Charlie's Rose Colored Glasses
During two recent interviews with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, veteran PBS interviewer Charlie Rose revealed just how blinded those at the highest levels of the "media-ocracy" have become to the harsh reality of Barack Obama's political foibles.
CHARLIE ROSE: OK, but are you prepared to spend money for stimulus in order to do something about unemployment?PAUL RYAN: No, I don't subscribe to the typical Keynesian doctrine that you need to borrow and spend money to create jobs. We borrowed and spend $1.1 trillion when you add interest costs on the stimulus and we've lost 2.6 million jobs since that legislation passed. The administration said it would keep unemployment from hitting eight percent. It is at a 9.6 right now. That kind of short term stimulus doesn't work. What we ought to do is get our basic macroeconomic fundamentals.CHARLIE ROSE: Stimulus doesn't work?PAUL RYAN: That kind of stimulus doesn't work.CHARLIE ROSE: So they made the wrong choices about what to spend the money on, is that the idea? Not on so-called infrastructure, I mean so called -
PAUL RYAN: So you always get some kind of, I call it a sugar rush in an economy if you throw a lot of money in the economy in the short run. What matters most is you get your basic macroeconomic fundamentals on the right track. Right now they are on the wrong track.
PAUL RYAN: It will. If he is thinking 2012, he's thinking more contrast. He's thinking -- here's the problem that -- most of us don't know the President very well so I always try to keep an open mind on these things as to what the approach of a person is going to be. But when he calls us "enemies," when he uses demagogic political rhetoric in the campaigns -- you have to remember the campaign rhetoric in 2008 was very different than the campaign rhetoric in 2010. In 2010 it gives us the impression that we're seen as enemies. He goes to our districts and says Republicans want the economy to fail so he fails politically. I mean, that kind of talk, all these straw men and counterfactual argumentsdoes not make it easy to cooperate and come together on the big issues of the day.CHARLIE ROSE: Well, you'll grant me that's happened on both sides.PAUL RYAN: Absolutely. I will grant you that. We don't have halos over our head either on this stuff. I think the big question of the day, though, is what is the vision for the country? And I do believe that the president is a fairly ideological guy. And I think his ideology --CHARLIE ROSE: Even though his friends and colleagues say he's essentially a pragmatic centrist?PAUL RYAN: His rhetoric doesn't show that. His policies don't show that. And his policies are in place right now. So I don't see that. Plus, they're reelecting the same Congressional leadership that they had in the last two years. So it's difficult to see a strong course correction.CHARLIE ROSE: And you think the president wants to reinvent the country to something else?PAUL RYAN: I think he's a liberal progressivist. I'm not saying that in a mean way. I just think that's what he is and I think that's what he believes the government ought to be more active --CHARLIE ROSE: Is that you believe most of the Democratic Party is?PAUL RYAN: Well, after this last election I think a lot of the centrists lost, and so a lot of the remaining Democrats in Congress are more of that mindset.