TPM Again…Still Flummoxed Over GOP Budget

Josh Marshall is at it again, bashing one element of the GOP House budget plan for 2012.

Why on earth did the Democrat speaking for the Democrats just now on Hardball say it was “courageous” but “politically stupid” for Paul Ryan to put up a plan to abolish Medicare and other federal social programs? That’s the best he can do? “Courageous”? That’s simply amazing. If ordinary people who look forward to being able to rely on Medicare once they retire can’t even get advocates who don’t think it’s “courageous” to try to abolish Medicare, why are Democrats even in this game?

Maybe this Democrat knows in his heart of hearts that the entitlement system is screwed up and needs to be fixed, huh?

You can respect people’s contrary opinions. But presumably it’s wrong to abolish Medicare because it’s wrong. And that Dems are the party who believes it’s wrong.

Medicare is just as screwed up as every other entitlement program. Reform is needed, but as long as every politician is scared to approach the third rail, we’ll continue to run huge deficits…they’re getting worse every minute there Josh.

It’s a separate matter that so many people are creating this cult about Paul Ryan that he’s some sort of visionary leader when he’s just putting forward policies that the right of the GOP has been advocating for decades. But really, even the Democrats think that this is “courageous”? I guess in a way it was courageous for the Delaware GOP to run Christine O’Donnell.

So I guess Democrats own the patent on old tired out ideas? Obama and Democrats have been trying to use public policy that worked rather poorly back in the 30’s under FDR.

Has this guy even understood what the policy is? How courageous would it be to abolish Social Security. Sometimes things are politically risky because they’re profoundly bad ideas.

Political suicide, it would seem, but maybe the American people might be ready to suffer a little pain now, rather than a lot of pain down the road as we continue on this radical spending plan Progressive’s believe so heartily in.

Simply amazing.

Why yes, I am quite amazing, thanks for noticing.

6 thoughts on “TPM Again…Still Flummoxed Over GOP Budget

  1. Why is it I never see a Republican challenge the Democrats who claim we can’t make such and such cut because it would be unfair to the people who depend on this program? Once i would like to here a Republican say: Fine, you don’t want to make cuts then please explain to the voters how you intend to fund said program.

    • That would be refreshing, wouldn’t it? The problem with politicians these days is they’re scared of that “third rail” of the political process, entitlement programs. Most constituents of politicians are dependent on these entitlements whether they be Welfare, Social Security or Farm subsidies, ect.

      So I guess their trepidation is understandable in a way. Thanks for your comment.

      Mike

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  4. The sad thing is that it is ‘courageous’ to cut $6 trillion of a $10 trillion budget deficit over the next 10 years. Courage would be saying ‘balanced budget’ over next 10 years. The fact that that is beyond what Ryan calls for is sad, the fact that Democrats resist that is just wrong.

    • I agree with your statement, but also realize that in this budget process, we should be happy that at least they’re starting to take steps to cut the deficit. Remember, before you can run, you got to learn how to walk.

      Thanks for your comment.

      mike

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