IS ROMNEY BEING SIDELINED?
He might not see it that way; but....
It seems right from the start that Mitt Romney is being forced to hide behind the apron of the man he has just selected to run on the Republican Party ticket with him in the 2012 presidential election, Paul Ryan.
The debate on the campaign trail that overshadows the candidates of both the Democratic and the Republican Parties is the Ryan budget plan and what it does to Medicare. It mutilates it (Medicare) to the point of the program's recipients depending on vouchers for their medical needs.
At present, all that Medicare participants have do is to show up with their Medicare card and they will be taken care of. However, the Ryan plan drastically changes that, making them (recipients) subject to all kinds of examinations and questioning in the doctors' office before they are admitted into the "voucher system".
A voucher will or will not cover a treatment or a service, and that has to be determined by the physician on call, and thus leaving the patient completely out of the equation.
Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate for president wants to stay away from the Ryan plan, but the attraction of his new associate to the Republican Party ticket (Ryan) is so strong to the party's mainstream membership, including the "tea party", and so, he seems to knuckle under the political pressure.
That is making him (Romney) to look like hiding behind Ryan's skirts, when it comes to the Medicare issue, as how it must be dealt with, in order not to anger senior citizens, who depend on the program.
They (seniors) want Medicare to stay the same, as it is now, in the future; and just as President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act protects their rights for services without indulging them in complicated "voucher" problems, as in Ryan's plan.
In an article in POLITICO.com, titled, "Now it's Barack Obama vs. GOP Congress", the political battle now portrays Romney's running mate as the person on the forefront of the Republican Party.
His youth and Rock star likability are pushing Ryan forward as the "spokesperson" of the party, and thus, sometimes, forcing Romney into the sidelines on the campaign trail during questioning by the media.
The situation compels the writer, Jennifer Granholm, to write, "It made me wonder: Who is the real leader here? Judging by the crowds, it’s not hard to see who commands the loyalty of the GOP. On the campaign trail, Ryan attracts crowds of thousands; Romney gets hundreds...."
Ryan's Congressional experience has overtaken that of a full-fledged businessman, but who only knows one thing; and that is to cut taxes for the wealthy, so that they will create jobs.
That is the predictability of Romney that Obama has been pointing out in the campaign, that he will favor the so called "job creators" over the middle class; and that his policies will be the same as Ronald Reagan, believing that prosperity begins with the people at the top of the social ladder and trickles down to those below.
Obama has his shortcomings, such as his support for "nontraditional" marriage, which is a let down for a major part of his political base; but he maintains that America is not going back to the old economy that is lopsided, and a tax code that leaves loopholes wide open for just a few in society to take advantage of. A strong middle class is what is required to boost a prosperous new economy for all Americans.
As for Ryan surpassing Romney in articulating what laws and measure must be applied to put the country on a really good fiscal footing, he is drawing on his knowledge in Congress to indicate to voters what he brings to the table, in the interest, particularly, of the right wing of the GOP. He has carefully culled his answers on that issue to that effect.
He expects that he has a job to do, as the second person on the Republican ticket, and he is doing it without any reservation.