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Paul Ryan Booed at AARP Speech

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

Yesterday afternoon, Paul Ryan addressed the AARP’s National Annual Conference in New Orleans. The GOP vice presidential candidate attacked Obamacare for taking $716 billion out of Medicare — the very same cuts he included in his budget by the way — and made the case for transforming seniors’ health care from a guaranteed benefit into a premium support “voucher” program.

So what do you think the response was? Well, it didn’t go over with the audience. Take a look at this clip:

As you heard, audience members called Ryan a “liar,” told him to “go home” and repeatedly booed his critique of President Obama and health reform.

It’s a good thing senior citizens are part of the 47% and Ryan and Romney don’t have to worry about them.

Tax Benefits for the Middle Class with Obamacare

No matter what the Republicans in Congress say as they pass Eric Cantor‘s legislative move to repeal Obamacare (don’t worry, the Senate will send it to the crapper), it should be clear that the health care program benefits the Middle class. Especially with tax cuts.

Take a look:

Save this to argue with your Republican friends (as if they’ll listen!)

Obama Campaign changes the focus on “Obamacare” – It’s a POSITIVE label

According to Reuters:

President Barack Obama’s campaign has embraced the term “Obamacare,” seeking to turn the negative name Republicans assigned to his healthcare reform effort into a positive branding tool just as the Supreme Court studies the law’s constitutionality.

“Happy birthday, Obamacare,” Jim Messina, the president’s campaign manager, wrote in an email to supporters last week to note the anniversary of the reform becoming law.

“If you’re tired of the other side throwing around that word like it’s an insult, then join me in sending a message that we’re proud of it,” he wrote.

While it may be a little late in getting around to this strategy, there’s a good chance it can work To help promote it, the Obama campaign  is reaching out with promoti0nal products:

T-shirts that say “I like Obamacare” are available on the campaign’s website for $35.

Buttons with the same message go for $5.

I expect to be seeing these around soon… perhaps on me.

Paul Ryan attacks Obama for being too partisan. Really?!

clipped from Andrew Leonard’s column in www.salon.com
Paul Ryan is upset at Barack Obama. It’s not hard to understand why — the president slugged Ryan’s budget with a punch as hard as any he’s delivered to Republicans since getting elected. But who is Ryan trying to kid when he complains that the president wasn’t “building bridges but poisoning wells,” and that the speech was “excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate and hopelessly inadequate to addressing our country’s fiscal challenges”?
Excessively partisan? Compared to how Republicans have treated the president over the last two years, Obama’s harshest rhetoric hardly registers on the partisan scale. And Paul Ryan has been mixing it up with the best of them:

  • He openly rooted for “a failed presidency” as “the best outcome.”

  • He declared that the Democratic agenda “is completely antithetical to the American idea, the American project, and what America is about.”
And now he’s miffed because Obama had the temerity to point out that Ryan’s budget pays for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans by forcing seniors to pay more for their healthcare. I always thought Ayn Rand fans were made of tougher stuff. blog it 

 

Listening to the Republicans now is a real experience… do I think they are going to get together with the President and the Democrats and come to a compromise decision? What do YOU think?

Surprise Quote of the Day… Don’t Repeal The Health Care Bill

“It is not the bill that I would have drafted. But it is the law of the land and it is the platform, the fundamental platform, upon which all future efforts to make that system better, for that patient, for that family, will be based.”

– Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in support of NOT repealing Health care. And this guy is a DOCTOR.

So let’s see…the Republicans want to cut the deficit, but they also want t0 repeal Health Care at a deficit cost of $230 Billion…

The Congressional Budget Office, which is not affiliated with either Party, released a report today on the effects that repeal of the Health Care law will be a major deficit pig.

