A day late, the GOP Convention launched with a dash of sugar (Ann Romney) and a bag of spice (every other speaker). Ann Romney painted her husband as a caring and compassionate man. Not surprising really, that was her job. Her mission was to soften the image of Mitt Romney; to paint him as something other than the corporate raider who has destroyed the lives of thousands of workers with his leadership of Bain Capital. If destroying American jobs is a family value, then I guess one could say that Mitt is a family man.
Ann Romney’s remarks were in stark contrast to the message sent by the other speakers of the evening.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker talked about U.S. unemployment saying:
Nationally, we’ve experienced 42 consecutive months of unemployment above 8%. Last month, 44 of the 50 states saw an increase in the unemployment rate. And more than 12 million of our fellow citizens are unemployed.
He left out something, how far we’ve come since the recession that George W. Bush and the Republican Congress created.
With 172,000 private sector jobs added in July, the U.S. economy has created a total of 4.5 million jobs over 29 consecutive months of job growth. While there is more to be done, President Obama’s policies are putting the economy back on the right track. In fact, Americans have seen 2.3 million more private sector jobs created in this economic recovery than during the equivalent period under President George W. Bush after the 2001 recession.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum repeated the discredited lie from the Romney campaign about welfare work requirements. Santorum said:
“This summer he showed us once again he believes in government handouts and dependency by waiving the work requirement for welfare. I helped write the welfare reform bill; we made the law crystal clear — no president can waive the work requirement.”
The Washington Post called this lie out writing today:
“This is a gross simplification of a complex issue. As we wrote in our original column, the Obama administration certainly appears to have committed a process foul in the way that it said it would consider waivers for worker participation targets, made in response to a request from GOP and Democratic governors. But one cannot make the rhetorical leap that Santorum does and conclude that this means that Obama believes in government handouts and dependency.”
Santorum also tried to tie poverty rates to marriage:
“We understand many Americans don’t succeed because the family that should be there to guide them, and serve as the first rung on the ladder of success, isn’t there or is badly broken.
The fact is that marriage is disappearing in places where government dependency is highest. Most single mothers do heroic work and an amazing job raising their children, but if America is going to succeed, we must stop the assault on marriage and the family.”
Sorry Rick, marriage is not the cause of poverty. Comparing the poverty rate of married parents to unmarried parents is an out of context statistic. Poverty is cause by unemployment and the evisceration of the social safety net by the GOP, not marriage.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie carried forward the false premise that the GOP is telling the truth.
“We believe in telling hard working families the truth about our country’s fiscal realities. Telling them what they already know – the math of federal spending doesn’t add up.
With $5 trillion in debt added over the last four years, we have no other option but to make the hard choices, cut federal spending and fundamentally reduce the size of government.”
The truth Christie isn’t telling you is that the Romney-Ryan plan for America cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans, and shifting the burden of “spending cuts” on to the backs of the middle class and seniors.
“We believe in telling seniors the truth about our overburdened entitlements,” Christie said last night. “We know seniors not only want these programs to survive, but they just as badly want them secured for their grandchildren. Seniors are not selfish.”
Christie leaves out that selfish is exactly what the GOP thinks of seniors and their desire to maintain the benefits of Medicare for their children and grand children. The Romney-Ryan plan for America shifts the burden of senior healthcare on to seniors who can least afford it. Their plan to change Medicare to a voucher system, designed to feed the vultures of health care (the Health Insurance Industry), will add thousands of dollars a year and additional costs on to the backs of seniors when they need their medical care the most. Their plan for America’s future demands that seniors choose between their medical care, and their needs for housing and food.
Last night’s mix of sugar and spice served only to spread a deep layer of dust. Dust made up of lies designed to conceal the truth of the Romney-Ryan plan for America.
Tonight we will see more theater, disguised as substance, from Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, John McCain, John Thune, Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, Condi Rice, and Susana Martinez. All of this will be capped off by the manufactured myth of Romney’s running-mate Paul Ryan.