Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Battle Both Sides Wanted

Reince Priebus now saying that President Obama has "blood on his hands" on Medicare cuts.

RNC Chair Reince Priebus hit on the GOP talking point that it’s President Obama, not Paul Ryan, who is destroying Medicare in an interview on “Meet the Press.”

If [any] person in this entire debate has blood on their hands in regard to Medicare, it’s Barack Obama,” Priebus said. “He is the one that’s destroying Medicare. We are the ones that are offering solutions…

PS, you know who else has those same "cuts" (which are actually reductions in future spending growth projections?)  Paul Ryan.

With Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee, Mitt Romney’s central argument pushing back against critics of the House budget chief’s Medicare plan is that President Obama cut deep into Medicare under the Affordable Care Act. But Ryan’s plan includes the same cuts, which don’t target beneficiaries.

“Unlike the current president, who has cut Medicare funding by $700 billion, we will preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security,” Romney said Saturday while introducing Ryan.

The trouble with this argument — made frequently by Republicans, including Ryan himself — is that Republicans have voted overwhelmingly for Ryan’s own budget which sustains the Medicare cuts in “Obamacare.” Conservatives argue that Ryan’s plan, unlike the Affordable Care Act, doesn’t use the Medicare savings to fund additional spending.

Talking points circulated by the Romney campaign Saturday similarly instruct surrogates to make the “Obama cut Medicare” argument to blunt voters’ fears over Ryan’s Medicare plan.

The Ryan Plan, now the Romney/Ryan Plan literally makes the same exact reductions and Republicans voted overwhelmingly for those reductions.  But of course Priebus doesn't mention that.

I wonder why.  Oh yes, because he's a scuzzy liar.

And where's Mitt's tax returns?

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