Mitt and his Rove Jr. VP Grace 60 Minutes and Honesty Was Hard to Come By

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I just watched Mitt Romney and his (well, Karl Rove’s) Vice-Presidential running mate, Wisconsin Republican House member and Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan from Janesville. Ryan took his House seat in 1999.

The pair were grilled on 60 Minutes for a bit over a half-hour by the grand old man of interviewing, the ever-decent, Bob Schieffer, a straightforward pro not given to hyperbole or ‘gotcha’ questions. Ironically, the interview was held in a furniture factory in High Point, North Carolina. Interesting, given the fact that 75% of the wooden furniture sold in the U.S. is made overseas. High Point was once at the epicenter of Textile Mills and furniture factories. No more, because Romney and his ilk were busy sending American Manufacturing jobs overseas.

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But the goobers around the rest of the country don’t know that, so why not High Point? After all, Romney and Ryan and Rove see President Obama as being vulnerable in a state he carried in 2008.

Responding to Schieffer, Romney said that the decision to ‘hire’ Ryan was made August 1st. The primary reason was that “this is a guy who is a real leader.’ I hang with a really politically aware crowd. The name Ryan hardly ever came up during the entirety of the Bush administration, receiving national (and our) attention only with his repeated entreaties to privatize Social Security and early declarations of war on women. He remained largely a back-bencher until the Tea Party takeover of the house in the mid-terms. He was then elevated to the chairmanship of the House Budget Committee. That’s when his name started appearing in the media with regularity.

His limited profile really started its rise with the release of his first Ryan budget, “The Path to Prosperity” in 2008. That was followed by the 2009 and 2010 versions. His 2011 budget passed on a House vote though the senate despised it and stopped it in its tracks. When Teapublicans got a sniff of the Ryan budget’s inhuman, destructive contents and the federal government emasculation, the radical right had a new hero. A 2012 update Ryan budget also passed the House. Romney told Schieffer that he and Ryan share the same values.

If you call destroying most of the public safety nets of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, pimping government tax giveaways to the wealthy, brutally cutting food stamps, decimating health care on all levels and handing a good portion of social security over to Romney’s Wall Street pals, then, yes, these two share the same values. Ryan is synonymous with vouchers and privatization.

Considering what followed, I thought I had accidentally switched over to Comedy Central. Romney actually praised his new VP for dedicating his years in congress to working in ways that were not highly partisan or political. Yeah, hardly a day goes by when I don’t see Ryan on Fox News (a favorite and repeated haunt) begging his colleagues to be less partisan. And political? Ryan? There is no way on earth that the Ryan budget could get any more politicized. Deep tea party-loved cuts in federal, state and local services are at the epicenter of the budget. Every gain for the wealthy comes at the expense of the poor and middle-class; 45% of his tax cuts go to the top 1% or those with an income above $630,000 per year. Got an annual income over a million? Ryan gives you a $265,000 tax cut not to mention an extra $129,000 from the Bush cuts if the republicans prevail.

The boys said “the president has a terrible record, so he can’t run on that.” Virtually every facet of that part of the record that is indeed ‘terrible’ is a direct result of representatives like Ryan refusing to even remotely consider honorable and effective legislation that ‘bi-partisan’ republicans blocked 100% of the time. Is that political; non-partisan? Ryan told the 60 minutes audience that the president is going to try to distract attention from his record by attacking Romney.

Romney continued his farcical responses by looking Schieffer straight in the eye and assuring him that Ryan would help shepherd legislation through congress, again because he’ll be able to work with democrats and find common ground. He continued that Ryan had the capacity to get people of different parties to work together. Romney forgot to add, that they can work together as long as the Democrats do everything the Republicans tell them to do. That’s already been oft-quoted by the numerous Republican’s, themselves.

The funniest line of the entire interview was “We’re planting the seeds for bi-partisan cooperation.” So what have you been doing for the last two years when Obama was on his knees imploring you to “plant the seeds for bi-partisan cooperation?” Didn’t hear a word from Ryan.

One of them (I don’t remember which one) bitched about passing on a trillion a year (I assume he was referring to the deficit) to our children. Of course, neither proposed raising taxes on their wealthy colleagues to help eliminate said deficit. They even accused Obama of ‘crony capitalism’ and ‘corporate welfare’. Is there anybody this side of the Mason-Dixon line that doesn’t know that line applies pretty much exclusively to the republicans? That’s an old Rove tactic. Point the finger at the opposition and charge them with doing what you’re doing. Yeah, this was a Rove choice all right.

Sitting next to Captain Tax Shelter, Ryan, again with a straight face, pledged to take away tax shelters from high-income people. Ryan also said he was releasing 2 years of tax returns, “just like Mr. Romney”, apparently not being aware that Romney only released 1 year of tax returns (2010) and 1 year of tax estimates (2011). You could tell Ryan was extremely uncomfortable with that question. Whether it was for himself or Romney, or both, remains to be seen. If I had anything to say about it, I’d add Ryan’s name to the demand that both men release at least 10 years of tax returns.

As the interview ended, I thought about how evasive and manipulative the answers were; how much parsing was going on. How basically dishonest the answers were. It was the perfect ticket for the new Republican Party.

