The similarities are striking between the campaign that candidate Rick Snyder ran two years ago and the one being run today by GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
During a rare appearance on national media broadcasts, Meet the Press and later on ABC, the political correspondents tried to nail down he and running mate Mr. Ryan on how they would pay for a $5 trillion dollar tax cut over the next ten years.
The R-R guys would not be nailed.
Shades of Rick Snyder.
He masterminded a campaign that was void of any real specifics on what he would do if he actually got elected. Oh sure there were a host of "White Papers" dished out to the public but they were real long on rhetorical ruffles and flourishes but scantly clad in details. "We need to graduate more students from high school," was one of the not so revealing items Mr. Snyder shared with an unsuspecting public.
On the tax cut question, Mr. Romney noted that the middle class tax burden would not be increased and upper income folks would get hit with some tax loopholes but he declined to name which ones.
Meanwhile Mr. Ryan slipped on his dancing shoes and reassured everyone that, ‘We have to have this debate in public with the Congress" which would conveniently be after the election.
Geez. Why not start the debate with the public now?
Mr. Snyder knew then as these two guys know now that if you put all the data on the table before the citizens vote, you might not win.
Hence Mr. Snyder did not disclose during the campaign that he was thinking about a pension tax on senior citizens. Although it's a sure bet that he knew full-well some new revenue would be needed to eradicate the state's whopping deficit. Yet he never uttered a word about any of that.
Rather than leveling with the electorate, Mr. Romney/Ryan will bob and weave their way until the election and then if they win, they and the country can have that debate. If voters are stupid enough to fall for this stuff, a pox on them.
Pray tell what is wrong with demanding some specifics?
It's similar to purchasing a new car that looks nice on the outside, but you never bother to see what options are on the inside. If you don't get a cup holder and CD, you'll be hacked.
Similarly if you buy the GOP tax cut mantra but don't know how they are going to pay for it, you might be more than hacked. You might be taxed.
Sensing an opening and minus any specifics, the Democrats are trying to gin up the electorate by suggesting your mortgage interest credit, your charity giving, and state and local tax credits you now declare on your federal taxes, would disappear if the Republicans win.
At least with President Obama he is on record demanding more revenue and in his "Grand Bargain" he was trying to work with the GOP Congress, you had an idea how your pocketbook would be drained. He even told author Bob Woodward that he was willing to be a one-term president to get a solution which included more dough.
With Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan, as it was with Mr. Snyder, their motto is a tad less transparent: Trust us and we'll tell you what we will really do after we win. It worked brilliantly for Mr. Snyder. Will it work again from them?