Everything is set on the Republican side. Two white males ready to revive Reaganomics for the good of all Americans. Promising to bring our budget under control by lowering taxes on everyone and let the additional wealth trickle down to those less fortunate. Big business will be taken care of as well as rich Americans and this will appeal to those in the Tea Party. We know that under Reagan the deficient grew, as did the overall size of the government and taxes went up as well. Reagan, and current Republicans that revere him, said and promised many thing during their runs for office, only to change once they won their elections – that is the way of politics. Knowing that Reagan did not hold up his end of the grand bargain does not stop Republicans from gushing about Ronnie – he is their idol and many are still trying to ride his coattails.
Mitt Romney is not worried about the poor because they have safety nets and like Regan he cannot be bothered with those on welfare or the poor – they tend not to vote Republican. However if Romney wins and can implement Ryan’s “Vision for America” then the poor will get poorer and lose programs that currently assist them-their safety nets. Cuts have to come from somewhere to slash spending. Ryan’s plan spares the military just in case Romney decides we need another war. Cuts in Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security would be the goal for Romney/Ryan. Vouchers are the Republicans answer to most things: education, social security and Medicare.
Vouchers, vouchers and more vouchers are what Ryan wants for America. Let the people figure out insurance, medical, retirement all on their own with no help from the government. Vouchers, they say, would clean up the entitlement programs. We now know that Romney will not be bothered by the 47% of Americans who won’t discipline themselves and need to be taken care of by big government: they are Democrats and cannot be trusted to vote for Romney. If 47% of the population, according to Romney, won’t discipline themselves and take charge of their lives; then how will vouchers work out for them? Who will help them shop for investments, annuities, doctors, hospitals, etc; if they cannot fend for themselves now? Is it that Romney and Ryan don’t want to invest time and money into this 47%?
It has been said that Romney and Ryan are decent men and I believe that they are and have a right to their beliefs. However, it would be nice if they were open and honest about what they really believe-I can deal with that. Time and time again we get insights into how Romney and Ryan really feel and what they really believe but it is always in environments where they think that they are safe to really reveal themselves and their motives – we tend not to hear their real selves on the campaign trail. Rather, we hear what they think their audiences and America wants to hear. The same can be said of many politicians; Republican and Democrat. Such is the state of American politics: hidden agendas discussed behind closed doors. Statements that politicians make about their real intentions get leaked to the media and then the American voter is allowed to see a different, albeit real, side of the politician. The politician then reworks his/her statement to explain to the voters that their statements were taken out of context, the media wrongly quoted them, or that someone was just out to get them.
Politics in America are a business, sometimes seedy and sometimes good. Politicians have to repay their donors, especially big business and financials. The 47% of the American population that Romney refers to are not treated like big donors, that is the way of D.C.
Timothy A. Bess
September 19, 2012