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Mon Aug 13, 2012, 09:55 PM

Romney-Ryan Bet on ‘Greedy Geezers’


from Consortium News:



Romney-Ryan Bet on ‘Greedy Geezers’
August 13, 2012

Exclusive: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were quick to assure U.S. seniors that they will be grandfathered in to today’s Medicare – even if younger Americans get stuck with an inferior system – a bet that the selfishness of “greedy geezers” will grease the way to a Republican victory, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry


The newly minted Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is placing a big – and some might say cynical – bet that the stereotype of the “greedy geezer” is real, that Americans now eligible for Medicare or close to it don’t care that the popular health program won’t be there for their children and grandchildren.

In picking Rep. Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, Romney has taken on Ryan’s plan for replacing Medicare for senior citizens with a voucher program that will end the current fee-for-service program and shift more of the financial burden for health care onto Americans after they turn 65.

However, as Romney and Ryan quickly explained in a TV interview, the Ryan plan wouldn’t affect people currently on Medicare. In its current form, Ryan’s plan for turning Medicare into a voucher system (or “premium support” as Ryan calls it) wouldn’t begin until 2022.

Since senior citizens vote in higher percentages than other demographic groups, Romney and Ryan are trying to split the current Medicare recipients away from those Americans in later generations. The reasoning goes: If today’s seniors think that they’ll still get theirs, they won’t care that their kids and grandkids might be stuck with an inferior program costing each one more than $6,000 extra. ..............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://consortiumnews.com/2012/08/13/romney-ryan-bet-on-greedy-geezers/



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 10:02 PM

1. The RW gopers need us old folks to be as greedy as they are.

But, if we split with the 54- group and take the goper offer, we will be screwed next within a few years. And, the current 54- group wont save us. We have to stop this division into two group.

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Mon Aug 13, 2012, 10:24 PM

2. I'm one of those geezers: I'm 67. BUT

I care a lot about my son, daughter- in- law, and two grand kids. I'm not about to throw them under the bus, and I don't think very many geezers will.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 12:10 AM

3. That's a bet they will lose

I'm a middle class, white, geezer (66) and I hate their conservative, extremist, fascist, guts.

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Tue Aug 14, 2012, 06:26 AM

4. Typical Repug Plan Divide and Hope to Conquer.

I have two parents over 70 who worked very very hard their entire life. My mother worked a 3rd shift Job, and would then go and clean houses during the day, Sometimes she wouldn't get to sleep til 2pm. Then she would wake at 9pm and work all night with Mentally challenged men who couldn't care for themselves. It was a dangerous job, she had to be trained to physically restrain these men without harming them, in case they got out of hand. and she was strong but tiny weighing 110 lbs at 5'8".

My father worked in Foundry making American auto parts for American cars. he once almost died when hot melted metal exploded in his face and rolled down his stomach. Believe me when I say my parents were very very hard workers.

But between them they never made more than 45k as hard as they worked doing jobs that needed to be done for this country. the pay was allows just alittle more than beans.

I believe my parents have earned the right to be taken care of by a country they worked so hard for most of their adult lives.

And I also believe people work harder at the bottom than the ones at top and we should take care of our elderly citzens for all their years, of service.

Republicans act as if the years we spend making our contribution to society doesn't matter. But always remember the Wealthy get rich off the backs off people like my mother and father, and like you and I. As long as we do something to contribute we are helping people like Mitt get Richer and richer.

Every time you by a gallon of gas, groceries, pay taxes, sales tax, incom,e. If you purchase from a small business, or a large one. if you by a big house, or a tiny condo. Even if you commit a crime and get caught, guess what you help somebody else get paid.

Because we do so many things to contribute to the wealth of not just our country but around the world. We should be assured that at somepoint, some one will toss a little contribution our way. when we can't do it anymore. And that is why we should always take care of our older citizens, and they should never have to worry about that. We should never have to worry, because God Willing we will all make it to our Golden Years!

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Tue Aug 14, 2012, 06:44 AM

5. Romney/Ryan Base Identified At Last!

They are courting the vote of "the guy in the action movie who climbs the rope ladder, then pulls it up so nobody can follow him."

And we all know what happens to that guy.

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