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Trip Gabriel, who has covered Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan for the New York Times, talks about Ryan’s political career and what he brings to the Romney campaign.
John A --
I get news from the MCM (Mainstream Corporate Media), but mostly from reading widely on the internet. I have some blogs that I've come to trust, but must remind myself to be as skeptical as possible until I can nail facts down as "reality-based."
Very time consuming! And difficult for people with long hours, long commutes, family obligations, etc., to try to do.
I also pay more attention to pols' known actions than to their words.
Romney is a very odd duck in that regardto try to evaluate.
As I'm already on SocSec and Medicare (thank you, thank you, a gazillion thank you's to FDR, LBJ, and all the many progressives politicians and socially aware people who fought for these things for this nation! Best birthday present EVAH!), I'm supposed to not worry about Ryan's plans (or whatever Obama has in mind) for SocSec and Medicare. However, I will fight fiercely to ensure both remain intact for the generations following mine.
I am disgusted by the arguments that Baby Boomers haven't "paid" enough, given that St. Ronnie and Tip O'Neill made sure that we paid about double to cover the bulge of the Baby Boom. The fix is rational and easy: Raise the cap on income subject to FICA.
(Anpther fix, Dear Pres. Obama, is the one you have decided not to pursue: Government funded jobs until the private sector gets the idea that there enough demand among us consumers to support new businesses and expansions. I don't know why this ostensible Dem prez decided to make like a pre-New Deal Republican, to eschew proven remediations for a deep recession, near depression like this, and to leave the people without jobs and those with how fear losing theirs. I have conjectures, but i cannot know his mind or heart.
I can clearly see his actions, lack of actions, the results of his presidency.
It makes me wonder if he is trying to destroy the Democratic Party. Seriously.
But, back to my main point: If those under 55 don't get traditional Medicare, very soon there will be very little help for anyone on traditional Medicare.
I hope the Powers That Be let us commit suicide gently, if we get very ill. Ice floes are melting and would be too expensive to get to for most us.
However, I do believe that if those under 55 are thrown to the private for-profit insurance company wolves, there will be Simpson, or Bowles, or others of that ilk grousing about the "greedy geezers" and the unfairness of the elderly getting good care when others (except the One Percenters) can't get good insurance. Cuts, of course, will be proposed. Next? Soylent Green intake centers?
One of the great things this nation has enacted is the social safety net; to rend it will render the Democratic Party, should its current pols take part in its demise, irrelevant.
It's time to take the Dem Party back from the Corporatists -- or to start a new party which genuinely cares about the lower four economic quintiles.
Jawbone,How do you get consume news? The fact that it, the press, changed so radically is the corpse that the politicians are dancing on at present.
Politicans who lie about things which can be easily checked scare me.
Both Ryan and Romney tend to do just that.
It's hard enough to know where a pol stands, but when they lie about obvious things who can know when they're not lying?
I grew up in Wisconsin.
I know Wisconsin working class.
Paul Ryan did not come the working class.
People who lived in the kind of neighborhood he grew up in, that kind of house, had to have money, and, while Ryan's father did not join the family business, he certainly was an attorney in good standing.
And, he's mostly held government jobs since he graduated!
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