As the battle unfolds between the budget proposed by Barack Obama and the one proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, the rhetoric is flying, especially from Democrats opposed to Ryan’s. My email inbox has received several from various Democrats containing all sorts of accusations.
For instance, Rep. Steve Israel, DCCC Chairman sent one dated Wed, April 27, 2011 10:57:36 AM that says, “At town hall meetings across the country, House Republicans are facing a citizen backlash like never before for voting to end Medicare but give more reckless tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.”
James Carville, well known strategist and GOP hater sent one Wed, April 27, 2011 9:23:11 AM saying, “You know Republicans. Give ’em an inch and they’ll take billions in tax cuts for the wealthy.”
“So far, they’ve tried to kill Medicare, scrap health care reform and gut clean energy investments. Why? To give big, fat tax cuts to billionaires and corporations.”
Robby Mook of the DCCC on Tue, April 26, 2011 2:38:58 PM said, “On the campaign trail, Republicans promised to stand up for America’s seniors. But now that they’re in Congress, they’ve passed a budget that turns Medicare into a voucher program, giving huge payouts to big insurance companies and leaving seniors to pay thousands of dollars in increased health care costs – all while protecting tax breaks for Big Oil and the ultra rich.”
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Tue, April 26, 2011 7:52:49 AM wrote, “Is nothing sacred to these people?”
“First, Republicans spent months attacking women and families. Now they’re going after seniors. There’s no end to what they’re willing to destroy to achieve their extremist vision.”
Rep. Steve Israel, DCCC Chairman, Mon, April 25, 2011 12:18:18 PM claimed, “We can’t let up. The same right-wing special interests that attacked House Democrats for supporting Health Care Reform are back in full force thanking House Republicans for their vote to end Medicare. And get this, their misleading ads claim that by voting to end Medicare, Republicans were actually trying to protect it. Huh?”
“We have to stop this outrageous lie in its tracks. Here are the facts: if Speaker Boehner and House Republicans simply chose to get rid of the huge tax breaks for the wealthy, Big Oil, and companies that offshore to avoid paying their fair share, they wouldn’t have to slash health care benefits for seniors at all.”
Our own Sen. Patty Murray Mon, April 25, 2011 6:33:59 AM stated, “The GOP budget is a dagger in the heart of American families.”
“Under it, everyone would sacrifice – except billionaires and corporations. The social safety net working families rely upon would disappear. People remember life before Medicare. Many seniors’ lives ended in abject, heartbreaking poverty.”
As is usual, there is no lie, no hateful claim, no rhetoric the Democrats won’t use to spin the truth to regain power and control of the nation. Class envy and pandering to seniors have become commonplace.
Just one little problem for the Democrats, seniors aren’t buying it. In spite of all the divisiveness, the class envy, the hateful rhetoric, a recent Gallup poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan’s plan over Obama’s plan, while only 42 percent back Obama’s. “That is highest total among the age groups tested – a 47 percent plurality between the ages of 50 and 64 backed Ryan, and a 45 percent plurality of those between 30-49 backed Ryan,” says National Journal.
The only group falling for the lies and misrepresentations seems to still be the young who overwhelmingly side with Obama.
But, the target group remains to be seniors who have matured enough to know rhetoric when they see it.
It seems every time efforts are made to rein in out of control spending, streamline programs to improve efficiency and get the country on track, the Democrats pull this nonsense and all too often, target seniors, telling them how bad Republicans are for them.
Little wonder the country remains on the brink of disaster.