January 8, 2011
From the very beginning of the 2010 campaign cycle we heard nothing more than how the Republicans would start cutting the federal budget and reduce the deficit. That’s what the so-called tea-party claimed they were all about (but it wasn’t), and the GOP capitalized on it. But no one — and I mean no one — could get a single Republican or tea party candidate to say what they would cut. And still won’t. Why!!??
I must fall back on one of the Old Man’s infamous sayings: ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face’.
To begin with, the new leader of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, says he can’t name one program he will cut. There’s a reason. Mike Kelly, a freshman Republican, says he has no idea what spending cuts he wants. There’s a reason. The new House Budget Committee Chairman and author of Roadmap for America, Paul Ryan, says he can’t give an answer to specific spending cuts. There’s a reason. And if you search for it long enough you will find many other Republicans that will not say they have specific ideas. There’s a reason.
It’s because they have only two specific programs in mind for cuts: Social Security and Medicare.
Now Jeb Hensarling claims that Ryan’s Roadmap of America will not cut Social Security and Medicare. Two things: He’s a Republican — and he’s wrong! The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says Ryan’s plan will make deep cuts in Social Security. And the Road Map says it in writing on Ryan’s official web site for the program. Check it out: Medicare/Medicaid. And the plan calls for privatizing Social Security, which is the same as saying “it’s on the chopping block”.
If they had been honest and up front with their intentions, not only would Republicans not have gained seats in Congress last year, they would have lost seats — many of them. They can “say” they don’t have any ideas on what to cut, but the truth is they know exactly what they want to cut.