Remember When…

Which should be more inspiring:

“We look at one another’s success with pride, not resentment, because we know that as more Americans work hard, take risks, succeed, more people will prosper, more communities will benefit. And individual lives will be improved,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said today at the Romney campaign event announcing him as the VP.

“America, America is just more than a place, though. America is an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government. That’s right. That’s who we are, that’s how we built this country. That’s who we are. That’s what made us great. That’s what made us great. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes,” Ryan said.

Or Class Warfare, envy , blame Bush/Rich and throwing grandma off a cliff? 🙂

Remember this From Poltifact: Lie of the Year 2011: ‘Republicans voted to end Medicare’

So what are the Democrats saying now because Ryan is the VP Choice.

The Lie of The Year!!

What else would you expect from people who have no morals or ethics and will say or do anything to maintain their power to run your life for you.

This debate is just getting (re) started, so here are a few key points to keep in mind as the “kill Medicare” falsehood gets spread far and wide:

(1) The Republican reform plan totally exempts anyone over the age of 55 from any changes.  When President Obama promised Americans “if you like your plan, you can keep it” to push Obamacare, he didn’t tell the truth.  The Ryan plan explicitly, in black and white, protects current and soon-to-be seniors.  No changes.

(2) The Democrats’ non-plan does the opposite.  It has already slashed more than half-a-trillion dollars (Update: $741 Billion, according to the latest CBO score) from Medicare to fund Obamacare, and it has established an unaccountable and extremely powerful bureaucratic board to ration care in order to keep costs down.  To repeat, current seniors have already seen their Medicare cut by President Obama, not Republicans.

(3) Medicare’s own accountants have calculated that Medicare will be insolvent within 12 years.  As Democrats claim that Romney and Ryan want to “kill Medicare” or “end Medicare as we know it,” they fail to mention that the calendar and basic arithmetic will do that in the face of inaction.  Doing nothing is President Obama’s plan because it tempts voters with the illusion that everything is going to be just fine, and that he’s protecting them from “draconian cuts.”  He hopes this charade will get him through the election cycle.  But reality is gaining on us.  Medicare “as we know it” will be obliterated for generations to come unless we start making changes for the future, while shielding people currently at or near retirement from any switch.  Between items two and three on this list, the truth is revealed: Democrats’ plans cut Medicare, and Democrats’ calculated inaction will result in its ultimate demise.  The Republican plan is an urgently necessary move to save the program.

(4) After his plan was criticized for being too partisan in the first “Path to Prosperity” budget, Paul Ryan adjusted his reforms in the FY 2013 version.  He updated his Medicare reform to embrace a bipartsian solution he co-crafted with progressive Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), which maintains the original “premium support” model, but includes traditional Medicare as an option for future seniors.  Again, the Medicare reform plan for future seniors is bipartisan, and co-authored by a committed liberal who understands that the clock is running out to save the program.  The updated version’s provisions are also means-tested, meaning they entail more federal assistance to poorer and sicker future seniors than richer and healthier ones.

(5) The Romney/Ryan plan does not impose “draconian and radical cuts.”  In fact, the Republican budget increases spending.  Every year.  It simply slows the rate of increase.  The most recent House-passed budget increases spending from $3.53 Trillion to $4.88 Trillion within the next ten years.  This does, however, spend trillions less than President Obama’s unanimously-defeated budgets envisioned.  In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re broke, and it’s getting worse.

Democrats are going to go all-in to ensure that these facts never see the light of day.  They will try to frighten current seniors and paint Romney and Ryan as heartless monsters.  The best response is to tell the truth, early and often — and to push back hard.  Why are Democrats actually cutting Medicare to pay for a new expensive entitlement program?  Why have they set up a rationing board for the elderly?  And what is their plan to avoid the 2024 Medicare expiration date, according to their own government numbers?  As we’ve learned, they don’t have answers to these questions. The president hopes he will evade these issues by constantly blaming and distorting.  Don’t let him get away with that abdication of leadership (Guy Benson)

Just minutes after the announcement of Ryan: Today, at 9:22 a.m., Obama campaign manager Jim Messina sent out an email blasting Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, Wisconsin congressman and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan. “[Ryan’s] plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors,” Messina wrote.


