Questions Media Won’t Ask Romney and Ryan

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I came up with a list of questions that I think media — big media, corporate media, multinational media, mentor media — should ask Romney and Ryan. But I have a feeling they won’t do it.

So, I guess the onus is on us. Let’s do it ourselves.

(Update on September 18: Especially after today’s breaking news that progressive publication Mother Jones exposed Romney’s gravely disparaging comments that 47% Americans love to live on government entitlements and don’t pay any taxes, mainstream media such as New York Times are jumping all over it, and conveniently ignoring many other issues. Hence, it’s even more important to address these issues now. The political debate is getting shifted from economy to race, etc., and while race is extremely important, this election should be primarily about the economy and the 1%. We must not let vested interests to shift the debate from the economy.)

American media’s coverage of the Republican National Convention was as usual shallow, superficial and sentimental. Just like the previous conventions I’ve seen since Reagan, corporate media didn’t provide any serious analysis on any serious subjects. Its big-name journalists and experts did not show any critical thinking at all. It was all glossing over, spinning, twisting and distorting.

Question: Why is it always that way? Answer: Either they are stupid or they’re not doing their job on purpose. I think it’s the latter because these otherwise well-dressed and articulate (and definitely well-paid) people and their [very well-paid] bosses do not want to lose their tons of ad dollars and traditional viewers that might switch channels once real debates, controversies or unpopular, unpleasant narratives are brought in. It’s like, if someone on TV presents serious research data that among ALL the developed countries, USA has the highest income inequality and also highest social and health problems because of the grotesque divide (these are all facts — look it up here), most people would not like to hear it. They have been brainwashed for decades. They would switch channels.

It’s pathetic to see how American media have totally degenerated especially since Reagan. There is no hard-hitting journalism at all! There is no real analysis that matters to real people and their real lives. The whole RNC 24/7 coverage was, just like before, done almost in a vacuum — as if, it was a fantasy world out there! I have a feeling the Democratic convention will be this way too.

I also have a feeling we’ll see another pathetic repeat of the above when time comes for the so-called presidential debate with similar hoopla and meaningless moderation. I have a feeling it’s going to be another exercise of naiveté, glossing over, window dressing and scratching the surface — with exclusion of critically important issues.

The Real Puppet Master? Is that you, Karl?

Maybe, Karl Rove and Koch Brothers, among others, are watching over these media establishments. That’s why they’re so afraid to ask the right questions!

However, if I were one of these big-name media personalities with big privilege to work with these politicians, I’d ask them some straight-shoot questions. But because I do not have that privilege and I have no other power than writing them down in this blog for my friends, readers and sympathizers — now surprisingly from many near and far corners of the world — I’m writing them down here. My hope is that you find these questions worthy of asking; and in case you are one of those privileged journalists with access to these big-name politicians, please see if you can ask some of these questions — and get some meaningful answers that everybody can understand.

So, without further ado, here’s my short wish list. I know, Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan, you are extremely important and busy. Therefore, I’ll only ask you about a handful of topics. I’ll save the others for later.

Mr. Romney, Mr. Ryan, either of you can answer them. Considering you are planning to be commanders in charge of not just America, but de facto of the world, consider people like me all over the world are eagerly waiting for your honest, thoughtful and straightforward answers. Don’t haze it. Don’t faze it.

Thank you for your time, Honorable Sirs.

This is Reaganomics. It never worked for us. It never will.

Question 1. Trickle-down economic policies have failed us the middle majority, working people. Giving tons of money and power to the rich at the top of the pyramid didn’t work. It has caused enormous income inequality, and the middle class has suffered greatly. What is your plan to change the course of our economic policy and actions?

Question 2. You propose more tax cuts for the rich — individuals and corporations. And, in fact, richest corporations now Supreme Court-validated as individuals — such as General Electric — do not pay any taxes. Don’t you think it’s unfair that we the ordinary, low-income people are paying about 33% federal income taxes (some say, to pay back to Federal Reserve which is a private, all-powerful entity that nobody really knows); yet, the richest corporations are not paying any taxes? For that matter, you said you paid only 15% income taxes yourself. Isn’t that outrageous discrimination against us who make so little?

Question 3. You propose cutting taxes for the very wealthy such as Koch Brothers, the Bush family, Bill Gates or Rupert Murdoch; yet at the same time, you want us to believe you’re going to reduce the enormous debt Bush govt. left for us and our children (thanks to the wars, tax cuts for the rich and bank bailouts). You also want us to believe that your no-taxes-for-the-rich economic policies will spur growth. Don’t you think by default it’s impossible to do both at the same time?

Question 4. Bush-Cheney’s brutal genocide in Iraq and Afghanistan has destroyed world peace, bled American taxpayers (i.e., us) to death, caused a catastrophic budget deficit, and tarnished the American image (whatever was left) worldwide. Now you’re drum beating another war as soon as you come to power — perhaps against Iran (or is it Syria?). How do you think that would promote either peace or economic prosperity — two things you frequently talk about?

