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Have you considered what it means to you if Romney and Ryan get ahold of Medicare?

 

After hearing Romney on Meet The Press say that he wants to keep some of Obamacare, what he and Ryan want to do with Medicare, according to the Ryan budget, is a whole different matter.

It’s what it will cost you that you ought to think about.

I don’t know what age level you fall into, but knowing I’m being stripped of the money tobuy two years worth of groceries really pisses me off.

 

Congress returning this week after a well-deserved time off (When do these guys actually WORK?

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”    – Mark Twain

After not being in session for over a week (when do these guys actually WORK?) our Congressmen and women are returning this week (of course, Monday, like Friday, is a travel day … when do these guys actually WORK?) and are going to take on the debt limit.

Geithner, the Treasury Secretary, says that the debt limit has to be raised in May or we will default on our debt payments by July. That will destroy our credit rating and make it impossible to borrow money which the country needs to survive.

Some Republicans don’t agree, however, as was made clear on yesterday’s talking head shows.

Official portrait of Tom Coburn, U.S. Senator.

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Senator Tom Coburn (R -Oklahoma) on Meet The Press:

“The debt limit doesn’t really mean anything because we’ve always extended it. The Treasury secretary has the ability, even if this debt limit is not extended, to continue to pay interest on our loans. The idea that this is catastrophic is wrong — what is catastrophic is to continue to spend money we don’t have.”

And Coburn is a well-known economist..what? He isn’t? Sorry.

Representative Joe Walsh (R-Illinois) on Face The Nation:

Rep. Walsh... He looks like he knows...

“Over the course of those few months when the debt ceiling wasn’t raised, Armageddon didn’t hit, the government paid its bills — we’ve got enough government revenues to certainly pay, to service all of our debt. And the administration knows that. The administration’s got to get serious and recognize that we’re not just going to give them a vote to raise the debt ceiling unless they fundamentally change the way this city works.”

Walsh, as you may know, is actively campaigning to extend the Bush tax cuts… is that how we get enough money to pay the debts? Don’t think so.

It’s interesting that, during the Bush administration, that when the debt ceiling was raised 7 times, no Republican objected or said ANYTHING (when do these guys actually WORK?). That shows their collective economic knowledge must have been recently earned… perhaps they read about it in a magazine.

The Reason John Boehner is an Asshole…

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com

John Boehner

John (Asshole) Boehner

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner says Americans have a right to think what they want to think, even when they are wrong about President Barack Obama‘s citizenship and his religion.

Boehner tells NBC’sMeet the Press” that he believes Obama was born in Hawaii and that the president is a Christian, and that those are facts.
Some people believe that Obama was born outside the U.S. or in some other way is not a natural-born citizen eligible to be president. There is also a persistent belief among some that Obama is a Muslim.
Boehner denies that he is willing to let those misperceptions remain because they weaken and delegitimize Obama.

Asked why he doesn’t speak against such perceptions, Boehner says it’s not his job to tell Americans what to think.

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Certainly, no Democrat would let such Bullcrap stand against a Republican. Boehner either has no need to make his Party seem intelligent, or he is carrying out a political ploy. Let’s hope it’s one of the many things that make his control of the House a short one.

Another Question Eric Cantor is Sidestepping…

Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia

Eric Cantor

If you saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R – VA) on Meet The Press yesterday, you know that he evaded every question that was put to him. 

Here’s another from Senators Chuck Schumer (D – NY) and Robert Menendez (D – NJ).

The whole article is available at Talking Points Memo:

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As promised, Senate Democrats aren’t going to take the GOP‘s health care repeal push lying down
In a letter delivered to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Sunday, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) demand an answer to a question now at the center of the Republican party’s top legislative priority: Will repealing the health care law force seniors to reimburse the government for the $250 check they received in 2010 to help them pay for prescription drugs?
“We are particularly concerned that repeal would reverse the course of making prescription drugs more affordable for seniors,” Schumer and Menendez write. “The [repeal] legislation approved by the House could require seniors to repay the government.”
“Richard Foster, the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has said that “in theory,” seniors would have to return the checks if repeal becomes law,” the letter reads.
You can read the entire letter here.
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So here’s what the Right thinks will happen on the extension of Tax Cuts…

clipped from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com

McConnell Says Dems Will Cave On Tax Cuts

Signaling confidence that Democrats will stop blustering and cave on tax cuts, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted today that all of the Bush era tax rates will be extended temporarily.

