Saturday, October 13, 2012

Defacing a Nation

"We have a tidal wave of red ink that is coming in this country that no major civilized country has ever seen before. This is how great empires fall. And this is the tidal wave of debt that is coming in this country and the greatest driver of this red ink, we all know, is this program: Medicare" Paul Ryan at the House Budget Committee Reconciliation Markup, March 15, 2010.

Paul Ryan is calling Obamacare, an insurance program that will be paid by Americans and not the government, an “entitlement."  For Republicans anything that helps the middle class it's an entitlement: Social Security, Unemployment Insurance and Medicare, which are all funded by the working class, with the exemption of Unemployment which is funded by the employer.  I have no idea where do they get the idea that these programs are crumbs thrown to the lazy population by the magnanimous government. We worked for them, and so far it has been the piggy bank of the excesses in Washington, that is why these programs are bankrupt.

Paul Ryan said during the VP Debate that his plan will not eliminate Medicare for the poor or for those that would prefer Medicare (as it exist today) over private insurance. I want to ask any of you, why would anyone go through the trouble of finding an insurance offering everything that Medicare offers its recipients - and which many of us wished we all had (public option) - if Medicare will be available? The Path to Prosperity - Ryan's economy budget plan - slashes Medicare and replaces it with a voucher. 

During the debate we could see that he didn't like the word "voucher" and tried to change it to a check in the mail, but that is what it is, a voucher or if you prefer, a coupon. Our seniors will have to decide which insurance premium they can afford, what they need and what are the advantages of one plan over another. At an age when some of them don't even remember or recognize their own family, they will have to make sense of these provisions that not even us, younger and with a clearer mind, can understand at times. Not every senior have children or surviving children, some have no one to help them with the basics but they will be left on their own with a check (that I can guarantee you will not pay for a good insurance policy), with the sharks selling insurance confusing them even more in order to get that magical voucher and their juicy commission. Now, Romney and Ryan are saying they will not hurt seniors and they will not eliminate Medicare.

Many in Washington consider Ryan a numbers guy. If that is true, I must be Einstein! He is proposing to triple the Defense Budget (the largest in the world) and making permanent the Bush Tax cuts to the wealthy, these two items alone increase the debt, it does absolutely nothing to reduce it.

Romney is eager to start a war, I think he believes that this will assure him more than a paragraph in the history books, which is all it matters to him. He has set his eyes on Iran and is dreaming of the day when he too can invent an excuse to invade the country and start his beloved war. That will also add trillions to an already inflated deficit. So far, everything they're proposing does nothing to create jobs or reduce the deficit - actually, it's the opposite.

They also say as of late, that they will reduce the taxes for everyone, which translates into a higher deficit. When asked how would the government, if they get elected, get any income with these tax cuts, they claim that they will accomplish it by "eliminating the loopholes." Which loopholes?  Nobody knows... it's a secret!

I am assuming that whoever is reading this has at least a basic education that included math. The numbers don't add up, plain and simple. As I have mentioned before, the income collected by this country and which makes the economy wheels move is mainly whatever its collected from income tax. If the rich are going to get a "bonus" from the government permanently, if the workforce will get their taxes reduced... where will the money come from? What loopholes are they talking about if Corporations will get a check from the government and not the other way around?

What they are refusing to say is that they will eliminate what they consider "entitlements." Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Welfare will either be eliminated or if lucky, privatized. Drastic reductions will be made to Education, after all none of their kids attend a public school, and Pell Grants will be significantly cut.  It is in their benefit if the working class is not educated, it offers a cheaper labor to those corporations.

Don’t believe for a minute that this pair care at all for you, they don’t. Their loyalty is to themselves, their kind; the wealthy.  All benefits and “entitlements” are for that group, welfare will be replaced with wealthfare.

We, the 47% mentioned in Romney’s speech,  are worthless to them and as Romney said in that infamous videotape: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Those were his words when he thought we, the 47%, were not listening... Those are his true believes and not the robotic Romney he is when we are around.  Wake up, use your brain and vote on November 6, and unless you are wealthy, vote for those who will work for you.  

Vote Obama/Biden for four more years!

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