It is painful to read liberals condescend to give Romney advice on how to debate with Obama. But it is instructive to see them try to set limits on what Romney may say. One self-selected advisor opines of Romney and Ryan that “the elements of their economic plan—whether tax cuts for the wealthy or vouchers to replace Medicare—are anathema to the majority of voters. On those issues, at best they’re on the defensive.”
At best they’re on the defensive?
If they are on such dangerous ground with the economic surgery they recommend, is that because the patient isn’t being told he is sick? Or that there is painless magic medicine that will make him all better?
The real scandal here is that Obama is permitted to tell huge lies to the American people and the media gives him a pass so they can make Romney and Ryan look bad. The lie is that Obama has any plan whatsoever to pay down the debt.
I’m not talking about some mistake due to a malfunctioning teleprompter. I’m not talking about hidden footage to a select group of people that got exposed. I’m talking about his planned campaign. There it is at the 37-second mark: He doesn’t just say it, but it gets plastered on the screen in pretty blue framing: The President’s Plan: PAY DOWN OUR DEBT.
In his stump speeches, here is the standard campaign pitch:
This election is about our economic future. Yes, foreign policy matters. Social issues matter. But more than anything else, this election presents a choice between two fundamentally different visions of how to create strong, sustained growth; how to pay down our long-term debt; and most of all, how to generate good, middle-class jobs—so people can have confidence that if they work hard, they can get ahead” (emphasis added).
Pretty amazing promises for a guy who, on the David Letterman show, couldn’t remember the amount of our debt is, and who promised it was not an immediate problem.
Not only is Obama never going to fulfill this promise, he has already promised us the he won’t fulfill this promise. As Senator Jeff Sessions pointed out recently:
To pay down the debt requires a budget surplus. Under the President’s 10-year budget, there is never a surplus. The single lowest annual deficit is $543 billion. The annual deficit in the tenth year grows to $652 billion. Despite $1.8 trillion in new taxes, his budget increases our spending and debt every year, adding $11 trillion to the debt overall. Just the interest payments alone on our debt will exceed defense spending in seven years. These are not my numbers; they come from the tables in the President’s own budget document that he printed and sent to Congress.
For the President to say his plan will pay down the debt is one of the greatest financial misrepresentations ever made to the American people.
So where are all the fact checkers for Obama? Notice what this tells us. When the media do sometimes offer some mild criticism or negative fact about Obama, they are just covering themselves to “look” neutral. This is the most flagrant lie imaginable that has the most impact on whether Ryan’s plan is dangerous or a sane response to reality. They are ignoring the Democrat’s elephant in the room to make an ass look better.
But even more sinister, the Obama campaign planned this lie without any fear of reasonable exposure in the mainstream press. That has to tell us something about the perversity of our mainstream media culture.