“I think it’s pretty clear now taxes are not going up on anybody in the middle of this recession,” McConnell said on Meet the Press. “It isn’t going to happen.”
McConnell acknowledged that, despite broad Democratic opposition on Capitol Hill, the White House and GOP are currently negotiating a compromise based on a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts, which would likely punt this debate into presidential election season.
“We’re discussing how long we can maintain current tax rates,” McConnell said. “We’re going to have some kind of an extension. I’d like one as long as possible.”
President Obama himself all but signaled that the Democrats lost this fight during a statement about a recently-announced Korea free trade agreement yesterday.
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“We need to redouble our efforts to resolve this impasse — in the next few days — to give the American people the peace of mind that their taxes will not go up on January 1st,” Obama said. “It will require some compromise, but I’m confident that we can get it done.” The White House is pressing the GOP to allow an extension of unemployment benefits and the tax breaks in the stimulus bill in exchange for an extension of income tax rates. According to the Huffington Post, Obama will allow the cuts to expire if the GOP refuses. On that score, McConnell claimed there’s no impasse.

As long as I was discussing Colorado, here’s a quote from last weekend…

Discussing gays in the military, Ken Buck (Colorado Republican Senate Candidate) said he believes sexual orientation is a choice

“I think that birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you have a choice.”

– Ken Buck on Meet The Press.

I know a lot of gay guys who are thrilled that they now have a choice.

Colin Powell put Newt in his place yesterday…

Commenting on Newt Gingrich’s recent suggestion that Obama was displaying anti-colonial Kenyan behavior, Powell, on Meet The Press yesterday, warned Americans to “think carefully” about Gingrich’s accusations and went on to debunk some of the right-wing’s conspiracy theories:

I would just tell my fellow Americans, think carefully about what was just said. Think carefully about some of the stuff that is coming across the blogs and airwaves. Let’s make a couple of points. One, the President was born in the United States of America. Let’s get rid of that one, let’s get rid of the birther thing. Let’s attack him on policy, not nonsense. Next, he is a Christian, he is not a Muslim…And I think we have to be careful when we take things like Dinesh D’Souza’s book, which is the source of all of this, and suggest that somehow the President of the United States is channeling his dead father through some Kenyan spirits. This doesn’t make any sense. Mr. Gingrich does these things from time to time with a big, bold statement. He did it with Sotomayor, she is a “reverse racist.” He did it with Elena Kagan, she ought to be taken off the nomination for Supreme Court justice. And he does it occasionally to make news and also to stir up dust.

It’s good to have a Republican comment on other Republicans when they are such schmucks.

Here’s the video:

A Quote for The Day … on Rand Paul

… and his canceling out on Meet The Press:

“My feeling is that if a politician can’t handle an interview, they can’t handle the Senate.”

– Joe Scarborough

Gee, and from a conservative Republican!

From Talking Points Memo: Paul Backs Out Of Meet The Press Appearance

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At the end of a rocky week, newly chosen Senate nominee Rand Paul (R-KY) has canceled a planned interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” citing exhaustion. It’s only the third cancellation from a major guest in 62 years, the show’s Executive Producer Betsy Fischer said in an interview this afternoon.

“It is a big deal when somebody cancels an appearance,” she said.

Fischer and host David Gregory have been attempting to convince Paul’s press secretary and campaign manager since the Paul camp scrapped the interview this afternoon. They first arranged the Sunday show interview on Wednesday after he won the party nomination Tuesday night. Fischer said Paul’s press secretary said he was exhausted.

Of course, Paul’s troubles started Wednesday night when he debated the Civil Rights Act with Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show. He’s done rounds of interviews since then, and his team said that he’d done a “Good Morning America” appearance on ABC today.
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Oddly enough, given the racial nature of Paul’s earlier comment on Maddow’s show, the only two other major invitees to cancel on Meet The Press were Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in 1996 and Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar on May 18, 2003.