Ryan, Romney, McCrory and Medicare

With national electoral maps showing almost no path to victory for the GOP in November, it wasn't surprising this weekend to see Mitt Rmoney shift into Hail Mary mode by naming Paul Ryan as his running mate. It's reminiscent of John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin, a desperate move, fraught with risk, especially in swing states like Florida and North Carolina. But it's worse than you think for Rmoney ... and Pat McCrory too.

Most analyses of Mitt Romney's capitulation to the Tea Party suggest it was a move designed to energize his languishing base. And among the 10% of Americans who consider themselves extremely conservative, it is clearly having that effect. For the neo-nationalist Tea Party, nothing matters more than cutting taxes, not even sacred contracts between a government and its people. Ryan is delivering just what Rmoney wanted: blood lust among the rabid right.

But among the other 90% of Americans, ranging from conservative to moderate to extremely liberal, the consequences of Ryanizing the GOP are already taking a toll ... that can be summed up in one word: Medicare.

As anyone who has studied Ryan's fiscal strategy knows, his budget balancing model depends on eliminating Medicare as we know it. Killing it to save it, so to speak. And while that may sound like Obama campaign happy talk, it's actually a devastating problem for the entire GOP in 2012.

People who understand Medicare, understand that the program is essentially health insurance that has been paid for by beneficiaries over the course of their working lives. Like Social Security, Medicare is an earned benefit, not an entitlement. Paul Ryan wants to unilaterally renegotiate that benefit for American retirees so that Mitt Rmoney millionaires can pay less in taxes.

With more than 1.5 million retirees already living in North Carolina, and another 2 million baby boomers on the cusp of retirement, a candidate proposing to cut the heart out of Medicare has nowhere to go but down. All of which creates another big problem for Pat McCrory.

Mr. McCrory has already endorsed Mitt Romney, and for good reason. The two men have a lot in common. They're both rich, they're both secretive, and they both have a deep disdain for the lives of the regular people they seek to govern. Indeed, McCrory and McRmoney will campaign together on a shared vision for the future. That shared vision includes a sharp slap in the face to every adult under the age of 55. That shared vision says it's more important for America to give bigger tax breaks to millionaires than to honor its legal commitments to average citizens.


Yes the Romney Ryan ticket

Yes the Romney Ryan ticket and by extension the GOP congressional, senate, and state office seekers could be call to account and answer where they stand on Medicare,Medicaid and Social Security. However, the Democratic candidats must now step up as well. Its time for the Larry Kissels, McIntyre and the new light blue dog running in the 13th along with all those Congressional candidates across the state to tell us where they stand...on Medicare...on Medicaid...on Social Security. Kissel and McIntyre have certainly made it clear where they stand on the Affordable Care Act. Will the Democratic candidates, both Federal and State candidates, now say loudly and clearly where they stand...how they will vote on any future Ryanlike budgets and so called reforms like those proposed by Ryan twice now and embraced by Mitt Romney. Time to take account folks. We are waiting. No spin. No BS. Just tell us.

Privatizing Social Security

The GOP should have learned its lesson with Dubya's failed campaign to throw our money at Wall Street. And that was before the stock market crashed and caused trillions in wealth to evaporate.

It doesn't take a tenured economist to spot all the holes in the Ryan plan, but that doesn't mean Americans won't fall for it. It needs to be picked apart, but we also need to keep hammering Romney on his personal finances.

No difference in Ryan/Obama

While I completely agree with your post, the other major party alternative is pushing the same agenda.

his budget balancing model depends on eliminating Medicare as we know it. Killing it to save it, so to speak.

That sentence could be written of Obama, Ryan, Erskine Bowles or any another other oligarch servant hell-bent on shredding the last remnants of the New Deal.

The federal Democrats -- even NC's own Kay Hagan -- have openly and publicly used words like "triangulation" in their attempts to scare us into their arms at the voting booth.

No, no, and NO!

I will not vote for someone simply because they have a different packaging for their destruction of what's left of the social safety net.

It's long past time to teach the likes of Obama and Hagan that triangulation can work against them too. If they're willing to burn Social Security to save it, then I'm willing to burn Democratic political careers like theirs to save New Deal programs.

I fully support efforts to expose the intellectual (and actual) bankruptcy of Ryan-like plans, but don't forget that Obama and his kindred are selling the same snake oil.


Ryan: Slopping at the public trough his whole life?

This little piggie

Ryan's father died when he was 16, and Ryan then received Social Security survivors benefits until he was 18. He was able to save his Social Security to help pay for college. Ryan likes to talk about how he used loans to pay for college, but the fact that he went in with a big chunk of savings thanks to Social Security is something he doesn't emphasize quite as much.

