As the Republican Party’s convention rolled on two major themes seem to develop. The first was a more or less continuous repetition of the laundry list of talking points the aim of which is tell whoever is watching the convention; the “bad” things President Obama has done since taking office. Unfortunately almost all the accusations, implication and innuendoes are tainted by a calculated incompleteness at best, to an outright conscious avoidance of truthfulness at worst. The charges being thrown toward Obama are a series of fibs, fabrications and outright damn lies.
From a willful misunderstanding of the Obama’s “you didn’t built it” snippet, clearly and purposefully taken out of context and used erroneously, through falsehoods about candidate Obama “promising” to keep a GM plant opened that was eventually closed before Obama was even elected, to the claims of Obama “gutting” the welfare to work program which has been exposed as a baseless lie by virtually ever media outlet.
Some have opined that the idea and action of slinging mud at one’s political opponent is a long standing tradition in American politics and that the Democratic side is also guilty of doing the same thing. Certainly we can agree in acknowledging that making false claims to defeat an opponent is part of the historical picture of American politics; but that doesn’t make it right or a good idea. As to how much the Dems have made false claims in an attempt to paint W. M. Romney as a villain, the answer there is yes, to some degree. But the most notorious cases such as the TV ad that almost accuses Romney of being responsible for the death of the wife of a worker laid-off by Bain Capital came from independent PACs who are admittedly Obama supporters. The bad mouthing towards Obama is from the mouths of prominent members of the Republican Party, including the Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
But the most troubling part of the lack of truthfulness expressed by the Republicans is the second theme that they have presented in Tampa. Almost each and every speaker, (with the exception of Ann Romney), while attempting to boost their own stature (probably for the 2016 race) and telling us what a “nice guy and good family man” Romney is, has conspicuously avoided giving any specific details of how Romney & Company will do a better job of running the country than the Obama administration.
Most assuredly they have made the broad statement that they will spend less money at the Federal level. They have repeated harped on the fact that Obama shouldn’t be able to blame the eight year term of the Bush Gang, during which they took a balanced budget with a surplus and borrowed money to give the wealthy a tax break; began, mismanaged and left debt producing contracts to run two wars; and allowed the Wall Street Gangsters to loot the national treasury for trillions. They go to fault Obama for not being able to fix the biggest government malfeasance since the roaring twenties in less than four years. And they have definitely promised to lower the taxes for American corporations.
But they haven’t been able to connect the dots which will show how the trickle-down theory of Voodoo economics, which has repeatedly failed in the past, is going to work this time. They also haven’t said which “loopholes” in the current U.S. tax code they are committed to “reform”. Considering there are twenty thousand pages of tax breaks, exemptions, exceptions, exclusion and allowances that have helped the rich get richer than ever (especially compared the rest of us); one would think that the “budget genius/nerd” Ryan and the great Business Meister/Tax Dodger Romney could come with a handful of specific reforms that would be both fair and good for the U.S. budget and economy. They also have failed to say which of the horrid entitlements (which people have paid into for decades and are thus entitled to) they would cut, how much they would cut them and why this also fair and good for America.
The lack of truth is huge in both what they say the current administration has failed at and about what their real plan to “do it right” and “make things better” for the majority of Americans. So far all they have said, even in general terms is that the rich will get more and the poor, the old, the young and the politically powerless will get less. And that’s their truth.