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Here's Paul Ryan (R-WI), alleged smart-guy for the New Young Gunned Republican Party, commenting in November, 2009 on President Obama's health care reform legislation......
“The best outcome is if we stop this — then the Democrats will have a failed presidency on their hands, and then they’ll have to work with Republicans to get something done that’s bipartisan,” said Ryan in November 2009.
“They believe that is what America morally should become,” he added. “I believe that is completely antithetical to the American idea, the American project, and what America is about
In a House Republicans meeting with Obama, Ryan stated that Obama's plan to reform health care costs was "a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud."
Now, it seems, the timid, shy, and reluctant-to-spout-smartass-critical-comments...Mr. Ryan.....has had his tender and sensitive fee-fees bruised by Barack Obama's very accurate characterization of Mr. Ryan's Roadmap to Ruin economic plan in the president's Wednesday afternoon speech.
"The President was excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate, and hopelessly inadequate. Instead of building bridges, the President is poisoning wells."
"Exploiting people's emotions of fear, envy, and anxiety is not hope; it's not change. It's partisanship."
"So I am sincerely disappointed that the president had a moment when we were putting ideas on the table, trying to engage in a thoughtful dialog to fix this country's economic and fiscal problems, decides to pour on the campaign rhetoric, launch his re-election, and pass partisan broadsides against us, making it that much harder for the two parties to come together with mutual respect of one another to get things done."
Could someone pass me a tissue so I can dab the tears?
Here's a portion of Obama's Wednesday speech which Ryan was offended by.....
The fact is, their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America. As Ronald Reagan's own budget director said, there's nothing "serious" or "courageous" about this plan. There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. There's nothing courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don't have any clout on Capitol Hill.
Earlier in the week I complained about the Knee Pad corporate media's immediate infatuation with Paul Ryan and his "brave, bold and courageous" new plan to impoverish more of America's elderly. Mr. Ryan was characterized by slothful deception artists posing as Serious journalists as the "adult in the room" who was finally submitting a Very Serious new proposal to confront our end-of-the-world deficit problem.
Yet when that meanie Obama mentions that even Saint Ronnie's former budget director sees nothing courageous or serious in Paul Ryan's plan.....tall Paul whines that our mean president is being "excessively partisan" and trying to exploit "people's emotions of fear, envy and anxiety."
As I said yesterday....while he will never be able to keep the promises he made about ending tax cuts for the wealthy, Obama spoke the truth on Wednesday. Explaining the facts of a matter in a speech is Obama's best strength as president.
In short, Ryan's Roadmap....which is really the Tea Party Republican Roadmap.....would transfer trillions more to the top 5%.
CBO on Ryan's plan....
Under the proposal, most elderly people would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system. For a typical 65-year-old with average health spending enrolled in a plan with benefits similar to those currently provided by Medicare, CBO estimated the beneficiary’s spending on premiums and out-of-pocket expenditures as a share of a benchmark: what total health care spending would be if a private insurer covered the beneficiary. By 2030, the beneficiary’s spending would be 68 percent of that benchmark under the proposal, 25 percent under the extended-baseline scenario, and 30 percent under the alternative fiscal scenario.
Calculations derived from the C.B.O. analysis show that in 2022, when the Ryan plan would kick in, the typical 65-year-old would pay $6,400 to $7,000 more per year than would be paid for comparable coverage under traditional Medicare.
The real "smoke and mirrors".....the real "partisanship" ...is found in Very Serious Paul Ryan's "courageous", "bold" and "adult" plan to cut taxes on America's already-obscenely rich by another 10% and pay for it by forcing old and sick people to pay a much higher portion of their health care costs.....
....the spending cuts Republicans would realize in the first 10 years would be outpaced by deficit increasing tax-cuts, which Ryan also proposes. After that, debt projections under the plan improve decade-by-decade relative to current law. That's because 2022 would mark the beginning of the Medicare privatization plan. That's when, CBO finds, "most elderly people would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system."
No need to feel empathetic or sad for the bruised fee-fees of a Republican idea man who has had the truth smeared in his face. Ryan's Roadmap to Ruin for America is not Serious, nor is he Courageous....in fact his Plan is nothing but standard issue GOP "help the rich on the backs of the poor" bullsh*t. A shell game masquerading itself as a solution to a feigned emergency which transfers money from retired and sick Americans to the few thousand citizens who own multiple vacation homes.