All of these claims are blatantly inaccurate. We're told Ryan favors a cut of "$5 trillion over the next ten years," but Ryan's plan would actually increase federal spending over the next 10 years, from about $3.6 trillion this year to just under $4.9 trillion in 2022. Under the supposedly radical Ryan plan, it would take 18 years to achieve a balanced budget. It is why conservatives are uncomfortable with his plan.
Just like the years of Speaker Newt Gingrich, our media routinely smear proposals to reduce the growth of spending as "steep cuts."
The reverse is even more ridiculous. In the current fiscal year, the deficit is $970 billion and is expected to be the fourth trillion-dollar deficit in a row when September ends. Would the media ever describe the spending trajectory under Obama as "steep increases" or a "polarizing expansion of government" or "catering to the far left"? How about describing this dramatic increase as "extreme"?
Why not present these two visions in matching terms? They could. But they shouldn't. By any objective measure, Obama's spending is radical and Ryan's plan, which proposes to slow that extremist spending, is not.
The same thing happens on social issues such as abortion. The conservatives hold "extreme" positions. When Obama holds the exact opposite position, it's never extreme. Andrea Mitchell suggested the Ryan selection would alienate women: "This is not a pick for suburban moms. This is not a pick for women. This is a pick for the base."
Again, the reporter flunks math. Married women have been breaking in favor of the Republicans and favored McCain over Obama in 2008. Feminist Mitchell likes to suggest all "women" naturally favor abortion. But that's simply false.
On ABC, Jake Tapper said Team Obama would emphasize Ryan "is a Catholic and he opposes abortion being illegal even in cases of rape and incest." Memo to ABC: Barack Obama not only supports abortion in every case, he even pushed legislation in Illinois to kill babies who somehow survive an attempted abortion -- "post-birth abortion." Isn't that as "extreme" as it gets? Who is doing the "slashing" or "harsh cuts" in this scenario?
Republicans need enthusiasm in every precinct for their ticket, and it's there right now. But in every election cycle, our so-called mediators in the press make sure the Republican road to victory is "harsh," "steep" and extreme in its perils.
Maybe it's the media's already dismal approval ratings that are in need of a deep cut.