Gandhi and Tagore taught us exactly that: to stand tall and protest.

Question 5. Rachel Corrie, a young American woman, in 2003 stood in front of an Israeli bulldozer to protest against Israeli government’s demolition of houses of Palestinian civilians. The bulldozer crushed her to death. You blasted Chinese government’s human rights violation when its tanks threatened to kill Chinese protesters at Tienanmen Square a few years ago. Do you think you can show the same resolution to protest against the action of the Israeli government when they killed Rachel Corrie?

Question 6. At the RNC in Tampa, you and your party’s top leaders such as Chris Christie have championed the cause of the American workers and families who are going through a horrendous time because of high unemployment that some compares with the situation during the Great Depression. Especially younger people, according to some research, have 30 percent joblessness, which is a record in American history. The economic situation our young people are in is simply horrible — check these facts. Are you going to create new jobs within America by supporting traditional job bases such as manufacturing and construction, and stop U.S. corporations’ massive outsourcing of these jobs to China, India and other countries? Are you going to take on Wal-Mart or Apple and their massive outsourcing?

Question 7. Multinational, U.S.-based companies such as Monsanto, Union Carbide, Coca Cola, Chevron and Disney (among many

2000-2012: Monsanto caused largest in human history farmer suicides in India!

others) have caused havoc in many other countries because of their ways of doing business. For example, over the past decade, 200,000 Indian farmers (yes, you’ve heard it right!) have committed suicide — the largest in human history — because of Monsanto’s permanent seed replacement with their own genetically engineered products and false promises of crop yield. Union Carbide’s infamous toxic gas leak in Bhopal in 1984 had killed thousand of poor workers and their families; women who suffered are still delivering crippled babies. Are you going to bring these companies to justice and compensate the victims for the disasters they went through?

Question 8. It seems both of you and your colleagues such as Chris Christie, Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal — and of course, Scott Walker — have fiercely anti-labor-union position. Can you please tell us if you’re in power, are you going to destroy organized labor once and for all? Are you going to take away their non-violent weapons such as collective bargaining?

Question 9. Are you going to overturn Roe vs. Wade and bring American women back to the coat-hanger alley days, with help from a partisan Supreme Court?

Question 10. Are you going to follow the dictates of your party’s “mainstream voice” Tea Party and abolish the separation between the church and state? Are you going to mandate Biblical prayers in U.S. public schools?

Question 11. Are you going to destroy Social Security and Medicare? Yes or no?

Question 12. Have you ever visited an agricultural or industrial farm in California, Tennessee, Arizona, Florida or Texas where owners work immigrant workers like slaves in a toxic situation — with zero human rights? Many of them die of cancer, tuberculosis and such diseases — because of their inhumane work conditions. Do you see any difference between their condition and that of the black workers and their families in a cotton plantation during the Jim Crow days?

Again, thank you for your time and honest, thoughtful, straightforward answers.

Sincerely Writing,

Partha

Brooklyn, New York

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Women fought for generations, and are still fighting, for their rights.

24 thoughts on “Questions Media Won’t Ask Romney and Ryan

  1. I wish politicians would have any answer to your questions. When the economy is in good shape they take credit and shout over the rooftop with promises and sell unrealisable dreams to the middle-class which appoints itself to be gurdians of the society givenhas no options but to their monoploly over all wisdom. When the economy does not work the politicians gathers votes from the disenchanted middle-class in discomfort and seeks to do something for those who can bring back the economy to health, like the corporations and the Wealthy. Nothing really works: the economy has no options but to suffer from the excesses by politicians and takes revenge for correcting the imbalces so created to teach the political parties and their supporters a costly lesson: off course the socity has limited memory and does not learn the lesson. Whether MR or BO whether D or R, they cannot fix the economy, whether they raise taxes or lower them, gives sops to construction acitivity or protection to manufacturing or ban outsourcing to China or India, economy will not recover unless the market correct for all the past extravanza or the scientists and technologists make breakthrough contributions to raising productivity. Maybe BO will win and prove to the middleclass that he would have little options except oratory and a hope that tne economy recovers significantly by 2015.

  2. Partha, thanks. Excellent post. We have many problems: corporate control of the media is certainly a major one. Another is corporate control of Congress through lobbying (a fancy word for bribery). We need reform in each of those area to get the money out that has so polluted our democracy that today it is on the verge of becoming a total sham. Thanks, again. – Matt

    1. Thanks, Matt for reading and sharing your thoughts. I’ve been teaching my labor union students and showing them a documentary called Inside Job. It talks about the lobbyists and how they have bought off Congress. We talk about American’s income inequality and social and health problems — both highest in the developed world. I’d much like to talk to Brooklyn For Peace or similar peace and justice groups about these subjects if there’s an opportunity. Hope you share these thoughts. Thanks again.

