They Aren’t Serious

Joe Conason at The National Memo gets it.

Consider their treatment of Medicare, the popular social insurance program for seniors that Republicans have always despised. They have just emerged from a long national campaign in which they repeatedly and falsely claimed to “protect” Medicare from the president — whom they accused of wanting to slash $716 billion from the program — but now they complain that he won’t cut it enough. The Obama cuts were mythical, but the Boehner budget proposal includes at least $600 billion in Medicare and Medicaid reductions.

Worse still, the Republicans propose to perform this crude surgery on Medicare without the slightest explanation of where they would cut.

But Obama is coming for your Medicare! Ooga booga!

What the Republicans are now proposing is actually worse than going over the fiscal cliff, which gives President Obama more reason than ever to ignore their demands. Because he knows just as well as you or I that they aren’t serious people and should not be treated as such.

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  • D_C_Wilson

    Rachel Maddow had a great chart showing what each side would get under the GOP’s proposal. Basically, the GOP would get steep cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, keep the tax cuts for the rich, cuts in the capital gains tax, elimination of the inheritance tax, and several other goodies.

    The democrats would get a vague promise to close some unspecified loopholes sometime in 2013.

    In other words, the GOP are still trying to sell the Romney plan that voters rejected. The only question is, are they willing to take the blame for the “fiscal cliff” over their precious tax cuts for the rich?

    • Victor_the_Crab

      Nah. They’ll get Limbaugh and Fox News to try and bamboozle convince working Americans that it’s the scary evil Marxist Muslim nigKLANG! in the White House for everything that’s happen, and demand Obama and Biden be impeached and have John Boehner become president and make everything feel all better again.

      • D_C_Wilson

        Because that strategy worked so well for them during the election?

        • Victor_the_Crab

          That’s what they continue to think. They should seriously consider replacing the elephant as their symbol with Wile E. Coyote.

          • D_C_Wilson

            Scrooge McDuck.

            Either that or a fetus.

          • muselet

            Annie Laurie over at Balloon Juice suggests Scarabeous sacer, the dung beetle.

            –alopecia