Joe Biden v. Paul Ryan: A Preview of Tonight’s Debate

Atttention, Democrats!!  Attention, Democrats!!

If you are an Obama supporter, you should probably be a bit worried about tonight’s debate.  Paul Ryan will not be an easy knock-out for Biden.  The guy is charming, knows how to speak to a crowd and, perhaps most importantly, doesn’t suffer from what typically ails our Vice President.  What is this serious malady that I speak of?  It’s generally called “Foot-in-Mouth Disease”, at least that’s what I call it.  You know what I mean, fellow liberals!

While we all love our dear Obama, most of us, like myself, are less than satisfied with recent performances by our Vice President.  When this guy hits the airwaves, no one really knows what is going to come out of his mouth.  I’m not talking about deceiving voters or telling half-truths.  Anyone with half a brain would know that realm is fully filled by the Romney camp.  Just take a look at a recent post of mine where I break down all of Romney’s in-your-face lies to the public.  No, no, Biden definitely tells the truth.  He just doesn’t know WHEN he should tell the truth and WHEN he should be quiet:

**Remember not so long ago, when the President came out in support of same-sex marriage?  He did that only because Biden had stolen his thunder, announcing the administration’s support of SSM long before he was supposed to do so publicly.  Doh!

**Recall Biden’s comment about how, if the GOP won back the White House, Republicans would put all of the blacks “back in chains”?  Yep, that’s vintage Biden!

Anyways, let’s all hope that he is more prepared for tonight’s debate against Ryan.  He’ll need all the tools in his arsenal to get the job done!

Now, let’s take a look at what could be the two most important things to watch for tonight as Biden and Ryan square off!

1. Will Biden Say What Obama Didn’t? – “Biden needs to play offense, not defense,” said Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala, who is a senior adviser for a pro-Obama super PAC. “Attack the Romney-Ryan plan to cut taxes for the rich and raise them on the middle class. Dissect the Romney-Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it. Point out that if Romney had been president, Osama bin Laden would be alive and GM would be dead. And be prepared to body-slam Ryan when — not if — he fibs.”

2. Will Biden Put Social Security Into Play? – In the House, Paul Ryan has backed moving Social Security funds to private investment accounts as a way to make the popular entitlement program more solvent.”

“Ryan’s past proposals would seem to tee up what’s usually a winning political argument for Democrats: that the Republican ticket wants to gut Social Security to help their old pals on Wall Street.”

This might sound OK at first glance, but really think about it.  If Social Security were to become a private investment vehicle that each of us in charge of, what would happen when another recession occurs???  Millions of retirees with no other source of income would suddenly be penniless.  Just think about for a minute.  As it stands now, Social Security is GUARANTEED retirement income, regardless of what shape the economy is in.  If we were to change it into a 401(k)-type retirement account, which is what the Romney-Ryan ticket is advocating, you would have absolutely NOTHING guaranteed for your retirement.  Your life, literally, would be at the whims of the marketplace while Wall Street investment firms earn hundreds of billions of dollars from all of the new investments coming their way from the federal government.  It’s a win-win for big business and lose-lose for everyone else.

“But to the bewilderment of Democratic strategists, Obama appeared to take the issue off the table in the first debate.  What in the HELL was Obama thinking????

I suspect that on Social Security, we’ve got a somewhat similar position,” Obama said. “Social Security is structurally sound. It’s going to have to be tweaked the way it was by Ronald Reagan and Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill. But it is, the basic structure is sound.

The Obama campaign scrambled to clarify last week that yes, in fact, the two candidates have fundamentally different views on Social Security.

The choice is clear: President Obama will never privatize Social Security or undermine retirement security for middle-class Americans,” read a post on the Obama campaign website that went up after the debate. “The same cannot be said for Romney.”

No matter what side you are rooting for in tonight’s debate, one thing is certain for all of us: this debate will be a major test of whether or not the Obama-Biden ticket can recharge their base and get moving in the right direction once again.  After last week’s huge disaster in the first debate, this second edition will be absolutely critical for the Obama campaign.  Biden needs to come out swinging in full force, ready to challenge the almost-certain litany of lies that Ryan will spew forth…and he needs to do so in a forceful, yet diplomatic manner.




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