Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’

“The Fiscal Rift”

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We’re back on the edge of a fiscal cliff and the battle rages on!

The two parties are again pressed to address fiscal compromise, facing a deadline to prevent several potentially damaging things from happening in an already fragile economy — and the rhetoric is flying.

Though many pols give the impression, in their cautiously worded statements, they believe the parties can come together to avoid the financial impasse that would cause damage to the economy and recovery. They’re reluctant to play their hands for fear of exposing an irretrievable vulnerability.

Who’s going to win this fiscal battle?

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“The Rabid Dogs of Hypocrisy”

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Discontent is high on both sides of the political spectrum.

These are the best of times and the worst of times — a clash between the tea party and occupy, taxes and spending cuts, the haves and have-nots, religiousocity and reality, poverty and gluttony, big government and small government.

But the warring — the battle between right and wrong, good and evil — does not stop there. The battle lines are fluid, constantly moving, and as more lines are being drawn chances of survival decline.

What’s caused this huge divide?

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“Where Would We Be If…”

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…we didn’t have the safety nets established years ago?

As Republicans strive to strip the programs that prevented us from falling into another Great Depression their arguments are devised to distract us from the truth.

Programs like Social Security and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, put into place after the financial collapse in the 1930’s, were borne of the pain and suffering millions of hard-working people endured throughout the thirties.

Where would we be today without them?

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Quick Hit: “Hochul Turns New York Blue”

The Special Election in New York was a referendum on Medicare.

Democrat Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Jane Corwin to represent the people of NY-26 which has been very red since 1857!

Hochul garnered 48% of the vote in a three candidate race which included Tea Party candidate, Jack Davis, who received 8% of the vote. Jane Corwin, the presumptive winner just two short month’s ago received just 43% in a district that has 30,000 more registered Republicans.

Corwin, like nearly every Republican, supported the Ryan Plan and seems to have paid the price for that endorsement.

Seniors have not been fooled by the medical voucher plan that Representative Paul Ryan presented as part of his budget proposal, realizing it is a veiled attempt at privatization. All but four Republican members of the House of Representatives voted for it last month and faced stiff opposition in town hall meetings throughout their districts. Nearly 80% of Americans polled do not want Congress to touch their Medicare.

Just as Corwin paid a steep price for her endorsement of the Ryan Plan, House Republicans will face tough challenges in the 2012 elections as a result of their ideological mistake.

Senators will be challenged in the Senate vote on the Ryan Plan that Harry Reid has called for this week. Republican Senators will be on the record and the 10 who are up for election in 2012 will have to answer to their constituents.

The win by Kathy Hochul in the 26th District in New York will send tremors through a Republican Party already in disarray.

This was a big victory for the Democrats and should be repeated—ad infinitum—in every election for the next year and a half.

The American people have spoken loud and clear.

Keep your hands off of my Medicare!

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“And Then There Were Five!”

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The Gang of Six loses one Republican over cuts to Medicare.

Last Tuesday, Senator Tom Coburn announced he was leaving the Gang of Six, citing differences between he and his colleagues over cuts in Medicare.

The six Senators had been meeting for over five months to develop a fiscal plan to stabilize the American economy and, hopefully, be acceptable to both parties in both houses of Congress.

Four of the six members were part of the President’s Deficit Commission. Like Senator Coburn, the other three, Senator’s Crapo, Conrad, and Durbin, supported the recommendations of the commission though it failed to get the votes needed to be formally considered by Congress.

What caused Coburn’s departure, and how will it affect the workings of the group?

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“A Path to Poverty!”

Paul Ryan’s budget plan will put America on a fast path to poverty.

Poverty in America is rising! And it’s getting uglier.

The country is dying: infrastructure decaying, housing decimated, politics corrupt, media biased, the rich greedy and dispassionate, wars suffocating—and that’s on a good day.

Though an eternal optimist it becomes increasingly difficult to find many positives in the current environment.

Especially when we learn that by the end of 2009, 43.6 million people were living in poverty which raises the level to 14.3% of our population. That number surely increased in 2010 while Jaime Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein, and their colleague’s pay increased by several millions.

How many houses do they need? How many cars?

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