Two stories in this morning’s New York Times refer to the Republican plan to kill Medicare as an “overhaul.”
The first one puts it in the headline.
The secondone does it in the second graph of the story:
Only weeks ago, top Democrats appeared to have all but written off a special election for a Congressional seat in the suburbs of Buffalo. After all, Republican voters vastly outnumber Democrats in the district, and the Republican candidate, Jane L. Corwin, a well-liked state assemblywoman, seemed to be a shoo-in.
Both these stories contain the same qualified good news. Voters are catching on to the fact the Republican Party is out to get them. When he released his budget plan, Paul Ryan was hailed by DC insiders as “courageous” and “serious.” He was praised for having started a discussion that “needed” to be held. It turns out that what people have been discussing is how mean, cruel, selfish, and destructive the Republican plans for the country are. The “courageous” Ryan has had to twist himself into knots at Town Hall meetings in his own up till now very safe district to find creative ways to tell angry voters that his plan doesn’t do what it obviously does. The Republican leadership is looking for a graceful way to back away from a budget plan they’ve already passed.
But the retreat is strategic. They’ll regroup. Maybe it won’t happen before the next election, but they’ll be back as soon as they think it’s politically safe with a new plan to cut the safety net to ribbons.
This has been the Party’s reason for being since 1934! It’s been what they’ve been working on doing since they took control of the federal government in 1994. They want to end the Welfare State because they know that the only way the nation can afford it is if the rich and the multi-billion dollar corporations pay their fair share of taxes and they don’t want the rich or the corporations paying any taxes.
This, by the way, is right there in the GOP budget plan which shifts more of the tax burden off the corporate rich and onto the middle class.
My question here, though, is, Why do the New York Times and other Media outlets insist on calling the Republicans’ plan to end Medicare anything but a plan to end Medicare?
Look, Media, the GOP's stated goal is to phase out Medicare. It’s right there in the plan. The path to this is privatization via vouchers. That's not an "overhaul."
If they had a plan to replace all our fighter jets with balsa wood gliders would you say they wanted to “overhaul” our fighter jet program?
Essentially, they want to replace Medicare with the private insurance equivalent of balsa wood gliders. That is, they want to end it and replace it with nothing like Medicare!
It’s a cheap and flimsy plan that won’t carry any weight or fly either long or far and they don’t mean it to. It’s designed to crash, just not until five elections from now.
Why is that so hard for you to report that they want to do what they flat out say they want to do?