Watching the Biden Ryan debate
Thursday night October twelfth I awaited the only scheduled Vice Presidential debate moderated by ABC’s Martha Raddatz. Paul Ryan, probably one of the most knowledgeable leaders on Capitol Hill, personally shredded Obamacare in the face of the President in 2009. During a discussion showing that the numbers claimed by Democrat advocates were simply unrealistic if not intentional deception, Ryan repeatedly disputed Obama’s faulty claims to a President who grew more tight lipped and resentful as the flaws in his plans were exposed.
A question of character
Joe Biden, Vice President, for the last 4 years of turmoil was set to try and head off the raging momentum Romney got from his performance in his first debate with President Obama. Joe’s mission, distract, lie, and minimize the impact of Paul Ryan’s strength in actuarial expertise in programs funding.
Let me preface this debate commentary by taking an historic look at Vice President Joe Biden, who finished in the lower third of his law school class and was caught cheating. Plagiarism in the literary world is considered a punishable offense, in college it can cause a student to lose course credits, flunk tests, or even elicit expulsion if it is relied upon heavily enough. Biden admitted to plagiarism, but said he did not do it malevolently. Does this give us insight into the character of the current Vice President? Given his tendency to make embarrassing gaffes and ambiguities during important public appearances? I would think so.
Vice President Joe Biden began his political career almost as soon as he graduated from Syracuse. In essence, Joe Biden has been a public servant for the better part of his life. The term public servant is almost tragically laughable in Biden’s case as it implies service for the greater good of the Republic. In Biden’s case, it appears that simply being on taxpayer’s long list of expenditures does not necessarily equate to noble personal sacrifice or contribution to this nation Biden has simply been a long lived fixture in the ongoing affairs of Washington DC.
You might recall that in 1988, Joe Biden disqualified from the Presidential race as a result of that college indiscretion. Yet, in 2008, Barack Obama didn’t hesitate to pick up Biden on his ticket. Does this indicate a consistent pattern in the President’s ethical choices for those holding positions in the Democrat White House? Most assured.
Behavior unbecoming of a Vice President
Now before we go further I’d like to define n important word that comes to mind when describing the character of Vice President Biden. Definition of Boor: a rude, clumsy person, loud, and insensitive : 2. a peasant, drinker, and a beast. Synonyms: bastard, creep, cretin, fink, heel, snake, scumbag, schmuck, scuzzball, sleaze, sleazeball, slime, slimeball, among many other slang adjectives. Does this apply to our Vice President? I can name a few public instances.
Joe Biden's boorish skills
As I watched the debate I was taken aback by the fact that it seemed the moderator had lost control of the contest due to VP Joe Biden’s insistent interruptions, loud mouthed antics, and creepy smiles aimed at Mary Raddatz as Paul Ryan attempted to answer questions and make a point. It seemed that Biden’s boorish behavior was aimed at trying to throw Paul Ryan off his normally inscrutable analysis of the issues. At one point during another of Joe Biden’s rude rants, Paul Ryan, very politely asked Obama’s VP addressing him as “Mister Vice President” if he would stop interrupting and allow him to finish his sentence.
Biden’s demeanor was disrespectful, disruptive, and bordered on absurd as Mary Raddatz, obviously beside herself, at times, continued to try to pin down each speaker to specifically answer a question without going into a complex soliloquy. However, Biden would have none of that. That simply was not his mission objective. He was there to rattle Paul Ryan and to slow down the legacy of the GOP momentum in these debates from becoming an election winning juggernaut.
Biden lied continually about healthcare reform, saying that Social Security recipients had not seen the cost of their benefits change in the last 3 years. Untrue, as costs have increassed 25% in the past 3 years. Biden incorrectly stated that Social Security was funded until 2033 due to the negotiations that took place while he was present during the Reagan administration and the Democrats under Speaker of the House Tip O’neal. The truth is that Obama removed 716 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare. Former Vice President, Al Gore, cast the deciding vote to charge retired Americans income tax on their Security benefits. Social Security is paying out record benefits while taking in too little to cover the costs. The Obama administration encourages the nearing bankruptcy of social security by allowing the influx of illegal immigrants who apply for benefits and supporting policies that kill jobs which has forced more applications for disability claims drastically increasing over the last 2 years.
Ryan calls Obama on overspending
Paul Ryan aptly pointed out President Obama’s refusal to adopt a budget plan in all the months of his present term. While Joe Biden blustered that if they (the GOP) would just, “get out of our way, we can create jobs.” The truth is that Obama’s jobs bill would amount to hundreds of billions more in spending to supposedly stimulate the economy in order to create growth that would require more jobs. So far, the job growth created by the Obama administration has been in the range of $7.00 to $14.00 an hour food service and retail type jobs that do not increase the quality of living for Americans. Many more jobs created by the Obama administration have been part time and under employed choices made by citizens stricken with long term unemployment or expiration of unemployment benefits.
The truth despite the lies of the Democrats
Ryan stated that Mitt Romney and himself envisioned an America that would attain pride and prosperity through their job creation strategy that did not call for more federal spending that used welfare, food stamps, and unemployment that promoted dependency. According to Ryan, he and Romney saw a future where Americans sought self reliance apart from the government to improve their lives.
Democrats can't live within a budget so no one else can either
Biden insisted that it was impossible for Romney and Ryan to increase economic growth through jobs while simultaneously lowering taxes and cutting unnecessary government agencies and departments. Paul Ryan pointed out that Reagan had achieved that very goal as Biden loudly denied it in typical boorish and inaccurate fashion. Ryan calmly maintained that inAs Paul Ryan calmly explained that more government revenue could be created by lowering taxes, Biden continued his tirade of disagreement. By lowering the world’s highest corporate tax rate, Ryan stated, he could bring employers from offshore back ino the US. By cutting income taxes, Ryan further advised, Americans would have more spending money which would cause more economic stimulus through increased retail activity without the need for costly government spending at a time when federal deficits are staggering.
The debate ultimately boiled down to the classic difference of both parties in economic, healthcare, and social security management. Romney and Ryan want big government put of the way, reducing regulations, lowering taxes, and cutting unnecessary burraeucracy to control the cost of government. When more people are back to work more tax revenue is collected.
Paul Ryan pointed out that under President Obama the welfare state has grown shockingly, unemployment remains high, and Obamacare is too expensive managed by a huge federal government infrastructure.
Discussions on the military, withdrawal from Afghanistan, and nuclear threats from Iran more will be further discussed in Part II.