It was a pretty full day again at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, and that was all before vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan even took to the stage at the taxpayer-funded arena to give the main speech of the day.

Mitt Romney’s bunch reportedly threw a big party for big campaign donors in Tampa aboard the presidential nominee’s spacious yacht, complete with the flag of the Cayman Islands flying from it.  You’ve got to know that if it had been Barack Obama doing the same thing, his loyalty to America — if not his citizenship — would have been questioned.

But, never fear, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came along in his speech to stop just short of coming out as a “birther” anyway with the line, “It just doesn’t occur to an American that someone else will solve their problems.”

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Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice (Photo credit: Jackson West)

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice talked about what she saw as shortcomings for the President on the foreign policy front.  To balance it all out, former Secretary of State Colin Powell — Rice’s predecessor — has praised the Obama administration just recently for its foreign policy initiatives.  To each, their own.

And now that Paul Ryan is speaking, I’m waiting for him to speak in detail about how a Romney-Ryan ticket would push or give some incentive to businesses to create jobs, or create jobs itself by pushing for attention to our deteriorating infrastructure.  I’m waiting for him to explain how Republicans can block efforts to keep more jobs in America rather than shipping them overseas.  Instead, what I’m hearing more of so far is this …

Jobs … Obamacare … bad.

Jobs … Obamacare … bad.

Jobs … Obamacare … bad.

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Romney Ryan Plan (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

And what about that American Jobs Act initiative that’s sat there, stalled out in Congress, for almost a year?  Waiting for mention of that as well.

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Instead, it’s “regulatory reform.”  Actions that might help the jobs situation by fractions at best.

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Continuing to misquote the “you didn’t build that” statement.  Ryan says they’ll create 12 million new jobs over the next four years.  How?

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“Let’s get this country working again.”  How do you do that with a “jobs barracuda” in the White House?  How are you going to create 12 million jobs in four years, as Ryan just promised?

The Ryan speech is over.  I still have questions.

Waiting …

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5 thoughts on “Counting down to Labor Day: Five days to go

    1. Sorry, Terry, but I’m not buying it. The first comment that I read in this article reflects pretty much exactly how I would respond, and the author shot it down.

      I know your feelings about Obama, and I understand why you feel that way. Now, let’s take a look at the systematic pillaging of American jobs beyond your story that began to happen well before Obama was even a blip on the presidential radar screen. I lived through hearing our regional director walking past my cubicle on the phone talking to someone on the other end — somewhat loudly — about cutting jobs in our building and sending them overseas.

      And that’s an example from just one company — pre-Obama and pre-Dem-controlled Congress. This was with the Bush tax cuts in effect that were supposed to make it easier to create the jobs. Where’d the jobs go?

      Sorry, man. I appreciate your input, but I’m not buying what this article you’re linking to is trying to sell.

  1. The Republicans are a bit short of content, detail. It’s not an accident. This is how they have decided (after marketing studies, focus groups, polling research etc) to present themselves: just some flag waving and clean haircuts. It’s sad to watch.

    1. Neil Newhouse, Romney pollster: “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” Which is why many points that Ryan made last night were not true OR at least were guilty of misinformation. The GM plant that closed down: happened in 2008, under W. Bush. Getting in a slam on Obama not supporting a deficit commission report without mentioning that he himself had voted against it, helping to kill it. Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. government debt — put at Obama’s feet. But Ryan didn’t mention that S&P itself, in explaining its downgrade, referred to the debt ceiling standoff. Politicized in the last Congress, driven by House Republicans, led in the charge by Paul Ryan.

      On the GM plant closure, check the dates in the photos in this link — December 2008. http://gazettextra.com/photos/galleries/last-day-gm/

      If it’s not detailing solutions to big promises because they’re admittedly afraid they’d lose, it’s relying on misstatements. Hopefully that doesn’t amount to a winning formula.

      1. I’m afraid they think it is a winning formula. “Rewriting” themselves – plus limiting votes in Black/Democratic voting districts.

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