Saturday, August 25, 2012

Possible Cuts to Social Security and Medicare under GOP

•  At the start of the war in Iraq in 2003, Republican Reps. Todd Akin and Paul Ryan voted "NO" on July 25, 2003 on HR 2861 Roll Call 456 (Bill Title: Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004).  Why would Todd Akin and Paul Ryan vote against a bill that included  our veterans, especially at the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Is that how they supported the troops and our vets by trying to deny funding?

•  Romney and Ryan were in Powell, Ohio, today. Powell is an affluent suburb located north of Columbus, Ohio. Apparently, their campaign was offered a local high school football stadium to hold their rally, which has a capacity of about 7,000-8,000 people.  Instead, they chose a location which could hold about 2,000 supporters.  Do you think they were worried they couldn't fill a high school football stadium???? The TV news story showed a clip of the crowd which was made up of 99.999999999% white people. 

•  Did you know that Republican Josh Mandel, Ohio's absent Treasurer, signed the Cut, cap, and balance pledge (Link).  Of course, Heather Wilson, George Allen, and many other far right candidates.  What would "Cut, Cap, and Balance" do? According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

..Talking points that the legislation’s proponents circulated on July 15 seek to foster an impression that the measure would protect Social Security and Medicare.  Such an impression would not be accurate.  The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to deep reductions...

Could you survive on cuts to your Social Security and Medicare?  Mandel, Romney, Paul Ryan, and the rest of the Republican would like it to happen.