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Scare Tactics: How to kill the Medicare debate

This morning I watched Neil Cavuto’s opening segment on his show and you could hear the frustration in his voice about the state of the Medicare debate.  In my opinion if you don’t realize by now that our entitlement programs are unsustainable you’re living on another planet.  We must begin to take steps to reform or gradually phase them out. The time has come for us to treat these issues as a threat to our national security.  It’s time for a serious adult conversation about them and for putting aside political rhetoric.  Just over a month ago Paul Ryan stepped up to the plate with a modest proposal to address the sustainability problems with our entitlement programs.  He was immediately attacked from both the right and left.  The left screamed that Ryan’s plan wanted to kill grandma while the right protested the cuts didn’t go far enough.  Both sides began to pick the plan apart.  The left calls it draconian.  The right appears apprehensive to tackle such a hot button issue with 2012 just over the horizon.  They’re looking for gains in the Senate and House and possibly the White House in 2012.  No need to rock the boat.  Many of them feel Ryan’s plan might be a tad too radical or as Newt Gingrich stated social engineering.   It’s easier to kick the can down the road or shelve it completely until after the elections.  They’re acting like a bunch of gutless cowards who have decided to hang their distinguished colleague out to dry.

So the left and right have been attacking Ryan’s plan using scare tactics and they just might be working. They’re both manipulating the ignorant because the ignorant can be manipulated.  The ignorant buy into the scare tactics because they are uninformed about the issues.  It’s like taking candy from a baby and they do it with ease.  Below is the clip from Cavuto’s show.

As I said these scare tactics work because people are completely uninformed about Ryan’s plan.  The below picture provides a quick glimpse at Ryan’s plan matched up against Obama’s.

As you can see Ryan’s plan doesn’t even impact senior citizens.  In fact his plan doesn’t even affect people who are 55 and over.  It took me about five minutes to find this comparison snapshot online.  These scare tactics are effective because people simply haven’t invested even the minimal amount of time it takes to look into Ryan’s plan.  If they had people would see that it’s a very modest proposal to turn things around. It’s a crime that we all can’t be grown up enough to have this conversation.  Maybe it’s time for the American people to be the grownups and have the conversation about entitlement programs.  Maybe it’s time to lock the politicians out from this debate, because it’s apparent they don’t want to have it.  Maybe it’s time for the American people to get down to the ugly business of saving our republic from bankruptcy.  Maybe it’s time to be great again.

Liberty forever, Freedom for all!


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  • LD Jackson May 22, 2011 at 6:01 AM

    It would be nice to see a good debate about this issue, for a change. Heretofore, we have seen little but these scare tactics, and no real discussion of the problem. There needs to be a major attitude change before any substantive discussion can be achieved and that change has to be on both sides of the political spectrum. Some of our candidates for the Republican nominee can’t even discuss it without turning it into a political agenda.
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    • John Carey May 22, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      The reason they turn into a political football they punt back and forth is because that’s what power hungry politicians do Larry. They are more concerned with getting reelected than coming up with sound solutions. This is why I believe the solution need to come from us and the private sector.
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  • Silverfiddle May 22, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    They call Ryan’s plan radical, when we really need much stronger medicine. It is sadly telling that even Ryan’s modest plan meets so much resistance.

    I saw that “pushing granny over the cliff” commercial. What demagoguery! I wish the GOP would counter with a commercial of the entire United States sliding towards oblivion. They could do it with quick shots of everyday Americans, in back yards, on city streets, college campuses, etc, laughing enjoying themselves… Then a jarring bump, a tilt… I’m sure some CGI genius could do something like that.

    Too many people are still ignorant to the fact that we are slowly, inexorably approaching fiscal doomsday, and it will affect all of us.
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    • John Carey May 22, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      It’s an easy thing to scare people when people don’t understand the problem. This is why the founders understood that an informed public was essential.
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire May 22, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    I agree with your final two sentences, John. To have a chance of winning that battle is, as you have said before, going to take a republican candidate who one, has the ability to excite and rally the people behind him/her and two, is willing to make entitlement reform the corner stone of their campaign. Very risky business I know but I think we need to give the people a very clear choice between two very clear and very and very different futures. If the voters choose to kick the can on down the road, then America was doomed no matter how the elections turned out. What I’m saying is that we can win the Senate and the Presidency but if we don’t tackle entitlements, we are doomed any way.
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    • John Carey May 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      I agree with every part of what you are saying Jim. No matter who wins on the Republican side if we don’t address our entitlement programs we’re going to go off the cliff. There must be a clear distinction between our candidate and Obama. Let the people choose and if they decide to choose Obama again, then hang on to your wallet because we’re in for a bumpy ride.
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  • John Galt May 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    I feel your anxiety and frustration on the political abuse than even a “modest” plan is getting. I don’t pretend that the masses are going to rush to pick up a copy of the Ryan Plan on the budget and expend their baseball or football time to brush up on it. I don’t pretend, either, that the politicians are going to stop using demagoguery to their advantage.

    The only alternative I see possible is for Congressman Ryan and his conservative support (don’t count Gingrich among them) to design and script a campaign to explain it in the most succinct and populist (sorry, but we need to be pragmatic) terms possible; and drive it into the consciousness of the masses in terms that they can understand, remember, and feel a personal gain or safety from it. A tall order, I know, but it’s the only way it can succeed against the dubious but unbeatable attractiveness of political opportunism and its partner, demagoguery.
    Difficult, but not impossible.
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    • John Carey May 22, 2011 at 9:18 PM

      I agree. Ryan and his partners need to do a much better job explaining why there is a need for change. He needs to break it down in any easy to understand manner and sell people on the idea that to do nothing and continue down our current path is the radical approach that will indeed lead to a bankrupt nation.
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  • Linda May 22, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Really, our best hope is that they continue to sound so ridicuous and mouth-frothy that even uninformed citizens can’t take their claims seriously anymore. I just hope they lose all credibility before we lose all fiscal stability.
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    • John Carey May 22, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      I’m not that sure it will work Linda, because people are more comfortable with a less dangerous version of the truth…ok they’re more comfortable with the lie. The truth is scary.
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  • Bob Mack May 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Any proposal that gets the pink panties of the left in a wad is probably the right way to go.
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  • Trestin Meacham May 23, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    I’m one that would like to see further cuts, but Ryan’s plan is a good start. Much of the problem is the power and influence of the AARP.
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    • John Carey May 23, 2011 at 6:22 AM

      AARP is to retired senior citizens as the NRA is to gun owners. Very powerful lobby group that very few in Washington are prepared to take on. Ryan’s plan is a very modest start, not radical.
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