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sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 09:24 AM
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Reminder: 44 Percent of Tea Partiers Are on Medicare
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Edited on Wed Aug-03-11 09:25 AM by sasha031
Medicare cuts are "on the radar" in the second phase of Congress' new debt deal. The agreement reached this week already includes the possibility of a two percent cut to Medicare reimbursements, but the "super-committee" that will convene to come up with $1.5 trillion in more cuts will probably be looking at least partially toward medical spending. This is in addition to the cuts that are set to befall Medicare reimbursement starting in a couple months. Many op-ed columnists are calling these attacks on entitlement spending a victory for Tea Partiers, whose beef with big government has shaped politics for several years now. What those columns fail to consider, however, is how many Tea Partiers rely on the very programs they've forced to the chopping block.

In preparing for the coming months of massive budget cuts, one should note that, in April 2010, a CBS/New York Times poll found 44 percent of Tea Party supporters were either receiving Medicare themselves or had a family member receiving Medicare. When it came to Social Security, that percentage was even higher (48 percent). Exactly one year later, in April of this year, it came as no surprise that 70 percent of tea party supporters said they were against Medicare cuts. They're also against Social Security cuts by a two-to-one margin. It makes sense: Would you want to slash programs from which you were benefiting so greatly?
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  -Reminder: 44 Percent of Tea Partiers Are on Medicare sasha031  Aug-03-11 09:24 AM   #0 
  - They'll be OK with it in the long run  Blecht   Aug-03-11 09:26 AM   #1 
  - I agree, as long as they can put a boot on Obama's neck they'll "sacrifice" nt  flamingdem   Aug-03-11 09:43 AM   #14 
  - I'd buy them the axes  atreides1   Aug-03-11 10:02 AM   #18 
  - And I bet 95 percent of those 44 percent say they don't use any government programs.  marmar   Aug-03-11 09:31 AM   #2 
  - the repubs will run ads against the Dem's accusing them of cutting both programs, watch  sasha031   Aug-03-11 09:33 AM   #4 
  - I don't doubt you on that one  Skip_In_Boulder   Aug-03-11 09:40 AM   #11 
     - Just a side note...  zanana1   Aug-03-11 10:06 AM   #22 
        - LOL  Skip_In_Boulder   Aug-03-11 11:01 AM   #23 
  - Almost certainly  krispos42   Aug-03-11 10:02 AM   #17 
  - If Medicare is cut, start with theirs.  Faygo Kid   Aug-03-11 09:32 AM   #3 
  - They still believe in mythical welfare queens.  TwilightGardener   Aug-03-11 09:33 AM   #5 
  - The Republicans are skilled manipulators. They are going to  OHdem10   Aug-03-11 09:33 AM   #6 
  - I go back to a post I did. More people soon will find out the fight is between  mmonk   Aug-03-11 09:34 AM   #7 
  - That is what I am hoping for as well  Skip_In_Boulder   Aug-03-11 09:42 AM   #13 
     - The damage is going to be rough. Much of our system structurally  mmonk   Aug-03-11 10:05 AM   #21 
  - K&R. nt  raccoon   Aug-03-11 09:36 AM   #8 
  - It's teabaggers, not "tea partiers", they are stupid fucking teabaggers  snooper2   Aug-03-11 09:37 AM   #9 
  - Teatalitarians, actually. nt  hifiguy   Aug-03-11 10:00 AM   #16 
  - Whatever Govt. Assistance They Get, They Think That Blacks and Latinos Get More  Yavin4   Aug-03-11 09:39 AM   #10 
  - I've been wondering all along where the angry 'town hall' screamers  Lifelong Protester   Aug-03-11 09:41 AM   #12 
  - This picture was accurate 2 years ago, it still is today  DainBramaged   Aug-03-11 09:50 AM   #15 
  - That's very true, my friend.  zanana1   Aug-03-11 10:04 AM   #19 
  - This why I'm inclined to stop fighting these people.  Ganja Ninja   Aug-03-11 10:05 AM   #20 

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