Representative Paul Ryan attended a rally in Sparks, NV long enough for his fellow Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV2) to insert his foot in his mouth. “We want to start with kind of a uniquely Republican thing, we want to start with the pledge of allegiance,” Amodei said.” [LV Sun] Well, starting a campaign event would be a “uniquely Republican thing,” except that the Democrats did it — with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords leading it on Thursday night. [HuffPo] Unsolicited advice: If one’s foot has to go into one’s mouth, at least make it for doing or saying something original?
Remember former President Bill Clinton saying, “In Tampa … the Republican argument against the president’s re-election was pretty simple, pretty snappy,” Clinton said. “‘We left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.'” [MST] Prescient, given Rep. Ryan’s talking point to the 2,500 gathered in Sparks: “Are we going to have a country in debt, in doubt, in decline? Or are we going to do what we need to do to get people back to work, to fix the mess in Washington, and to get this country back on the right track.” [NNB]
Senator by appointment only™ Dean Heller (R-NV) chimed in with this contribution:
“Paul Ryan is the vice presidential pick who can lead this country in a substantive discussion about the most pressing issues of the day,” he said. “When many in Washington wanted to play politics and preserve their own political ambitions, Paul Ryan faced head-on the enormous challenge of bringing our nation’s fiscal house in order. This conversation is long overdue, and I look forward to more of Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney’s leadership moving forward.” [NNB] (emphasis added)
Let us parse. About that “substantive discussion,” indeed we would all benefit from a substantive discussion of fiscal policy — IF the Republicans would like to bring something substantive to the party. First, they offer us a tax plan which would cut taxes for the top 1%, increase taxation on middle income families, and these cuts would be paid for by closing tax loopholes they refuse to identify. Secondly, the Ryan budget numbers don’t add up, and former Governor Romney’s already stated that his taxation plan can’t be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. If the CBO can’t score “it” and the numbers don’t add up — now what was it former President Clinton said about Arithmetic?
We could talk of putting the country’s “fiscal house in order,” except that the Congressional GOP has made that rather difficult.
“A budget plan introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would add more to the deficit over 10 years than if Congress kept the status quo, undermining claims of its fiscal impact. Ryan’s blueprint, “The Path to Prosperity,” would add $3.127 trillion to the deficit during the decade spanning 2013 to 2022, according to a table on page 88 of the plan.” [The Hill] (emphasis added)
The non-partisan CBO number crunchers did score the so-called Path to Prosperity, and determined it would add MORE to the deficit than if we did absolutely nothing. This hardly sounds like putting the fiscal house in order, it sounds rather more like throwing out the old furniture and putting a truck load of new furnishings on the credit card. I think we’ve seen this movie before.
Arithmetic: If there were 2,500 attending the Ryan rally in Sparks, and one African American there was Secret Service agent (photograph) and there was one African American photographed in the crowd, what percentage of those photographed attending the Ryan rally were African American? Including the Secret Service agent? Not including the Secret Service Agent? Make the former President proud — do your own arithmetic. Showing your work is not required. Mostly Democrats read this blog — so I’m assuming a high proficiency in arithmetic.