Posts Tagged ‘Ryan’

Biden: “Some of the 47% pay higher effective rates than Gov. Romney” … say, what?

October 13, 2012

I’ve been re-watching the Biden-Ryan debate and reading the transcript … this time, it’s for comedy value.

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Beyond the whoppers, I can’t believe how many fundamentally dumb things Biden said.  Many got obscured by his bluster.

Here’s one of my favorites … suitable for the Yogi Berra quote book:

These people [the 47%]  are my mom and dad, the people I grew up with, my neighbors.

They pay more effective tax than Governor Romney pays in his federal income tax.

I’ve had it up to here with this notion that 47 percent …

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An obvious non sequitur.

By definition, the folks in the 47% don’t pay any Federal income taxes, so their effective rates are zero

And, zero is less than 14% … or any other positive tax rate.

Geez.

And that dufass is in line to be President.

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A good day for Team R&R …

August 16, 2012

On Monday, I laid out the Brer Rabbit strategy that I thought Team Romney was implementing.

Note: Pundits are now calling it “Political Jujitsu”

The essence: name Ryan and lure Team Obama into the Medicare trap … get them to repeat their claim that Ryan wants to throw granny off a cliff … and then bang …  counter attack and put ObamaCare on the table.

Team Romney probably didn’t expect help from others , it got some.

First, a video of Erskine Bowles – you know, of Simpson-Bowles fame – went viral.

The video shows Bowles (a Democrat) praising Ryan and his budget.

“Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? We should get him to come to the university. I’m telling you this guy is amazing. … He is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere. And the budget that he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit just like we did, by $4 trillion. … The president as you remember, came out with a budget and I don’t think anybody took that budget very seriously. The Senate voted against it 97 to nothing.”

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On cue, the Dem talkers started ripping on Ryan.

As soon as they did, Team Romney launched the counter-attack …  reminding folks that Medicare funds were being raided to pay for ObamaCare … taking Medicare funds away from seniors and sprinkling them to others.

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On cue, the Dem talkers denied that Obama would ever consider raiding Medicare.

Oops.

Tape on file shows Pres. Obama telling Jake Tapper of ABC that he would, he did, and he’d make it stick.”

TAPPER: One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it — one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Right.”

TAPPER: Are you willing to pledge that whatever cuts in Medicare are being made to fund health insurance, one third of it, that you will veto anything that tries to undo that?
OBAMA: Yes.

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That’s called “hoisting yourself by your own petards.”

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An adult choice … just might work.

August 13, 2012

First, the disclaimers: (1) I’m rooting for Romney and (2) I was hoping for Marco Rubio.

Why Marco.

Simple.

As H.L. Menchken is oft-quoted:

“No one ever went broke or lost office underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

I think the majority of people who vote are poorly informed – accepting politicians’ focus group tested  talking points — and cast their votes based on habit, group association or superficial candidate characteristics.

So, I figured that Rubio – a cool, good looking, young, articulate Latin guy – could deliver Florida, sway some Hispanics and make some single women swoon.

In other words, strictly a vote-getting maneuver.

Morning after, I like the Ryan pick.

Why?

He’s squeaky clean.  The Team Obama muckrakers will go crazy trying to find dirt on the guy.

He’s very smart … knows the details, not just the storylines … won’t get Palinized

He’s very articulate … he’ll shred Biden in the VP debate … in fact, I’d love to see him go up against Obama with a neutral moderator (think back to Ryan’s performance in the infamous healthcare summit).

He’s all-Midwest … an area the GOP has to win … puts Wisconsin in play.

He’s Catholic … maybe the bishops will stand behind him on freedom of religion

Fiscal conservatives love him … remember 2010?

What’s the downside?

Yeah, Medicare.

Dust off the “throw Granny over the cliff ad”.

Here’s my take: Medicare is the GOP’s equivalent of Brer Rabbit’s briar patch.

I think they want it on the table.

But, you say, they’ll lose seniors.

Not so fast.

I think that bomb will be easy to diffuse … and as a bonus, it puts ObamaCare back in play:

If you are on Medicare, your benefits will not be cut. Period

In fact, Romney & I will do our best to repeal ObamaCare and restore the $500 billion of Medicare cuts that are in the law.

Think about it.

What good is Medicare if doctors stop accepting Medicare patients?

What good is Medicare if some Washington bureaucrat decides that you’re too old to get your bad hip replaced?

Romney & I won’t let that happen. Period.

I think that this is going to get interesting …

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