There is all this talk going on “Out There” about Presumptive Republican Nominee Mitt Romney choosing Paul Ryan as his pick for candidate for the Vice Presidency in 2012.
Some of the “Buzz” that has struck me has been that which seems to be centering around the often-discussed “Ryan Budget Plan”— a proposal that has many Republicans enthused and energized and one that has many others apparently biting their fingernails in fearful anticipation.
Mr. Romney has reportedly endorsed the Ryan Plan which is said to contain some pretty draconian cuts to Federal Social Safety Net Programs – - – like Social Security and Medicare for example – - – and then has also reportedly gone to some lengths to attempt a distancing of himself from it.
One apparent advantage surrounding Mr. Romney’s choice of a running mate seems to be that it has caused the election to change from strictly what has been called “A referendum on President Obama and His administration” to something more on the order of “A clear choice.”
I have my own personal opinion, of course.
I believe the statement about the change in the nature of the overall election is correct. I believe Mr. Ryan’s new status has created a “Clear Choice” and here is what I think that “Clear Choice” has become:
I think the “Clear Choice” facing the American Voters in this election now is a choice between an agenda that will almost certainly greatly benefit the top 1% of the nation’s wealthiest citizens and one that has the potential to cost everybody else dearly – - - or a choice that will benefit the Middle Class, Senior Citizens and Students and the balance of the 99% of America while still allowing the upper class to continue pursuing their fortunes more or less like they always have. (And I don’t think too many of them are hurting all that much.)
Let me try to make that a little clearer.
I believe a win by a Romney-Ryan Ticket in 2012 would mean an open door of vastly increased financial opportunity for that 1% at the very top of the food chain and I think it would open the door for Seniors, Students, The Middle Class, the lower wage earners, The Poor and everybody else to lose benefits on a heroic scale and that the already deep divide between the rich and poor in this nation would widen even more considerably.And make no mistake about it, folks – - – Many of those who stand to be disadvantaged by a development like this one would be Republicans who just do not happen to be wealthy Republicans.
I have noted over the decades that there seem to be a lot of what I call less affluent “Die Hard” Republicans and other less affluent Right Leaning Voters who have what I consider to be some kind of fantasy about National Republican Leadership “Having their backs” as they continue to support them in elections.
But I contend that it doesn’t matter much whether a person is a Republican, an Independent, A Tea Partier or a Democrat – - – if they are not part of that wealthy upper crust 1% elite, then any Right Wing politicians whom they support with such unrestricted fervor will most likely ultimately disappoint them too.
For example, if there is a Republican out there somewhere who has been using Medicare, (Something that should probably never happen if the Republican under discussion were true to ideology) – - – that Republican will be included in the number of all the other users of Medicare who will end up paying about $6 thousand dollars more for their coverages under a plan like the “Ryan Plan” just the same as a Democrat will.
That is just one example of what I believe can happen even to a staunch non-rich Republican “True Believer” if they vote against their own interests in 2012.
Right now there seems to be a lot of talk about how a Romney win of the office of President (With Mr. Ryan as Vice President) would focus on the leadership and policies of Mr. Romney and not so much on the policies of Mr. Ryan.
My opinion of the matter is that one way or another, slowly but surely perhaps but inevitably for sure, much (If not all) of the so-called “Ryan Budget Plan” would find it’s way into policy and that would just be too darned bad for the 99% of American Citizens who just don’t happen to have the advantage of being wealthy and who more often than not desperately need those “New Deal Era” Social Safety Programs that would be in danger of going under what I consider to be some pretty radical surgery.
Posted by John Liming as part of his continuing Diaries of Political Opinion, Viewpoints, Insights and Political Satires.
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