Mitt Romney’s Desperate VP Choice
Maya RockeymooreDr. Maya Rockeymoore is president and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a social change strategy firm in Washington, D.C., and the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a social change nonprofit dedicated to making policy work for people and their environments. She is also the co-chair of the Commission to Modernize Social Security. A regular guest on radio and television shows, Dr. Rockeymoore has appeared on NPR, CNN, Black Entertainment Television, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, Al Jazeera and C-SPAN.
You have to wonder about the level of Mitt Romney’s desperation to select Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate. By all accounts, Mr. Ryan seems like a nice all-American guy: former McDonald’s employee, waiter, and personal fitness trainer. But all of these ordinary working class jobs Ryan held in his youth do not cover the fact that he is aiding and abetting the most extraordinary financial heist in U.S. history.
The author of the Ryan Budget, a scheme that House Republicans have voted for, Paul Ryan seeks to close the national debt by dismantling New Deal and Great Society systems like Social Security and Medicare that help the aged, disabled and infirm; cutting funding for education and other programs that help build the middle class; and reducing services for the children and the poor. In other words, tearing these systems apart brick by brick in the name of “fiscal responsibility.” At the same time, the Ryan Budget gives more tax privileges to wealthy individuals and corporations. In short, his plan shifts public resources, including systems that workers have self-funded, from main street to Wall Street.
This is outright fiscal fraud that, coming on the heels of twin housing and financial crises that ripped off ordinary citizens, would amount to grand theft of the public treasure on behalf of oligarchs like Mitt Romney, hedge fund billionaires, and Wall Street millionaires.
The tragedy of this fraudulent scheme is that so called “public servants” like Paul Ryan claim to be offering solutions on behalf of the entire country when they are only serving the interests of the wealthy. Needless to say this approach will only prove to make the rich richer while leaving middle and working class Americans mired in the wreckage of a nation that once cared about the economic and health security of its children and families.
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