I’m glad to not be watching the political conventions, neither Democrat nor Republican, since it’s just a lot of show and hyperbole rather than anything that really interests me, at least this time around. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the platforms they present.
And when it comes to the Republican platform, Nobel-prizing winning economist Paul Krugman pretty much nails it:
Still, I get the essence. The GOP campaign is based on five main themes, three negative and two positive.
The claim that Obama denigrated businessmen, saying that they didn’t build their own firms — which isn’t true.
The claim that Obama has gutted Medicare to pay for the expansion of health insurance — which isn’t true.
The claim that Obama has eliminated the work requirement for welfare — which isn’t true.
The claim that Ryan has a plan to balance the budget — which isn’t true.
The claim that Romney has a plan for economic recovery — which isn’t true. (The Economist: “The Romney Programme for Economic Recovery, Growth and Jobs” is like “Fifty Shades of Grey” without the sex).
Hmm, seems like there’s a pattern. Could it be, oh, I don’t know, complete misrepresentation of all relevant facts?
Then again, what do I know? Aren’t there two sides to every issue?