an acknowledgment that he was losing the presidential race, Republican
candidate Mitt Romney doubled down last week on the angry, white people
constituency and named the most radical, whitest, angriest political figure
imaginable as his running mate.
almost nobody left in the undecided column, Romney has given up on capturing
the middle and is going all out to make the presidential campaign a referendum
on the concept that the richest people in the country aren't rich enough.
doing so, he's picked Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan, a vice presidential
candidate with the brilliant intellect of Dan Quayle, the charisma and charm of
Al Gore and the compassion of Dick Cheney. The Romney-Ryan ticket is a suicide
pact almost guaranteed to lose the election and to burn down America if it
unemployed, underprivileged and disadvantaged people are using up too much
money and need to sacrifice even more so that Romney and Ryan can build bigger
yachts, send more money to offshore bank accounts and pay even fewer taxes than
they do now.
tickets have at least given lip service to the concept of a rising tide that
lifts all boats, of creating more economic opportunity and to helping the
middle and lower classes. The Romney-Ryan ticket is a middle finger directed at
the 99 percent of the population that doesn't own multiple Cadillacs or belong
to multiple country clubs.
you're anything but a rich, white Republican, you have no place in Romney's
America. The choice of Ryan made that crystal clear.
you'll ever need Medicare, public education or any kind of governmental
assistance for your children, Romney-Ryan isn't for you. The money spent on
keeping seniors healthy, improving our classrooms or even helping poor children
eat healthy lunches at school is money better spent redistributed to the rich.
of Medicare, Ryan would like to hand people a voucher that may or may not be
good enough to get private health insurance. The budget he authored
budget he authoredwas a declaration of war against the poor.
to a recent analysis in Esquire: Ryan's
budget would have dropped 300,000 children from the subsidized school lunch program,
eliminated health care for almost as many, and slashed $83 billion in benefits
for federal retirees, people who devoted their careers to serving their
did this not to save money, but because he carries a heartfelt belief that
government shouldn't be doing things like helping people attend college, making
sure veterans are cared for and making sure we have clean air and water.
trillions of dollars he desires to cut from the budget comes from things such
as that. But millionaires can expect a big bonus from the enhanced tax cuts he
wants to give them.
would be unbelievable except that it's true. Want a choice on reproductive
rights? Sorry. Want any rights at all except to remain in the working poor? Not
with Romney-Ryan. You have the right to pay higher taxes if you're poor and
lower taxes if you're rich.
Romney would like to take a wrecking ball to 50 years of foreign relations by
restarting the Cold War with Russia. His provocative statements aimed at Moscow
can only be designed to start a new arms race and remilitarization against the
imaginary threat of the former Soviet Union.
that, despite what they say, neither Romney nor Ryan is for smaller government.
They want a much bigger military and a new bureaucracy to dole out entitlements
to the rich. They only want a government that provides fewer benefits for the
vast majority of people. They're not against corporate welfare, just the
welfare that helps poor people survive when hard times
the late historian Howard Zinn wrote, "Dependency on government has never
been bad for the rich. The pretense of the laissez-faire people is that only
the poor are dependent on government, while the rich take care of themselves.
This argument manages to ignore all of modern history, which shows a consistent
record of laissez-faire for the poor, but enormous government intervention for
Republicans will do their best over the next few months to portray President Barack
Obama as a radical president when, in reality, the addition of Ryan means
Romney ticket is the most radical and extreme in history.
the election, more so than before, is a good old-fashioned class and race war. The rich versus the poor.The plutocrats
versus the workers.The bosses against the workers.
White America versus non-white America.
get caught up in the noise coming from the news media or from corporately
controlled conservative talk radio. This is a choice between economic
opportunity and a permanent underclass, between diplomacy and the Bush Doctrine
of perpetual war and between the CEO class and the rest of us.
side are you on?