October 13, 2012   By Jack Jodell

Thursday night’s vice presidential debate between sitting Vice President Joe Biden and his challenger, Wisconsin congressman Paul RUIN, was a victory of Biden’s depth and substance over RUIN’s shallowness and attempt at “style”. Biden passionately defended the current administration’s support for government programs which aid the middle class and poor, while RUIN (aptly named that because his proposed budget would completely RUIN our economy) appeared dispassionate and callously unconcerned about the real, unwealthy world all around him.

On the subject of the war in Afghanistan, RUIN showed particular ineptness. It was clear he was out of his element, delivering canned, clearly-memorized talking points given to the Romney camp which were developed by notorious neocons like ex-Bush advisor Dan Senor. Lyin’ Ryan  gave little evidence he really knew what he was talking about and even hinted that the U.S. should not be withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in the middle of their summer fighting season. Biden wasted little time in educating RUIN  that these troops were being replaced by trained Afghanis, and that a full 49 of our allies, plus our Joint Chiefs of Staff, had approved the withdrawal. RUIN also unfairly criticized Obama for his lack of action against Syria. Biden again educated him, pointing out how the administration had worked skillfully with all the important Middle East countries, ranging from Turkey to Saudi Arabia to Jordan, in an effort to prevent the Syrian civil conflict from expanding into a full-blown regional war.  

On the topic of Women’s Reproductive Rights, it was easy to see RUIN squirming when discussing the subject. His own view is that all abortions, as well as Planned Parenthood, should be abolished, yet he is forced by his associaton with Romney to take the less extreme, less controversial position of approving abortions in the case of rape, incest, or health endangerment to the mother. Biden took a more sensible overall approach to the subject. He pointed out that he did not like abortion, but that he didn’t think it was right for him, as a Catholic, to force his own religious beliefs on others, particularly those who may be Jews, Moslems, Protestants, or nonbelievers. He also pointed out correctly that both Romney and RUIN would sponsor Supreme Court nominees in favor of reversing Roe v. Wade, and that Planned Parenthood is essential for maintaining women’s overall health.  

But it was on the subjects of Health Care, Medicare, Social Security, and tax fairness that Biden’s arguments beat those of Lyin’ Ryan hands down. For Biden exposed the sheer folly of RUIN’s and Romney’s plan to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act and turn Medicare into a ridiculous voucher system! After all, without “Obamacare” in place to thwart insurance company discrimination, how in hell could an ill person in their 80s ever obtain insurance on the free market? And, without Medicare, how could they ever afford it? RUIN also failed again to disclose which SPECIFIC tax deductions he and Romney would eliminate to guarantee that their far-fetched t20%  tax cut for everybody wouldn’t adversely affect needed middle-class tax deductions , despite prodding from moderator Martha Raddatz. 

Paul RUIN was obviously trying to score points by appearing as if he were genuinely concerned about the plight of unemployed and poor Americans, but his proposed “solutions” were vague and uninspiring. He claimed again that he and Romney would help create 12 million new jobs, but he never provided a satisfactory explanation as to exactly HOW this would be done. Somehow, his and Romney’s vague explanations of further deregulation and tax cuts for everyone would do the job just didn’t seem to pass the smell test. Biden, on the other hand, appeared genuinely pained at the thought of privatizing Social Security and destroying Medicare. He claimed, quite accurately, that most poor and elderly people could not afford the radical transformation of social services that Romney and RUIN are proposing.  

Several times last night, Joe Biden looked directly at the camera and asked, “Who do you trust?” For THIS viewer, it is HIM. For he talked specifics and didn’t insult us with vague promises or foolish cliches. Paul RUIN, on the other hand, failed to inspire me or gain my confidence, especially wearing that impatient,  simplistic, shit-eating grin he had on all night!     

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Max's Dad says:

    You know it Jack. When all Fox can carry on about is how “disresectful” and “rude” Joe Biden was to that punk, you know who won. I guess when Romney acts like an ass, that’s ok. Ryan showed what an unprepared local Wisconsin congressman he really is, not ready for the big stage. Let’s hope substance wins out.!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks, Max’s Dad. I hope that cheesehead Lyin’ Ryan also loses his House seat. Ahhhh – “Atlas Expelled” – has kind of a nice ring to it, right? 🙂

  2. Hello Jack,
    As I have been very busy here of late (working 10 ½ to 11 ½ hours per day) this is the first time in a while to be able to respond to one of your postings.

