08.02.12 6:12 PM ET
I'm Sorry, Follks, But This Really and Truly IS Wimpy
So I read via Greg Sargent that Romney has released a new plan for the middle class today. So I go over to his web site to have a gander.
There, I see this image. It's a one-page sheet headed "Mitt Romney's Plan for a Stronger Middle Class," and below it are five subject headings, and under each of the five subject headings are four bullet point. Below the image it says, "Click here to download a printable copy." That's where I think, oh, okay, I will click here and be taken through to the explanations and supporting material, maybe 20 or 25 pages of stuff to read would be about usual.
So I click. And I get a larger image of the one-page thing. In other words, that's it! That's the plan! Unbelievable.
So here, for example, is the "plan" for how President Romney is going to ensure that the middle class has "The Skills to Succeed":
*Give every family access to a great school and quality teachers
*Provide access to affordable and effective higher education options
*Focus job training programs on building valuable skills that align with opportunities
*Attract and retain the best and the brightest from around the world.
Well, mirabile dictu. That'll fix everything!
This of course is in stark contrast to the incumber, who wants families to have access to mediocre schools, dreams of ineffective higher education options, has his bureaucrats scrambling to ensure that job-training programs do not match opportunities, etc.
Hey, psst! The British Olympic Committee just leaked me its plan for winning more gold medals than anyone else. Items include:
*Get faster times than the other people
*Finish first, second, or third more often than everyone else
*Recall at all times that British culture makes our Olympians the best Olympians
Somehow, it's not working out too well for them.
But seriously, this is pathetic. This is not a plan. These are goals and vague notions, most of which are already in place, some of which are terrible ideas (deregulate the coal industry), others of which are vastly oversold to the American public (the Keystone pipeline). But it's just amazing that they're touting as a "plan" something that's a one-page flier. But it's not really, because it all fits together. Sad.