Saturday, August 11, 2012
Charles P. Pierce (who apparently invented the "vulture/voucher" line):
In his decision to make Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin, his running mate, Romney finally surrendered the tattered remnants of his soul not only to the extreme base of his party, but also to extremist economic policies, and to an extremist view of the country he seeks to lead.John Cole says its Christmas in August:
We may win back the house. I’m serious- the Ryan pick is that bad.Jed Lewison at Daily Kos calls Romney/Ryan "the Committee to End Medicare"
In the short-term, it might be a boost for Romney, as it will take the discussion away from his secret tax returns for a few days. But any bump will be short lived as voters learn about the Ryan plan to end Medicare—and Romney's embrace of it. Voters won't like it when they realize Romney picked Ryan because he got bullied into it by the right. And of course, there's no way those secret tax returns are going to fall off the radar either. Basically, this Mitt Romney's attempt to create Romney 10.0 or 11.0 (I can't keep track). And it's a ton of fun.
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We will see if the liberals treat his family the way they treated Palin's family.
We'll see if he pulls his family onto the stage beside him, and then acts all outraged when people ask about them.
The GOP already has this covered. The current party line from Mittens is something along the lines of "this president cut 700 billion from Medicare, whereas we have a plan to save it." Never mind that the "plan" is to destroy it in everything but name. It's the old Vietnam-era "we had to destroy the village in order to save it" trope.
In the US, we've been seeing attempts at "divide and conquer" in the area of social insurance programs for some time now. The young are told that the greedy geezers who ruined the economy are sucking up all the social security oney and there will be none left for them. i used to teach at a major university here, and this notion had a surprising amount of traction among my students.
likewise medicare. It's pretty easy to convince Americans that they can "invest" their money more wisely than "government" can. Current medicare recipients, given their long and combative experience with preditory private insurance, are unlikely to be enthusiastic about suddenly having to shop for health care 'plans' on the private market. Young, healthy people, on the other hand, are easier to bamboozle this way.
The GOP always plays the long game. Even if they lose this cycle, they've managed to move what were previously thought to be politically unacceptable, crackpot notions 9privatizing SS and medicare) into the mainstream discourse.
Thanks for the comment, John -- interesting. The same thing is happening in Canada, I'm afraid, under Harper's Conservative government.