Ryan justifies the delayed implementation of the plan because retirees or those near retirement have planned their lives around Medicare in its current form, and those under 55 will have more time to plan for some modest changes necessary to avert a fiscal crisis. Delayed implementation is also what makes Ryan’s plan politically viable. Voters 55 and over won’t be affected at all, so they really shouldn’t have anything to worry about. And the vast majority of voters under the age of 55 don’t believe big entitlement programs will even be around to pay them a benefit when they retire, as this Gallup poll on Social Security revealed:

But that won’t deter the Left from their campaign of Fear, loathing, disgust, and envy!

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Not “biased” “journalist Andrea Mitchell: “This is a base election. This is not a pick for suburban moms, this is not a pick for women.”

Obama campaign: Paul Ryan is the mastermind behind the extreme GOP budget plan. It’s a plan Mitt Romney endorses.

But what does that budget mean for America? The GOP budget plan hurts seniors, it hurts middle-class families, and it hurts students. All to pay for tax cuts for those at the top..

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: back to the failed top-down policies that crashed our economy.

The very predictable hoary. And the “new way” has worked SO WELL. They just need more time… <<BARF BAG OVERLOAD IN PROGRESS!>>

The Mad Cow: Rachel Maddow: “Can I also just say can you imagine the uproar if two Democrats who had never served in the military and do not have family service, history of serving in the military, literally ran out of a battleship and onto the podium to declare the vice-presidential nomination in their party — if two Democrats, without military service records, as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan don’t have service records, using this battleship and using this military setting, a setting essentially as a stage set for themselves as people who don’t have that background themselves.”

Rachel Maddow also called the backdrop “offensive.”

So if they aren’t supposed to be seen at something they’ve never experienced then doesn’t that mean Obama has no right to be using any business as a “backdrop” or am I just being “offended”? 🙂

And the dodging and lying continues: “We do not control third party ads,” Mr. Carney repeatedly said when asked if President Obama would condemn the Priorities USA ad.

TODD: The law says you can’’t condemn an ad?

CARNEY: Again, I think I’ve made my point, and I’m looking forward to the press conference for my counterpart where the

TODD: You stood on that podium and asked — You made this general request, you say to the Romney campaign: Mitt Romney ought to distance himself, whether it’s a Donald Trump thing, whether it was Mr. Ricketts. So you’ve actually made those same requests, so, if you believe that they either stand by it or don’t stand by it, how are you not held to the same standard?

CARNEY: I think the campaign, and this is entirely a campaign issue, has answered these questions, and I would refer you to them for more.

TODD: You’ve gone after the campaign…
CARNEY: Again, millions of dollars spent by the other campaign running ads across the country blatantly misrepresenting the President’s policy on an issue.

TODD: On that, you will speak for the campaign?

CARNEY: It’s not a policy, and I take issue, as someone who speaks for, defends, and explains the President’s policies, with that representation of it. What I’m not going to do is become a judge, an assessor, of every third-party ad that’s out there. Again, just the other day, there was an ad broadcast with real money. Paid for by some group out there, some conservative group, questioning the President’s citizenship.

REPORTER: On something else, Governor Romney said yesterday that he’d love to have a pledge or some kind of agreement on negative ads. On personal, negative attack ads. Would you, or the President, be open to something like that?

CARNEY: I would only point to, I saw some of his comments… It’s as if his campaign hadn’t been, as its principle effort right now, running an ad that has been judged across the board as false. By fact-checkers, by Republicans, by Bill Clinton, the author of welfare reform. I find it interesting that he would make that [statement]. But, in terms of campaign pledges, I would refer you to the campaign.

Don’t you just love the Don’t do as I do double standard. It comes from having no moral, ethics, or standards. In Alinsky terms it means I expect you to live up to YOUR standards but I don’t have to even address any I might have had because I don’t hold myself to even my own standards.

It’s all you, not me.