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Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:50 PM

"Why Romney’s choice of Ryan won’t help America debate the big issues" by Robert Reich

Why Romney’s choice of Ryan won’t help America debate the big issues

by Robert Reich at msnbc

http://leanforward.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/17/13336196-why-romneys-choice-of-ryan-wont-help-america-debate-the-big-issues#.UC5tXzCuua0.reddit

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Romney isn’t even standing by Ryan’s budget plan. He’s been distancing himself from it from the moment he tabbed Ryan for the ticket. “I’m the one running for President,” he keeps saying in response to reporters’ questions about whether he agrees with Ryan.

Not even Ryan will say publicly what the Romney economic plan entails. “We haven’t run the numbers yet,” he repeats – as if there were numbers in the Romney plan to run. But the numbers in Romney’s plan are like the numbers in Romney’s tax returns — they’re invisible to anyone who might have an interest in knowing.

But even if Romney were to adopt Ryan’s budget plan intact we still wouldn’t have a real debate because Ryan’s own plan itself lacks specifics that add up.

None of the budgets Ryan has come up with as chair of the House Budget Committee indicate which tax loopholes he’d close and exactly which programs for lower-income Americans he’d eliminate in order to balance the budget.

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