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By Columnist TRB - So Romney chooses Paul Ryan as his VP mate but claims he doesn't agree all that much with the Ryan's extremist budget proposals which would cut Medicade, reducing it to a voucher system, destroy federal loans for college, do away with more than one half of the public works projects in the nation - take just about every extra dollar lying around and hand it to the super rich. Meanwhile the middle class would be ripped-off in this Robin-Hood-In-Reverse scheme. This is nothing new. This has been our economy for a long time, the "trickle down" lie has been doubted and touted again and again as the rich get richer and the poor live in the streets, we all know in our heart or hearts that "trickle down"is a form of robbery.


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What really makes this strange is that Romney seems to have chosen a running mate with whom he does not agree. I say this because so far Romney will not admit to agreeing with any of the extreme budget proposals his running mate put forward as a congressman. This is very curious. Two things could be happening here. 1.) Romney chose Ryan to give him more credibility with the hard right. 2.) Romney is also extremist in his views but doesn't want to talk about it until he has been sworn in.

That is becoming less and less likely as polls begin to show that the majority of voters do not like Ryan. In fact Ryan is a member of a Congress that has a 13 percent favorability rating. From a debate point of view, I can't see an advantage for R&R. It is a sure thing that Obama will melt Romney to the debating podium. There is a chance Biden might raise his voice a few times in a debate with the wet-behind-the-ears Ryan, who started in Washington D.C. by waiting tables at a taco joint. But Uncle Joe is like a relative. You expect him lose his temper. You would be disappointed if he didn't.

The "end of Medicare as we know it" that Ryan has promised in favor of a voucher system is not going to go over well with Biden. Ryan's system would work like this - If your 80-year old mother was sick, she would apply for a voucher. This voucher would represent a certain amount of money determined by the government. She would then have to shop around at various health insurance companies to see if they would accept. They could accept it, but demand additional funds as well. In other words, Ryan's voucher plan is a gold mine for the medical insurance companies.

One can't help but wonder what kind of health plan tax-payers are paying for in the Ryan's family, or for his pension. He seems to be unaware that the middle class, which he would diminish, actually pays his bills, his paycheck. The other day Romney and Ryan were saying that the honor student is more "important" than the bus driver that takes him to school. That is how far these two are removed from reality. Both bus driver and student are just as important to this country. One might ask Romney, what if the busdriver is the honor student's father? Two or three questions like that and Romney's Presidential ambitions are over. We are almost there.



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