Raw Story reports that “a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found Monday that 76 percent of Americans consider it unacceptable to cut Medicare, while 67 oppose cutting Medicaid, despite their deficit concerns.”
On Tuesday, the pluto pimps of the House GOP proposed a budget plan drastically cutting both Medicare and Medicaid.
Why would they take on two-thirds to three-quarters of the public on such issues? Simply because under the new rules of the game, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision on campaign financing, the public no longer matters that much.
The archaic media will continue to play this as an ideological matter, but it is not. The goal of the House Republicans is not fiscal conservativism but governmental elimination in as many forms as possible in order to satisfy its major campaign contributors. If they felt they could get away with attempting to abolish anti-trust, product liability and environmental limits on industrial pollution, they would add them to their list.
The Washington entropic elite will continue to speak of things like the need for “adult conversation” on the budget, but it is hard to have such a dialogue when the other party puts a knife to your throat.
Here’s an excerpt from the Washington Post description of the budget plan:
|||| The proposal urges a sweeping transformation of federal health programs that would wipe out funding for Obama’s health-care initiative and end Medicare as an open-ended entitlement. Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly, would be replaced for those under age 55 with a system of premium supports to buy insurance policies in the private market.
Medicaid, the health program for the poor, would come in for sharper cuts, totaling $771 billion over the next decade.
On discretionary spending, Ryan’s plan would match Obama’s call for Pentagon and war funding, but it proposes major cuts to domestic programs totaling $1.6 trillion over the next decade – holding growth in education, transportation, justice, food safety and other programs well below the rate of inflation.
Ryan also proposes to overhaul the tax code, lowering the top rate for individuals and corporations from 35 percent to 25 percent. . .
Ryan also rejects calls to raise taxes on high earners to finance Social Security benefits at their current levels, one of the most popular methods of repairing the program’s finances. ||||
Admittedly, the Democrats have enabled some of the attack. After all, Clinton wantonly dismantled welfare programs and Obama resurrected the horrible Alan Simpson from his blessed obscurity to help undo Social Security.
Still, if the Ryan budget plan were to pass, it would be perhaps the greatest political assault on the federal government since the South seceded. It’s aim is to weaken government in every form possible as quickly as possible, reversing 80 years of American political progress. The sole beneficiaries would be the ultra wealthy – whether as individuals or as institutions with LLC and Inc after their name.
In fact, such legislation would also be an act of reckless and willful manslaughter since it would inevitably result in the deaths of thousands of Americans stripped of needed support.
While manslaughter is not a legally defined criminal offense as long as it’s carried out as a legislative act, what the House Republicans are doing such be regarded in every other regard as crime rather than politics. They are simply serving as the Mafia hit men for America’s hyper elite.