Skip to comments.Paul Ryan at the AARP
Posted on 09/30/2012 4:59:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The headlines this weekend were all about the boos Paul Ryan elicited on Friday when he addressed the AARP, the self-styled seniors' lobby. The herd of independent media minds missed the real story, which is that the Republican Vice Presidential nominee went into the heart of the entitlement culture, told some hard truths, and even won applause for doing so.
Mr. Ryan deserves credit merely for showing up at an organization that portrays itself as nonpartisan but whose leadership is dominated by long-time liberals who consistently pursue the Democratic Party's entitlement agenda. On Friday, our Kimberley Strassel reported on the long email trail showing how AARP officials served as an arm of the White House in promoting ObamaCare.
AARP CEO Barry Rand used his opening remarks to defend President Obama's health-care bill, including its accounting trick of taking $716 billion from Medicare to make a new entitlement appear to save money. He then turned the event over to President Obama, who via satellite attacked Mitt Romney and Mr. Ryan for wanting to deny medical care to seniors.
Mr. Ryan showed up anyway and didn't soften his message that Medicare is on a path to bankruptcy if it isn't reformed. His truthsincluding his initial point that seniors would benefit from the repeal of ObamaCaredidn't go over well with the crowd's Obama partisans, who tipped their political bent by booing and shouting "47%."
Largely unreported, however, was the applause Mr. Ryan received. That came in response to his criticism of ObamaCare's Independent Payment Advisory Board, the 15 "unaccountable bureaucrats" empowered under the Affordable Care Act to make cuts to Medicare that Mr. Ryan rightly said will "jeopardize access to care." The payment board is largely shielded from Congressional review precisely so it can ration care with little democratic oversight.
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MSMS also did not report that Ryan was also cheered for his promise that his Medicare premium-support reform would "force insurance companies to compete against each other to better serve seniors, with more help for the poor and the sickand less help for the wealthy."
Now the WSJ is sorta critical of Obama again.
How long will that last??
I was hoping he would have told those who booed, “You are part of what’s wrong with this country. I hope you make the same sound when you see a drop in your SS payment as your Medicare payment escalates to fund this “free” insurance. I also hope you make that sound when you are told you have to wait six months for a critical operation, or watch your doctor set a time limit for your visit, as they do in some other countries who have government-run medical care”.
He probably would have received a deer-in-the-headlights reaction.
Who is a member of the IPAB?
“IPAB truly is independent, but in the worst sense of the word. It wields power independent of Congress, independent of the president, independent of the judiciary, and independent of the will of the people.”
I dumped the AARP long ago.
The only way we can truly be divided against each other is when we don't have all the facts.
The MSM is staking their lives on making sure we don't get the news we need to know, especially during the election.
One reason Reagan was so effective was that he found a way to bypass the MSM and get the truth to We, the People. Once people heard from him what they already knew or suspected, he won them over and he was then, mandate in hand, able to change the world for the better.
Romney and Ryan have to be teachers of the American spirit and what was once called the American way. It still lives and burns inside us, but needs to be rekindled.
Not the nationalism that sets out to conquer the world, but rather the America spirit of hope, charity and faith, with goodwill towards all and malice toward none...unless you start something.
That's who we are, not the divided against ourselves, self hating monster the progressives are trying to turn us into.
That's what Ryan told them by showing up and telling them the truth. It's about time someone did!
I just fill those AARP prepaid envelopes with religious tracts, dish network ads, motorized wheel chair ads, supplemental health insurance flyers, etc. with a little note explaining that I would never join the Democratic Party.