Beyond the Cusp

August 16, 2012

My Problem with the Republican Ticket

I am certainly not alone in my discomfort with the Republican ticket for the coming election. Like what are likely scores upon scores of other conservatives I would have rather seen a Ryan/Romney ticket rather than the Romney/Ryan ticket we are presented. Of course we were not presented Representative Ryan as a choice to lead the ticket during the primaries which is not something we can change now. My guess is Mr. Ryan likely preferred to keep his life simple and not subject to the rigors and attacks that accompany the primary system and will be felt more by Mr. Romney at the top of the ticket than it will for Mr. Ryan as his running mate. As stated a number of times, my hopes were for John Bolton to run as I have a feeling that many Americans would actually respect and be attracted to a politician who does not candy coat anything and simply bludgeons everyone within earshot with the brutal honesty of unvarnished truth. But had Paul Ryan chosen to brave the gauntlet of the primaries it would most certainly have elevated my excitement levels. I guess sometimes we have to take what life deals us and do the best we can with what we are presented.

There will be some interesting sessions in the Senate with Paul Ryan as the gavel holder and having the potential to cast the tie breaking vote if there should ever be a deadlock of a tie vote. Unfortunately, I have my doubts that Paul Ryan will take the liberties of expressing his opinions or joining the debates no matter how strong his feelings or how tempting it may be for him to impart a piece of his financial and budgetary wisdom. Mr. Ryan is going to make the Vice Presidential debates somewhat more intriguing and will present whoever is chosen to formulate the questions one momentous challenge in formatting questions to Vice President Biden’s strengths and as far afield of Mr. Ryan’s comfort range. I guess we can all look forward to the debate between Mr. Gaffe and Mr. Knowledgeable. Somehow, I foresee the Democrats doing all within their power to avoid holding a Vice Presidential debate or scheduling it for a Wednesday morning around about 10:45 EST on some obscure cable and satellite channel. Even if that is their decision, I will take the time to watch it as it promises to be some of the best comedy and scariest predictors of a future possibility should we reelect Joe Biden to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency.

I must admit that the Romney candidacy did not fill me with any real desire to break down walls in order to elect Mitt Romney as President. When Mitt Romney stated after the Supreme Court upheld Obama Care that he intended to replace it and not simply repeal it left me feeling cold inside. I do not want any form of Obama Care or even Romney Care or anything which gives the government more influence over my healthcare. This is another reason that having Mitt Romney choose Paul Ryan as his running mate rekindled a modicum of hope that perhaps Romney could be influenced and steered away from replacing Obama Care and simply doing away with all of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, every single word, comma, period, exclamation point, heading and footnote. As bad as the medical care parts of this law are, there are even more hidden evils buried within it’s over a thousand pages which will facilitate damaging regulations and give the government new powers and remove some critical restrictions from government powers that also need to be killed. One such item which unfortunately does not have a huge effect on my life is that effective Jan. 1, 2012, any gold bullion or coin transactions is to be reported to the government by dealers if the amount of the transaction is over six-hundred dollars. It really does include provisions for what is a veritable death panels deciding who is allowed to receive what treatments according to some formulae. Also found by a little research is it allows for the Government to have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfers in order to assure payments, and there will never be any mistakes which will end in horror stories for those caught in such inconveniences. And I assure you there is a lot more and some has little or nothing to do with your healthcare or treatments. Paul Ryan will, hopefully, assist in steering Romney away from replace and towards repeal, plain and simple repeal.

I am sure there are some from the upper crust of the Republican Party who are having questions about how Romney could choose such a maverick to be his running mate. There are likely those who are claiming that Ryan will be as big a disaster as they believed McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin turned out to be. I thought Sarah Palin was the most attractive thing about the candidacy of John McCain. I guess I had better not wait for the Republican Party to offer me a job as an adviser in the near future, if ever. But, in all seriousness, I am fully thrilled with the Republican choice for a Vice Presidential candidate and predict that having Ryan on the ticket may turn out to be the best turn of events in all of this year’s election moves and posturing; but could we possibly change the ticket to Ryan/Romney. Please?

