Political Campaign or Popularity Contest?
Every politician is involved in some sort of political campaign aka political agenda. Isn’t it annoying when the fact-checkers find lies in the politician’s speech and the politician just moves on like nothing ever happened—as if it is accepted for people in that position to make, as the media call it, “misstatements.” Call it what it is! It was a mistake—it was a misleading statement—it was a lie, because they put serious thought in the speech and the politician (or the speechwriters) put these misleading facts in the speech not by accident. This, when you think about it, just seems insulting to the American Public. Aren’t we supposed to be offended by that when the pundits tell us we were lied to, clearly—not even vaguely?
Right now, one of the big issues is Medicare and how that will survive given the economic challenges. From what I have read, what is happening is a convoluted version of this:
Obama: I’m going to cut $770 billion from Medicare and use that money to help poor people with health care.
Romney: I’m going to cut $770 billion from Medicare and use that money for debt reduction.
Romney has other tax cuts and added a trillion bucks to the defense budget, sounds pretty textbook Republican, doesn’t it? The problem, according to Post columnist Ezra Klein, is that Romney hasn’t explained how he will make up for these tax cuts, which makes future cuts to Medicare more likely.
Now, like a textbook Democrat, Obama will cut defense budget spending by hundreds of billions of dollars and raises about $1.5 trillion in taxes to put into debt reduction. This makes Medicare cuts less likely.
The point here is that whoever can successfully reduce the deficit will be the most benefit to troubled programs like Medicare.
As of now, who has the better plan for Medicare? The answer is they both seem problematic, and both plans could damage Medicare as we know it—or fix it.
The major problem Obama has it that nobody wants a raise in taxes. The major problem that Romney has is nobody knows how to pay for his proposed tax cuts.
Ultimately, just like anything else, if you want to know the truth, you have to look to where the money is, or where it is going. The way the rhetoric spills out on television, it is confusing and often misunderstood with the overly-simplified ideas that get applause breaks.
Paul Ryan is clearly going for the young demographic—the undecided college students. He made reference to his taste in music (classic rock) playfully mocking Romney’s taste referring to his playlist as elevator music. It’s cool to like Led Zeppelin, but what the heck does that have anything to do with merit for President of the USA? It doesn’t.
Good times in the popularity contest, I mean campaign.