Mitt has announced his Vice President pick as Paul Ryan. One has to wonder why, as Ryan is not well known and does not come from a key state. A pick of a former governor or Senator from a key state seems more
reasonable as the election will be determined by those key states. Ohio, Indiana, and Florida are key — Ryan is from Wisconsin.
Ryan is a proponent of a budget plan that calls for more tax benefits for the well-to-do and paying for those tax benefits at the expense of the middle class and poor. And his plan increases the deficit, which is the direct
opposite of the battle cry of the Tea Party to reduce the deficit. While this does not compute, his questionable hard-core approach does appeal to Tea/Republicans, but one has to wonder how much it appeals to Independents
who will, in the end, decide the winner in November. The burning question: Will middle Americans want to give up their home interest deduction, or cuts in Social Security/Medicare, so that Mitt has lower taxes?
Why Ryan, who may well be a repeat of Sarah Palin? I believe it must be for the shock value to deflect the questions about Mitt’s tax returns and IRA.
Will it work for Mitt? Time will tell.
JAMES E. LONGHOFER