"Look, I know the area, I've been there, I know wars, I know how to win wars, and I know how to improve our capabilities so that we will capture Osama bin Laden -- or put it this way, bring him to justice... We will do it, I know how to do it."
That was then Presidential Candidate, John McCain. Problem was - he wouldn't tell anyone what his plan was, not even the Bush Administration. The Wall Street Journal was questioning this months before this statement:
“One thing I will not do is telegraph my punches. Osama bin Laden will be the last to know,” he said today while riding on the back of his bus between Florida events. In other words: he’s not telling. Why not share his strategy with the current occupant of the White House? “Because I have my own ideas and it would require implementation of certain policies and procedures that only as the president of the United States can be taken.”
That response, of course, echoes Richard Nixon’s campaign promise in 1968 to stop the Vietnam War. Nixon also declined to say what his plan was. America’s involvement in the Vietnam war continued until 1973.
I'm still waiting for what his plan would have been.
The thing is, if one were to recall that election cycle, his lack of communication on this issue (and others) hurt his chances for election. Ok, and Sarah Palin, but that isn't my point today. People wanted to know what McCain was hiding. That brings me to today.
The Romney/Ryan ticket don't want to tell you what they will do. Like McCain in 2008, they expect you to trust and not verify. Case in point: Paul Ryan gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network during the Values Voters Summit here in DC over the weekend.
David Brody: “There are some conservatives that have spoken out saying they want to see some more specifics from the Romney/Ryan team and one thing that comes up, at least from the liberals is tax loopholes. Is there a reason you guys aren’t naming specific tax loopholes?”
Paul Ryan: “Yes because we want to get it done. Look, I’ve been on the Ways and Means Committee for 12 years. I’m very familiar with how to make successful tax reforms take place. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil did it in 1986 but we haven’t done it since 1986 for lots of reasons which is we don’t want to presume to say ‘here’s exactly our way or the highway take it or leave it Congress.’ We want to say this is our vision, lower tax rates across the board for families and small businesses and work on the loopholes that are enjoyed by the higher income earners, take away their tax shelters so more of their income is subject to taxation. That lowers everybody’s tax rates. And we have to be able to work with Congress on those details, on how to fill it in and more to the point we don’t want to cut some backroom deal that they did with Obamacare where we hatched some plan behind the scenes and they spring it on the country. We want to do this in front, in the public, through congressional hearings with Congress so that we can get to the best conclusion with a public participation. That’s the process that works the best to ultimate success gets this done. That’s why we’re doing it this way.”
So basically, to translate, they won't name specifics because "they want to get it done" and not "want to cut some backroom deal " instead, they desire "want to do this in front, in the public, through congressional hearings with Congress so that we can get to the best conclusion with a public participation."
Say what? This is an election, this is the time for the public to know specifically what they want to propose. Like John McCain, they want the public to simply trust them.
Or, maybe like McCain, they really don't have a plan at all. Just leave it to a do-nothing Congress... or is it this?
All we have to do is replace Obama. ... We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.
Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.
That was Grover Norquist.
The question: Is there a reason you guys aren’t naming specific tax loopholes?”
The answer? “Because I have my own ideas and it would require implementation of certain policies and procedures that only as the president of the United States can be taken.”
Pay attention to the hand they are showing. They want you to just trust and not verify. They really think American voters are that naive. Or, they think ALL Americans are conservative. We know what Rick Santorum had to say about that. Be smart, that's not elitist, it's just common sense. The GOP actually wants you to be uniformed and vote for them anyway.
The American people deserve have the RIGHT to know what they will be voting for come November. It's time for Romney/Ryan to put up or shut up.