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August 30, 2012

FROM THE VALLEY: Hot air scheduled in Tampa and it's not Isaac

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It’s said that politicians and diapers have one thing in common. Both should be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

I try not to wade into the deep end of the pool, but when I talk about politics that’s exactly what I’m doing. My superficial take is a cork-gun in the battle of understanding the political stage. Pretending otherwise would be foolish. So what the

heck … nothing to lose here.

It’s my opinion that all of the fuss regarding Mitt Romney’s choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate — on the Republican presidential ticket — is much-to-do about nothing. Every election year, questions are raised about the vice president nominee and his ideological proposals. Does it really matter? Do you really think his ideas have a chance of coming to fruition —exactly as drawn up — in this dysfunctional and fractured system we call our government?

If Romney wins the election, Ryan will be like any other vice president (with the possible exception of Dick Cheney) and relegated to anonymity with the enormous task of holding a pair of scissors at ribbon cutting ceremonies. He’ll have as much say on how things are run as Edith Bunker and Alice Kramden did. In football terms, he’ll be put on the practice squad and called up to play only in an emergency.

Another thing about the presidential election: rhetoric and campaign promises aren’t worth a plug nickel. The credibility of a politician hovers somewhere between that of a golfer and a fisherman. The only time he tells the truth is when he says he’s a liar.

It’s virtually impossible to understand an issue when both parties describe the exact same thing in completely opposite terms. How is one to distinguish which is right? Candidates package theory as fact — and hawk opinions as truth.

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