It’s the target that so many of us have wanted. Running against the Republican Obstructionist Congress.
See : ‘Poll: 70% Of Tea Partiers Oppose Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid’
@ : http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/poll-70-of-tea-partiers-oppose-cuts-to-medicare-medicaid.php
‘Swing voters want their Social Security, Medicare and good government’
@ : http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/05/1116538/-Swing-voters-want-their-Social-Security-Medicare-and-good-government
‘Romney Slams Obama For Medicare Cuts In Ryan’s Budget’
@ : http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/paul-ryan-obama-medicare-cuts-mitt-romney.php
‘Florida GOP voters: Don’t cut Medicare, Social Security’
@ : http://medicarebuz.com/florida-gop-voters-dont-cut-medicare-social-security/
‘HILL POLL: Majority of voters reject Medicare cuts to reduce deficits’
@ : http://thehill.com/polls/158509-voters-reject-medicare-cuts-to-reduce-deficits
And we’re not going to be fooled by Mitt Romney saying – ‘Romney Says He’s Running on His Budget, Not Ryan’s’.
Grover Norquist :
“All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it”.
From : http://while-you-were-sleeping.com/tag/grover-norquist/
And of course Romney won’t stand up to them :
‘‘Mitt Romney refused to condemn Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other Republicans who have alleged that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is part of a Muslim Brotherhood’.
@ : http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/08/03/637861/romney-refuses-to-condemn-bachmanns-islamophobic-witch-hunt/
‘‘Romney refused to directly repudiate Donald Trump’s claims that President Obama was born in Kenya’.
@ : http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/05/29/491391/romney-perry-trump/
‘‘He also wouldn’t decry Rush Limbaugh for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut”’.
@ : http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/04/13/464060/romney-rosen-limbaugh/
‘‘And he refused to speak out against social conservatives who opposed his decision to hire an openly-gay national security spokesperson’.
@ : http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/05/03/475881/fehrnstrom-grenell/
Romney will effectively be a figurehead with a pen in his hand waiting for Paurl Ryan and Grover Norquist to tell him what to sign.
‘For more than a year, President Obama has been trying to run against Paul Ryan and House Republicans’.
‘And now — with Ryan’s selection as Mitt Romney’s running mate — he is’.
‘It started in April of last year when the president invited the Wisconsin congressman and House Budget Committee chairman to hear his speech on fiscal policy at George Washington University here in Washington’.
‘Asking Ryan to be there might have seemed like a gesture of good will toward Ryan, who had just weeks earlier unveiled his controversial budget’.
‘Instead, sitting in the front row, Ryan listened as his plan — and by extension Ryan himself — was eviscerated by the president of the United States’.
‘For all of the policy discussion that will happen over the next several weeks, and deep dives into Ryan’s budget, the episode highlights that politics can be awfully personal. It also began the president’s year-long effort to draw a very distinct line between his vision for the country and that of congressional Republicans, led by Ryan and his budget after the 2010 GOP midterm sweep of the House. With Congress’ abysmal ratings, it was an easy foil’.
‘Obama swatted at that vision during the George Washington University speech’.
“It’s a vision that says if our roads crumble and our bridges collapse, we can’t afford to fix them,” Obama said. “If there are bright young Americans who have the drive and the will but not the money to go to college, we can’t afford to send them. … It’s a vision that says America can’t afford to keep the promise we’ve made to care for our seniors.”
‘He went on, slamming the plan on health care, education, clean energy and tax breaks for the wealthy’.
“[W]orst of all,” Obama declared, “this is a vision that says even though Americans can’t afford to invest in education at current levels, or clean energy, even though we can’t afford to maintain our commitment on Medicare and Medicaid, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about that. …”
“This vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America. Ronald Reagan’s own budget director said there’s nothing ‘serious’ or ‘courageous’ about this plan.”
From : http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/11/13234565-obama-gets-his-target-with-pick-of-ryan?lite