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Will this be bigger than the thrilla in Manilla? Will Robin leave Batman for Paul Ryan? Will Ryan, not Sinatra, henceforth be known as “ole blue eyes”? Will Biden have the gaffes punched out of him by Ryan’s pythons???? Everyone is having an open thread: The VP debate party tonight. Tune in tonight. The whole world is watching? With bated breath we will watch and hope Paul Ryan takes our advice (below) and reminds everyone of “nobody messes with Joe.”
26 days left. Tonight is debate night for the VP candidates. Joe Biden = No Scam Left Behind. Before the Denver Debate we gave our best advice to Mitt Romney. Today we give our best advice to Paul Ryan.
First Paul Ryan and his supporters should expect the best performance from Joe Biden ever. Biden will be tough and prepared. As Jim Gerathy points out “.. Joe Biden has done 18 Presidential or Vice Presidential debates and Paul Ryan has done zero. Unlike Obama, Joe Biden is going to throw the kitchen sink at the Romney-Ryan ticket — “Big Bird,” “47 percent,” “tax returns,” “$5 trillion tax cut,” and of course “voucherizing Medicare.”
Biden’s job is to attack Mitt Romney using Paul Ryan and his past proposals as the brass knuckles. Biden went into seclusion for six days in order to prepare for tonight and he will be ready to use all his decades of debate experience to demolish Paul Ryan.
What should Paul Ryan do? Obviously Ryan should attack Barack Obama using Joe Biden as his cudgel. How to do this in the most effective way possible is the subject of this article.
Paul Ryan will be tempted to utilize the baseball scandal complaint, “Say it ain’t so Joe.”
But that Shoeless Joe Jackson lament will not be a home run for Ryan. The line that Paul Ryan should use early and repeatedly is “Nobody Messes With Joe.”
Remember “Don’t Mess With Joe”? It was the line Obama used to assure Americans about the wasteful and now hated Obama Stimulus scheme:
“Don’t mess with Joe!
6:23 p.m.: Obama explains that he is putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of a “tough, unprecedented oversight effort” of the fiscal stimulus plan. “Because nobody messes with Joe.”
Biden breaks into a huge grin, Nancy Pelosi stands to applaud the Veep. Weird moment of humor because it almost sounds patronizing. Biden does not seem to mind and the crowd eats it up.”
It was before Congress, at a speech televised to the nation on February 24, 2009 that Obama declared that “every dollar” of his “stimulus” scheme would be scrutinized for waste and abuse.
In that nationally televised speech assuring the nation that his expensive wastes of money would stimulate the economy Obama promised that Joe Biden would protect the close to a trillion dollar scheme from waste, fraud, and abuse.
Joe Biden was charged by Obama, in front of the Congress and the nation, to mastermind a “tough, unprecedented oversight effort”. Joe Biden was given this important task by Obama. T-shirts were designed and sold by Obama Hopium Guzzlers bearing the admonition not to mess with Joe.
The Obama promise and threat “Nobody messes with Joe” was believed by Americans. Joe Biden praised the phony “stimulus” and declared he would be an effective watchdog. It would be a matter of “discipline” said Joe. Joe promised meetings. Joe said the money would be well spent. Joe said there would be a website making all monies spent “transparent”. Joe said he would go on TV to expose any waste, fraud, and abuse his oversight team would uncover.
The day after the Tuesday of Barack Obama’s “Don’t Mess With Joe” stimulus scam speech was Ash Wednesday. The first “don’t mess with Joe” meeting took place:
“They said last night don’t mess with Joe,” the Vice President said today (Ash Wednesday) at the first Recovery Plan Implementation meeting. Then, pointing to his left, he corrected that perception: “This is the guy you don’t mess with.”
He’s talking about Earl Devaney, announced this week as the choice to lead the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board.
“The President has appointed one of our toughest Inspector Generals — he’s a no-nonsense guy — to help us follow the money,” the Vice President said.
A former Secret Service agent best known for his record of rooting out corruption as an Inspector General (IG) at the Interior Department, Devaney said it’s not enough just to detect fraud and waste — we’ve got to prevent it before the fact.
“I’ll be on the frontlines, alongside the department IGs, preventing that waste,” he said. And once the money starts to go out and Recovery.gov has all sorts of data, he said, he’s counting on everyday Americans to take the initiative and keep an eye on the government, too.
There will be regular Recovery Plan Implementation meetings in the weeks and months ahead, so the Vice President can get regular updates from department and agency leaders – to hear what’s working and what isn’t.
