Today, the wire service AFP noted that discussion of the economy has been conspicuously absent from the Republican National Convention. “The economy may be the number one issue in the White House race, but the Republican National Convention has yet to dwell on the troubles of Americans trying to make ends meet,” wrote AFP.
CNBC noticed too, and asked Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) to explain the convention speakers’ apparent reluctance to discuss the state of the economy in their addresses:
One thing that strikes us here at CNBC, we’re looking for soundbites from the last few nights speeches, including from Governor Palin last night, something where the speakers addressed the state of the economy and we are darned to find much at all.
Putnam claimed that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) explained Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) “economic message” in her address. However, when asked “in your words, what is that economic message,” Putnam not only couldn’t put forward any specifics, but didn’t mention McCain or Palin once. Watch it:
It should really come as no surprise, though, that conservatives are avoiding any references to the economy. The result of eight years of Bushonomics, a philosophy which McCain has wholeheartedly embraced, is rising prices, stagnant wages, and high unemployment.
At the same time, “corporate profits have skyrocketed” to record setting levels. Still, McCain has proposed $300 billion in tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, while leaving 100 million middle-class families with no tax cut at all.
With numbers like these, it actually makes sense that the McCain-Palin economic agenda is being left out of the convention.