Political Nutz

Observations on the pathetic state of American politics

Monthly Archives: September 2012

Mitt Doesn’t Care About Me

I’m part of that 47% that pays no income tax so Mitt Romney doesn’t want to be my president.  I’ll keep that in mind as November 6th rolls around.

It’s not really my fault: I just have no income.  After forty plus years of working I’m retired and living on my own savings.  No Social Security.  I do have Medicare insurance but I did pay several tens of thousands of dollars into the program over the decades.  I didn’t save enough, though, to get into one of Mitt’s $50K per plate fund raisers so I don’t meet his criteria for which Americans matter to the Republican Party.

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More Out-of-Touch Mitt

Good grief!  Mitt Romney defines “middle income” beginning at the household income of $250,000 a year.  I wonder if he realizes that’s a quarter of a million dollars.   How uninformed and out of touch with reality can he be?  The median U.S. household income is just over $50,000 and less than 2% of American families bring home over $200K a year.  These numbers are easy to find but Romney seems obsessed with making things up to suit his super-rich view of the world.

Paul Ryan a Compulsive Liar

Wow!  All along I’ve been assuming Paul Ryan ignores and twists the facts to advance his weird political agenda. That’s been the Republicon approach for the past four years so it’s to be expected.  Now I read that in a recent interview the Prevaricator-in-Chief claimed that his personal best marathon time was “two hour and fifty something.”  Read that again: 2 hours and 50 minutes.  As someone who has run more than a dozen marathons I can attest that that time is very impressive.  In fact, it would have put Mr. Ryan in about 20th place in last year’s Seattle Marathon–out of over 1,600 male runners.  And he would have finished second in his age group.

Guess what? It was a little bit of an exaggeration.  Races keep track of results and it turns out Mr. Ryan’s actual time was a little over four hours.

Why lie about this at all?  He didn’t just not remember the exact time although he will surely claim that’s what happened.  Believe me, any one who has run a marathon remembers the experience.  And if one runs it in nearly world-class time, you don’t “misremember” by an hour.

I can only conclude that Mr. Ryan is a pathological liar: he can’t help himself.  Heaven help us if this guy actually ends up in a position to run the U.S. economy.

Sept. 2 Update.  Of course, Mr. Ryan says he “misstated” his marathon time.  I wonder if he’ll admit he misstated virtually everthing he said in his GOP Convention speech.