I’m still in a state of semi-ecstatic shock that Paul Ryan put his head on the chopping block by advocating wholesale destruction of Medicare and Medicaid. Replacing the currently seamless care seniors now receive with vouchers of limited value? Really? He has basically gifted President Obama with campaign talking points from electoral heaven. Ryan could have offered the suggestion that Medicare or even Social Security could be means-tested, but no, he judges that Americans are center/right rather than center/left on this issue. He should have known better when it comes to Americans and the sacred programs they’ve enjoyed since the birth of LBJ’s “Great Society.” Between Ryan’s and the House GOP’s miscalculations on this issue and the inane stupidity of the “Birther” movement, Obama must feel as if Christmas has come 7 months early.
April 19, 2011