Yes, we’re right back to that old saw. Elect Mr Romney and he will singlehandedly — along with Ryan and the America people — slash taxes, slash regulations, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, bolster defense, balance the budget,and pay down the deficit. Like any snake oil pitch, this one begins with a tiny element of truth, a teensy-weensy admission that’s supposed to make us think, hey, maybe they’re finally coming around to reality:
WSJ — Mitt Romney said Saturday that his party had fallen short on its fiscal promises even as he campaigned alongside a top Republican congressional leader. “We’re going to finally have to do something that Republicans have spoken about for a long time and for a while we didn’t do it. When we had the lead, we let people down,” Mr. Romney told a crowd in this important swing state. “We need to make sure” they are not let down again. “I will cut the deficit and get us on track to a balanced budget.”
Incidentally, Romney will do all this by reenacting and doubling down on the same policies that caused huge deficits and crashed the economy. No, really, that’s what he’s literally running on.
It’s a con job of course, pure and simple. The GOP today is composed of the wingnut grassroots, that’s mostly social conservatives and various neoconfederates who provide the votes on election day, the defense conservatives who lived high on the hog during the Cold War and would like very much to continue, and the billionaire boyz club conservatives who really run the party. They need those three legs to win often enough to ratchet up their own shitty policies and obstruct others, but there’s no doubt who gets served politically first and foremost, it’s the guys with the dollars, always the fucking dollars. And if it comes down to cutting deficits or cutting taxes, the taxes are gonna take it walking away, leaving the US even deeper in the hole, and leaving DC deeper in the boyz pockets.
That’s the really worrisme part. This whole gig about small goveernment is a smokescreen for transferring power from electable public servants to unelectable and often shadowey profiteers accountable to no one person and no one country.