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Hochul: The Ryan Effect

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Blogger Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, looks at Kathy Hochul's campaigns in 2011 and 2012 and what they might have to say about the effect of Paul Ryan on the national ticket.

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Comments [11]

Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

@scott from soho

"The fact is that both social security and medicare are on track to fail."

Not even close. SS and MediCare cannot FAIL. They are insurance plans. The plans CAN have more liabilities than there assets to satisfy them...In which case the premiums would have to increase or the benefits would have to go down but they won't fail. Since the mid-80's all workers have been paying in DOUBLE the rate needed to build up money to pay off the Baby Boom needs. The Fed Gov't has borrowed and spent these funds to run current pgms. (Did you know that 40% of the national debt is owned by the US government?) The fastest fix is to increase the amount of earnings subject to FICA witthholding...though I would probably give the self-employed a break on the matching funds at 2X or 3X median income.

Learn more about how insurance actually works and stop buying into every worried talking head you hear.

Aug. 15 2012 05:46 PM
tom LI

More and more its clear that Reps believe in Magic, and that only they possess it...

Aug. 15 2012 05:11 PM
scott from soho

I really wish the show would focus on facts and dismiss the bs political comments made by both parties.

The fact is that both social security and medicare are on track to fail. Why not have a guest on the show to talk about how to prevent this from happening instead of making snarkey little comments.

Aug. 15 2012 10:49 AM
Margin Guzzlenit from Sunnyside

The problem with repeating the strawman that Romney has set up AD INFINITUM is that you come to believe it to be true when it easily shown that the President never said it. The speech was about infrastructure - teachers, roads, bridges, etc. but keep on misrepresenting him in your mind and see how far that gets ya.

Aug. 15 2012 10:35 AM
yosif from manhattan

Can someone please explain to me how Ryan combines his Catholicism with Objectivism. One focuses on the poor tand the latter focuses on the rich (superheros)

Aug. 15 2012 10:35 AM
rai from ny, ny

The Republican platform in a nutshell:
America for the rich, and the rest of us be damned!

Aug. 15 2012 10:23 AM

Martin, I agree, it would be nice if Obama could snap his fingers and undo all the damage done during the Bush administration [and in truth the roots stretch much further back]. Unfortunately that is not the world of reality. It takes time to undo the damage of 30 years of debt financed growth and artificially low tax rates for the uber-rich based on the fairy tale of the Laffer curve [and the misrepresentation of it as a line rather than the parabola it is].

Aug. 15 2012 10:13 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Ask the New York Congresswoman about the effect of the Fed's release of the New York manufacturing numbers this morning which declined for the first time since October of 2011. How will President "You didn't build that!" explain that to upstate voters?

Aug. 15 2012 09:35 AM
john from office

Photo of these two, Mittens and Ryan, looks like they are about to tougue kiss. A bromance made in Adelsons lab in China. What about the issue of foreign cash in our elections?? Oh I forgot, Adelson gets a pass, because he is pro Israel and thats what the election is about.

Aug. 15 2012 09:00 AM
john from office

Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Wow you really drank the Kool aid. Both candidates have taken quotes out of context. Mitt, or Mittens as I prefer, will be a tool of the FAR FAR right, because he has no base of his own. What about him being owned by Adelson, oh right thats ok, becausee he is a Jew and loves Israel.

Mitt did not have a thought in his head about Israel, till now, and I support Israel before you call me an anti semite. I just love USA before all others.

Your comments are funny to read.

Aug. 15 2012 08:53 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Another stultifyingly biased proposition for a segment here on Obama Public Radio.

Why haven't we had a show on the effect of a "1.5% President" (the recession-like GDP "growth" his policies have produced) or the use of hate references (“y’all be back in chains”, “anti-women”,“anti-Latino”) that the Obama campaign will have on Democratic candidates?

Aug. 15 2012 07:58 AM

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