A tale of two Teabaggers explaining their detailed platform for governing while on the campaign trail. First, Carly Fiorina (via TBogg) with Chris Wallace of noted liberal network Fox News:
WALLACE: But forgive me, Miss Fiorina, where are you going to cut entitlements? What benefits are you going to cut? What eligibility are you doing..
FIORINA: Chris, I have to say, with all due respect, you’re asking a typical political question.[…]
WALLACE: It may be a typical political question but that’s where the money is. The money is in Medicare and Social Security. We have baby-boomers coming. There will be a huge explosion of entitlement explosion and you call it a political question when I ask you to name one single entitlement you are willing to cut.
FIORINA: Chris, I believe to deal with entitlement reform, which we must deal with, we ought to put every possible solution on the table, except we should be very clear we are not going to cut benefits to those nearing retirement or those nearing retirement or those in retirement.[…]
WALLACE: I’m going to try one last time, and if you don’t want to answer it, Miss Fiorina, you don’t have to.
FIORINA: It’s not a question of not wanting to answer it!
Next, see Ron Johnson in a rare media interview (Mitch McConnell and the NRSC have done an excellent job of keeping him hidden so no one hears him talk) with a Green Bay newspaper that has endorsed Russ Feingold's opponent in 3 consecutive elections. No transcript, but the short 65 second video is subtitled if you don't have sound. Via my friend DJ:
Note the endearing shrug when they ask him "What about the middle class?"
So, let's review the Fiorina/Johnson plan for solving our most pressing political and economic issues. First, Fiorina on entitlement spending:
1. Promise not to touch benefits for the current elderly that the GOP so badly needs to appease, not to mention keep angry at the colored guy with the taxes and whatnot
2. Put "all options on the table"
3. *SOMETHING MAGICAL AND MYSTERIOUS HAPPENS*
4. The entitlement spending problem is solved!!!!
I see. Now, Ron Johnson on creating jobs:
1. Cut "spending." Of some sort.
2. *PUT EVERYTHING INTO THE BLACK BOX OF SECRETS*
3. Unemployment over!
This is the basic GOP/Teabagger/Wingnut Blogger strategy for the last several years – offer some vague policy prescription, vehemently refuse to provide any specifics or acknowledge the numbers/facts of the situation, put everything into a magic box in which something happens, and PROBLEM SOLVED! They know that the Federal budget can't be balanced with spending cuts unless they're going to eliminate, say, the military AND Medicare. And I mean completely eliminate them. Zero. They know that all they're going to do is nibble at the edges, making a few cuts that will make absolutely no difference whatsoever – and then negating them with an equal or greater increase in spending on their precious, precious military.
What happens in Carly's Magic Box is anyone's guess, but in a movement in which the means (cutting taxes, deregulation, etc.) have become the ends, I'd sure like to get a peek inside to see how these "solutions" they propose transmogrify into the outcomes they promise.