Friday, February 12, 2010

The Repackaging

Privatize Social Security, voucher-ize Medicare, cut taxes, ...

Sound familiar? The Republicans, and their latest rebranding posterboy - Paul Ryan, are trying to sell the same worn out, discredited ideas as the cure for what ails us.

"It’s not just the fact that Republicans are now posing as staunch defenders of a program they have hated ever since the days when Ronald Reagan warned that Medicare would destroy America’s freedom."

"Mr. Ryan offers a plan for Social Security privatization that is basically identical to the Bush proposals of five years ago."

"...the crusade against health reform has relied, crucially, on utter hypocrisy: Republicans who hate Medicare, tried to slash Medicare in the past, and still aim to dismantle the program over time, have been scoring political points by denouncing proposals for modest cost savings"

Paul Krugman has more here.

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