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That title may sound a bit incendiary, but it also is a factually accurate assessment of what the Paul Ryan clone Republicans have decided they can't do...   just yet

Nope.  What they need to do first is to pretend they are on the side of the American people and American seniors.  Then, when their ruse has helped them gain control of the Senate and the Presidency (presumably by fraud) then they can rip off their disguise as fiscally-responsible moderates who really really like Grandma after all and reveal their action hero costume;


Because by that time they will have taken so many hundreds of millions in Corporate slush-funding that there will not be a shred of integrity left in any of them.  They can all cry like John Boehner, all the way to the bank of their current choice and paid affiliation.  Heck, and why stop there?  Why not have the GOP members of Congress just go ahead and decorate their suits with the logos of their patrons?  You know, like NASCAR drivers?  Sponsors, that's what they are called, isn't it?  What do the Koch brothers make?  Pampers?  I'd like to see Mitch McConnell wearing a suit with a big Pampers logo on the chest, wouldn't you?

But not this year.  This year the GOP has decided to go to ground and work to present the American (voting) public with the fantasy, the illusion that they never really meant that "destroy Medicare" thing.  See, that budget plan?  The one that would reward their (sponsors) and (future employers) was a sort of conceptual thing.  That's it!  It was an intellectual exercise! (cough) that they never, really, ever actually meant to impose on the American people. Nooo.  That threat to hold the debt ceiling hostage to its adoption?  Oh, you know how boys will be boys!  They really were just having a little fun with those fuddy-duddies from the Democrat Party, you know, the one that really isn't Democratic because Karl Rove said that using a different name would be a nice way to act like a bully and a douchebag?  Yeah, those guys.

And watch.  The true heart and soul of the Republican Party, their true agenda was revealed for the first stunning time in the Paul Ryan budget.  Did you see what they really want to do to our country?

1.  End Medicare
2.  Destroy Social Security
3.  Kiss the tushes of their wealthy donors
4.  Cut taxes on the wealthiest, who already had tax cuts
5.  Rein in the parts of government that look out for individuals

What would be left?  A perfect Kleptocracy, where corrupted government officials, once elected, could expect to be on a financial gravytrain run by their Corporate sponsors for life.

What can we do to avoid that fairly awful destruction of the American Dream?  Well, in the 2012 election we can do our damnedest to help the American people remember what the dark heart of the Republican nightmare would look like, if these ideologues gain power.  They have driven and are driving out the moderates within their own party.  Voters are catching on and leaving the GOP in droves, but the Republican'ts will have about a gazillion dollars to throw at the upcoming election.  They will have patrons willing to spend enormous amounts of money in an effort to buy the upcoming election and turn back the clock in this country by seventy years.  Or more.

Our task will be to not let the American people forget who these characters really are, what their agenda would be, the moment they entered office.  Try Scott Walker times five hundred or so and you'll get the picture.

Oh, and Grandma?  When Grandma's "voucher" gets lost in the mail or she gets confused and gives it to the paperboy by accident?  Guess what (regrettably) may happen to Grandma?  And guess which coterie of Corporate Shills may shake their head a time or two, before they head off to a French restaurant with their real "constituents".

Taking care of Grandma?  Not their job...  at least as they see it.

Originally posted to arthura on Fri May 06, 2011 at 08:16 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Voting Republican in 2012 is like (5+ / 0-)

    voting to give the sociopath who tried to rape you probation and taxi fare back to your house.

    The community of fools might be small if it were not such an accomplished proselytizer.

    by ZedMont on Fri May 06, 2011 at 08:26:39 AM PDT

  •  Grandma will probably die either way . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    Hounds, RJDixon74135

    and frankly, spending $600,000 to keep her alive for an extra 2 months - maybe just maybe - isn't the best use of limited health care resources.

    But it's probably a fair bit better than anything the GOP plans to do with the $$s that they "save" . . . .

