One of the staples of political campaigns is cherry picking, in which candidates choose an issue or angle and only discuss the parts of it that fit the argument they want to make.

The problem with cherry picking, however, is the lack of information – or the distortion of the information – usually turns on the picker in the end.

When presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nevada this week, he criticized President Obama for a plan that would cut military spending by $1 trillion.

Unfortunately for Romney, the cuts are triggered by the Budget Control Act of 2011, a “compromise” bill passed after Republicans vowed to throw the U.S. in default unless the Democrats went along with automatic budget cuts if a bipartisan budget agreement wasn’t reached.

So while it’s true that the budget cuts might occur on Obama’s watch, they also will occur on the watch of the Republican House and Senate leadership, including House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, creating a small flaw in what Romney thought was a great line of attack.

According to The Washington Post, the Republican members of the so-called super committee, created to try to reach the bipartisan agreement, pushed the cuts because they did not want to raise any taxes to bring in additional revenue.

On Wednesday, Republicans again chose to tax cuts, which means they would rather cut spending, regardless of whom it hurts – even some of their own presumed constituencies – rather than raise personal income taxes for the wealthy or find some other non-income taxes to balance the budget.

So Romney seeks to win friends and influence votes by calling for greater military spending, while his party’s legislative leaders are calling for what they say is fiscal discipline.

The cuts needed to balance the budget are so deep, that it would decimate the government, The Post said.  

“If Romney wants to make good on his vow to increase defense spending by $2.1 trillion, and he also wants to make good on his support for the tax cuts incorporated in the House Republicans’ budget, he would need to cut the rest of the government’s functions – including Social Security and Medicare benefits – by about 14 percent, according to the Center for American Progress.”

That would be all well and good if Romney hadn’t also vowed not to cut Social Security and Medicare for those 55 and older.

To pull that off and keep the tax cut the Republicans want, Romney would have to shut down the functions of the departments of Commerce,  Education, Energy, Commerce, Interior, Justice, Labor, Treasury and NIH.

But he didn’t mention any of that in his VFW speech.

Apparently, inconvenient truths aren’t worth uttering unless they inconvenience the other side.


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2 thoughts on “Politics Week in Review

  1. DUKODY1 on said:

    What are Black leaders doing to challenge Obama’s Failures to Black Americans. Even with a so-called FBPOTUS, there are more Blacks in poverty. Blacks are last in Obama’s political circle. Hispanics are more sought after than Blacks by Obama. Why is that journalist? Brother Al ‘The Pimp’ Sharpton once said something similiar to “Just because He looks like you, doesn’t mean he is for you”. Where is your leader Al today? Why has the tone changed ? Something has to change Black folks. Your leaders like Sharpton have jobs making millions on TV shows supporting Obama. All these Black leaders have money, they are not feeling the devastation of poverty.They are feeding their families. They don’t have your interest in mind folks. Journalist ask these questions and see what the answers are. Black folks are counting on you to be real, not one-sided. And Black voters don’t be afraid of Real Change for the better. Everything is not perfect but Romney is not the Boogey man. yes he is rich, but so are Jay-Z, Beyonce, Oprah and others. The point is Obama and Romney are both politicians. Obama wants you to have his back while his front with smiles and hugs is for white folks. Don’t be Obama’s behind Black folks. Romney will get All America working again, and all Americans proud to be an American again. It will happen folks because Congress will come together an believe and support Romney. Something that will never happen for Obama. Again, it’s not just Repubs against Obama, more Dems have lost faith and trust in Obama also. Forget same skin color, look at your current situation and ask yourself, is it better or worst? Blacks deserve better, Forget Obama, you are not included in Obama’s 4 more years folks. Challenge Obama… WAKE UP BLACK FOLKS…

  2. DUKODY1 on said:

    Listen journalist, Mitt Romney may not be perfect, and he is man enough to say he made mistakes in the past, but if your message is for Black folks, the your concentration should be on the so-called FBPOTUS. You see journalist while you and other Coward leaders are talking Romney, most Black families that are suffering or their situations have gotten worst on Obama’s watch, are still looking for answers on where is the CHANGE? HOPE? Why should Obama get 4 more years. You see journalist, Obama is not respected in Washington by either Repubs or Dems. Have you heard journalist that many Dems are behind closed doors supporting Romney. Journalist, instead of feeding Blacks with this garbage, you and other so-called Black leaders should be demanding Obama to do more for Blacks. If Romney was in office with the unemployment rate at 14.4% for Blacks and under 8% for Whites, You, Al Sharpton, Morial, Jealuos and the other Shameful Coward so-called Black leaders would be at the White House daily marching on TV. Obama can’t and don’t respect Blacks because he can’t relate to Blacks because he was never raised by Blacks. Obama was taught at a young age that Blacks are Lazy, can’ t be trusted by his KKK racist White grandparents. You speak of Romney’s Mormon faith, but what about Obama’s family, not his church, his family beliefs. Why is no one talking about that journalist. Romney is a very wealthy white man, but he feels comfortable talking to any American. Now you may not agree with some of his views but Romney is a True Leader without all the hype and Kumbaya celebration that goes nowhere.

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