Paul Bonnifield: What’s the policy?
August 17, 2012
I'm deeply concerned after reading the article in the Steamboat Today "Romney seeking distance: Presidential candidate stresses Ryan's agenda different from own." If his policy is not Ryan's or President Obama's, then what is his budget policy? We all know in detail the budget policies of Ryan and Obama. But we do not know the solid matter of Romney's budget. All he has provided to date is campaign generalities. In recent weeks, he has been under pressure from Democrats and Republicans to provide substance to support his claims. With the selection of Ryan for his running mate, I (for one) believed he had provided that substance. Apparently I was wrong.
I'm sure members of the tea party were pleased that Ryan was added to the ticket, and they were sure that his budget policy had Romney's approval. That now seems a false allusion. How much difference exists between the two budgets, and does Romney differ markedly on sections that tea party voters are not willing to compromise on?
For Ryan to give up his extremely powerful chairmanship in the House required a very attractive political deal (deals are the nature of politics). If it wasn't his budget program, then what was the agreement? It is entirely reasonable to think Romney is playing the game of being on both sides of the issue. He made the deal, but then publicly denied cutting the deal.
During the primaries, Romney often was presented as a "me too" liberal dressed in a conservative coat. That is, he stands for this, and he believes in that, and what is the flavor of the day? He favors whatever will get him elected, and there is no true substance to his statements (which is a failing of many politicians in both major parties). They want the office. The goal is simply to get the office and the presumed glory. They tell whomever they are talking to what they want to hear.
Back to the opening statement. We voters know Ryan's budget policy. We know Obama's budget policy. It is time for Romney to provide a budget policy that is as clear and detailed as the other two men. We don't wait until public opinion polls suggest which sections of the budgets are most likely to receive voter approval.