I haven’t heard any new ideas or anything interesting coming out of the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa. The speakers are unanimous in their negativity aimed at President Obama, but have offered very little substance. The party seems to be confused and leaderless. They all agree that President Obama is awful and has ruined the economy… They keep focusing on the Obama’s remarks, taken out of context.
Almost all of the speakers are obsessed with the debt, something they cared very little about until 2008, when under 8 years of George W. Bush’s leadership the economy was spinning out control. The Bush tax cuts and two unfunded wars created the debt monster. President Obama inherited that mess, but don’t tell conservative that, they will let you know that we should focus on the future. I think a little peek at history is probably a good thing. What is the Republican plan to reduce the deficit and the debt? They have the Debt Clock up at the convention, what are they going to do to slow it down? Cut taxes? Increase military spending? Give us some ideas. “Obama bad, Republican Good” isn’t going to do it.
Here is chart, courtesy of the Congressional Budget Office:
Republicans seem to be afraid to get behind their candidate, Mitt Romney. They are promoting Republicans, and they are proud to talk about Paul Ryan, but they cautiously tiptoe when mentioning Romney.