Ryan as VP pick doesn’t change the conversation, it broadens it.


Can Paul Ryan change the conversation American’s are engaging in about Mitt Romney‘s lack-luster (except for Romneycare) record as governor (especially his dismal job performance for the state), his elusive tax returns and how he built Bain Capital into a multi-billion dollar business as a corporate buy-out specialist and outsourcing pioneer? Nope.

Moreover, I believe Romney is making a huge mistake of counting on gaining our vote through false and misleading ads and wild accusations, ignoring our ability to refute this stuff in a nanosecond with today’s technology; and often with Romney’s own words and deeds.

For example: Romney’s recent portrayal of Pres. Obama’s “decision to grant waivers to states seeking innovative solutions for meeting the work requirements in welfare reform as gutting the program [....],” is so easily proven wrong. Romney proposed to do the same thing — and more — in Massachusetts when he was governor. Even Romney’s VP choice, Paul Ryan, undercuts his attack on the President’s welfare-to-work, state waivers by what Ryan did in Wisconsin in 2002. The same holds true for Obamacare. Romney proposed, fought for and signed into law a health care bill in Massachusetts that mandates everyone have coverage and imposes a tax penalty on those who don’t do so. Healthcare in that state seems to be working well.

Ironically, the same holds true of Romney’s previous support for Ryan’s budget proposal. Talking Points Memo lists five different public speaking engagements wherein Romney clearly stated his support of Ryan’s budget proposal. Romney used language such as, “very supportive … the right tone … marvelous … the right step,” and indicated they were on “the same page.” Clearly, that was a signal to the Tea Party and ultra-conservatives that he supports their ideology. In true Romney fashion, however, he really didn’t mean it. No sooner did Romney announce Ryan as his VP, he began back-peddling on that support.

ABC News obtained talking points from the Romney campaign that said:

“Gov. Romney applauds Paul Ryan for going in the right direction with his budget,” according to the talking points, “and as president he will be putting together his own plan for cutting the deficit and putting the budget on a path to balance.” [....]

Of note, neither he nor his campaign have outlined what Romney’s budget plan will do besides embrace the drastic cuts that Ryan and others in his Party advocate, such as replacing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security with vouchers and privatization and shutting down a bunch of federal agencies. Such cuts would send our economy into a downward spiral of catastrophic job loss much worse than what we saw in 2007/8. The only winners in that scenario are the private companies who would run the programs, which is quite similar to what Romney did at Bain Capital.

What Romney has done by putting Ryan on the ticket is give us a reason to not ask but demand to see his tax records, and call into question even more his performance and policies as governor, and more — not less — questions about Bain Capital.

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