Ryan: Still Against Medicare
"Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) remains convinced that ending Medicare is the right policy solution, politics be damned. He's got the misguided assistance of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), an assist that's not likely to convince many comers from the other side of the aisle, or even less Randian Republicans in the House. The Ryan-Wyden plan the House budget chairman is pushing has been roundly rejected by the White House and by House and Senate Democrats. It's a non-starter for them, made even more so by the fact that Mitt Romney has embraced it. Wyden's going to be in a Democratic wilderness on that one. Yet, Ryan is undeterred."
Do You Believe It?
"Chrysler's two-minute Super Bowl ad narrated by Clint Eastwood has become politicized. 'It's halftime. Both teams are in their locker room discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half,' says Eastwood in his singular voice. 'It's halftime in America, too. People are out of work and they're hurting and they're all wondering what they're going to do to make a comeback and we're all scared because this isn't a game. The people of Detroit know a little something about this,' Eastwood says in the ad, before touting Detroit's comeback."
BUT . . . "Former Bush White House senior adviser Karl Rove blasted the ad Monday on Fox News. 'I was, frankly, offended by it,' he said."
An inspirational ad promoting American values. How can Republicans claim it favors President Obama, unless the Republicans have a problem with those values? It seems silly. Let the ad roll; let us enjoy it. Making something out of nothing just draws attention to how afraid the GOP is of any possible advantage their opponents might have no matter how slight.
60+ Calls AARP 'Major Obstacle'
The pro-GOP 60 Plus Association has posted its statement that "AARP Remains Major Obstacle to Fixing Medicare." They're simply following the orders of Republican leaders, but it's inflammatory and insulting when their Chairman says. "Grandma WILL go over the cliff, with an AARP sticker on her wheelchair." As I said on Friday, "AARP is just doing its job to protect older people who rely on Medicare, and the GOP is just doing its job to protect the most wealthy who rely on the GOP."
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