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In the light of day

September 21, 2012 - John Stack
The Romney campaign has been very tight lipped when it comes to specifics. There are many policies that the campaign has basically told the American people ‘Trust me. I will do this right’. The Romney campaign says they will cut tax rates for everybody. How will they do it? How will they pay for it? They can either cut rates for everyone, yet eliminate a bunch of credits and such which will cause lower income earners to pay more, or, keep the credits in place and increase the deficit. Which will they do? Romney says he will cut out a bunch of tax loopholes for the rich. What loopholes? Also, being an adherent to trickledown economics, why would he and Ryan advocate the upper income ‘job producers’ people have less money to spend on job creation? How about the hackneyed phrase ‘Repeal and Replace’ when it comes to Obamacare. What will Obamacare be replaced with? Romney has promised to repeal ALL of the Affordable Care Act, yet he admits there are parts he would probably like to keep. Then why repeal these parts at all? Well, friends, Romans and countrymen, I am here to give you the answers…

Paul Ryan has said he will talk about these items, but not until after the election. His reasoning, as told to Brit Hume: "That is something that we think we should do in the light of day, through Congress," Ryan told Hume, promising to "have a process for tax reform so that we do this in the front of the public. So no, the point I'm trying to say is, we want feedback from Americans about what priorities in the tax code should be kept, and what special interest loopholes we want to get rid of." As Paul Ryan has been in congress a long time, and was on the Hill for most of his adult life, he does know what he’s talking about. Paul Ryan believes that if something is brought up in Congress, the American people will have a say in what taxes are cut, what programs are cut, how the debt will be taken into consideration. The public, as Ryan claims via his vast experience, will be the ones shaping the policy. He seems to claim that they Romney administration won’t be listening to the million dollar donors that got them elected. Won’t be just listening to the rest of the GOP. He will let the American public help decide what will go and what will stay. Of course, congress is as transparent a body as there ever was. Things won’t be decided in closed door sessions without input from the public, the democrats, or even the rest of the GOP. The congress will decide somehow through public sentiment what to do. Out on the campaign trail is absolutely not when you want to engage people in what they want, or what they can expect from their representatives. Much better to do this through congress than to let people discuss these items before they are elected. I also heard Rick Santorum is in line to be the next CEO of Planned Parenthood.

“In the light of day” and ‘in the halls of congress’ are antonyms, not synonyms. Virtually nothing has been done ‘in the light of day’ in congress since before I was born. We are in the midst of the most partisan congress in 50 years. Everything passed by the Senate and House at least the last few years has been passed on party lines only, leaving out the other party completely. We haven’t had a budget passed in 4 years because the House keeps sending up budgets that the Senate would never approve, and which Obama would never sign. Health Care was passed by ignoring the GOP. The public has not been anywhere near being in the discussion. Unless you count million dollar donors or corporations, the public itself has only elected representatives; they don’t have any actual voice.

When would be a better time to discuss taxes and programs and what people want? The best possible time to find out what people really want, and to get your message out about what you would do in office would be BEFORE an election. Romney has been running non-stop for president for something like 7 years now. He still hasn’t asked anyone what credits he might remove? What tax loopholes to eliminate? He truly thinks it’s best not to ask this before the election, but after? Of course not. If he let people know what he would propose, he would let people know wht he would actually do. He has no intention of listening to anyone other than a handful of advisors if he were to get into office. If he floated the idea of eliminating the mortgage interest deduction he would lose a few million votes. If he said he would fund tax cuts by increasing the deficit, he’d lose a million Tea Partiers. If he said he would reduce Earned Income Credits, he’d lose millions of the ’47 percent’. If he said he was going to eliminate some type of deduction that mostly more affluent people get, such as capital gains or the like, he’d lose a bunch of GOP and higher income voters.

No, Romney and his ilk are not waiting until after the election so that there would be a valid debate on the merits of his proposals. That’s the last thing he wants. Once the elections are over, ‘the light of day’ in the Senate and House is turned off, regardless who is in office.

In other news, my Trailrunners Fantasy Football team is undefeated, taking down my college roommate and then my right wing brother. Taking out the Fightin' Lavair this weekend!


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