13 Replies to “Mitt and his Rove Jr. VP Grace 60 Minutes and Honesty Was Hard to Come By”

  1. I watched it, difficult as it was to see. It was nothing more than bloody red MEAT for their base. The dishonesty and misrepresentation of facts was nauseating. And there is a segment of their base who will be repeating their lies verbatim by tomorrow morning.

  2. How do these two men sleep at night? or explain their rudeness and outright disrespect in speeches to their children? what a terrible example to set for their kids and grandkids, ugh, they have no shame or concience.

    What would their “creator” say?

  3. I truly believe that Satan has taken over the GOP. When rich men can sit there and blatantly lie, just lie, in order to get into power, that is not God at work. For all their “Christian” upbringings, these two exhibit not one iota of humility, caring, love for their fellow man, or a willingness to help others. Instead, I see hubris, greed, disdain for the poor, and a stunning disregard for women. They would ruin this nation in two seconds flat. The only thing standing between Ryan’s plan and the ruination of the nation are the few remaining Democrats with a brain and a conscience. We have to make sure these two clowns are nowhere near DC in November…and by the way, is it legal to run for two offices at once? I won’t discuss the morality of it, because the GOP lost those long ago.

  4. If Schieffer is an example of the interviews Willard and Ryan are going to receive from the MSM the campaign will be content free. Schieffer was very disappointing.

  5. Tired of the media letting these people get away with outright lies and not calling them on it. If a Democrat was lying through their teeth the way these guys do, the media would be all over them in a heartbeat. Absolutely appalling and this is part of why we have such a toxic environment for politics today. They can say whatever they want, use whatever dog whistles they want, use whatever divisive language they want – and they get away with it time and time again.

    Ryan is nothing more than Romney’s “mini-me.” He can lie just as well as Romney can and in that respect, they’re a match made in hell. Both, however, have no business in politics – much less the Oval Office. They will be an unmitigated disaster for this country should they win the election.

  6. Bill,I agree with you on the disappointing part,but it wasn’t ole Bob’s fault really.You could literally see Bob biting through his tongue&he also rolled his eyes twice that the Camera wasn’t able to cut(I HAD to laugh at that).You could tell he was wanting to unleash a serious can of Whoop-Ass on them,but the Corporate Masters that now control CBS&all other MSM effectively neutered him.Don’t be surprised if Shaffer retires VERY soon.His exasperation&outright belly sickness at what’s taking Place is more than apparent here&on everything else he does& it’s enough to drive him away from the job he has loved&done so well for so long.It’s a shame really,since he’s one the few in Journalism that still have a Conscience left.

  7. I turned on 60 minutes last night and when I saw that they were going to have Bob Schieffer do an interview of the totalitarian twins I muted the sound.

    The articles about the jobs program in Connecticut (too bad they didn’t say that with Romney-Ryan in the white house you won’t see anymore of those kinds of things) and the orchestra in the Congo that came after the interview was much more interesting. I already know what kind of ridiculous nonsense Romney-Ryan spew.

  8. They can. Their children will never ever have to worry about healthcare, schools, food, etc. They HAVE MONEY. insider trader WEALTH..ALL OF THEM. THEY ARE THE 1%. THEY ARE TAKING CARE OF THE RICH. AND THAT’S ALL. But try telling that to their uninformed and conveniently denying constituency. THEIR CONSTITUENCY IS READY TO LET THIER KIDS, GRANDPARENTS FRIENDS AND FAMILY DIE FOR THEIR PARTY. No problem at all. This is how great they see their GOP leaders. Hitler comes to mind every day when I see the mind control the GOP has on their rediculousy stupid constituency. Less the killings by gas chambers of course. Welcome to the new innovative GOP killings by DEPRIVATION AND AUSTERITY. Thats where they’re taking you. ABSOLUTELY NO LIE.

  9. You’ll note that the Christians that scream the loudest about their purity and goodness–use God’s name the most to LIE CHEAT AND STEAL. My own devout xtian sister in law told her son to lie so she could be right (righteous). She slapped my grandson and was seen clearly doing it but tried to deny it. I tell you she’s mean. The thing is you could tell the lie was rehearsed and he really didn’t like doing it. I told her that day. Call me anything you like..condemn me to hell all you want. (You know xtians..they like to condemn you to hell because you refuse to be like LIKE THEM.) I believe in God and my SAVIOR. I just don’t believe nor follow those kinds of xtians. And yet they are the meanest people I know. Mean, greedy, hateful LIARS. At least the one in my family is. I told her.. you JUST TAUGHT YOUR SON TO LIKE IN GOD’S NAME. Your own guilt will eat you up alive before your words of condemnation to me will ever do anything. To this day (that was 11 years ago) she blames me for her miserable FAILED marriage and life over that litte statement of truth. I’m like this. You treat people with hate unacceptance and just plain awfullness and lies you end up wrapped in it and usually enjoying its fruits by yourself. Kind of where she’s at today. I on the other hand have been feeling very blessed not to have to deal with her hate anymore.

  10. Sociopaths say what they believe, and believe what they say. They honestly don’t know any better; they’ve repeated their lies so often that they have become truths (to them, anyway)

  11. Mr. Schieffer is a weak interviewer and as such he is perfect for serial liars like Romney/Ryan. We need real journalists who will challenge lies at the moment that they are delivered.

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