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Misleading Right-Wing Arguments On The Long-Term Debt Problem

The Heritage Foundation kinda-sorta praises Rick Perry for calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme over and over again at the last presidential debate (Perry was lying, of course), pointing to this chart: This is quite misleading. First off, Social Security … Continue reading

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(Our Discourse About) Medicare Is Bankrupt!

Medicare isn’t bankrupt and isn’t nearing bankruptcy. Just as was the case in the 1980s and 1990s when people who hated Medicare claimed it was about to implode, it’s on solid footing. There’s a whole bunch to substantiate that here; … Continue reading

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Dear Media

Dear Media, We demand that you don’t tell people we’re trying to end Medicare, even though 99% of us just voted to end Medicare.  Sincerely, The Republican Party

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Brilliant!

Kevin Drum is onto something regarding Medicare:  So why not have dead people pay? They don’t need the money any more, after all. So Medicare stays roughly the same, but every time you receive medical care you also get a … Continue reading

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Medicare is safe for now

Via TPM: The GOP continued its bloody walk into the Medicare buzzsaw on Wednesday, when 42 out of 47 Senate Republicans voted for the House GOP budget, and its plan to phase out and privatize the popular entitlement program. The … Continue reading

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And then there were four

Olympia Snowe has joined Rand Paul, Scott Brown and Susan Collins to become the fourth Republican Senator to come out in opposition to Paul Ryan’s Budget (the one that cuts taxes for the rich and that takes Medicare and turns … Continue reading

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Words Mean Things

There’s more explanation worth reading at the link, but Aaron Carroll makes an important distinction early on in this post: I’ve been interested in the ways in which people are mangling “premium support”. To me, it has always meant offering … Continue reading

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The Gingrich That Keeps On Giving

So, Newt Gingrich has already given America a great soundbite against the extremely silly GOP/Ryan plan: “right-wing social engineering.” Happily, he has more than one gaffe to give to his country:

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To Save Medicare We Must Destroy It and all that BS

Matt Yglesias, discussing a Democratic campaign ad that states “Vote Republican – End Medicare”, is spot on: I don’t normally like to just repeat things, but I think it’s important for all progressives on the Internet to draw a line in … Continue reading

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The Long-Term Debt Issue Is Health Care Costs

Matt Yglesias posts a couple charts to make the argument that, contrary to what Paul Ryan and the right-leaning Washington Post editorial board would tell you, preserving Medicare as we know it is an option.  He points out, correctly, that … Continue reading

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Tea and Unsympathy

At first blush, it’s rather surprising that 70 percent of Tea Partiers oppose Paul Ryan’s plan to phase out Medicare and Medicaid.  Isn’t the Republican Party all about getting Big Gubmint off our backs? But I think it’s a consequence … Continue reading

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In which I use the word “entitlements” for the last time

This blog has mentioned Frank Luntz in prior posts and discussed how he helps republicans develop an arsenal of words to use over and over again until the media starts using them.  The aim is always to pick poll-tested words … Continue reading

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Omnibus Paul Ryan Post

Paul Ryan rolled out his budget proposal yesterday.  Here’s a rough first look at the direction it would take the country, the mechanics of the plan, and the public discussion about it so far. WHAT THE PLAN WOULD DO His … Continue reading

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