Aug
11

“Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake.”

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  1. trifecta says:

    I have already changed my mind on this since morning. I think it’s a good thing. It becomes an issues based campaign. Mitt Romney was trying to run on the “I’m not Obama” platform and it wasn’t working. So now he has doubled down with Paul Ryan and basically said pick Obama’s vision, or Paul Ryan’s vision.

    This will be a nationalized election, including many swing congressional districts. We have less than 90 days for each side to make their argument about what is their vision of the future. The winner will actually have a real mandate to do things. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time.

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  2. Robert Danos says:

    I agree with that 100%and hope you are right! It will hard to drive the race out of its current ditch but this give me hope that it will do as you said.

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  3. Doug Gibson says:

    I’m sorry, but you can’t get a competition between “visions” when one side keeps putting up economic plans entirely devoid of real numbers. For example, the reason Romney can pooh-pooh the Brookings institution analysis of his tax plan is because he has so far refused to mention the “loopholes” he plans to close. (Brookings said, okay, then we’ll just assume you intend to keep your plan revenue neutral, and if that’s the case, you’ll probably have to cut back on tax subsidies that the middle class relies on.)

    Ryan’s plans are the same. His numbers don’t add up. But he gets to go on the talk shows and appear to be the only one in the room serious about reducing the deficit.

    Here’s the “vision” Romney and Ryan will own up to: an America in which all of our problems are solved by rich folks getting richer. But they’re relying on a disproven theory – that cutting taxes on the wealthy from their current rates will spur economic expansion, creating jobs and (incidentally) government revenue. And that means that in reality, their “vision” is an America in which all of the problems of rich people are solved by getting richer – and in which government really doesn’t care about the problems of anyone else.

    I don’t see Paul Ryan, of all people, making the choices in this election any clearer.

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  4. Keith Thomson says:

    Rmoney’s mistake is that even my 82 year old Republican mother is unwilling to support privatization of Medicare and Social Security. That is a leading indicator to me that allows a prediction for the most unpopular Congress in the history of polling we suddenly can expect to see more competitive races than normal. This is how big waves are created and ridden. Surfing is a metaphor for life, not just a lazy day at the beach.

    In the North Dakota Senate primary, Republicans are running ads against each other based on who supported the Ryan budget in the house. Hint: the vote of her opponent in favor is being spun as a bad thing by the leading candidate for the nomination.

    Hail Mary passes only work if there is a receiver in place to catch them. Ask Sarah Pain.

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  5. Bridget says:

    Does this guy remind you of anyone?

    Buddies

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  6. TJ says:

    “Does this guy remind you of anyone?”

    OMG! I just had a flashback to a book from long ago:

    “The Screwtape Letters,” by C.S.Lewis, in which the senior devil schools the junior how to best tempt the man in the story.

    I wonder who is schooling who, here?

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  7. trifecta says:

    In Paul Ryan’s 2010 proposal, he eliminated the capital gains tax. Of course they also want to eliminate inheritance taxes as well. So think about it.

    Say Paris Hilton gets 1,000,000 in inherited stock. (tax free). The stock goes up that year by 6%. She needs to buy some really hot shoes, and a pink Rolls Royce. She sells the stock. Pays nothing on the 60,000 in capital gains.

    You on the other hand work all year on salary. You earn $60,000 dollars, working 70 hours a week, killing family time, skipping vacations, going into work sick, just to put food on the table. You pay taxes. She doesn’t.

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  8. Tom Sullivan says:

    The gold medal for Most Conservative VP pick since 1900 goes to … Paul Ryan. (31 points more conservative than Dick Cheney.)

    Hide yer grandparents!

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  9. Doug Gibson says:

    Romney-Ryan 2012: The Real Death Panel.

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  10. Roger E. Hartley says:

    I think Ryan was a huge mistake. And as the days go on i think I’m right more and more. The election for the GOP needed to be about the economy..now it’s about Ryan’s plan. Romney will be asked about it over and over…do you support it? If he does, he’s in serious trouble in swing states. If he backs off..he backs off the only reason this guy is on the ticket.

    Dems have been spending months hammering people fog supporting the Ryan plan and effectively.

    This takes the Romney campaign off message…and on to a dumb one.

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