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    Ryan re-engineers Medicare Plan – Newt was right

    Ryan re-engineers Medicare Plan – Newt was right

    Newt Gingrich has been raked over the coals for using the term “right wing social engineering” with regard to Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan released last spring.  In context, Newt was making the point that the plan as proposed went to far in one fell swoop to pass unless public confidence had been built in advance of passage.

    Newt’s comment, taken out of context of course, now is the main focus of attack for the Romney negative campaign and the proof-positive invoked by almost every well-known conservative Beltway pundit as a disqualifying factor.

    Newt has been proven right, and is owed a huge apology, which of course will not be forthcoming.  Newt was the adult in the room, as it turns out.

    Ryan is abandoning his original plan, and has developed a hybrid in conjunction with Democrat Ron Wydon which does not go as far as the prior plan:

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who has been castigated by Democrats and hailed by Republicans for his plan to privatize Medicare, will on Thursday unveil a new approach that would preserve the 46-year-old federal health program.

    Working with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the Wisconsin Republican is developing a framework that would offer traditional, government-run Medicare as an option for future retirees along with a variety of private plans.

    So much for our brilliant conservative Beltway punditry and commentariat.  They got it wrong, they have skewered Newt who got it right, and now they are telling us we should trust their judgment that Newt is not fit for office.

    The world has gone mad.  Or at least the conservative punditry world.


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    “Newt has been proven right, and is owed a huge apology,…”

    I’m sorry Newt for saying that you (inadvertently or otherwise) helped legitimized and further reinforced the Liberal Media’s use of ‘Right Wing’ as a pejorative for Republicans and conservative ideas.

    I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get a word in consequently with friends and coworkers about the need to reform Medicare and the merits of Paul Ryan’s solution because they now have a habit of reciting your thoughtless phrase from ‘Meet the Press’.


    BarbaraS | December 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Paul Ryan wrote a bill that had no chance of passing the senate much less surviving a veto from obama. There’s no reason to chastise Newt for calling it like it is. Republicans can write bills all day long in the conservative way and it will get them nothing. Ryan has admitted this and has written another bill. Dollars to doughnuts the new bill won’t pass the senate either even if it gets to the floor. Dims are dedicated not to the status quo but to increased taxation and increased spending. Face it, they hate our guts because we want to stop them. We are at war and to deny this is fruitless.

    You people act like Ryan’s bill was written in stone. The end all and be all for saving this country. It was just another bill. Why do you put such confidence in Ryan’s ability? He’s pretty young to think he is superman or something.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to BarbaraS. | December 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Americans expectations in life are just too high & already heavy on the generational credit card.

      They will never agree to scaling back but it will happen by default.

      Things will be yanked away .

      First thing to go is the college system – outrageously expensive. Just why do kids need to hog it up domeciling themselves exotically across the land being fed heated & pandered (even illegals ). Why not just go to the closest college /prove yourself at Community College first?

      Even before that -ditch those mortar board high school graduations -heck it is just high school.

      You gotta put the hammer down before they get these messiah ideas about thmselves. 60 is too late. They will be expecting every medical breakthrough to keep them hanging on the earth.

      Look around
      Leaves are brown
      There is a patch of snow on the ground.

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