By Tom Quiner
“I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression.”
This was Congressman Paul Ryan’s comment last night. His first impression is important:
“I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power. They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went.”
The silence of Team Obama is glaring on the critical issues of the economy, deficits, and jobs.
The focus of Obama’s campaign has been that Mitt Romney essentially killed a woman with cancer by cutting off her healthcare when he was at Bain Capital. Of course, it was a one-thousand percent falsehood.
The focus has been on Republican treatment of rape victims, Romney tax returns, and how Republicans want to put blacks back in chains.
Can you imagine such an unserious campaign? Can you imagine such silence on key issues in the face of such critical economic issues pressing America?
Barack Obama wasn’t silent on these issues four years ago.
To his credit, he was clear, bold, and direct.
He scolded former president George W. Bush for allowing our nation’s debt ceiling to rise by $4 trillion under his watch:
“That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”
And yet Team Obama increased the debt from $10.6 Trillion (with a capital T) to nearly $16 Trillion.
The newly elected Barack Obama was bold and brash, claiming he will …
“cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office.”
Make note of the words “we inherited.” Barack Obama is a blamer. In fairness, Mr. Obama did inherit a tough situation, which Paul Ryan acknowledged:
“President Barack Obama, came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those are very tough days. And any fair measure of his record has to take that into account.”
But Ryan said it is time for Barack Obama to stop blaming everyone but himself for our bad situation:
“And the story that Barack Obama does tell, forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago. Isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?”
Today, Barack Obama is silent on his failure to cut the deficit in half. He is silent on his spending record that has produced deficits in excess of one Trillion dollars per year in each of his first three years in office. His fourth year numbers will come in more of the same red ink.
Mr. Ryan took the president to task when he was asked what he, Obama, could have done better in his first term. Here is an excerpt from Ryan’s speech on this subject:
You know, President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, “Well, I haven’t communicated enough.” He said his job is to, quote, “tell a story to the American people”. As if that is the whole problem here? He needs to talk more and we need to be better listeners?
Mr. Obama has supplied American and the world with no shortage of self-serving rhetoric. But today he is silent on how to fix the mess he and his party made worse.
Keep in mind how critical Barack Obama was of the Bush budget. Keep in mind that the Paul Ryan budget exceeds the Bush budget by $150 billion. So the same Bush budget that was so irresponsible in 2008 is now considered to be irresponsible because it is too little when Paul Ryan proposes it.
As Paul Ryan said, Team Obama is desperate to hold on to their power. They are political predators who will say anything to win reelection.
That is what they know, slash and burn politics. They’re good at it.
But they’re inexperienced on how to create prosperity. They’ve never run a business. That’s why Mitt Romney is a good choice for where America is at right now.
As for Obama, he just doesn’t know what to do. He’s out of ideas.
That explains the silence of this pack of wolves.