Rep. Paul Ryan Angers Conservatives by Failing to Mention Obamacare in WSJ Op-Ed

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Paul Ryan Angers Conservatives by Failing to Mention Obamacare in Op-Ed (DonkeyHotey)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), once the poster-child of the Republican Party during the 2012 presidential election, has been strangely quiet during the Tea Party-engineered government shutdown over defunding Obamacare. Well, Rep. Ryan wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal detailing how to break the stalemate and the conservatives pounced. Um, get out the popcorn. This is about to get crazy.

In the Wall Street Journal op-ed, Paul Ryan proposed a deal to solve the government shutdown

If Mr. Obama decides to talk, he’ll find that we actually agree on some things. For example, most of us agree that gradual, structural reforms are better than sudden, arbitrary cuts. For my Democratic colleagues, the discretionary spending levels in the Budget Control Act are a major concern. And the truth is, there’s a better way to cut spending. We could provide relief from the discretionary spending levels in the Budget Control Act in exchange for structural reforms to entitlement programs.

Defunding Obamacare, which was the reason the Tea Party-led government shutdown occurred in the first place, wasn’t mentioned in his column. Ryan’s column, which is calling for a pivot from the mess and straight to entitlements, isn’t fitting in with the narrative being spewed by House Republicans, who now want to tie Obamacare to the debt ceiling.

Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

President Obama’s $3.8 Trillion 2014 Budget Takes Knife to Medicare & Social Security

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President Obama’s $3.8 Trillion 2014 Budget Takes Knife to Medicare & Social Security (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

You know something stinks when both Democrats and Republicans are in agreement. That something is President Obama’s $3.8 trillion 2014 budget. Yeah, it’s a heckuva budget alright, with cuts galore for entitlement programs — Social Security benefits, etc. So, his debt reduction plan will be on the backs of the poor and elderly.

President Obama unveiled a 10-year budget blueprint Wednesday that calls for nearly $250 billion in new spending on jobs, public works and expanded pre-school education and nearly $800 billion in new taxes, including an extra 94 cents a pack on cigarettes.

But the president’s spending plan would also cut more than $1 trillion from programs across the federal government — for the first time targeting Social Security benefits — in an effort to persuade congressional Republicans to join him in finishing the job of debt reduction they started two years ago.

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As he has in the past, Obama proposes to slice $400 billion from federal health programs, primarily Medicare, with the bulk of the cuts falling on drug companies and other providers. But Medicare beneficiaries would also take a hit, through higher premiums for couples making more than $170,000 a year and inducements for low-income recipients to use more generic drugs.

And for the first time, Obama formally proposes to slow the growth in Social Security benefits by applying a less-generous measure of inflation to programs throughout the federal government. The change would trim cost-of-living increases by roughly 0.3 percent a year, saving the government about $130 billion over the next decade. Source

Well, I will say, President Obama made an offer to the Republicans that they most certainly will refuse. While I’m at it, let me just say, seniors and the poor, just got kicked in their faces.  This budget amounts to an extended sequestration. The White House will try to pin the tail on the donkey, literally, to level blame at the Republicans, but no-one knows where this mess will end. I am just frustrated with the middle class, the poor and elderly getting caught in the crosshairs all the time.

 President Obamas $3.8 Trillion 2014 Budget Takes Knife to Medicare & Social Security

Poll: Most Americans Side with President Obama on Sequester, GOP Losing Big

Once again, the Republican Party shows just how little it can gauge public sentiment with a new Bloomberg National Poll that shows President Obama’s approval rating hitting a three-year high and public approval of the GOP sinking to a three-year low.  It should be noted that the same poll found that a plurality of Americans blame the House Republicans for “what’s wrong in Washington.” You would never know that from how they seem to think they can call the shots in the whole sequestration matter.

Add a new twist to the Bloomberg poll — a new USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll. This latest poll suggests Americans just aren’t buying the load of crap the Republicans are selling.

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Most Americans Side with President Obama on Sequester, GOP Losing Blame Game (Steve Benen/Rachel Madow)

Um, GOP leaders believe they can win the public relations fight on the sequester fiasco, but they are wrong, as usual. They seem to have a really hard time understanding public attitudes, as evidenced from the fact they thought Mitt Romney was going to win by a landslide, when nothing was further from the truth. The reality is that the public is going to hold the Republicans responsible for any undermining of the economy, the military and the public’s needs by allowing sequestration to occur. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker John Boehner like to say they speak for the American people, but do they really? I think not. The two latest polls speak loud and clear on that point. The reality is the sooner the GOP realizes it’s in a weak position on the sequester, the quicker we will reach some type of compromise, as President Obama is calling for.