Vice President Joe Biden’s mission tonight in his debate with Paul Ryan is a simple one: expose the Mitt Romney/Ryan budget plan to gut essential programs for the draconian piece of legislation that it is.
The cuts in the Romney/Ryan budget would drastically change the lives of those who rely on government assistance at all levels for the worse. If their budget was put in place just four or five years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to afford my college education because I, like thousands of young Americans, relied on Federal Pell Grants to afford my education. People who have worked their whole lives with the expectation of relying on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would see those hopes vanished. And people with pre-existing conditions who finally thought they were safe from insurance company abuse would be forced back into the dangers of being uninsured, since he’s vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Ryan has always touted that this budget plan actually is good for America. But he recently told Chris Wallace of Fox News that he didn’t have the time to explain how the Romney/Ryan budget could possibly be revenue neutral with the amount of tax cuts it proposes. Let’s hope Ryan can explain the plan tonight since he will have 90 minutes to do so.
And I’ll be interested to see how Ryan explains how helping the middle class is his number one priority. After all he is part of a Republican obstructionist movement whose main goal for the past four years has been, in the words of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, “for President Obama to be a one-term President.” The middle class, unemployment, and poverty have all been second fiddle to this effort, so how can we believe his priorities would be any better in the White House?
So Biden’s mission tonight is a simple one and I have faith that he will be able to reveal the true disastrous effects of a Romney/Ryan White House on everyone but the super-rich.