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Paul Ryan  speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011.
He's a great fundraiser. For Democrats.
Somehow or another, Republicans have to figure out how to sell the Ryan budget, the Republican vision for America that was so roundly defeated by American in 2012. Greg Sargent has the scoop on what they're trying.
Here’s a preview of what the GOP messaging will look like. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a group with ties to John Boehner, is running new ads slamming two House Dems (Joe Garcia of Florida and Sean Maloney of New York) for voting against the Ryan budget. It features a mom worried about family finances, and says:
Families make tough decisions to balance their budget. Why can’t Washington? Congressman Joe Garcia just voted against balancing Washington’s budget. Garcia backs policies to put America more in debt.
What Medicare vouchers? Who said anything about Medicare vouchers. That policy even failed with almost all Senate Republicans. No wonder they're trying to avoid it. The entire Republican rebranding effort might just end up being boiled down into two words: "balanced budget." That's the only thing they've got going for them that still polls well.

In the meantime, though, Democrats aren't going to let anyone forget what's actually in the budget, and if this is any indication, aren't going to have a problem with that.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $500,000 in the 24-hour period after the House of Representatives voted to pass Ryan's budget on Thursday, Democratic officials said Friday.
The messaging is easy. Republicans balance their budget on the backs of working families, the elderly, the disabled, poor people, children, pretty much the 99 percent. Democrats need only to resist undercutting their message by offering up ideas like benefit cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

Send an email to President Obama and congressional leadership telling them to strengthen Social Security instead of cutting it.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 12:30:54 PM PDT

  •  Paul Ryan's Groundhog Day "Budget" (0+ / 0-)

    It keeps crashing and burning and yet comes back - over and over again. Sort of like the constantly reincarnated "Repeal Obamacare" bill.

    It's time for a psychiatrist's intervention. I think they've finally gone off the deep end. No longer able to differentiate their pipe-dreams from the real world.

    For Christ's sake, let's help more of our frightened people get through this thing, whatever it is - Kurt Vonnegut on our "faithless custodians of capital"

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:27:11 PM PDT

    •  Like the scary movies they show on cable (5+ / 0-)

      In the last 5 minutes. Just when you think the killer's dead, his hand pops out from behind the door before the screen fades to black (and the sequel comes out a year later).

      Same thing with the Ryan budget.

      A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

      by METAL TREK on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 08:33:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Aside from it's obvious to most denial of (1+ / 0-)
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        OleHippieChick

        political reality, it really can be boiled down to one central not good for the GOP message of 'tax cuts for the rich'.

         And that is easy to message against. It just worked last November and nothing much has happened to change peoples opinion on that.

         At least the beltway media mob, after being so in thrall to the wonky numbers whiz kid persona that Ryan sold himself as, are showing signs of, at least, mild questioning and, in one or two instances, actual criticism.

         Maybe they might even come to realize that wonder boy is 0 for 3 in budgets and finally reveal the Emperors barren closet for duplicitous ruse that it is.......

        it tastes like burning...

        by eastvan on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 01:32:08 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  The purpose of federal tax collections is (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          OleHippieChick, eastvan

          recycling. The object is to keep the currency moving through the economy and the Treasury so we don't keep having to issue new dollars. Taxation is to counter the propensity to hoard. On the other hand, the sequester being perpetrated by the Congress is just a fancy word for rationing and rationing, as we all know, prompts hoarding. So, the sequester is counter-productive, if the intent was to get the money moving.
          Which it's not. Congress is being punitive because the electorate voted wrong. The "advantage" of incumbency has gone out the window. 2010 saw the arrival of 93 freshmen in the house. 2012 saw the election of 67 new members. It's no wonder the old guard is in a dither.

          We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

          by hannah on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:16:03 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  The GOP is very good at incrementalism, (2+ / 0-)
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          and the Democrats had better catch onto their game before their own winning policies are slowly overtaken by the Overton Window.  Incrementalism has worked for Republicans since WWII - two steps forward, one step back.  It's worked with tax cuts for the rich, abortion restrictions, weakening of regulations and myriad other policies the public doesn't agree with, but which continue, little by little, to be implemented.  Democrats tend to make headway in giant, public leaps usually resulting from responding to a public outrage (e.g., Roe v. Wade, Glass-Steaglall), which are soon forgotten or taken for granted.  Then Republicans begin whittling back the forward momentum in private agreements and back rooms until their the momentum is reversed.  Consequently Democrats find themselves fighting the same battles over and over.

          Over the years Dem's playing defense has resulted in a rightward shift to the whole philosophy of governing which until recently has been imperceptible.  Only in retrospect, when we realize how far to the right today's Republicans are from Richard Nixon - even Ronald Reagan - can we appreciate the power the right wing has amassed how that has stymied the country's forward progress.

