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Droopy Dawg McConnell grinning over the prospect of gutting Medicare.
Yesterday, I reviewed Tuesday's Democratic win in New York's 26th district. A special election held in a very Republican district became an upset win for Democrat Kathy Hochul.
The main reason that New York voters turned against the Republican candidate, Jane Corwin, was because she said that she would have voted with House Republicans to abolish Medicare and replace it with a voucher program costing seniors thousands more each year in out of pocket health care expenses. The House Republican vote to abolish Medicare was part of a larger Ryan-GOP budget plan which also included more severe tax reductions for America's wealthy.
With that in mind....fathom this.....
The GOP continued its bloody walk into the Medicare buzzsaw Wednesday, when 40 out of 47 Senate Republicans voted in support of the House GOP budget, and its plan to phase out and privatize the popular entitlement program.
40 out of 47 Republican senators.....looked at what happened in New York's 26th district, looked at the numerous polls showing Americans by a 70-80% margin are against the GOP's plan to abolish Medicare and replace it with a privatized program....and went ahead and voted yesterday to gut Medicare anyway and pass the "savings" on to America's wealthiest in the form of even more tax cuts.
Only Scott Brown (R-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against the senate bill......Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against the bill because it didn't go far enough. I guess the Soylent Green part wasn't in the bill.
As far as I can recall, this is the first time that the Republicans have stripped away all pretenses that they represent the American voters. Apparently, radical ideology....ideology that promotes only the wealthy few, even at the expense of the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the poor.....is no longer embarassing or considered shameful by today's Republicans.
When asked to vote yea or nay on a plan that would charge seniors some 68% more for their health care by 2030.....Republicans voted hell yes. When challenged by an upset Democratic win in New York's red 26th district where voters don't want to gut and privatize Medicare....senate Republicans didn't even flinch. They stuck their chin's out unafraid of what voters will do to them come next November.
The Republican Party members have become America's version of the suicide bombers. Willing to sacrifice their own political lives for the sake of their misguided, cruel and voodooized economic doctrines. These Republicans are willing to blow the whole place up rather than listen to the will of the people.
And don't let anyone fool you into believing that these GOP'ers stood on principle. Gag me with a spoon. Sideline GOP cheerleaders will insist that Republicans are being responsible and courageous actors....doing their damnest to confront an enemy far worse than even the threat of al-Qaeda....the national deficit. But don't believe that Mother Goose fairy tale for one second.
These Republican senators are the same senators who held the nation hostage last December until President Obama agreed to add $2 trillion more to the national debt in continued tax cuts for America's millionaires and billionaires. Republicans....no matter what they say....do not care one bit about debt or deficits. Any political party which takes tax increases off the table when they are throwing a tantrum about deficits and debt....is not a serious political party.
So when your Republican friends tell you that GOP'ers are acting like adults by wanting to abolish Medicare and replacing it with a system controlled by for-profit insurers. When your conservative relatives tell you that Medicare is simply unaffordable, will go bankrupt soon, and everyone is going to have to share in the sacrifice....ask them why those same Republicans are redistributing the "savings" from charging seniors more for health care to the richest folks in the country.
Republicans are counting on voters having short term memory problems next November. They are counting on voters forgetting all about their failed attempts to gut Medicare and push the savings upline to the already obscenely wealthy.
About the only demographic the GOP hasn't already alienated is the senior vote. With yesterday's Senate Republican vote to gut Medicare and replace it with a far more expensive plan for seniors.....it's clear that the Party of Lincoln now only has the rich few to support them.
Good luck with that.
Our job as citizens is to never forget....and to vote accordingly.