We Want Your Vote So We Can Cut Your Safety Net

“I’m Mitt Romney. I create jobs.” The 100,000 jobs he claims to have created is a number that changes quicker than a stock car’s gears in a NASCAR race. Where’s the video? Where’s the one person who comes forward to say, “I’m employed because Milt Romney created my job”?

There are lots of videos that say, “Mitt Romney eliminated my job, closed my factory, cashed out my benefits, sold our equipment, shipped its pieces, including the jobs, overseas—whether it was outsourcing or offshoring, where it’s beside his money.”

His claim is laughably insufficient beside the number of jobs President Obama created in the last  29 months.

“I never apologize.” Mitt, you should. The list of those offended gets longer daily.

“I believe in America. I have 23 offshore accounts.” “I love America. I can run for president and keep my money overseas; what a country!” What country does this? Elects a man as its national leader whose money is out of the country he seeks to lead? Which media outlet brings this up? Who makes it a roundtable talking point?

“I know where the free stuff is.” The Franciscan friars responded by saying, “It is degrading to talk about the ‘dependency’ of people hurting in this economy, as Gov. Romney did recently.”

“I graduated from Harvard in law and business, but I know how to whine and blame.”

“If you don’t agree with me, shut up.” His seminal idea on taxes, income inequity/.01 wealth, Romneycare and any flubs.

“I don’t have a new idea.” Implicit and explicit. This is a campaign running on TBA (to be announced).

So far, by all accounts, Ryan brings an affinity for Ayn Rand, an admonishment from the Catholic bishops, cooked numbers (discretionary spending at the level of Hoover), medicare cuts which offset tax cuts, vouchers, expanded spending, and no consensus with his running mate.

Pop culture infatuations (the musical, The Music Man, the writers Ishmael Reed and Mark Twain, Western traveling stage shows, Emmett Kelly’s sad clown, Lady Gaga), have always revered America’s tradition of high masquerade. It stands beside the American ideal of the self-made man of heroic responsibility. Ryan’s selection raises the question: Are his policies that of the sober hero, a real life Jimmy Stewart/George Bailey, or are his policies solely within the Uncle Remus tradition of tricksters and Western snake oil sales?

He counts because he puts the first human face on Romney’s policies. For the first time, we see Romney’s image of a “restored America,” until now mainly slogans and blame and TBA.

In the business of politics, Ryan is a media and money pick. It’s not about serious debate. The sound bite format renders that incapable; so does the roundtable, where his supporters drone on in buzz words and talking points: a budget “overburdened,” the impeding (30 years away!) “bankruptcy” of the health system, the “half a loaf is better than none” “preserve the system,” approach, and empty “we’ll-see” promises of more supply-side failures.

The media is desperate for a phantom debate; but it avoids the facts (key: program cuts paying for tax cuts). It acts like it can’t find the truth. News shows, like reality shows, are about the masquerade. So with Ryan’s pick, is GOP politics.

To call any part of his draconian, dangerous 73-page plan “responsible” is to ignore the President’s own health cost reductions (included in the ACA), his redirection of force capacity with appropriate defense budget reductions, his offer to the GOP of a grand bargain on the safety net, and his protection of social security, a program that benefited a young Paul Ryan.