    •  That all of us will die is a given... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...and someday there will be an appropriate public discussion about spending on end-of-life care.

      But the purpose of vouchers doesn't mean that Grandma will die 2 months early.  It means that, at 65, you and I will be forced to purchase health insurance in the open market with no cost restraints on the sellers, no limits on their profitability, and no requirements that the insurance we purchase will actually pay for our illness needs.

      If you think that's fantasy, try buying health insurance right now for a male, aged 61, in most states.  Good luck.

      In fact, try buying health insurance in New York -- considered one of them "librul" elitist states -- for a healthy 21 year old male.  Before the Health Reform Act passed, you could purchase a policy for him at a reasonable cost, but it would not cover any condition, including the flu, that he had in the past 18 months; it would not cover prescription drugs; and it would not cover any psychiatric condition for any treatment, including treatment provided by a neurologist or family doctor.  If that 21-year old got cancer, it had better be in a body part that he hasn't had treated in the past 18 months, or, sorry, he gets to die, too.

      arthura is right:  ending Medicare and destroying Social Security are two things the Republican party has wanted for years.  The difference now is that they feel they have the mojo to say it out loud.

      •  I hope my comment made it clear that (0+ / 0-)

        I find the GOP approach to be atrocious.

        OTOH, what we're doing right now really isn't working either - as clearly evidenced by international comparisons - e.g., we're number one in spending and number 37 in outcomes . . .. . .  there's something clearly awry someplace!

        •  It's that outcomes-thing that ends up (1+ / 0-)
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          being controversial.

          Because without the outcome date, you can't figure out why the spending is so bad.  BUT with the outcome date, you can make a political case for "death panels" and "killing Grandma" for real.

          You're right-- the way we spend money on health care for what we get is insane on both a macro and micro level.

          I went door to door for Obama-Biden in a swing state in a swing district and found that the health care issue has so many facets voters could easily be distracted by a shiny object:  for instance, the expense around end-of-life care, which wasn't part of the Health Reform Act.  I think that's why I reacted -- keeping our eye on Medicare requires sticking to the "facts in evidence" which is difficult to do in the healthcare jungle.

          But I got your disapproval of the GOP loud and clear.  And it sounds like you know quite a bit about life in the healthcare jungle!

          •  There's a good campaigh slogan for you: (1+ / 0-)
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            "We're Not Getting Our Money's Worth".

            ANYbody can understand that.

            If it's
            Not your body
            Then it's
            Not your choice
            AND it's
            None of your damn business!

            by TheOtherMaven on Fri May 06, 2011 at 11:34:10 AM PDT

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            •  Yes. In countries like Norway, where the rates are (0+ / 0-)

              higher than ours, people aren't complaining about them because they feel like they're getting their money's worth.

              And, regarding grandma: I'm not sure why this is considered a debatable issue. If she paid during her working years for a delayed insurance benefit, she should get that benefit. Actually, the same is true for people in their 40s and 50s who've paid premiums for 20 or 30 years on the promise of a delayed benefit as even at those ages people are becoming increasingly uninsurable.

              In fact, I'd like to see the Medicare system preserved for my grandchildren who haven't paid in a dime yet.

              Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

              by RJDixon74135 on Fri May 06, 2011 at 08:36:44 PM PDT

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          •  This is a situation where there are many (0+ / 0-)

            invested interests in NOT knowing what works - it's to their advantage to maintain a vast cloud of ignorance.

            Much like advertising in some ways - the way I understand it there is quite a bit of opposition to the likes of Google Ads - where whether an ad works or not can be determined with quite a bit of precision (for example, does somebody click on it?  and then actually buy something?)

            As compared to putting an ad in USA Today - who knows if that really works or not?   And to USA Today's advantage, just in case it might,  the advertising $$s keep rolling in . . ..  well, actually not so much anymore, but that's a somewhat different issue.

        •  It didn't.... (0+ / 0-)

          But I think it relates again to our weirdly applied aversion to death. It's like the Terry Schaivo case. No quality of life but people out there want to "let go and let God" to the point of stringing a life out.

