Monday, August 13, 2012

Paul Ryan - Do what I say not what I do

So the 2012 Olympics are done and there is little to divert our attention from what is bound to be a very dirty political season.  If only we could stay as civilized as those many Olympic athletes who held their heads high and were proud to represent their countries.  Not so in American politics.

Mr. Romney has now chosen his running mate.  Conservatives (exactly what are they trying to conserve?) are in ecstasy.  Mr. Ryan was a bold choice, or so they say.

Here is why Ryan has garnered favor among the right.  He is tough, he knows economics.  He will repair the economy.  He will walk on water.

But, here are a few things you might like to know about the Mr. Budget Guru, beside the fear mongering that the Democrats will attack you with:

1. Ryan voted for the Bush Tax cuts
2. He voted for the Bush military campaigns with no future funding plan
3. He voted for unfunded security initiatives
4. He voted for the Medicare prescription benefits
5. He voted for the bank bailouts
6. He voted for the auto industry bailouts
7. He supports oil industry subsidies (his wife's father owns land leased to Exxon)

I could go on, but I'm sure the point is well taken.  Words rather than actions.  Twelve years in Congress and little to nothing to show for it.

I'm sure Ryan is a smart guy.  And a very ambitious guy.  If they lose in 2012 he'll surely be back in '16.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Politics 2012 - What is the meaning of "Conserve?"

One of Romney's ads contains the line, "I know what it's like to try to make ends meet."  Wow, it must be tough when you have hundreds of millions of $ in investment income.  Plus the hundreds of millions you inherited.  Plus all those Cayman Island accounts.  Plus Bain.  Poor guy.

Alexander Hamilton favored a lifetime executive, believing 1) he would not be swayed by corruption having to do with re-election 2) he would not be swayed in to unnecessary wars.  Rather like a monarch.

Does anyone today believe that Washington has Mr. & Mrs. Average American in their hearts and minds?

Solution: 1) Six year executive branch with recall.  2) Senators limited to two six year terms.  3) Representatives limited to four year terms.

Limit the Supreme Court to it's duties, i.e. judging laws not making laws.

Limit the use of Executive Orders so popularized by Theodore Roosevelt and our of fashion until Bush II.

Protect the Constitution.

Conservatives.  Can you explain exactly what it is you are trying to "conserve?"

Tea Party?  Explain your plan for America?