Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dems? Message Discipline? You Gotta Be Kidding Me!

But TPM says it's so. About the message:

That message? The GOP plan to end Medicare and hack away at Medicaid is a non-starter. This came from top Democrats across the political spectrum.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, "The Republican budget is unfair because it ends the Medicare guarantee for seniors while giving away tens of billions of dollars in tax subsidies to Big Oil."

Her top lieutenant, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) didn't hold back either. "[T]he Republican budget shifts costs to seniors by ending Medicare as we know it and dismantling Medicaid."


Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said, "It would end Medicare as we know it and funnel Medicare dollars directly into private insurance companies' pockets." Indeed, Baucus went father than most.
Under the House plan, seniors' coverage would be cut drastically, benefits would no longer be guaranteed and seniors' costs would skyrocket. We can't allow the House to balance the budget on the backs of seniors and we won't - not on my watch.
Have the Democrats found their spine? or is all of this just more posturing of the sort Obama engaged in before the 2008 election? Time will tell, and not very much time at that.


  1. Yes, the privileged rich, as always, are stomping on those who need it most and can afford it least it. I, for one, am tired of it and joining the fight here in Ohio. We're hoping for a turnout of 20,000 in Columbus tomorrow. I wish I could go but I can't. I will, however be with them in spirit!

  2. Kay, as noted in my next post, Rep. Paul Ryan has said openly, "This is not a budget. This is a cause." And so it is, and its devotees have a quasi-religious fervor to their belief in it.

    Democrats must somehow put an end to this plan NOW... and not by compromise, no matter what Obama wants. The time is now. Hang the bastards with their own rope, on a scaffold of their own construction.

  3. 'Their spine"? Do poisonous jelly fish have spines?

  4. mandt, it all depends on what they do next.

    Obama has shattered my trust in the Democratic Party by saying one thing and doing another on many of my significant issues. But this Republan attack may be too putrid even for a weakened Democratic congressmember's stomach to digest, and I must remember that Congress and Obama are different entities.

    All we can do is harangue them endlessly and see what happens. It is possible that some "cane action" by seniors may eventually be necessary, but let's try the nonviolent route first.



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