Democrats Continue to Lie About Ryan Budget
It’s become almost comical to watch the leftist spin machines try to come up with ways to dissuade voters. When the GOP was battling against Obamacare, they cited specific parts of the bill and pointed out exactly how that would end up affecting healthcare recipients.
President Obama and the left have now taken a different approach. Instead of reading the Ryan budget, they jumped on one aspect of it – Medicare reform. Instead of looking at the specifics of the Medicare reform plan, they just saw that it was some kind of change and proceeded to mislabel it as an “end to Medicare” in order to frighten senior citizens.
And those who are being targeted with the lies won’t even be affected by any changes. That’s the most frustrating part. While Democrats claim that Republicans want to “push Grandma off a cliff,” the truth is that House Republicans have demonstrated real leadership by presenting a viable plan and trying to fix the problems in our country. What have the Democrats done? Where is their budget proposal?
The only ideas coming from the left currently are ways to attack the Ryan proposal without offering any alternatives. As Nancy Pelosi said, “We have a plan. It’s called Medicare.” If that’s not a statement towards keeping the status quo – I don’t know what is.
But we can’t keep Medicare the way it is; it will be insolvent in 2024. The Ryan budget exempts current and near-retirees (those OVER 55) from ANY changes to Medicare. How many times does he have to reiterate that for liberals to stop lying?
It took REAL leadership to tackle entitlements. Everyone – including President Obama and the left – in Washington says how important it is to reform entitlements in order to reduce our debt, yet when Republicans stand up, show backbone and come up with a plan, Democrats cry foul, make up lies, and offer no alternatives. It’s appalling and shows just how much we need a change in 2012.
The difference between REAL leadership and Party Leaders is how arguments are presented. Republicans have offered themselves to the American people, shown that they are serious about getting our debt under control and have taken a vote. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a Democrat and Obama surrogate, offered his own, eloquent, argument against the Ryan budget:
“I couldn’t believe these idiots – I don’t know what else to call them – they’re idiots…They actually made their members vote on it. It was completely stunning to me”
Good argument, Governor. This has been the Democratic attack machine for years: name calling and flat-out lies. The polls show that people believe them, so it’s time for the GOP to step up their advertising and put these lies to rest. Congressman Paul Ryan’s recent interview should ease concerns:
“We’re saying no changes for Medicare for people above the age of 55. And in order to keep the promise to current seniors who have already retired and organized their lives around this program, you have to reform it for the next generation,” Ryan said in an interview.
“And the way in which we propose to reform it for the next generation, it’s in keeping with the Bill Clinton bipartisan commission to reform Medicare, it’s an idea that’s been around for a long time called premium support, guaranteed coverage options for Medicare where the government subsidized the poor and the sick a whole lot more than the wealthy and people get to choose.
“In a nutshell, we’re saying don’t affect current seniors, give future seniors the ability to deny business to inefficient providers.” THIS is the Ryan budget plan. A plan that tries to reform the program in such a way that it can exist for future senior citizens. At NO time did Republicans decide to stop covering one of their largest constituent bases. Ryan continued by countering the current Democratic plan to “reform” entitlements:
“As a contrary to that, the President’s plan is to give the government the power to deny care to seniors by empowering a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats to put price controls and rationing in place for current seniors. So, I would argue that the opposite is true. We’re being sensible, we’re being rational, and we’re saving this program. And you cannot deal with this debt crisis…unless you’re serious about entitlement reform.”
This is true leadership. If the Democrats could stop blatantly lying for just one minute and actually come up with their own budget and plan to save Medicare, then the American people could see just who really has their interests in mind.
Unfortunately for our country, they won’t. They will either continue to lie and pretend that everything is fine and that reforms aren’t necessary or offer to increase taxes. They will say that the only problem is this country is the wealthy not being taxed enough, or that the war has gone on too long, even though President Obama has increased our presence in Afghanistan and opened a third front in Libya.
America needs leadership right now, not demagoguery. We need Congress to stand up and make the tough decisions that will get our country back on the right track. These non-stop attacks by the left are getting ridiculous, they aren’t offering any alternatives other than the status quo, and the status quo is what is truly sending America over a cliff.