For those irresponsible elected officials who thought they would make a “Grand Bargain” to pay for the tax cut deficit on the backs of those who receive Social Security and Medicare, don’t do it. Don’t do it because it is morally wrong. Don’t do it because it is illogical to fix a problem caused by tax cuts that killed the economy, by cutting simulative payments that will further kill the economy. But if arguments about doing the right thing won’t sway you, don’t do it because it is political suicide.
Who are the most reliable voters in the US? Older people. Who tend to be better informed voters in the US? Older people. You know who hates The Ryan Budget? Voters over 60. Hell, voters in general. From HuffPo:
According to Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation polls conducted in Florida, Ohio and Virginia and released Thursday, registered voters trust Obama over Romney to handle Medicare by wide margins. Respondents preferred Obama on the issue by 53 percent to 38 percent in Florida, 56 percent to 37 percent in Ohio and 52 percent to 39 percent in Virginia. More than 70 percent of voters in each state said they consider Medicare either “very” or “extremely” important to their vote.
Similarly, CBS/New York Times/Quinnipiac surveys in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania found that likely voters think Obama would do a better job than Romney on handling Medicare: 55 percent to 40 percent in Florida, 55 percent to 39 percent in Ohio and 55 percent to 39 percent in Pennsylvania.
Ryan was actually booed while giving a speech to the AARP. From the LATimes:
When he suggested that Obama was cutting $716 billion from Medicare over the next decade to pay for the costs of insuring more Americans under the healthcare law, those gathered booed. Ryan’s own budget relies on using the same savings from Medicare, but he applies it to paying down the nation’s deficit.
Ryan also elicited a round of objections when he suggested that the healthcare law “weakens Medicare for today’s seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation.” The healthcare law reduces spending on Medicare payments to providers, which officials have said would add eight years to the program’s solvency, though it is still expected run out of money by 2024.
Seniors have provided a healthy constituency for Republicans, with promises of low taxes and conservative views on many social issues, but the Romney-Ryan approach to Medicare has drawn sharp divisions. Polls indicate that most Americans want to keep Medicare as is.
Any politician who thinks he or she will gain support for themselves or their party by giving any credence to The Ryan Budget, or using it as a reference point for the Overton Window of the budget negotiations is destroying their own career and consigning their party to a richly deserved oblivion. That’s not a “Grand Bargain”, it‘s political malpractice.