Dems are already speaking in unison from their talking points calling presumptive GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan an "extremist." That's ironic considering that as a U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Obama was ranked by the non-partisan National Journal as the "most liberal" member of the U.S. Senate. And after more than three years in office Gallup has President Obama ranked as "The most polarizing president. Ever. "
But now these same acolytes of moderation and unity are out attacking Paul Ryan. One attack is that Ryan would cut Medicare for seniors. While Ryan does have a proposal to reform entitlements like Medicare they are just proposals. And they do NOT apply to anyone currently on these entitlements. Obama actually signed legislation cutting Medicare by $700 billion. When put on the spot on that fact Democrats stumble. Obama Campaign spokesperson Stephanie Cutter called Obama's Medicare cuts an "achievement" on the CBS Sunday program Face the Nation.
Rachel Maddow, darling of the left wing media and a commentator at MSNBC criticized Paul Ryan's plan on Meet the Press attempted to attack Ryan on Medicare and was cornered by National Review's Rich Lowry who asked her if she approved of Obama's cuts to Medicare. She tried repeatedly to change the subject.
Another perfect example of how to turn the tables on Democrat attacks came from a congressional hearing earlier this year chaired by Congressman Paul Ryan. The witness was Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. When put on the spot for leadership and new ideas to match those put forward by Ryan, Secretary Geithner responded to the effect: "We have no plan. We just don't like yours."
Democrat's false attacks on Romney and Ryan only unmask the extreme nature and utter failure of Obama's policies. They cannot defend those policies and their attacks only draw attention to their failure to lead and to produce results for the American people. If voters want four more of the same they can vote for Obama. If they want a positive change (for a change) they can vote for Romney/Ryan!
For the Record: 3 things every voter needs to know about Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan — in 100 words.
From the American Enterprise Insitute:
1. No one over the age of 55 would be affected in any way.
2. Traditional Medicare fee-for-service would remain available for all. “Premium support”—that is, government funding of private insurance plans chosen by individuals—is an option for those who choose it. No senior would be forced out of the traditional Medicare program against his will.
3. Overall funding for Medicare under the Ryan-Wyden plan is scheduled to grow at the same rate as under President Obama’s proposals. Is this “gutting Medicare” and “ending Medicare as we know it”? In reality, it’s the market giving seniors cheaper, higher quality choices they can take if they wish, with the traditional program remaining an option.