I’m just loving the direction that the Republican Party has decided to pursue by hitching their wagon to Paul Ryan and his libertarian ideas. It almost makes me want to create a Jane Hamsher sock puppet to go on their websites and encourage them to “keep it up, you’re doing fine”. I would never do that, who has time, but it’s fun to think about.
I’ve said it before that I never expected that the Republican leadership would get behind Ryan’s plan, with it’s blatant assault on senior citizens who VOTE! But apparently their stupidity knows no bounds. The response at town hall meetings since the announcement of the plan shows that it is backfiring on them big time. They have a lot of explaining to do. From the Washington Post…
Democrats, eager to win back the seniors and independents who abandoned the party in last year’s midterm elections, have declared the vote a “moment of truth” and this week launched a media campaign accusing GOP House members of dismantling Medicare and endangering retirees.
The assault has taken some Republicans by surprise, prompting concerns that the party is ceding ground in a policy debate that GOP strategists already viewed as perilous.
I have a feeling that Paul Ryan is going to be a lonely guy pretty soon, he started a ball rolling down hill that is going to roll right over his party and bring Democratic rule back to the House of Representatives. More from The Washington post…
A Washington Post/ABC News poll published this week found that two-thirds of Americans want Medicare to remain as is. That includes 62 percent of independents and nearly eight in 10 people 65 and older — making for an uphill climb for House Republicans trying to reassure constituents.
Rut Roh! Maybe they made a little bitty mistake in hooking up with Paul Ryan and his idiotic, unrealistic plan. I wouldn’t stand between between the rats and the portholes on the sinking ship if I were you. Although some of the prognosticators in the GOP think they can someone “muddy” the waters and turn that big mistake around. Good luck with that.
“Republicans don’t want to be talking about Medicare every day for the next year and a half,” said a Republican Party official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to address internal strategy deliberations. “But if they keep the conversation on broader issues of spending and taxes, they can win.”
The GOP official added that the party “can fight the Medicare issue to a tie” by “muddying the waters” and painting Democrats as choosing status-quo options that would have Medicare “die a slow death.”
We only need to look at President W. Bush’s attempt to use his “mandate” to privatize Social Security. We all know how well that worked out for them, don’t we. As a veteran political watcher, the Republicans embracing of Paul Ryan’s plans is perhaps biggest political blunder of all time. I see blue spreading across this land in the next election. Booman at the Booman Tribune sums it up like only he can do…
One thing the average Republican lawmaker should have learned after eight years of being led around by idiots like George Bush and ideologues like Dick Cheney and bullies like Karl Rove and Tom DeLay, is that you should think for your goddamned self and not take anyone’s word for anything.
If they tell you it will be okay to vote to kill Medicare, don’t believe them, you idiots.
Medicare is necessary because old people get sick and require expensive drugs, treatments, and surgeries to sustain their lives and their quality of life. It doesn’t make sense to insure old people, especially people who already require expensive care. Insurance is a profit-industry, and they aren’t going to pay for people’s health maintenance out of the goodness of their hearts. The amount of money it would require to make an insurance policy profitable for an eighty-year old cancer patient with diabetes would probably be in the seven figures. That’s why we do something different. We have people pay into Medicare during their working lives so that they can spread the cost of old-age out and make it reasonable.
You can’t give an eighty year-old cancer patient with diabetes a voucher (calling it “premium support”), think that it will pay for a seven-figure medical bill, and say that you’ve solved the budget problem.
When you vote for a system like that, the people will vote you out of office.