  3. Hi Partha, I shared the link to your thoughtful comments on FB with the following intro: Aside from Democracy Now journalists, maybe a few select MSNBC folks and maybe Colbert, you CERTAINLY won’t hear these questions posed to Mitt & Paul. The Repubs press secretary Joe Goebbels, whoops, I mean Rick Gorka will definitely see to that!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. Challenge is, how to find the moderate middle class and let them know that these questions are real and must be asked. We also need to find a language that most people can understand, and definitely need to come out of our elitist-intellectual boxes. Thanks for sharing.

  4. What no questions for Obama? I have a couple of questions! Are we better off now then we were 4 years ago? The only answer is NO! Are we better off now then we were 8 years ago? The only answer is NO! The only solution is to vote for JILL REED/TOM CARY ticket! So wake up America don’t listen to any media, do your own research and make your vote count by voting REED/CARY!

    1. Thanks for your comments. I have written about Obama on this blog, and I plan to send question his way come the DNC convention next week. I’d also like to know more about the Reed-Cary ticket, which I have not heard before. Maybe, you can send some bullet points. Thanks again.

    2. Actually, Don, we have had 24 straight months of JOB GROWTH! The stock exchange is doing better than it did in the Bush Administration. More people have savings. So, you are the one who needs to do your research. This time, don’t do it on a slanted website. There are a LOT of real unaffiliated sites, that offer REAL information that doesn’t push either party line.

      1. Thanks for writing. However, honestly, stock exchange does not matter to ordinary peoples’ lives. Ordinary and poor people have no savings. The Obama government has let Goldman Sachs, one of the biggest criminals in economic history of human civilization, off the hook. Youth unemployment is at least 30 percent — a record! I’ll come back and ask some questions to Obama and Democrats too. Ironically, some of the questions will overlap with these.

  5. Truth from the RNC isn’t possible. Paul Ryan was SO bad, that even FOX news called him out on his lies. I have wondered if the reason why you don’t see any hard hitting journalism anymore is because the media is all owned by just six entities. Also when Bush was President, a journalist was jailed because of what she wrote. Maybe they (the journalists) are all scared of repercussions.

    1. Neva, Thanks again for writing. GE owns NBC and Disney owns ABC. Most other big media are either owned or indirectly bought off by corporations. You’re right: no wonder you don’t see Pulitzerian journalism anymore. I asked some of these media-corporation nexus questions to my Columbia Journalism professors, and they were not very happy.

  6. There were no “cotton plantations” during the “Jim Crow days”. Cotton was share-cropped. A system where a poor man would rent/lease acreage from a large land owner and pay the rent from sale of the crop they planted or pay by directly giving the land owner a percentage of their crop. These people almost always lived well below the poverty line on the very small acreages they could barely afford. Currently, farm workers travel from farm to farm, according to the season/crop. Housing is at the discretion of the farm owner. All other expenses are paid for by the farm worker. It is not unusual to see farm workers in the fields while crop dusters spray overhead or to see rows of shanties, with no indoor plumbing or electricity, abut the fields they are working in, so that their whole environment gets sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Termination of employment, blackballing and violence are not unusual whenever farm workers try to organize/unionize.

    1. Thanks for your comments and corrections. By Jim Crow days, I loosely meant pre-civil rights and/or slavery days. I wanted to draw a parallel between those poor and exploited, enslaved workers and today’s poor immigrant farm workers. Most people in America don’t know — again, because of media’s exclusion.

  7. Mr> Obama I voted for you before but I am discouraged …..my husband is tired of providing for me, I have no other source of income and have applied for medical assistance. PUBLIC ASSISTANCE…….MY FATHER WOULD BE ****HORRIFIED*****. Why should I vote for you again. He was a STAUNCH DEMOCRAT. Don’t call me unless it is YOU OR MICHELLE.

    1. Thanks for your comments. As an ordinary American citizen, I’m horrified too. But I hope Mr. Romney, Mr. Ryan and the Republican Party answer my questions too. If possible, please forward my questions to them. I hope they call back.

  8. Don’t forget to ask Ryan why he lied about his marathon time. It’s the butt of some jokes but not a joke for me at all. Having run my first marathon in 2006, I have to say my time is ingrained in my mind. Why? I trained for hours in the rain and heat and while others enjoyed their Sundays? I ran six to seven hours and did what I had to do to complete my goal. And my dream. The first time is special for ANYONE. How he “forgot” his time because it was “so long ago” is a lie. If he lies about that tiny, little race (which by all accounts is a LIFE altering event for so many) just think, what other so-called unimportant things does he lie about? It just represents so much to me.

    1. Betsy: Thanks for your comments. I have said it many times: Republicans are liars. Romney lied about his Bain Capital outsourcing jobs from U.S. workers, then he lied about his taxes, and then he lied about his previous positions on social issues. Ryan is a liar too: he lied about his marathon, he lied about his hidden agenda and connections with far right Tea Party, and he lied about Medicare. I have no sympathy for the Republicans. However, we need to look at all these issues comprehensively, and for a long term. These two parties and corporations and media are forcing us to make decisions on short term. That is where the real problem is.

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