Romney picks boy Sarah Palin as VP choice

Gosh, he sure is pretty. Thank you P-90X.

Mitt Romney has announced former Delta(House) Tau Delta frat boy Paul Ryan as his vice-Presidential running mate in some odd Rightwing hybrid between father-figure issues and gay porn. Over the top? How about a cross between a 1980’s J. Crew catalog and a Viagra commercial? I know. kind of the same thing.

But Paul Ryan (R) Wisconsin, has been cruelly demonized by the Left over his so-called gutting of medicare, in which he would give checks to seniors and allow them to purchase their own insurance. You know, the free market solution. See, so the brilliance of that is not to free up federal money that would go directly to insurance companies through their senior citizen middle men. No, the magic of Ryan’s plan is that seniors, now currently covered under medicare, the ones in extremely high risk groups, with a lifetime of existing conditions, and more than likely current ones, would have no trouble finding affordable and comprehensive insurance with their windfall Social Security income. Tthe SSI Ryan would gut, eliminate or privatize.

But funneling money directly to insurance companies who lobby and contribute mightily to Rebulican politicians would be a crime. Sending vouchers for seniors then give it to insurance companies, that’s not a crime, that’s the Ryan Plan. Because, see, that’s all you could use the vouchers for, without granny and grampie going to jail for, what’s the word? Oh yeah, fraud.

Of course, which Paul Ryan are we talking about? Is it the Ryan who wants to cut medicare, because big government is socialist, and the Ayn Rand-ian free market is always superior (Adelphia, Exxon, Haliburton, AIG, etcetera, ectera…) but would increase defense spending benefitting large defense contractors(seeing a pattern here?), or the Paul Ryan that cast the deciding vote to massively expand the controversial Mediacre Part D prescription plan, which, not surprisingly, massively benefitted the pharmaceutical industry!

Jeez, one would be an aw shucks sort of deal. Two? Well maybe that’s a coincidence. But three? Funny, but I’m not seeing alot of consideration in any of that for anyone but big business.  

To be fair, politics is about contrasts; Republican and Democrat, Left and Right, good and evil. My sense is that McCain picked Palin because she made him look less hypocritical by contrast. By contrast, Ryan actually makes Romney look moral.

Great pick Mittens. Thank you, from every true liberal, progressive and democrat. We couldn’t have picked better ourselves.

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W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

2 responses to “Romney picks boy Sarah Palin as VP choice

  • jeno630

    W.C., entertaining and well-written post as ever. (I do try to read all your posts and while I do not comment on all of them, find all of them thought-provoking, even if we “agree to disagree” on many policy aspects of them.)

    I was surprised by this pick. I thought he would take Senator Portman of Ohio. Al Eisele had a good article on The Huffington Post about it, please see attached:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-eisele/romneys-vp-choice-its-rob_b_1765530.html

    In addition to these comments, Romney would have followed the first rule of picking a VP, “Do no harm.” Portman would be a safe choice. Ryan, in my opinion, (IMO) is not.

    He is not because of the lightning rod his policy positions are regarding fiscal matters. I have to wonder how much Romney had to weigh the impacts of the Medicare issue in this election. I recall just over a year ago when the Democrats won a huge upset in Western New York with Kathy Hochul’s election in a Republican stronghold. A key issue in the election was Hochul’s opponent’s comment backing Ryan’s proposals, or at least agreeing with some of them.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/24/heavy-turnout-in-new-york-congressional-election/

    So why did Romney pick him? Is it that he wants to make this election about a new economic direction? If so, then America, here is your contrast. Although I do not agree with much of Congressman’s Ryan’s positions, he is a smart, thoughtful man and not one to have explosive outbursts. (Or at least ones I have not heard about.) He is the other side of the Governor Chris (Whatta YOU lookin’ at?!?) Christie coin. Although I think this pick will ultimately NOT work for Romney as more older Americans will be fearful of any talk of changing Medicare, it may work. Ryan has a huge hill to climb. Then again, he’s got those “broad shoulders” Mitt talks about having, so he can carry the pack.

    I wonder about Ryan being to Romney what George H.W. Bush was to Reagan. What I mean is that Bush was not (ahem) the immediate choice of Reagan. Please see attached as one person’s description of the then “vetting process,” worth a read:

    http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/7991

    In other words, perhaps Romney wanted Senator Rubio but was not satisfied that Rubio would stay sufficiently in the background, either by choice or the media’s actions. Perhaps in the detailed process of vetting the candidates there was something about the other candidates that Romney was not comfortable with, or perhaps the other way around. Or, as it is the case with most things in life, a combination of all these factors. I doubt we will ever know the truth in full.

    I do know that I am looking forward to the VP debate. Unlike 4 years ago where Biden’s mouth must have been red from the blood from biting his tongue (and not looking like a bully going against an ill-prepared Palin) this will be a full-contact debate. I expect several great quips and comebacks out of it.

    My personal opinion is that (cue the music) President Obama has just been re-elected. IMO, more voters in the battleground states will vote for him an the status quo than risk their benefits will change. I could be wrong of course, but I do appreciate that the election may actually spend some time on an issue then all the other ugliness that has been out there. I have been disappointed with ads run by both sides, notwithstanding the fact that many are from “outside” groups.

    Best rgs,
    Jeno

    ps- Did you read the article about Oakland and the Occupy movement in the NYT Magazine last week? I thought about you when I read it. Just curious.

    • 900poundgorilla

      Jeno,

      Always love to here from you, and believe it or not, I do read your replies and value your opinion. I always here you in the back of my mind warning me about crossing the line. Doesn’t necessarily stop me, but it does give me pause, and it does make me consider a bit extra. If there were more folks like you on the Right, and more folks on the Left also not so entrenched we might start fixing things in this country.

      As for Ryan, and all levity aside, I really thought he would have picked someone with more foreign policy experience. It seems they have doubled down on the economy, a mistake to concentrate on a bit of a populist angle when the world is a volitile and dynamic place right now. In that regard, I would concede Obama is a bit too soft of the economy.

      Good points. Thanks as always for the other perspective.

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