, up river. I've heard the slightly tilted back barrel of a 38. caliber under the chin guarantees a similar result. The rest of us are gonna' wrap ourselves in flags and go out kickin' and screaming.
Don't talk down to me. If you want to do the insane thing and try for a different result, then piss on you, fool! People like you don't go down kicking and screaming, you get led to slaughter or servitude.
If you don't like discourses with insulting and condescending tones, don't start them. Others were courteous to you here but once they disagreed with you, you turned on them. I didn't bother, because I saw you coming miles away. The problem is yours, and it's not in reading comprehension but in personality. You either hear that or you don't.
As for "delusional," I've made my living in acute psychiatric care for over thirty years. People can believe you or me in the understanding of the word in context, I suppose, at their choice. I'm not too worried about that.
I gotta agree with Dan. The healthcare in Ma is a disaster and being propped up by the federal government until after the election. Romney and Ryan are really nice guys but they will be pragmatic and go along to get along and they won't really correct Obama's many disasterous mistakes and they won't really reverse the direction the country is going in and they won't really cut spending, cut borrowing or cut taxes. What we need is a statesman not a politician, a Thomas Jefferson not a nice guy. We are so screwed. The country is collapsing our debt guarantees we will collapse. Our welfare costs and bloated federal government is destroying us. Most of our federal departments are staffed by activists with an agenda that is contrary to the constitution. But there is good news; if Romney wins we will collapse with a president who is a really nice guy and I'm looking forward to his fireside chats in a sweater. Does the oval office have a fireplace?
Dont start them!?!
Your very screen name says it all.
Give yourself a promotion.