First stop: THE INTRODUCTION 2012
THE INTRODUCTION 2008
SMGDH at the 2008 REDUX. If this isn’t an OMEN…
Mitt Romney has endoresed the Ryan Plan from jump, and now that he’s selected Paul Ryan as his VP pick, he’s trying to defend the MEDICARE DEBACLE in PAUL RYAN’S PLAN. Romney camp prepares Medicare defense after Ryan pick
Here are the internal talking points about Medicare being circulated by the Romney campaign, provided to CNN from a Republican source:
Do you worry that Paul Ryan’s controversial Medicare plan will hurt the campaign with independents?- No. President Obama is the one who should be worried, because he has cut $700 BILLION from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, and put in place a panel of Washington bureaucrats to make decisions about what kind of care seniors will receive under Medicare. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a bipartisan plan to strengthen Medicare by giving future seniors the choice between traditional Medicare and a variety of private plans. They are committed to ensuring that Medicare remains strong, not just for today’s seniors, but for tomorrow’s seniors as well. READ ON. Romney’s trying to walk back his ENTIRE support of the Ryan Plan.
That’s strange, since Romney has strongly endorsed the Romney-Ryan Budget throughout his campaign – turning time and time again to the same tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans on the backs of middle-class families as Paul Ryan has championed in Congress. The Romney-Ryan Budget would turn Medicare into a voucher program, make severe cuts to programs like education that would hamper job creation, and repeal health care reform and key protections in Wall Street reform – all to pay for massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
HISTORY OF ROMNEY’S EMBRACE OF THE RYAN PLAN:
Politico: “Romney Endorses Ryan budget” Romney: “I’m Very Supportive Of The Ryan Budget Plan” – “I Applaud It. It’s An Excellent Piece Of Work And Very Much Needed.”
Associated Press: Romney: “I Think It’d Be Marvelous If The Senate Were To Pick Up Paul Ryan’s Budget And To Adopt It And Pass It Along To The President.
From Romney for President: Mitt Romney: The House “Has Put Conservative Fiscal Principles Into Action and Passed a Bold Budget”
National Journal: Ryan: Romney Will Enact My Budget
Ryan: “I’m not expecting everybody to enact every little piece of this,” Ryan said. “But, yes, he—and the other candidates running for president—have embraced these kinds of reforms because we know it’s the best way to save and strengthen the Medicare guarantee, save Medicaid.”
Obama senior adviser David Plouffe, appearing on Fox News Sunday, attacked Romney for his willingness to take up the Ryan budget.
“This is really the Romney-Ryan plan,” he said. “It will be rubberstamped if Mitt Romney is elected president. It fails the test of balance, fairness and shared responsibility. It showers huge tax cuts on millionaires and billionaires, paid for by seniors and veterans.”
ROMNEY HAD MADE PASSING AND SIGNING REP. PAUL RYAN’S 2011 PLAN A PART OF HIS OWN ECONOMIC PLAN
Romney Said “Yes” He Would Sign The Ryan Plan That Would Have Restructured Medicare.“On health care, Romney responded “yes” when asked if he would sign the plan written by Rep. Paul Ryan that would restructure Medicare if it reached his desk as President, but quickly added that he would be offering his own plan.” [ABC News, 6/2/11]
Romney’s Economic Plan: “Pass The House Republican Budget Proposal.” [Romney Press Release, “Cut The Spending,” 11/4/11]
Romney Said He Hoped The Ryan Plan Is Introduced As A Bill On Day One Of His Presidency. Romney “I hope I get to file that bill day one. It may be that Paul Ryan is able to get that under way and completed before then. Probably not, but I sure hope so.” [Romney Event at Missouri Valley Steel in Sioux City, 12/16/11]
Romney argues his successful business background makes him uniquely qualified to lift the fortunes of America’s struggling middle class.
Romney: “I want to use the experience I have in the world of the free enterprise system to make sure that America gets working again,” he said.
What you should know about Romney’s Vice Presidential pick Paul Ryan
Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina released the following statement in response to Mitt Romney picking Congressman Paul Ryan to be his presumptive nominee for vice president: http://bit.ly/N3Lq2K
“In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy. Thearchitect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in educationfrom Head Start to college aid. His plan also would end Medicare as weknow it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.” – Jim Messina
Do not miss the Obama for America website, telling you everything you need to know about Paul Ryan: http://bit.ly/QQleME
REMEMBER THIS CLASSIC?
Gingrich: GOP Budget Plan Is “Right-Wing Social Engineering”
Now since Ryan’s Budget plan calls for VOUCHERS and seniors having to pay out the wahzoo for coverage, WHOSE PLAN WOULD YOU PREFER?
The Affordable Care Act Closes The Prescription Drug Coverage Gap—The “Donut Hole”—In Medicare Part D By 2020.“The Affordable Care Act includes benefits to make your Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) more affordable. It does this by gradually closing the gap in drug coverage known as the ‘Donut Hole.’…the gap is closed in 2020.” [healthcare.gov,08/03/11]
In 2011, Nearly 3.6 Million Medicare Beneficiaries Who Were In The Medicare Part D Coverage Gap Received Discounts On Prescription Drugs. See how medicare recipients saved under the ACA.
THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PROJECTS THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL SAVE $711 BILLION FROM MEDICARE
Read how the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CUTS DOWN ON FRAUD & ABUSE IN MEDICARE
THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT STRENGTHENS MEDICARE BY EXTENDING ITS SOLVENCY, CRACKING DOWN ON FRAUD AND WASTEFUL SUBSIDIES TO INSURANCE COMPANIES
The Affordable Care Act Extends The Solvency Of Medicare Part A To 2024, Eight Years Longer Than Without Health Care Reform.“The Medicare Trustees Report released today shows that the Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund is expected to remain solvent until 2024, the same as last year’s estimate, but action is needed to secure its long-term future. In 2011, the HI Trust Fund expenditures were lower than expected. Without the Affordable Care Act, the HI Trust Fund would expire 8 years earlier, in 2016
Congressional Budget Office: Under The Ryan Plan, “By 2030, 29% Of Medicare Beneficiaries Would Be Subject To The Spending Constraints Established For The Program…That Share Would Rise To 91% By 2050.”,
Mitt Romney said today that Congressman Ryan worked with Senator Ron Wyden to protect Medicare without “cutting” $700 billion from Medicare. And despite Romney’s claim of bipartisanship, Senator Wyden voted against the bill when it came to a vote.
Wyden Voted Against Ryan Budget. In 2012, Wyden voted against the motion to proceed to Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal.
The Ryan Plan Raises The Eligibility Age For Medicare From 65 To 67, And Puts In Place Caps On Spending That Could Shift Costs To Seniors As Health Care Costs Rise.
FACT CHECKING ROMNEY THE LIAR
Here’s what Romney said in Manassas:
“He’s worked with Democrats and Republicans to work on major pieces of legislation that help people. Right now there’s one that he’s put out there—you see the President has put a plan out on Medicare. He cuts Medicare $700 billion through his Obamacare plan. And what Paul Ryan and Senator Wyden have done is said, no, we need to restore and retain and protect Medicare.”
Medicare in the Ryan Budget
By Paul N. Van de Water
March 28, 2012
The budget resolution developed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would make significant changes to Medicare. It would replace Medicare’s current guarantee of coverage with a premium-support voucher, raise the age of eligibility from 65 to 67, and reopen the “doughnut hole” in Medicare’s coverage of prescription drugs. Together, these changes would shift substantial costs to Medicare beneficiaries and (with the simultaneous repeal of health reform) leave many 65- and 66-year olds without any health coverage at all. The plan also would likely lead to the gradual demise of traditional Medicare by making its pool of beneficiaries smaller, older, and sicker — and increasingly costly to cover.
Have a nice day.
LOL Ryan had kids throwing candy at the PEASANTS.
Paul Ryan’s Budget Plan Gives $45 Billion In Oil Subsidies: Benefits Ryan’s Family Interest
Paul Ryan’s budget, which means austerity for most Americans, turns out to mean prosperity for Ryan and his family.
That budget, which the GOP-led House adopted as its blueprint, slashes funding for everyone from seniors to the disabled to students while preserving $45 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for Big Oil over the next 10 years, as has been widely reported.
But what we have only just learned from Ryan’s financial disclosure forms for Congress (here) that were made public this week is “he and his wife, Janna, own stakes in four family companies that lease land in Texas and Oklahoma to the very energy companies that benefit from the tax subsidies in Ryan’s budget plan,” as The Daily Beast reported today.
Romney-Ryan ticket = 1% RICH TURF & 99 % SERFS
Vice President Biden reached out to Congressman Ryan earlier today to congratulate him on his selection and welcome him to the race. The Vice President urged Congressman Ryan to enjoy the day with his family, and said he looked forward to engaging him on the clear choice voters face this November.
SHORT: ” ENJOY THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT, MOFO. CAN’T WAIT FOR THE VP DEBATES CAUSE’ IT’S A BFD, AND I’M TAKING YOU OUT!
August 11, 2012
Less Interesting Person Than Romney Found in Wisconsin
Posted by Andy Borowitz
.S.S. WISCONSIN (The Borowitz Report)—An exhaustive manhunt that took months and spanned the country came to a dramatic end today as a less interesting person than Mitt Romney turned up in Wisconsin.
On the deck of the U.S.S. Wisconsin, officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to certify the result of the search.
“This man is in fact the least interesting person in America,” one Guinness official said, adding that Mr. Romney himself had held that title since 1947.
Mr. Romney and the man made a joint appearance, after which the audience was advised not to operate heavy machinery.
The man of the hour used his brief remarks to lay out his vision of America, saying that billions of dollars could be saved by eliminating food, clothing, and shelter.
For his part, Mr. Romney sounded a theme for the fall campaign: “It’s time to transform America, and the two of us are both Transformers.”
Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/08/less-interesting-person-than-romney-found-in-wisconsin.html#ixzz23H3vmRFB
Meanwhile…back at the ranch.
WHERE ARE THOSE TAX RETURNS, MITTENS?