    I am pleased to report that Columbus is a progressive viewpoint area of Ohio. As I ride along I see President Obama political signs in the yards of people but even with Mittens making campaign stops even here in Westerville, about 10 miles from my apartment, I have only seen two to three Romney political signs and they were place between curbs and sidewalks which would be public land area. Republicans are reduced to putting pro-Romney signs in areas where the citizen land owners have not choice. Where they do have a choice, it is President Obama’s signs in their yards.

    That being said, there is a draftsman at work who has not lived anywhere long enough to claim any area as home. He is also a hard right wing conservative who reads the “Drudge Report” and the “American Thinker” (which we all know there is not thinking there on that site at all) on a daily bases and believes the crap written as verbatim. Yes he truly thinks he is well informed. You know the type, there is no global warming, we all had better vote for Romney if we are going to save the nation, and (this is my favorite) “there is no evolution because if man evolved from monkeys then why do we still have monkeys?” as proof of disclaiming evolution.

    The person I sit next to in the adjoining cubical has his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering. He confides in me that he cannot believe that there were people like that in an educated environment with which we work in. My only reply is, “Yea it is quite sad but you also have to take into consideration that his education is that of a technical school in drafting and not a true science education degree.”

    With regards to Joe Biden whose home is in Wilmington, DE. (1 ½ hour north from my farm) I had a feeling that Joe would take the fight to Ryan and call him out on the Republican misstatements and outright lies.

    Here is another personal story:
    I have a brother-in-law (married to my wife’s oldest sister) who is another nihilistic right wing conservative nut job whose last name we will call “Waters.” Well his oldest brother was a bully and “picked on / beat up” on the younger and smaller Joe Biden in their neighborhood at the time. Well little Joey got his brothers and neighborhood friends, went back to the “Bully Waters.” When they met back up with the Bully, they all attacked, restrained and held, then let Little Joey Biden wale away on the “Chicken Shit Bully Waters” who was only brave when he was picking on someone smaller than and not as strong as the older “Bully Waters.”

    Needless to say Joey Biden did not have any more trouble from “Bully Waters” as “Bully Waters run very shallow.”

    I would suggest that President Obama take the life’s lesson that Joe Biden learned at a young age. He needs to challenge, confront, and call out Mitt Romney’s lies and misleading statements because…….the President has a lot of backers helping to attack, restrain, and let Obama wale away on Mitten Romney. We have his back!!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer.

      Nice hearing from you again, and thanks for the interesting insights into the Columbus area and your work environment. That bully Billy Waters story was very interesting and rings so very true about those kinds of characters who now unfortunately domin ate the GOP. Thanks for sharing, and I agree that Obama should sock it to Romney good!

  3. Hello Jack,
    As it has been a while since I posted anything new, I thought that I would pass on that I have just completed a piece called, “How the GOP Destroyed Its Moderates.” It goes on to explain the tact’s of the extreme aspects of the current Republican Party and the purging of any Moderates.

    The posting contains this plus the warning to any “Moderates of the Political Spectrum” not to be swayed here of late to vote based on the calmed down rhetoric from the Republican Party Candidates. Should these candidates win their offices; the Middle Working Classes will in the end ultimately be harmed and degraded in their standard of living.

    I am inviting you and others to please stop by.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello again, Engineer. Your new post looks as if it will be fabulous. I’m heading over right now to check it out, and urge others to do so, too.

  4. swa44 says:

    Sorry to be so late commenting. I’ve been pretty busy.
    Biden did as well as Ryan did poorly, IMO. He clearly isn’t being allowed to hold to his past positions because his and Romney’s handlers are still in touch with reality and poll numbers enough to realize too many people aren’t buying the BS they’re selling. Not even when the BS is served up with lies to sweeten the deal. The attempts at dividing people and fearmongering seem to have lost much of their effectiveness as well. So, what R&R are left with is the segment of the population made up of people who wouldn’t vote for Obama, or anyone who’s not a conservative extremist, in any case.

    I look for Obama get the better of it in the next debate, leaving his mild-mannered approach at home and taking the fight to Romney the way Biden did to Ryan.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      You and almost everyone expect and hope for a better showing from Obama this time around. I thought Bush and Cheney were big liars; Romney and RUIN have them beat by far!

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