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August 12, 2012

Romney Makes Ryan His Veep Choice

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate yesterday. If Mitt Romney has any luck whatsoever, then the Republican self-anointed leadership will come out unanimously aghast in opposition of his choosing Representative Paul Ryan. One reason this may actually prove to be the case is due to Representative Ryan’s budget formulations which he proposed successfully twice in the House of Representatives. The high Lord Muckie-Mucks of the Republican Party are really just a bunch of Democrat lite who support government as the solution to most problems. These are the people who gave us other wonderful choices such as George W. Bush who added to the size and scope of government nearly as much as any Democrat before him including both Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. For those who take offense and are claiming I am way off base here, may I remind you of just two small projects laid upon us that massively grew the size, scope, and cost of government permanently going into the future. The two programs are “No Child Left Behind” and the “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act”. So, one point in favor of Paul Ryan is his belief in actual cuts in spending instead of simply cutting the increase and proclaiming deficit defeated. But was this the best choice, an inspired choice, a great misstep, or what?

Representative Paul Ryan is obviously a fiscal conservative which will go far in underlining the Romney message that budget cuts even if it is of those programs often perceived as third rail instant political death to suggest cuts are necessary if the United States is to avoid catastrophic financial Armageddon. Ryan is very likely to be a good fit with the Romney financial platform with a stress on tax cuts tied directly to budgetary reductions phased in over time with the aim of reaching budget surpluses within the decade. This is a reasoned manner to return the United States to fiscal sanity as we have been taken so close to the edge that being able to prevent the country going beyond the cusp demands serious restraints in spending. The big questions are not about the fiscal policies of Romney and Ryan as those are well known. Ryan will likely support Romney in any jobs programs as this is seen as a Romney strong point. Simply restraining government and promising to allow private growth and a steady and unchanging atmosphere will go a long ways to producing job growth. The repeal of all of Obama Care without any ideas of replace would also spur more job creation and here Ryan is likely to be a good influence as he supports repeal over replace of Obama Care.

The big questions about both Romney and Ryan come in the area of foreign policy. Ryan is known as a supporter of a strong military and, along with Romney, as a supporter of Israel as our strongest ally in the Middle East. What we will need to find out is whether Romney and Ryan are against the military adventurism which many have used to refer to our efforts at nation building. Should their foreign policy be one of support for those who have a similar world view and withholding interactions with those who oppose our principles of governance, human rights, and other principles they are likely to find this as a winning policy. If Romney and Ryan should support intervention to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, then as long as they are not in favor of prolonged presence with nation building and instead put in place an interim government and remove our troops as soon as the Iranians hold elections for their new government, this is likely supportable by the American public over a repeat of Afghanistan or Iraq. It is also more likely that the United States would gain a friend by engaging in as short an intervention as logistically possible and trusting the people of Iran to choose wisely. At least the people in Iran already have experienced Islamic Sharia rule so are unlikely to follow the path taken by Egypt, Libya, and others after the Arab Spring chilled and turned to an Arab Winter.

Where the economy and jobs have been chosen as the most likely deciding areas for this coming Presidential election, there are those who hold that foreign policy is the highest importance when choosing a President. We already have been told that Romney will be different than President Obama when it comes to financial policies and the addition of Ryan can only make this difference greater, but it remains to be seen how different a Romney foreign policy will be to that of President Obama. Ryan is known to be almost a polar opposite of President Obama, especially where the Middle East, and Israel in particular, but we will have to wait for Romney to disclose his entire foreign policy interests and plans. Ryan will likely be seen as a positive move as Ryan’s is a fiscal conservative, pro-military strength, a social conservative, and a personable individual and a good communicator. He has an ability to take difficult concepts and ideas, especially concerning budgets and fiscal planning, and making such understandable for the average person. This ability along with Ryan’s warm personality will add to and fill what some have seen as a void in a Romney campaign. Ryan may prove the deciding factor if the election should be a close contest. Oh, and if you have not figured it out yet, I really like Ryan as Romney’s choice for Veep.

