Hoping to deflect Democratic claims that Mitt Romney, and his budgetary policy wonk VP nominee, Paul Ryan, the GOP had Ryan bring his mama to his Florida rallies yesterday. His 78-year old mother, Betty, was there to help illustrate their claim that Ryan actually was born of a woman – and incidentally, that woman is enrolled in the Medicare program.
Her presence was necessary for him to point out to senior retirees that he was not out to gut their Medicare policies. No, not at all. He was, however, out to gut the Medicare of those who will retire in 13 years.
Why worry about them, after all. The dire consequences of the massive cuts in healthcare benefits will only be made known in an election cycle that is over a decade away.
No one cares about that.
Democrats, on the other hand, were quick to point out that not only will the advent of a Romney Administration spell the end of Medicare as we know it, but also that Romney’s policy wonk, Ryan, would have things go a little differently if his policies were passed in some sort of Ayn Randian future.
“Congressman Ryan didn’t tell seniors in Florida today that if he had his way, seniors would face higher Medicare premiums and prescription drug costs, and would be forced to pay out of pocket for preventive care. He didn’t say that if he had his way, Medicare would be bankrupt in just four years, or that he would give $150 billion taxpayer dollars back to private insurance companies, which raises costs for everyone.”
Yes, Paul Ryan has a mother he can trot out for the masses of gray-headed retirees to clap and cheer for, and yes, Barack Obama has no such mother because she died of ovarian cancer years ago due to a lack of healthcare insurance.
Yes to all of that.
The disingenuousness of it all, however, still amazes me. How do they do it? How do they attract these throngs given that this is the best that the Republicans can do?
Here is the secret recipe:
Winning in 2012
- Chop a pound of BS in a bowl
- Sprinkle with lies
- Stir in a dollop of bat guano crazy TEA Party rhetoric
- Add Mama
- Mix well, serve steaming in huge dripping gobs