Other key quotes from the meeting:
Vice President Biden:
“This is a monumental project, but it’s doable…It’s about getting the money out in 18 months, to literally dropkick us out of this recession.”
“The fact that so many Americans are struggling to get by should be an incentive to make sure the money is spent well.”
Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag:
“We are asking the taxpayers for their help to get this country out of this recession, and in return they deserve accountability and transparency. We have to go beyond normal procedure to a higher level of reporting.”
As we wrote in “Enormous Unprecedented Corruption” almost from the start “nobody messes with Joe” acknowledged the scams to come. Still Joe Biden stated: “Our credibility depends on transparency.”
How did “nobody messes with Joe” work out? That is the line of attack Paul Ryan should deploy tonight.
How did “nobody messes with Joe” work out? We discussed it in Enormous, Unprecedented Corruption. Remember corruption fighter Gerald Walpin and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the organization that runs AmeriCorps? Remember Mayor Kevin Johnson? Let’s hope Paul Ryan remembers these examples of the failure of “nobody messes with Joe” and makes the case that Joe Biden failed to protect hundreds of billions of “stimulus” taxpayer dollars. Let’s hope Paul Ryan makes the point that not only did Obama scam taxpayers out of eight hundred billion dollars but also that Joe Biden failed to do what he promised to do.
After Enormous Unprecedented Corruption” we wrote a follow-up article called “More Enormous Unprecedented Corruption“. More examples of Joe Biden’s failures and Obama’s lies exposed. Remember the Special Inspector General For TARP that was “blocked from messing with scammers by Obama and his Chicago Crimelords”? Remember Barofsky and SIGTARP? The Chicago Crimelords knew they could mess with Joe. Indeed, the Chicago Crimelords knew Joe Biden was a made member of their mob and that there would be no scam left behind.
Let’s hope Paul Ryan remembers these examples of the failure of “nobody messes with Joe” and makes the case that Joe Biden failed to protect hundreds of billions of “stimulus” taxpayer dollars. Let’s hope Paul Ryan makes the point that not only did Obama scam taxpayers out of eight hundred billion dollars but also that Joe Biden failed to do what he promised to do.
That’s our best advice to Paul Ryan.
There’s real reason to hope Paul Ryan will utilize “nobody messes with Joe” tonight. Paul Ryan mentioned the wasted taxpayer dollars from the Obama stimulus scam during his convention speech.
Paul Ryan has lots of ammunition if he decides to utilize our advice:
“Dance and ants. Dogs and dinosaurs. Windows for an abandoned building; new sidewalks replaced by newer sidewalks; and, a facelift for a fort few can reach.
According to a report released Tuesday by two Republican Senators, these are just a few of the questionable projects being funded with money from President Obama’s $862 billion dollar economic stimulus package. [snip]
Among the projects singled out for criticism in the report:–A half million dollars for new windows at the Mt. St. Helens visitors center in Amboy, Washington. The building has been closed since 2007 and there are no immediate plans to reopen it.–$6.9 million dollars for repairs to an 1846 brick fort marooned on Dry Tortuga at the end the Florida Keys. Few people can visit this remote national park unless they hire a seaplane or take a four-hour round-trip boat ride. –Creating a museum in an abandoned train station in Glasboro, NJ, at the cost of $1.2 million.–$2 million dollars to send researchers from the California Academy of Sciences to islands in the Indian Ocean to study exotic ants.–A study of dog domestication at Cornell University with a price tag of $296-thousand dollars.–$141-thousand dollars to send students from Montana State University to China to study dinosaur eggs.–$762-thousand dollars to create interactive choreography programs at the University of North Carolina. Dancers would wear electronic monitors to analyze their movements. –$89-thousand dollars to replace sidewalks in Boynton, Oklahoma that were just replaced five years ago. One of them goes nowhere near any houses or businesses and leads directly into a ditch. Coburn and McCain claim these and other projects are misconceived and mismanaged, while creating few, if any, new jobs.
As Senator McCain put it: “The stimulus package was supposed to create jobs. Unemployment was going to be 8%. That’s what the president said. That’s what his chief economic advisor said. That’s what the Secretary of the Treasury said when they sold this debt to the American people. It does not create jobs.”
Most Americans know the Obama stimulus scam wasted billions of dollars to little effect on jobs and the economy. Paul Ryan should hold Joe Biden to account.
Paul Ryan should declare Joe Biden a failure and Obama’s policies a failure.
Paul Ryan should focus on the Obama scams and make a strong case for a clean sweep.
Tonight, Paul Ryan should mess with Joe.
Tonight, Paul Ryan should defend Mitt Romney and mess with Barack.