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February 14, 2012

The False Chimera of a Brokered Republican Convention

The idea of having the Republican Convention going well enough beyond the first ballot without producing consensus on a candidate appears to have increasing appeal to some conservative commentators. But would there be any advantage to having a brokered convention produce a compromise candidate drafted from some ephemeral list of alternate choices from those who will have endured over a year of the primary season with its travails, trials, exposure and disclosures. Granted a compromise candidate would have been spared the barbs and scorn from the press and thus may have the appearance of a clean slate. They would be able to take that magic combination of a base from Mitt Romney’s best policy positions, moderated by a smattering of Ron Paul financial and foreign policy restraint, with a moral spine from Rick Santorum, adding some spice and disdain for slanted posing of the press from Newt Gingrich’s arrogant ripostes and then fill in the gaps with Tea Party banter and smooth it all out with classic Republican rhetoric. Such a candidate would be a package of goods assembled a few short months before Election Day which may allow them the advantage of not being pinned down and fully vetted by an overly aggressive press. So, what could possibly be the problem of such a candidate? It appears on paper to be all benefit and little risk, a kind of the best of all worlds rolled neatly into one assembled package.

 

It is the best of all worlds rolled up into one neatly assembled package that would be the problem. Such a candidate would have all the appeal of a dress-up doll. Such a candidate would compare to President Obama in the same manner as a manikin shows off a clothing line compared to a model walking the runway. President Obama comes off well-spoken and relates well with the crowds when on the campaign. He may not be all that smooth when it comes to actually doing the job of President, but he can sound and appear very Presidential on the campaign. He will be as polished as polished can be. Hand-picking a candidate outside of those who endured the primary campaign and paid their dues to get the nomination will give the impression of a manufactured candidate which would be a grave misstep against President Obama. By the time the Republican Convention rolls around at the end of the summer the primary contest will present well vetted and known entities and the American people will expect one of these who have persevered and gained the support of at least a significant portion of the Republican electorate to be acknowledged and chosen to carry on to the election. To place somebody chosen in what we refer to as smoke-filled backrooms filled with faceless impersonal powerbrokers would be an insult to those who had toiled with their chosen candidate through the trials and tribulations to get to the convention. Such a move would be perceived as insult by many conservatives who have faith in a system which includes the votes and voices of the people. If we did not want to have a real influence in choosing the eventual candidate for President from our party, then we would not spend the time, effort, and wealth in a primary campaign season and would not even bother with a convention, we would just rent a conference room at a Motel 6 and be done with it.

 

But there is an even better argument against the brokered convention. Who? Simply, who? Give me the name of who it is that would be such a magnificent name that they would have the vast numbers of voters necessary to win the election and realize that this is the candidate of candidates. Bobby Jindal? Chris Christie? Paul Ryan? Sarah Palin? Glenn Beck? Rush Limbaugh? Clint Eastwood; after the Super Bowl commercial, why not? Really, who is there that would make such a wonderful candidate that it would be worth throwing all the toils and tribulations suffered by those who sweat and bled through the grueling primary endurance trial a wise and intelligent move. No, a brokered convention would be the closest thing to a disaster as the Republicans could pull. We need to continue with the people who have shown the willingness to ante-up and play the hand they are dealt. We need to choose from the warriors who have taken up their armor and survived the barbs and arrows of outrageous fortune and earned the right to represent the Republican voters on the ballot this fall, or is the plan to broker away the people’s trust and support. Note, they are the Republican Party candidate but they represent the voters who came out and supported them in the primaries. No brokered candidate can make that claim.

 

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