Mitt Romney, unless he’s as clueless and out of touch as he sometimes seems, surely knows that the far-right “Social Security is a communist plot” types are not great in numbers and have nowhere else to go. Alternatively, surely he knows there are tens of millions of centrist voters tired of 8% unemployment and seemingly “forced to choose” between Obama and Romney, who might’ve voted for Romney if they felt he was not too inhumanly rightist.
Now, no way. Very few hard-hit centrists want to give up Social Security and Medicare for Paul Ryan’s ‘vouchers’ bull. The Miami Herald states the obvious somewhat gently, considering the focus is on Florida:
… Ryan … is the architect of the Ryan budget plan that makes big changes to Medicare and Medicaid and could allow for some privatization of Social Security.
And that’s widely seen by Democrats and most analysts as a politically risky stance in Florida, a must-win state for Republicans, where retirees cast a suspicious eye on changes to the three major government-entitlement programs that pump about $96 billion yearly into the hands of the elderly, the infirm and the hospitals, doctors and other providers who give them direct care. …
“Paul Ryan wants to privatize Social Security. Looking forward to welcoming Mitt and his pick to Florida,” U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Boca Raton Democrat, tweeted. “There’s nothing brave about cutting the programs that America’s seniors rely on for their health and financial security.”
And the Republicans apparently aren’t even going to hide Ryan’s extremism (from the same article):
“We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!” Ryan said in his official acceptance speech in Norfolk, Virg. “We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility! We won’t replace our founding principles…we will reapply them!”
For me the announcement highlights the ying to the yang headlined in Counterpunch yesterday:
Balance that with …
The Central Role of Far-Right Republicans in the Anatomy of Decline
… and you have the complete picture of the political hole that social democrats are in. All we want is a country run for the bottom 90% and not for the rich and the financial sector. We’ll have to choose again a protest candidate or perhaps reluctantly vote for Obama (if the race is too close). Paul Ryan is Ayn Randian madness.
But mebbe that’s the point, and the financial masters feel there is more opportunity for profit in four more years of Obama.