This from HuffPo:

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
WASHINGTON — Repealing health care reform will add $230 billion to the deficit over the next decade, leave 32 million fewer people with insurance and lead to higher costs for those who are covered, the Congressional Budget Office said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Thursday.
CBO Director Doug Elmendorf elaborated on the analysis in a blog post:

“As a result of changes in direct spending and revenues, CBO expects that enacting H.R. 2 would probably increase federal budget deficits over the 2012-2019 period by a total of roughly $145 billion (on the basis of the original estimate), plus or minus the effects of technical and economic changes that CBO and JCT will include in the forthcoming estimate. Adding two more years (through 2021) brings the projected increase in deficits to something in the vicinity of $230 billion, plus or minus the effects of technical and economic changes.”

blog it

8 False Things Republicans are trying to put over … and the REAL FACTS:

From Dave Johnson at Campaign For America’s Future:

There are a number things the public “knows” as we head into the election that are just false. If people elect leaders based on false information, the things those leaders do in office will not be what the public expects or needs.

1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush’s last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama’s first budgetreduced that to $1.29 trillion.

2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the “stimulus” was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

3) President Obama bailed out the banks.
Reality: While many people conflate the “stimulus” with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be “non-reviewable by any court or any agency.”) The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.

4) The stimulus didn’t work.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.

5) Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts.
Reality: A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.

6) Health care reform costs $1 trillion.
Reality: The health care reform reduces government deficits by $138 billion.

7) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is “going broke,” people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.
Reality: Social Security has run a surplus since it began, has a trust fund in the trillions, is completely sound for at least 25 more years and cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit (compare that to the military budget!) Life expectancy is only longer because fewer babies die; people who reach 65 live about the same number of years as they used to.

8 ) Government spending takes money out of the economy.
Reality: Government is We, the People and the money it spends is on We, the People. Many people do not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, ports, courts, schools and other things that are the soil in which business thrives. Many people think that all government spending is on “welfare” and “foreign aid” when that is only a small part of the government’s budget.

This stuff really matters.

If the public votes in a new Congress because a majority of voters think this one tripled the deficit, and as a result the new people follow the policies that actually tripled the deficit, the country could go broke.

If the public votes in a new Congress that rejects the idea of helping to create demand in the economy because they think it didn’t work, then the new Congress could do things that cause a depression.

If the public votes in a new Congress because they think the health care reform will increase the deficit when it is actually projected to reduce the deficit, then the new Congress could repeal health care reform and thereby make the deficit worse. And on it goes.

MyBarackObama.com is having a Video Contest

hrvc_logoThe Obama/DNC support group, Organizing for America, is having a video competition called Health Reform Video Challenge. Contest starts 12:01 AM (ET) on 9/26/09 and ends 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/18/09. Winners will be selected by 11/7/09 and notified by phone and/or e-mail by 11/9/09. One winner will receive the following prize: all or part of the winner’s video may be used in a TV ad associated with DNC’s health reform campaign (approximate retail value: $0). 20 finalists will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of DNC employees; the winner will be selected by public voters and a panel of experts.

All you have to do is create a 30-second video.

For more details and official rules, go HERE.

Quote of the Day – and a Comment from Me.

In commenting on the Baucus Bill (as pushed by the Gang of Six):

“It should really be called “The Insurance Industry Profit and Protection Plan.”

– Wendell Potter, Former CIGNA Public Relations Executive and current Senior Fellow on Health Care at the Center for Media and Democracy.

So Baucus is presenting a bill with No Public Option, No Trigger, and no discipline that I can see for the Insurance Industry. Now, as I look at it, the whole Gang of Six represents less than 6% of Americans, almost 70% of whom want the Public Option, and most of whom would have preferred a single-payer system. We have got to let these Turkeys know that they can’t get away with this.

Quote of the Day

“We have overwhelming majorities in both the House and the Senate. And we own the whole shooting match. And I’m just getting…It’s very frustrating to watch you try and compromise with these people who aren’t willing to compromise with you.”

– Joe The Nerd (Ferraro) to President Obama on the Smerconish radio program.

Read about it HERE.

Let’s stay focused on Health Care Reform

(thanks to Lee Stranahan.  More videos and commentary HERE.)