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Monday, August 13, 2012

60 Minutes with Romney and Ryan...not totally synced

Your papers please?
Sam Stein of the Huffington Post has published  a brief piece on yesterday's Romney/Ryan CBS Bob Schiefer interview. 

During the interview  Ryan mentioned he would only release two years of tax returns. Ahhhh, I read over this past weekend that the Romney camp has requested multiple years of tax returns from the top three to four candidates.  It seems Ryan will, of course, follow the Romney script and hide tax information from the voting public.

Huff Post.....

The Wisconsin Republican, appearing alongside Romney on "60 Minutes" for their first joint media interview, seemed poised and assured throughout the 15-minute segment. When pressed with a question about tax returns -- a topic that has dogged Romney -- Ryan had a ready answer.

"It was a very exhaustive vetting process," he told CBS's Bob Schiefer. "It is a confidential vetting process. So there were several years. But I'm going to release the same amount of years that Governor Romney has. But I got to tell you Bob -- two, I'm going to be releasing two, which is what he's releasing -– what I hear from people around this country, they are not asking, 'Where are the tax returns,' they are asking where the jobs are? Where is the economic growth?"
Romney has yet to release to full years of returns.  Ryan mentions the American people asking about "jobs". has Ryan told the American people why he and his party have avoided any and all jobs bills proposed by the Administration. 

Talking-points abound from the GOP.

Of particular note is the appearance that Romney and Ryan may not have 'synced-up' on the number of years to release. The interview also seemed to divulge a basic difference in personal perception regarding tax return transparency.
At one point, Ryan interrupted the man who had just made him the presumptive vice presidential nominee. "What we are saying is: Take away the tax shelters that are uniquely enjoyed by people in the top tax brackets," he said, "so they can't shelter as much money from taxation, so that you can lower tax rates for everybody to make America more competitive. "It was a fairly straightforward overview of tax reform: Eliminate the loopholes and use those savings to lower rates across the board. But it was also a bit awkward. Just last week, new questions were raised over the role Romney played in using the tax shelter Son of Boss while heading up the audit committee of the Marriott hotel empire in the 1990s. 
RTT NEWs is also reporting on the 60 minutes interview.
In the "60 Minutes" interview, Ryan suggested that the Obama campaign is using the tax return issue to distract voters from the president's failed policies.
"What I hear from people around this country, they're not asking where the tax returns," Ryan said. "They're asking where the jobs are. Where's the economic growth? Those are the issues that matter." However, the Obama campaign was quick to respond, with spokesman Danny Kanner sending out on email shortly after the interview aired.
Ryan's exposure to non-public relations media (non-FOx News) was met with straight-forward questions. he did not get any two minute long waving hands Hannity 'facilitation' questioning.  Yet, he sticks to his talking-points, and he embellishes quite well for the newly anointed VP prospect. He mentions people he speaks with around the nation. Question. What types of people do you really think Paul Ryan speaks to "around the nation". he speaks, like Romney, to selective audiences and probably people who are financially very well-off.  Ryan has met stiff heckling during some puclic forums related to Social Security and Medicare.  He did not handle the heckling sessions very well.  He will not avail himself to people who truly are in need of jobs. He dare not, as his Congress (the House) has been total obstructionist regarding every jobs bill proposed by the White House.  In some, cases Cantor and Boehner did allow bills to come-up for a vote! He mentions economic growth. 
I am no economist, but I do believe that jobs drive the economy. If the GOP obstructed job bills like the avoiding the plague, how could any economy grow. If the GOP has dispatched public service workers (teachers, firefighters and police) from the rosters of local and state payrolls, one has to wonder about the wisdom of harping on growth.  

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