          Karl Rove was right, and we ignored what he was telling us:

          That's not the way the world really works anymore.  We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 04:10:34 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Except as other have noted (0+ / 0-)

      That Mom DOES not balance her budget....

      For starters she has a mortgage--a loan that she is paying off monthly that is usually MASSIVELY larger than her annual income.

      She also has a car loan, student loans, and a plethora of credit cards....LOANS LOANS LOANS!!

      Sounds like if you look at her budget, she has a large amount of debt that she is paying off incrementally.

      And if, perhaps, there is a disaster, like some dumbass like George Bush crashes the economy and she has to help out her brother so he doesn't lose his house to foreclosure while unemployed, she will take out a HOME EQUITY LOAN.

      Why does conservative=double dumbass in Amurrika?

      •  Budgets never refer to just cash. (1+ / 0-)
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        That's another reason why the "balanced budget" thing is a gimmick. I actually think Al Gore started it. The Cons are just being imitative. That's their main modus operandi -- imitation and repetition, which is a kind of imitation.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:19:48 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  We need to keep to keep flogging "99%" (3+ / 0-)
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    viral, Creosote, OleHippieChick

    It worked in 2012, it will keep working.

    “Americans are fighters. We're tough, resourceful and creative, and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot, then no one - no one - can stop us. ”-- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 07:32:54 PM PDT

    •  Stupid GOP talking point & bad comparison (2+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, rhauenstein

      Your budget would be just like what they want to impose on the government if someone told you that you immediately had to discharge all debt including your mortgage, your card payments, any outstanding credit card bills — and you had to do all of that NOW, before paying for food, clothes, toilet paper, transportation any other day-to-day needs.  Most Americans have plenty of debt, so by the GOP definition, they never balance their budget.

      Republicans just get more cruel, cynical and disgraceful every day. I loathe little fuckers like Ryan and Can'tor.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:45:21 PM PDT

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  •  but... (0+ / 0-)

    i thought this issue was going to be a "majority maker" in 2012?

    Look, i agree this is a terrible idea. But voters have not responded. I my opinion (likely in the minority), it's lazy wedge issue that has little electoral impact.

  •  72% say "Federal Stimulus for Jobs" (2+ / 0-)
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    Nada Lemming, Creosote

    is what they want to see out of Washington. http://www.gallup.com/...

    72%. Polls have it regularly at 60-80% of "don't touch the safety-net."

    Since, here on Real Earth, whatever deficit problems we have come from the huge percentage of un- and underemployed people -- somewhere between 1 of 6 to 1 of 4, depending on who counts -- you'd think that responding to the Republicans "oh, the sky is falling the deficit is killing us" with "And that's why we have to have massive stimulus to get Jobs going" ...

    ...seriously, does a person even need a brain to see the path to Electoral Dominance, a Better America for Everyone, AND a balanced budget.

    Just can't figure out where the hell the Party's Leadership have their heads. It's like they are doing/not doing whatever they can to keep the Republicans in the game; a viable competitor.

    When the right things to do, the right conversations to insist upon, are so obvious, and so obviously political winners. On top of actually working.

    What the hell is going on?


    If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

    by Jim P on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 07:49:56 PM PDT

  •  Paul Ryan's Killer Budget (3+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, Creosote, OleHippieChick

    Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann marked the third anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act by urging her colleagues to repeal Obamacare "before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens." Of course, as the likes of Rep. Virginia Foxx (who similarly declared the ACA would "put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government") and Senator Chuck Grassley (who claimed Ted Kennedy would have been denied treatment for brain cancer) her slander is nothing new for the party that brought you the "death panels" myth.

    But largely overlooked in the media coverage of Rep. Bachmann latest killer lie is that the House of Representatives this week actually passed a budget with a real body count. After all, Paul Ryan's House GOP budget would leave an estimated 38 million more people without health insurance and as a result, lead to thousands of unnecessary deaths each year. Making matters worse, Ryan's privatization of Medicare dramatically shifts the health care burden to American seniors, a group whose poverty rate doubles when out-of-pocket medical costs are considered. And for the third straight year, 95 percent of all Republicans in Congress voted for all of it.

    For the details, see:
    "Ryan's killer budget gets 95 percent of GOP votes in Congress--again."

  •  Democrats need to respond directly (4+ / 0-)

    As an example:

    Good economics requires that the government run a deficit during economic downturns. We need to stimulate a recovery and maintain our infrastructure and government aid and services. Good economics also requires that the government runs a surplus during periods of economic prosperity. Bill Clinton understood that but no Republican President in modern times has done that. It's the Republican Party that does not understand how to run a Government budget. When Republicans are in power they run up large deficits, when they are out of power they use the deficit as a bludgeon against Democrats. Republicans are both ignorant of good economics and disingenuous.

