Liberals Can’t Even Make a Coherent Argument
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has launched a series of robo-calls against 13 Republican Congressmen. The attacks are based around their vote for the Paul Ryan budget plan, which seeks to restructure Medicare for those under 55 so that seniors can be assured healthcare. A script from one such call reads:
“For all of [Congressman’s] talk about reducing the debt, his plan to end Medicare actually increases the debt by almost $2 trillion because of more tax breaks for millionaires and corporations.”
Let’s pull this incredibly incoherent and false claim apart, piece by piece.
- The “end” Medicare lie has already been rebuked (here, here, and The Heritage Foundation also sets the record straight here). Essentially, Medicare “as we know it” was ended in Obamacare, with the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of bureaucrats who will “cut costs” by deciding whether a test or treatment is cost-effective and by decreasing doctor reimbursements for Medicare treatments. By changing Medicare into a guaranteed-coverage, premium-support plan with insurance choices, the Ryan plan preserves Medicare for current seniors, protecting them from cuts in coverage and increases in costs, while providing those under 55 more choices.
- Claiming that “ending” Medicare increases the debt is a lie in itself. NOT doing anything to reform Medicare will increase the debt. But saying that “ending” Medicare increases the debt because of “more tax breaks for millionaires and corporations,” doesn’t even make sense. It’s apples and oranges. Trying to link the two just shows how desperate the left is to stir up anger.
- Preventing $4 trillion in tax increases does NOT increase the debt. This argument stems from a belief that the government has a right to ALL OF YOUR MONEY, and what you earn is actually just what the government decides to give you back. The House budget would leave federal tax revenues slightly above their historic levels, though it would be much more efficient and less ripe for corruption.
- Although the budget does lower the top rate for individuals from 35 percent to 25 percent, it does so in a revenue-neutral manner by eliminating exemptions and loopholes. And that pro-growth reform is not exclusive to millionaires, it includes those making $200,000 individually or $250,000 combined for couples, many of whom are small business owners.
- Finally, tax breaks for corporations. Again, the budget lowers the top rate for individuals from 35 percent to 25 percent by eliminating exemptions and loopholes. We want corporations to HIRE people, so lowering the tax rate and simplifying the tax code will help with that by making them more competitive globally.
We all know that opponent attacks are going to be misleading in order to gin up anger for their base while mischaracterizing their target. This appears to be no exception.