by Dee Newman
Were you watching the Republican National Convention last night?
I thought the whole point of an acceptance speech is to truthfully tell the American people what kind of president you will be – to tell us the hard truths we need to hear and what you will do to address the tough issues facing this nation – specifically our nation's high rate of unemployment.
In fact, that’s what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Mitt’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, told us Mitt would tell us. I was actually really looking forward to finally hearing Mitt’s plan to put people back to work.
It seems to me, though it required a little effort and courage, he had a fairly easy task – “if you elect me, here's what I will do."
Unfortunately, by the time the balloons dropped last night, we had no better idea what Mitt would do in office than we had the day before.
I wasn’t looking for charts and a whiteboard, but I was expecting to hear something about what he intends to do with the enormous power of the presidency to solve a few of the nation’s problems.
So, I kept waiting and waiting to hear something, anything, that might resemble real substance, but (as you know) it never came.
His whole speech could be boiled down to: President Obama is a nice guy and he tried, but his efforts were inadequate; if you elect me, I will not fail; I will create 12 million jobs; Trust me.
He wants the American people to take a leap of faith based on nothing, but his word . . . without proposing any substance or specifics. Just the word of a proven thin-lipped liar, a flip-flopper, who continues to peddle the same old Bush-era policies of deregulation, tax cuts for the filthy rich and trickle-down economics. You know, the exact same thing that not only did not create jobs during W's 8 years in office, but got us into this mess in the first place.
By-the-way, his prevarications last night rivaled his running mate’s the night before.