    •  Even Mitt Romney Said It Could Cause a Depression (2+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, Egalitare

      2012 Romney admits the promised cuts would probably trigger a depression, so he won't do it.

      "....Well because, if you take a trillion dollars for instance, out of the first year of the federal budget, that would shrink GDP over 5%. That is by definition throwing us into recession or depression. So I’m not going to do that, of course."

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 09:08:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Since the federal government issues the money, (0+ / 0-)

      the deficit is the difference between what the government pays out and takes back in taxes -- i.e. recycles back through the Treasury. The deficit is made up of dollars that are either being hoarded or used for something that doesn't get taxed -- i.e. financial speculation. We are in a pickle because only moving money, money in the current, gets taxed. So, unless we are content to just keep topping up the money supply by issuing more, the hoarders have to be persuaded to give up their hoarding behavior. Congress making their rationing behavior explicit won't do it because, as we all know, the normal response to rationing is more hoarding.
      We might even argue that Congress' rationing is causing the private sector to hoard.
      People don't hoard because they fear being taxed; they hoard because they fear not getting more.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:31:09 AM PDT

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  •  Most households don't balance (6+ / 0-)

    their budgets.  They are in debt.

  •  I hate to interrupt, but this is important (0+ / 0-)

    Jesus proved quantum tunneling is possible YEARS before scientists even developed quantum theory

    here's proof:  http://www.conservapedia.com/...

    so sad the liberal media hides this wisdom and slows scientific progress

    PLEASE donate to a global children's PEACE project: Chalk 4 Peace

    by RumsfeldResign on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 08:25:44 PM PDT

    •  The liberal insistence on "Introduction, (1+ / 0-)
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      OleHippieChick

      Methods, Results, Conclusion", is clearly an impediment to scientific progress. That the Bible isn't written in this format must be a bafflement to narrow liberal minds. Liberals even insist on measurements, can you imagine that? What a bunch of ignoramuses.

      “Americans are fighters. We're tough, resourceful and creative, and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot, then no one - no one - can stop us. ”-- Elizabeth Warren

      by Positronicus on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 08:38:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  WE GOT THAT B ROLL !!! (0+ / 0-)

    http://youtu.be/...

    "Overwhelmed man trying to pay bills?"
    We got that B roll !!!.....
    The "Sneezer"... "Back-ache"...."Head ache"....
    And "Depressed woman" touching a wall....
    Why is she touching a wall?
    I don't know, that's what depressed people do!
    ....Right?
    DON'T JUDGE THE B ROLL

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 08:31:40 PM PDT

  •  The BIG advantage for Republicans is: (3+ / 0-)
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    Nada Lemming, Creosote, Egalitare

    The way the White House keeps using Republican framing on the issues, talking about entitlement 'reform' and the the deficit instead of putting people back to work and strengthening the safety net, not shredding it. The Democrats (with few exceptions) are still afraid to tell people the truth about Ronald Reagan and his lies about government being the problem, not the solution.

    It's about time Democrats started saying the problem isn't that government doesn't work - it's that conservative ideas don't work.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 08:35:08 PM PDT

  •  NerdWallet sez: (3+ / 0-)
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    http://www.nerdwallet.com/...

    Average credit card debt: $15,266
    Average mortgage debt: $149,667
    Average student loan debt: $32,559
     (Source)

    vs Income:

    $44,389

    So, if we balanced the budget the same way households do, the federal debt to income ratio would be:

    78/22 = 3.5/1

    But it's currently approximately 1.7/1

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 08:52:17 PM PDT

  •  The Last Balanced Budget (0+ / 0-)

    this Country had was when Bill Clinton was President.

    The So-Called Deficit problem was caused by the
    totally Unwarranted BUSH TAX CUTS.

    We Can't have the Old Clinton tax Rates because the
    WHORES in Congress would rather get their BRIBES
    from the Wealthy.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 09:11:23 PM PDT

  •  DCCC Now Has To Put That Money To Good Use (0+ / 0-)

    Definitely lost the messaging wars in 2010 in the swing districts. The GOP message sounds ridiculous to us. Can't just assume that independents will feel the same way. The DCCC has to make voters in the swing districts feel the way we do. Number 1. The GOP for balanced budgets. What the fuck is the message of the last 32 years. Reagan and the Bushes exploded the deficits. Clinton produced a surplus and a boom. Obama lowered the Bush deficits that he inherited. They are nuts. And just when the business environment is looking better and employment is increasing we want to layoff government workers. The GOP is fucking nuts. Think the DCCC will get this message out and not let the donors down. 2014 will not be 2010.

