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Monday, April 25, 2011

Too cute for their own good

There are some encouraging signs that Paul Ryan's Medicare shell game isn't working with the people he's trying to con. And those signs are coming from the very town halls that fell for GOP snake oil in 2009.

The Ryan plan to privatize Medicare relies on buying off boomers, that substantial segment of the population who will be relying on the government-run health insurance program in the next 10-15 years.

Politico reports on one Pennsylvania town hall where freshman Rep. Lou Barletta follows the talking points and tries to assuage a voter worried that the Medicare and Social Security programs he paid for won't be there for him:
“Yes, and it is going to be there. It’s not being touched for any of the senior citizens now, but for my daughter—”

The man cut him off again. “It should be there for her as well.”
Older voters have been key to the Tea Party's success, believing the GOP blather about death panels and the 2010 campaign theme that Barack Obama and health care reform was going to tamper with their benefits. We had the immortal line at a 2009 town hall where a senior railed at a lawmaker to "keep the god-damned government's hands off my Medicare."

Ryan thought he found away around the political dilemma by exempting current seniors -- and those approaching retirement age. But the GOP forgot one basic instinct -- a parent's unfettered concern for their child's welfare, no matter what.

The relative silence to date over that inherent fraud of the Ryan plan is somewhat surprising -- given the hue and cry raised over the specious death panel arguments of 2009. Perhaps that's because the Koch Brothers-financed Americans for Prosperity haven't been ginning up the astroturf town halls they ran two years ago -- leaving the Washington press corps on its own to find the news.

And we know how well they do that.

But the fact some voters who elected the Tea Party class aren't necessarily buying their message is a sign that maybe people can think without the help of campaign operatives.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is exactly because of concern for the next generation that thinking people realize that medicare/social security in it's current forms are unsustainable. However next year I'm ready to throw in the towel, my wife and I are going to get a divorce(she doesn't work), she can go on gov't assistance and get free health care.

April 25, 2011 7:31 AM  

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