Democrats have utterly demonized everything and anything Republicans have tried to do to show some actual leadership (note: which Obama REFUSES to do) and deal with the Medicare funding crisis before it implodes in just a few years.
A typical example of Democrat demagoguery is the attack ad that features a Paul Ryan-lookalike pushing an old lady in a wheelchair over a cliff. It fails to mention that none of Ryan’s changes to Medicare would affect anyone over the age of 55, and that he is trying to save the current beneficiaries receiving Medicare from a disaster that will kill them all in only five years.
Only a few years ago experts were saying Medicare would go bankrupt by 2019. That has now been changed; experts are now saying it will go bankrupt by 2017. Which is only six years away. And there’s plenty of time to find out that they were wrong again and no, it will go bankrupt even sooner than that.
If anyone is trying to save these people and save the Medicare system, it’s Paul Ryan and the Republicans. It’s Democrats who want to let them all die while demonizing anyone who tries to prevent those deaths.
Democrats’ strategy is to do nothing – which will literally create the situation in which the system will crash and seniors WILL die – and attack Republicans for offering specific plans to bolster the Medicare system.
Bill Clinton Warns Democrats On Medicare: Doing Nothing Isn’t An Option
Doug Mataconis · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Former President Clinton doesn’t necessarily think his fellow Democrats are pursuing the right policy in their response to the Ryan Plan:
WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) — Bill Clinton had a word of warning on Wednesday for fellow Democrats: Don’t get too cocky about voters’ rejection of Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan.
In a special election for a vacant House seat on Tuesday, a Democrat candidate upset a Republican in a GOP-stronghold in upstate New York.
The race was widely seen as a proxy on Ryan’s controversial Republican proposal plan to convert Medicare into a voucher program.
Clinton, speaking at a fiscal summit sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, said the race showed that voters don’t like the Republican plan.
But he also told Democrats not to shy away from tackling entitlement programs.
“You shouldn’t look at the New York race and think that nobody can do anything to slow Medicare costs,” Clinton said.
Of perhaps more interest is a behind the scenes exchange between Clinton and Paul Ryan after the former President spoke:
ABC News was behind the scenes with the Wisconsin Congressman and GOP Budget Committee Chairman when he got some words of encouragement none other than former President Bill Clinton.
“So anyway, I told them before you got here, I said I’m glad we won this race in New York,” Clinton told Ryan, when the two met backstage at a forum on the national debt held by the Pete Peterson Foundation. But he added, “I hope Democrats don’t use this as an excuse to do nothing.”
Ryan told Clinton he fears that now nothing will get done in Washington.
“My guess is it’s going to sink into paralysis is what’s going to happen. And you know the math. It’s just, I mean, we knew we were putting ourselves out there. You gotta start this. You gotta get out there. You gotta get this thing moving,” Ryan said.
Clinton told Ryan that if he ever wanted to talk about it, he should “give me a call.” Ryan said he would.
Interesting to say the least.
The Democrats have proposed nothing to fix anything. Rather, they have recklessly spent. And spent. And spent.
And our nation is on the edge of a depression that will make the “Great” one look like a nice day by comparison.
Meanwhile, Obama and Democrats stripped $575 billion from Medicare in order to fund a new entitlement program under Medicaid. And what his plan will do is scaring the bejeezus out of providers who might well simply either go bankrupt (before America itself goes bankrupt) or will simply get out of providing healthcare altogether.
I can’t predict whether the Democrats’ “Mediscare” campaign will work or not in 2012. But if it does, America is finished. The people who created this disaster in the first place and then attacked anyone who tried to fix that disaster will have won to ensure the nation’s collapse. It will be as simple as that.
I also know that this happened before the 2010 smackdown of Democrats. Remember? In the 23rd district, the Democrat won a “Republican district” in New York. And Democrats triumphed over what they thought the meaning of that victory was. They turned out to be profoundly wrong.
One thing I do know: the Beast is coming.