Ryan has been in Congress since he was 28. Before that, he worked for Wisconsin Sen. Bob Kasten and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback. The sum total of his work experience outside of Congress is a couple part-time or summer jobs as a waiter, fitness trainer, and Oscar Mayer salesman.

The guy who will be Mitt Romney's running mate in a campaign founded entirely on the message that only private sector experience counts and that President Obama isn't a fit leader because he hasn't run a business hasn't worked in the private sector beyond what the average kid a year out of college has done.

romney ryan disaster



Max Baucus—Chair Senate Finance Comm—70% poll for Public option--
Bill hit his comm--- first act—removed public option for debate
shocked me—I trusted him. Zap. Report=he had $1,900,00 in his campaign kitty from health care industry..

The millions spent by thousands of Lobbyists expect favors. Buy them.

We need a Washington revolution and kick all out

Obama lost me with Gay Marriage. Totally disgusted. I am in a position I trust no one in Washington. I know few are very good but $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ BUYS ANYONE

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ OUT OF GOVERNMENT------ QUICK

NYT had superb article on Wall Street employees going into many many many government jobs in Congress and White House

They left for a much lower paying job.
Conclusion—Wall Street biggies are placing them in positions to make decisions for Wall Street.
Pay under table or? Many have done this. Worked in Wash for few years then back to Wall street into a higher paying job

This is sad sad. RULES MUST CHANGE

NO $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ IN WASHINGTON

NYT had article on Interconnectivity between Board Of Directors in WSA firms
You vote for my pay+pension I vote for yours

5 big banks own 50% of deposits in 7000 banks and 10 own 80%

Restate Glass Steagall---separate Casinos from local banks

County Banking Systems—local wealth kept local to create more local wealth and jobs
WASHINGTON SOLUTIONS (Congress + White House)
Requires overturning Corp is a person
1. fed fund election—6 mos-3 primary 3 general—free equal tv time—debate a week=12=adequate to evaluate candidates NO $$ =O
2. Since they will not need campaign funds Ban them from receiving anything of a financial value this closes K St.
3. Progressive Flat Tax by group—We have the income to pay our way-do it
We rank #2 as lowest taxed in OECD nations. We have an income of $14,00 billion yet tax 2400 and borrow 1300. Dumb?

clarence swinney


If you had to pick one thing that defined Paul Ryan, it would be his “Path to Prosperity” budget proposal, a right-wing fantasy for giant tax breaks for rich people and painful cuts for the rest of us that somehow earned him the title of “visionary.” Ryan proposed his plan—which originally called for privatizing Social Security—in 2011 after opposing a bipartisan debt committee's findings because they raised taxes a smidgen and didn't cut enough. The Ryan plan would privatize Medicare, sticking every senior with a $6,000 tab to buy their own insurance. It would transform Medicaid into a block grant program, shrinking it and limiting its ability to help more people during recessions. It would slash the safety net and hamstring government, from student loans to national parks to the FBI, all while leaving the military bloated. Romney's pick of Ryan means he's owning this plan, which is deeply unpopular with most Americans.

clarence swinney

Everything you need to know about Paul Ryan

Just be sure you don't eat anything before you click this stomach-churning link.

Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn't believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have to live. This now is an argument not over what kind of political commonwealth we will have, but rather whether or not we will have one at all, because Paul Ryan does not believe in the most primary institution of that commonwealth: our government. The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution make a lie out of every speech he's ever given. He looks at the country and sees its government as something alien that is holding down the individual entrepreneurial genius of 200 million people, and not as their creation, and the vehicle through which that genius can be channelled for the general welfare.

This from a guy who used Social Security to fund his own college education? I guess it's only okay if you're a Republican.

Rights from nature

When Paul Ryan says "Our rights come from nature and God," is he really talking about "natural selection?" With maybe some "survival of the fittest" thrown in? And if you are not "naturally selected" (by God) to have good health, then are people with poor health out of luck in Paul Ryan's privatized health care vision?

Lee Mortimer


If a person doesn't believe in god, then the person has no rights? Or maybe the person has rights that other people who do believe in god thinks are the right rights to have?

Wanta Job hire a Democrat

Net New Jobs Per Year
Rounded numbers
Wall Street Journal 1-19-09

Truman-- 1,100,000
Ford------- 745,000
Bush I----- 625,000
Eisenhower 438,000
Bush II---- 375,000

Republican-- 5,883,000

Per Day In Office
Democrat---10,125 Days
Republican-13,149 Days

Jobs per day
Carter + Clinotn got 222,000 per month in 12
Three R in twenty--1980-2009 got 99,000

clarence swinney