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Comment by Adriana on April 8, 2011 at 5:34pm
I wish I knew Neal, I only saw their tweets, who knows? It may be just a political strategy on the part of Weiner and Gillibrand, to say that it came down to women's health.
Comment by Neal on April 8, 2011 at 5:32pm

What does that mean? They accepted riders or conservatives removed them?

Comment by Adriana on April 8, 2011 at 5:20pm
I agree with DG, there are MANY conservative women but overall most women tend to be more liberal than men. It may make a difference, doone's point may be valid too. Hmmm....We need to do the EXPERIMENT!
Comment by Adriana on April 8, 2011 at 5:09pm
I'm following H=Gillibrand and weiner on Twitter; they said agreement was reached on everything except women's health.
Comment by Neal on April 8, 2011 at 5:07pm

You really have to look at all the riders. Women hit hard, environment possibly taking a harder it. This has nothing to do with budget, culture wars picking up once again.

 

A good list of the riders here, unreal.

Comment by A Former Member on April 8, 2011 at 5:07pm
Doone, that simply IS NOT true. I cannot tell you how many times I've seen conservative women denounce feminism and equal rights for women. I even heard a religious woman say that it was right for her to be denied priesthood, because women should not be priests. And a lot of women are against contraception or a woman's right to choose.
Comment by Doone on April 8, 2011 at 5:04pm
We need to have 50 percent women in Congress and then this nonsense will stop. Only a male would war on women.
Comment by Adriana on April 8, 2011 at 5:02pm
The US government is going to shut down because Republicans are misogynistic bastards who want to cut funds for women's health. they want to cut abortions by defunding Planned Parenthood, one of the biggest suppliers of contraceptives to women in need of them. Huh?
Comment by Doone on April 7, 2011 at 12:15pm

Maybe All The Big Numbers Throw Him Off

Maybe Sullivan is just intimidated by all the numbers, so let’s try to build a scenario even a third-grader could understand. Here is my attempt:

 

Mom, dad, and a bill collector are sitting at a table. Mom and dad owe a lot of money, and have spent the last couple years arguing about it. Mom has ten dollars on the table in front of her, and so does dad, and they need to decide how much each has to give to the bill collector while still being able to live.

 

In walks Paul Ryan, one of dad’s buddies. He says “Hey- I’ve got a great idea to fix your problems and pay off the bill collector, but you have to trust me.” Mom and dad are hesitant, but agree, because everyone knows that Paul Ryan is a very serious person, a thinking man’s thinker, with all sorts of awesome solutions and a square jawline and piercing blue eyes.

Ryan then says- “Ok. The first thing that needs to be done is I need Mom to give me half her money.”Mom is skeptical, but says ok, and hands Ryan five dollars.

Ryan then immediately hands the five dollars to Dad and says “Ok. Now that that is done, we need to figure out how to pay the bill collector. I’m going to suggest you two make a bunch of unspecified lifestyle changes that will cut what you owe the bill collector in the future. I’ll leave that up to you, but you aren’t going to be allowed to take any money out of your home security budget. Also, we’re not really going to pay anything to the bill collector right now, but that is ok, because since mom gave dad that five bucks, I promise you that in ten years you both will making a whole lot more money and then you can pay the bill collector. Yes, I know that mom will be really hurting for money and won’t be able to pay for her bills, but that is your problem. Some basic cruelty is necessary because the math demands it.”

Ryan is then met with a standing ovation from Andrew Sullivan, David Brooks, and many of dad’s bestest friends for his very serious ideas.

 

That’s what the “very serious” Paul Ryan/GOP Path to Prosperity does.

Comment by Doone on April 7, 2011 at 12:13pm

The Relentlessly Orthodox Mr. Ryan

| Tue Apr. 5, 2011 8:48 PM PDT
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). 

It's a bit of a fool's errand to think anyone is going to take this seriously, but I'm glad David Leonhardt brought up an obvious point today: if the federal deficit is truly an "existential crisis," and everyone has to sacrifice to get it under control, then there's no reason the elderly shouldn't have to sacrifice too:

There is nearly a bipartisan consensus that any cuts to Medicare and Social Security should spare the baby boomers and the elderly. And, certainly, retirees or people on the verge of retirement shouldn’t have their benefits changed radically. But the consensus, like Mr. Ryan’s plan, goes too far.

The reason is partly political. Older people vote in larger numbers than younger adults. And children, of course, can’t vote at all. But beyond politics, Washington’s age bias depends on a basic misunderstanding of the budget — namely, that older people have already paid for their Medicare benefits.

They haven’t. For most Americans, Medicare resembles a giant welfare program. They receive far more in government benefits than they ever pay in taxes and premiums. The gap for a typical household runs to several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This is a point that few people ever make explicitly: today's retirees aren't merely getting benefits that they've paid for their entire lives. They're drawing way, way more from Medicare than they ever put into it. To make this concrete, here's an estimate from the Urban Instituteof how much a single man who retired last year will get in lifetime Medicare payments. (All of this has been adjusted for inflation.)

This retiree is going to get three times more out of Medicare than he ever paid in. So if it's really true that everyone needs to sacrifice, then why should current retirees, who are getting such a sweet deal from the rest of us, be excluded from the pain?

This is just one of many ways in which Paul Ryan's budget plan is the farthest thing imaginable from courageous, even though that seems to be the most common adjective to describe it. Ryan ignores Social Security because he knows privatization won't fly and he doesn't have the courage to propose a mainstream reform of the system that would be unpopular with conservative mandarins. He exempts seniors and baby boomers from his Medicare plan because he doesn't have the courage to take on a powerful Republican voting bloc. He eschews details, basing the bulk of his plan on little more than theoretical spending caps, because he doesn't have the courage to explain what his spending reductions would actually mean. He focuses most of his cuts on programs for the poor because he doesn't have the courage to tackle weak claims rather than weak claimants. He gives the Pentagon a pass because he doesn't have the courage to stand up to hawks in his own party. And above all else, he refuses to consider tax increases of any kind because he doesn't have the courage to take on Grover Norquist and tell his own caucus what every genuinely serious analyst already knows: the only way to tackle the long-term deficit is with both tax hikes and spending cuts.

So explain to me: what's courageous about a Republican congressman proposing spending cuts for the poor, entitlement cuts only in the far future, tax cuts for the rich today, and hands off the Pentagon forever? Nothing I can think of.

 
 
 

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