For those of us who are fans of Ron White, you know about his routine involving new tires bought at Sears, and the specialist in tires who installed them, who forgot to replace the lug-nuts. That guy was described by Ron as the “tire guy.” He was the tire specialist!
Paul Ryan could be described as the “Tax Guy.” He has a degree in economics, and is not only the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, he is the Chairman. By the selection of Paiul Ryan as his running mate, Romney conveyed that the economic condition of the country would be the driving force in his campaign. Ryan has a reputation as a budget “slasher.” Almost as soon as Romney made his V.P. pick, he embraced the Ryan budget.
Now that Mitt Romney has performed in the first debate, which was focused on his economic plan, new questions have arisen about his economic policies. Obama and Clinton have suggested that Romney’s math, just doesn’t add up. While Romney proposes a 5 Trillion Dollar tax cut, and claims that it will be “revenue neutral”, he has been unwilling to specify what deductions he would eliminate to pay for this tax reduction. Robert Gibbs, a Senior campaign adviser to Obama, has described Romney’s debate performance as “fundamentally dishonest.”
However, when Fox News, FOX NEWS, asked Paul Ryan to admit what the tax cuts would cost, and what loopholes he would eliminate to pay for the tax cuts, Ryan refused to provide any details.
Here is the actual interview, and Ryan’s actual refusal to give any specifics.
He’s the “tax guy” and he couldn’t name even one loophole he would eliminate. So the joke is on Romney, Ryan can’t help him, if he can’t do the math. It is impossible to lower taxes by 5 Trillion Dollars , and find enough loopholes to close to pay for the tax cuts. It’s easy to write fiction. You just make it up. The real challenge is non-fiction. It’s harder to write, because you have to rely on facts and arithmetic.
A Rick Santorum supporter said it best when he told this joke:
“ There’s a little bar a couple doors down, and recently a conservative, a liberal, and a moderate walked into the bar. The bartender says, “Hi Mitt!’