Until today I had little reference to Ryan. Other than the “Ryan Budget”, which I knew from news reports was the Republican House counter to the Obama budget, I knew nothing of Ryan.
First, something I don’t understand. Romney, a business man who is running on nothing else than his supposed business savvy. Where Romney seems deficient is foreign policy experience, logical choice would have been a VP who gives him a lift in this regard. Instead Romney picks a candidate whose only strength is economics. Maybe Romney feared someone who helped balance the ticket would only serve to highlight his own lack of foreign policy experience? Was Ryan the least distasteful of the right wing of the Republican party? Did Romney need right wing cred so much that he had to kiss their butts while attempting at least somewhat to appeal to the middle majority (the folks who actually get people elected in this country)? I don’t know.
What I do know is that Ryan’s budget proposal is bullshit, it will not lead to balancing of the budget. Titled, The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal, it is solely tax cuts and decreased social spending. It makes no pretense of actually balancing the budget…at least not in the first 10 years.
Most nations have debt, but none to the extent that we do. Most industrial nations have more social programs than we do. Most of them manage to feed the poor, educate the young, heal the sick, and maintain the infrastructure with only a small amount of deficit spending. While we (by first world standards) don’t manage to do any of these things well; yet we are the ones with an escalating debt crisis. The difference comes down to a single word. Empire! Empire was the downfall of Rome, and Empire will be our downfall, unless we act decisively and quickly to reign it in. Neither the Obama budget nor the Ryan budget address this.
We have troops stationed in 150 nations. We have covert operations in 30-40 more. We have never left any country that we entered. With the fall of the Soviets (also rotted from within by Empire), American hegemony has been pushed to every corner of the Earth, usually with the force of military intervention.
Our infrastructure crumbles, our children are more and more hungry and uneducated, we are floundering in our attempts to compete in a global market, health care reform is a sham, and only a few metrics allow us to claim that we are number one; high school dropouts and incarceration. Empire is a parasite and it needs fed, no regard can be given to the health of the host. Empire, by its very nature; feeds, gorges, and dies. It has happened over and over throughout history and across the planet, rarely does the host survive in a recognizable manner.
We have more Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb politics, not debating how much we should sacrifice to Empire, nor debating an attempt to save the host by not feeding Empire, but instead caught in petty debates about how much to cut social spending. What part of 16 trillion dollars in debt do the candidates not understand? Why are they not laughed off stage when they mention tax cuts?
They will stand on stage and disagree on details, but they will both offer policies that similarly lead to our nation’s death at the hand of Empire.
Interesting unrelated fact: For the first time ever, there are no WASPs on the presidential ticket. Ryan and Biden are both Catholic. Romney of course is a Mormon and Obama isn’t white.