Be sure to read this editorial in the Antelope Valley Press today. It does a great job of highlighting some of the big challenges that our nation faces today in regards to Social Security and Medicare. Both are on a path to bankruptcy and financial crisis that we cannot afford to sustain much longer. As your Representative, I am committed to finding a fiscally responsible plan for Medicare that will continue to protect seniors and provide them with the health care they need while putting America on fiscally solid footing for generations to come.
Voters scared of Obama's Medicare raid
Democrats believe they can scare Americans into voting to re-elect President Barack Obama by stampeding them into panic about Social Security and Medicare.
This time they are wrong. Time and again Obama reveals himself by speaking his inner thoughts out loud. Like, "You didn't build that," meaning that government, not the people, are responsible for their own success in life.
Obama has reason to fear Rep. Paul Ryan as the vice-presidential GOP choice because Ryan has the gift at being comfortable when discussing inconvenient truth.
Like, for example, that $716 billion will be taken from Medicare's trust fund in order to fund the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Obamacare is so-named because it has been the single signature project achieved by the president during the debt binge of the last four years that threatens to take the late, great United States in the direction of the default state of Greece.
In a 2011 Gallup poll, 67% of Americans agreed that Social Security and Medicare would create a financial crisis within a decade, so writes Kimberley A. Strassel, the Potomac Watch writer for the Wall Street Journal.
"The president's Affordable Care Act uses Medicare as a piggy bank, stripping today's program of $716 billion. So how does the Democratic Party intend to fix Medicare? Cut Medicare dollars, ration care. Now we know."
That is precisely what Republicans like Ryan are running to defeat. And with him, the presidential GOP nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Romney's proposal is to restore the $716 billion hijacked to fund Obamacare in order to preserve existing benefits for those 55 and up. So ironically, it is precisely Romney and Ryan who are fighting to save the benefits of the seniors, and it is precisely Obama and the Democrats who are planning to field-strip the benefits of those seniors.
A Rasmussen survey cited by the Potomac Watch asks Florida voters, "When it comes to the future of Medicare, which scares you more: President Obama's health care law or Paul Ryan's proposal?"
By 48% to 41%, the Florida voters responded they were more frightened of the $716 billion cut. And those key older Florida voters, aged 65 and up, responded by an overwhelming 54% to 34% that Florida seniors most fear an Obama future.
This is why Potomac Watch states that Obama has devoted the last two years by working to discredit Ryan.
It is not because he simply opposes Ryan's penchant for truth-telling and disagrees with his policies. It is because he fears the factual common sense Ryan brings to the campaign.
If Romney and Ryan keep the fight focused on the big issues: A lousy economy, raging unemployment, unsustainable debt and the cliff that awaits Social Security and Medicare, they can win.
Old-time liberal Democrats who have been in denial, hiding ostrich-like with heads stuck firmly in the sand, have much to fear from candidates willing to face these inconvenient truths.