Meet the Press equals Meet the Question Dodge; Frustration and Confusion Ensues
When I heard that Paul Ryan was the VP pick for Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential run I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what his position was on LGBTIQA rights, (though from this Huffington Post piece I now have a little clue). But still, I wanted to know who this man is, what does he stand for and what are his substantive ideas on helping our country (while PLEASE staying otherwise out of our lives). So, when I saw that Meet the Press was doing an interview with Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus I was really interested to listen rather than doing a million other things I had to do on Sunday.
The interview started out fine until Reince dodged the question about Ryan’s budget and particularly his health care part and kept to the political party line and that’s when my brain went into tilt. What was my anticipation of getting and understanding for what Ryan’s U.S. budget thoughts were all about turned to my frustration with more question dodging rhetoric. This is the kind of thing that is making most Americans crazy! I can understand marketing spin but I would love it if questions and discussion happened as well. You can read most of the transcript here at Meet the Press here.
So I turned to Fact Check to get some hope of the facts and I was pleasantly surprised. They had a piece entitled, “Fall Preview: Obama vs. Romney (and Ryan)“. The piece covers some aspects of the budget and focuses in on senior health care in particular. What was most striking to me? The two plans really don’t look that different. That was the kind of factual information I was hoping for.