GOP Plans to Cut 4 Trillion Dollars from Federal Budget in a Decade

The Wall Street Journal (radicals? socialists?) is running an article that says in paragraph 4:

The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills. Mr. Ryan and other conservatives say this is necessary because of the program’s soaring costs. Medicare cost $396.5 billion in 2010 and is projected to rise to $502.8 billion in 2016. At that pace, spending on the program would have doubled between 2002 and 2016.

So, how do we communicate with the Tea Partiers who love their Medicare?  Are we just talking about that part of the Tea Party who are already on Medicare or do younger tea partiers like the idea of a primary health care system for their old age?

It would be great to see the Democrats get on message about the path that the country is on with any resurgence of the GOP and turn the 2012 election into a referendum on the GOP plans to privatize everything.  But…   are the dems committed to any goals other than being GOP Lite?  Now would be a good time to sort that out.

How about jobs, manufacturing jobs aimed at creating a clean energy grid that reduces our dependence on foreign oil.  Once we are on that track, we can start reducing our defense and global empire budget and bringing the troops home from bases around the globe.  Maybe we can persuade the military industrial complex to shift focus to building a green energy infrastructure?

It’s good to have a dream.  Thanks, MLK, we have not forgotten you.

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