Lies are like tapeworms. In the instance of the Romney campaign’s late-breaking accusation that Obama’s camp is waging a campaign of lies and hatred today, the tapeworms are emerging from dark smelly places.
To me, it’s that disgusting. After accusing Obama of accusing Romney of killing people’s wives via Bain lay-offs, Romney is accusing Obama of robbing Medicare to pay for Obamacare.
Suddenly Romney and Ryan are all about Medicare and “protecting it” for today’s seniors and “our children.”
What fresh bullshit is this. Time to get out the Roto-Rooter. The Affordable Care Act cuts billions from Medicare by cutting the real entitlements: the huge payments to insurers, providers, and the pharmaceutical companies.
The Romney-Ryan plan, however Ryan’s plan and Romney’s merge– plans to cut billions from Medicare by forcing the purchase of health care vouchers on seniors and raising the eligibility age.
No sooner do the Democrats point to Ryan’s obsession with the elitist philosphies of Ayn Rand, than suddenly on Fox news Ryan is saying that he outgrew her vision of social engineering to the tenth power.
Now instead of one flim-flam man we have two snake-oil salesmen, one emboldened by the other, painting Barack Obama as someone who “hates” and engages in a politics of “hatred.”
We have yet to hear one word about what Romney intends to do for the American people. We haven’t seen a specific alternative to The Affordable Act, anything policy-related. As Paul Ryan considers himself a policy wonk, perhaps they’ll get up to speed.
We’ve seen time and again in this country that the Republicans will stoop to violating the collective and individual conscience to the hilt to get back into power.
On to Joe Biden’s remark yesterday in Virginia. It was indeed a big bad whoops to say in front of a 50% black audience that the Romney plan would “have y’all back in chains,” the operative word here being “back” in chains. Biden didn’t walk this back successfully at all and people are right to call him on it.
But as Jonathan Capeheart points out,– in this great op-ed in the WaPo today, reprinted here in full:
Romney campaign tripped by Biden’s ‘chains’
So much for the selection of Paul Ryan as the veep nominee as the end of the petty bickering and the start of the campaign of “big ideas.” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul claims that “President Obama’s campaign keeps sinking lower.” What was the offense? Vice President Biden said the word “chains.”
In tone and bite, Biden is to the Obama campaign what John Sununu is to the Romney campaign. Only the vice president is polished and likeable. Biden was speaking at a Virginia rally that the Associated Press reports “included hundreds of black people,” and he warned the assembled that Romney wanted to do away with the post-2008 regulations on Wall Street. “Unchain Wall Street,” Biden said. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” Yeah, that was wince-worthy. It shall join all the others on the Biden blooper reel. But the high dudgeon of the Romney campaign is rather precious.
This is the campaign that seemed perfectly fine with Sununu saying he wished the president “would learn to be an American.”
This is the campaign that continues to be a-okay with supporter Donald Trump’s racist birtherism.
This is the campaign that has been mute in the face of Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) hyperbolic assertion that Obama would “rather you be his slave.”
This is the campaign that is allowing Newt Gingrich to host “Newt University” at the Tampa convention this month. The former House speaker is fond of calling Obama a “food stamp president.”A wicked phrase that has more racial baggage than a klansman’s El Camino.
This is the campaign of the candidate who uttered the equally racially fraught “if they want more stuff from government … more free stuff” when talking to supporters in Montana about what he told the NAACP about his desire to repeal Obamacare.
This is the campaign that is running a completely dishonest ad about the Obama administration’s welfare policy. “Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and you wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check,” the narrator says before the obligatory “I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message” sign-off.
And, by the way, this is the campaign of the candidate who could only muster, “[I]t’s not the language I would have used” after Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut,” a “prostitute” and much worse on his radio show. Her offense? Testifying before Congress in favor of employer coverage of birth control in health-care plans.
So, rather than rail against what they claim is Obama’s “desperate campaign based on division and demonization,” the Romney campaign and Romney himself ought to spend more time cleaning up the garbage littering their glass house.
Thanks to Jonathan Capehart and The Washington Post for this highly cogent, germane and useful post.
Bravo, Capehart. I think you should run for something.
Those of us who tune out the campaign need to remember the way this country is supposed to work– equal participation, e pluribus unum and all of that.