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You might have seen the vicious Mediscare video by now entitled "America the Beautiful." If you haven't, you should. It's from folks who just the other day were chanting the mantra of "civility." It's a taste of what the left will be serving up as 2012 approaches.
In light of the results of the special election in upstate New York, where Democrats scored an upset victory by accusing Republicans of wanting to "end Medicare," the GOP is being urged to abandon the effort spearheaded by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to reform this most giant entitlement program. Lyndon B. Johnson once ran an ad accusing Barry Goldwater of wanting to blow up the world. In this election, Democrats followed up with an equally subtle pitch showing grandma being pushed over a cliff. What liberals won't do in pursuit of the Great Society.
There is a potential presidential candidate whom almost every Republican wants. This person would not only galvanize the GOP base, but attract large numbers of independents and centrists as well. He would smash President Obama in 2012 and probably win by a landslide. He is Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
"The Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is projected to become exhausted in 2020." As plain as the sun, that sentence appears on Page 4 of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) "March 2011 Medicare Baseline" released March 18. Those 12 words encapsulate the gargantuan problem that undergirds today's national yelling match over Medicare. It hardly matters whether one loves or hates Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, and his "Path to Prosperity." If America does nothing, the CBO calculates that Medicare will run dry on Sept. 30, 2020. If that fiscal year's last day sounds distant, it isn't. That milestone is five fewer months into the future than Sept. 11, 2001, was in the past.
Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, urged President Obama in a closed meeting Wednesday to stop “demagoguing” Mr. Ryan's Medicare reform plan, as Republican lawmakers challenged the president without success to put forward his own detailed plan to curb entitlement spending.
In a Republican presidential field where no top-tier candidate offers a flawless resume, the question facing GOP primary voters is whether they can find a diamond in the rough — a standard-bearer who embodies the party's conservative backbone and can give President Obama a run for his money.
The GOP Senate leader says the Ryan Medicare plan is "on the table," but Democrats will have to agree to at least some cuts if there is going to be an agreement on controlling the country's staggering debt.
A special election was held in New York's 26th congressional district last week. There's no question the vote was a nail-biter as Democrat Kate Hochul whomped her opponent, Republican Jane Corwin, silly with relentless attacks over her party's support for Medicare reforms.
If the Democrats are counting on making a comeback in the 2012 elections by demagoguing the Republican Medicare reforms, they had better think again. The No. 1 political issue for the remainder of this year and most likely in 2012 will be the lackluster, persistently high-unemployment Obama economy, which Republicans will nail to Democrats' hides from Maine to California.