Obama also did that. This seems to be essence of the Repubs response to questions on the Medicare cuts proposed by Ryan in his budget. The lie that Obama somehow stole $700B from Medicare and paid into Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare is being swallowed by the Beltway Pundits. This fraudulent point was first rolled out during Mitt's VP announcement on Saturday and was also in the Romney camp talking points that CNN unearthed. We also noticed that the Sunday Morning Shows also had this same point from the Repubs and their water carriers David Gregory, George Stephy etc. We saw the point about the $500B (not $700B) saving accruals from Medicare to the Affordable Care Act not being highlighted by Democrats in these talk shows. I wanted to scream yesterday that the Dems better prepare a good biting reponse but looks like they have not done their homework. Even Rachel Maddow, giddy after the Ryan pick seems to have lost her moorings on this.
Ideally the response should have been thus:
"That's another lie trotted out by the Romney camp and its $500B not $700B." Yes, Obama made the cuts but the cuts were from Medicare Advantage, a Republican give away to the Insurance companies, cost controls at Hospitals and by plugging fraud waste abuses. Ryan then shamelessly took these savings and inserted it into his Budget and all the Repubs voted for it. See David/George, its easy to fall for their talking points if you don't do your homework.
Not sure what the rapid response team is doing and shame on them and their high salaries if they haven't prepared the Dems who go on these shows. David Axelrod also doesn't seem to have his points written down.
The Repubs seem to be enthused by the early crowds that Ryan seems to be pulling but so was Palin.
The Obama team better have a Medicare/SS blitz in the next few weeks in FL, PA and OH.