    •  You're right! Good thinking! (0+ / 0-)

      2014 is not 2010.  The GOP is really imploding and we've got LOADS of ammunition, whether the gun control issue, the disability legislation that featured a disabled Bob Cole in a wheelchair, the Benghazi incident or even the debt issue.

      The DCCC should target all the districts that the Democrats narrowly lost in 2012 and make sure we win them in 2014!

      •  27 CDs GOP Won By <10%. 11 Of Them < 5% (0+ / 0-)

        A decline in GOP enthusiasm from 2012 PLUS an increase in Democrat enthusiam PLUS independents souring on the GOP and there are enough of these seats that can be won to get a majority despite the gerrymandering. If you look at the amount of ground these districts cover and include the swing Senate states it is much less ground than the battleground states from the 2012 Presidential. If the kind of focus the Democrats had in those states in 2012 is there in these crucial battle regions for 2014. The DCCC and the DNC and OFA has to know that these are the expectations for 2014 and that is what really drives donations. No one wants to throw money at a losing cause. Don't want to hear whining about gerrymandering and how the incumbent  party loses seats in midterms. The next two years are going to be unbearable with the broken filibuster filled Senate and the GOP controlled House. No one wants to hear that we have to deal with this for 4 more years.

        •  And the focus in 2014 is on Congress (1+ / 0-)
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          No presidential election in 2014, just elections in Congress and state governments.  So long as the entire Daily Kos community gets fired up, focused and actually votes in November 2014, along with Independents, regular Democrats and disillusioned Republicans who want to vote for Democrats because they need better representation, then we've got ourselves one hell of an election in 2014.  We are not going to have another 2010, particularly considering how much damage the GOP has done to the country and to themselves.

  •  Simple message and startingly effective (1+ / 0-)
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    Creosote

    Hopefully votes against common sense gun safety reforms will resonate just as strongly. I think it will.

    •  "We don't have a deficit problem, we have a jobs (2+ / 0-)
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      problem."

      Maybe an effective rejoinder to "We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem"?

      •  No, we have a information problem (0+ / 0-)

        'Nuff said.

      •  "We don't have a deficit problem; (0+ / 0-)

        we have a hoarding problem."

        Hoarding, we all know, is the natural response to rationing. Who's rationing what? Congress is rationing dollars. Why? It makes them feel important. Also, the electorate deserves to be punished for having voted wrong.

        160 freshmen in the House in 2010 and 2012 is evidence that the value of incumbency has been lost. If voters can't be bribed with dollars, let them see how they like having fewer to spend!

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:41:16 AM PDT

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  •  Paging Rob Zerban! Paging Rob Zerban! (0+ / 0-)

    Time to run for Congress in 2014 so Paul Ryan can answer for his lack of good communication for folks in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District!

    Go Rob go!

  •  ContraAd: take away all family bought w/debt: (1+ / 0-)
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    their car, big-sceen TV, education, house...

    End v/o: 'Republicans want you to give up everything...
    even your retirement" [clips of newspapers: Thugs propose to abolsih medicare vouchers, etc.] "so they can give it to the same folks they wanted to last year" [clip: Romney '20% tax cut for the rich'] "and every year before that.

    Tell Republicans you're tired of them playing you for a sucker."

  •  Other than the "balanced budget" being a gimmick, (0+ / 0-)

    the point needs to be made that the federal agencies are the source of currency, a figment of the imagination which, unlike a mountain spring does not depend on rain falling from the sky. So, for the Congress to claim there are not enough dollars is a lie. Congress is rationing dollars, of which it has (in theory) an unlimited supply, for just one reason -- to penalize and/or bribe the public for the purpose of insuring their own incumbency.

    Granted, some few members of Congress may not know they are the source of dollars. If so, that must be explained to them. If they don't understand where dollars come from, they should not be in Congress.

    While it is true that some economists don't understand where dollars come from, either, it should be pointed out that they are not in Congress, which has gone to great lengths to deceive them and everyone else via the pretense of the Federal Reserve Bank.  The deception has worked so well that the European Union was moved to set up the European Central Bank and now all the member countries are in a mess--the same mess our fifty states have been in since the end of the Civil War because Congress keeps rationing the currency.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:04:52 AM PDT

  •  Families can not print money (0+ / 0-)

    But governments do.  That is why the analogy is wrong.

    There is no problem with the debt right now.  All of the dire predictions about printing too much money have not come to be.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 04:36:48 AM PDT

  •  Ann Kuster votes with Boehner (0+ / 0-)

    Yes this supposed progressive finds something great in everything Boehner throws upl She brags about voting 100% of the time with the GOP.

    http://americablog.com/...

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