Click here to listen to the broadcast of You Tell Me on KTBB AM 600, Friday, March 9, 2012.
If you are a conservative like me and you find yourself alternately frustrated or scared to death, I think I know why. It’s because you understand just how monumentally screwed up things are and yet not only is nothing being done about any of it, very little of use is even being said.
Let’s start with Romney.
If you click on the “Issues” tab a menu flies out that gives you 25 clickable choices. Significantly, “Debt” is not one of them. This despite the fact that the country is $15 trillion in debt and that no matter your political stripe, the reckoning cometh, and that right soon (to paraphrase the Apocrypha).
“Spending” is among the choices and spending at least relates to debt. Romney proposes to reduce spending to 20 percent of GDP by the end of his first term and he sets forth a list of reductions — from repealing Obamacare to privatizing Amtrak — that according to him add up to $319 billion (leaving a mere $1 trillion to go before the budget is balanced).
On Social Security, Romney offers 215 words that boil down to; raise the retirement age and slow the rate of benefit growth for higher-income recipients. As to how, when, by how much and against whom these changes would apply; silence.
On Medicare, there is some arcane language about changing Medicare into a “premium support system,” that few will understand. What Romney specifically avoids saying is that Medicare is insolvent and will soon enough collapse altogether.
Romney’s website does deal with the subject of Iran rather exhaustively and with a fairly high level of forthrightness. Make no mistake, Iran is going to be a huge issue in the next presidential term.
If, for all of this, you’re not yet sold on Romney I completely understand. But let me offer you the alternative.
Obama’s website also has an “Issues” tab. Within that tab the choices are “Jobs & the Economy,” “Education,” “Energy & the Environment,” “Equal Rights,” “Health Care,” “National Security,” and “Taxes.”
Notably, there is not a word anywhere about the deficit and not a word about the debt. Nothing either on Social Security or Medicare.
On the National Security tab, the words “Iran” and “terrorism” do not appear.
But there is a rather exhaustive treatise on “Progress on Women’s Equality” on the “Equal Rights” tab. Evidently terrorism is all taken care of but equality of the sexes remains elusive.
On the “Jobs & the Economy” tab, arguably the issue in 2012, Obama talks about how Obamacare supports and helps small business, how Wall Street reform will help protect consumers, how the auto bailout was a good thing and how his proposed American Jobs Act will help Hispanic families and women. Nothing, however, on reducing the regulatory burden or lowering the corporate tax rate.
On the “Energy & Environment” tab need I even tell you? Yep, you guessed it. Wind and solar. The only time the word “drilling” appears is when he talks about having imposed increased safety regulations on offshore wells.
Put simply, even if Romney’s website is a bit vague at least he actually brings up most of the real problems we’re facing.
Obama’s website doesn’t even mention them (unless you think that repealing the Defense of Marriage Act is more pressing than a nuclear-armed Iran).
Assuming Romney staggers into Tampa as the nominee, this is the choice we’ll have in November.
So you’re frustrated? Scared? Well, look at the bright side.
At least you remain sentient.