          May our deaths be as dignified (or more so!) as our lives.

          •  Yeah OK, I suppose I can see that. (0+ / 0-)

            OTOH, I said the GOP approach was worse than something that was quite bad, but perhaps it didn't immediately rise to the level of "apalling" (quite frankly, I'm not aware of an exact definition of how bad something has to be to fit into that category)

      •  My grandmas are already dead. If the GOP .... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... gets its way, they won't kill Granma, they will kill ME.

        I am 52 years old. The GOP plan KILLS MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY FOR * ME *.

        If the GOP gets its way I will die penniless and sick in utter poverty.

      •  Agree with both of you (0+ / 0-)

        that society will have to accept in some cases, people are terminally ill and trying to keep them alive just a bit longer not only doesn't make much sense, it can also be horribly cruel given that their last days would probably be terribly painful. However, as a Canadian currently living in Scotland, neither I nor anyone in my family has ever wanted for medical care when in Canada or the UK, thanks to universal health care.

        When I was in Grad school in the states, however, I only had good health care because my campus had decent health plan and a teaching hospital on campus. Many in the states are not so lucky, and if they are, they are still dependent on their company health plan. The one time I had to go to an emergency room, my health plan stiffed me with a $300 bill for a pain killer and antibiotic, because they decided it wasn't a real emergency. That's something the people who say, you can always go to an emergency room don't mention. You can still get billed at an emergency room, and it isn't long term care at any rate.

        As for end of life care, sure it can be expensive, but universal health care would make even that affordable by bring down health care costs in general, and further savings through volume use of equipment and facilities giving more bang for your buck.

  •  Grandma Is Still On the Chopping Block..... (3+ / 0-)

    They've been emboldened by 2010.  They're overstepping right & left, Governor by Governor, state by state, abortion bill by abortion bill.

    But....their time is coming.  We'll see what happens w/ their "mandate from the people" when seniors hit the voting booth in 2012.  Grandma's like myself don't like our SS & Medicare touched.  And we have long memories.  And we never forget to vote.  

  •  YIKES! The Death Panels are back! (0+ / 0-)

    As I write this, the death panels meme is back on the front page of  DK, as Boehner angrily responds to a little late-Friday needling from Nancy Pelosi, and Cantor can't find his GOP sugar-coated TalkingPoint to make  things better.

    But arthura is correct:  the real death panel is the GOP push for a voucher.  Under vouchers, Grandma's only choice in her healthcare will be her selection of a for-profit insurer.  After that, if she gets very sick, the insurer will make the choices as to how much care, what care and if she gets care.  The insurer will decide where she gets care and what drugs she can have.

    And, in some cases, the for-profit insurer  will have a financial stake in Granny's hospital, her physician group, the equipment used on her, the pharmaceutical company, the rehab center and the nursing home.

    That financial linkage is the real death panel.

    Not the folks doing outcome studies.

  •  they're running like scalded dogs (0+ / 0-)

    Apparently their big "strategy meeting" last week consisted of, "oh shit, we fucked up."

    I am sure they planned full frontal birther attacks on our mooslim neegro pinko surrender-monkey president, then within 3 days, the BC and Osama Bin Laden blew those memes to little bitty bits forever.

    Now they just look like fucking idiots and are running as fast as they can.



  •  unfortunately, this: (1+ / 0-)
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    What would be left?  A perfect Kleptocracy, where corrupted government officials, once elected, could expect to be on a financial gravytrain run by their Corporate sponsors for life.

    describes our current system and applies only a little less to Dems than it does to Repubs...

  •  Very funny title. And it's true. (0+ / 0-)

    They'll get back to destroying Medicare eventually.

    "They had fangs. They were biting people. They had this look in their eyes,totally cold, animal. I think they were young Republicans."

    by slouching on Fri May 06, 2011 at 06:13:12 PM PDT

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