Americans are crying with all the might they can muster "Leave My Medicare and Social Security Alone, HANDS OFF."
Dr. Schmookler and April
Dr. Schmookler will speak at one of our monthly meetings in the near future. Chairman David Burford is hard at work setting up the date and we will post it ASAP. This meeting will be open to everyone and this is your chance to ask questions and converse with your next Congressman.
The polls provide guidance on what the voters want and Democrats should stand with the people. Republicans already look out for big business and big oil so they already have a say in how things happen. The middle class, workers,seniors, women and children are the forgotten sectors that need a voice.
The following polls came from www.nonesoblind.org.
That is the website of Dr. Andrew Bard Schmookler who is a
Democrat running for Congress in Virginia's 6th District. Dr. Schmookler will be joining us at a Democratic Committee Meeting soon and everyone is welcome to attend and meet him. When arrangements are final for his visit we will post it here.
Chairman David and Dr. Andy
Dr Andrew Bard Schmookler is comfortable answering to Dr. Andy so don't worry if you have trouble with his name. Remember it wasn't too long ago a young man came out of Chicago with the name Barack Obama and that worked out fine. Chairman David can even deal with Dave so when we announce the date and time please join us and meet your next Congressman. Thanks to our readers.
Swing state Democrats need to stand up to the GOP’s proposed plans to destroy Medicare and make huge cuts to Medicaid and Social Security, according to the latest polling from Public Policy Polling.
The latest polls, commissioned by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in partnership with Democracy for America, MoveOn.org and Credo Action, show that the voters undeniably support these progressive programs — and candidates looking to
win in 2012 need to keep all cuts off the table.
Look at the results from swing states.
QUESTION: In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Social Security, which is the retirement program for the elderly?
Ohio 16% support 80% oppose
Missouri 17% support 76% oppose
Montana 20% support 76% oppose
Minnesota 23% support 72% oppose
QUESTION: In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Medicare, which is the government health insurance program for the elderly?
Ohio 20% support 76% oppose
Missouri 19% support 77% oppose
Montana 24% support 71% oppose
Minnesota 26% support 69% oppose
QUESTION: In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Medicaid, which is the government health insurance program for the poor, disabled, and children?
Ohio 33% support 61% oppose
Missouri 32% support 63% oppose
Montana 36% support 59% oppose
Minnesota 33% support 62% oppose
Sherrod Brown, OH
Amy Klobuchar, MN
The polls should be a clear sign to Senators Sherrod Brown (OH), Claire McCaskill (MO), John Tester (MT), and Amy
Klobuchar (MN) that their reelection will depend on their willingness to defend these programs for their swing states. The results have already gotten coverage in Talking Points Memo, the Huffington Post and The Amherst County Virginia Democratic News.
Claire McCaskill, MO
“This polling shows that voters have serious problems with any politician who votes to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid,” said PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor. “Democratic leaders should not ask incumbent Senators to walk the plank on these issues. Instead, Democrats should go on offense by investing in jobs and making oil companies, Wall Street, and the rich pay their fair share in taxes.”
John Tester, MT“If Democrats cut Social Security and Medicare, there will be outrage in red states and blue states. It’s that simple,” said Charles Chamberlain, Political Director at Democracy for America. “Democrats need to say firmly that any tampering with these critical programs whatsoever is off the table.”
Thats the story in the swing states, leave Medicare and Social Security alone. So Say the People. Now You Know What The People Want so Lets Meet The Players who fight for us and against the people.
"We Will Fight Them Anywhere in America When it Comes to Defending and Strengthening Medicare." Rep. Steve Israel
Steve Israel is the Head of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the powerful words above his picture are his thoughts on protecting Medicare and other seniors benefits.
Kathy Hochul will fight to protect your Medicare and Social Security. Kathy won't allow republicans to balance the budget on your backs. She won't allow sniors to lose their benefits so big business can get a tax break.
Paul Ryan Dreams of a World Where Seniors have NO Medicare and he and his GOP buddies are willing to hold the country hostage to make it happen.
Has the Republican Medicare plan undermined the GOP's 2012 election hopes? Lets hope so because something has to stop these terriorists before they destroy the country. They want to withhold disaster aid until matching program reductions can be found.
What a sleazy group this GOP is. Nothing stands in the way of tax breaks for the rich and breaks for big oil but flood and tornado victims have to find programs to cut before they can be helped. If you're willing to kiss Medicare goodby for your children and slightly younger friends you aren't thinking straight. If you continue to vote for Republicans You aren't thinking at all. Throw these Bum Republicans Out at the earliest opportunity.
Republicans say voters will reward them for taking on a tough issue and freeing seniors to pay their own way. The money saved by cutting Social Security and killing Medicare will go to big companies as tax breaks and this will trickle down as jobs. But Democrats say yes look at the surprising results of a special election in western New York to see the popularity of Medicare. Even Republicans in large numbers want Medicare left alone.
Kathy Hochul, the Democratic clerk of Erie County, swept to victory Tuesday night in the race to fill the U.S. House seat previously held by Republican Chris Lee. Lee, who is married, resigned after it was discovered that he was trying to arrange sexual trysts via the Web site Craigslist. Lee is a family values christian right republican as are a number of republicans recently returning to the private sector from government positions.
The real surprise, however, turned out to be Hochul's ability to capture a seat long considered a GOP stronghold. The Republicans had controlled the district, which stretches roughly from Rochester to Buffalo, for over four decades. Over 40 years in the GOP's pocket and killing Medicare and reducing Social Security and killing womens health care and killing Pell Grants and taking away funds from early childhood education and giving it all to the upper 2% and big business tax breaks and suddenly the district is in play. How much do these crazy republicans think they can do to working people and still get their vote?
How did Hochul pull it off? There were no exit polls for the race so it's impossible to say for sure. But the centerpiece of her campaign was a no-holds-barred attack on a plan to overhaul Medicare authored by Paul Ryan and recently passed the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Under the plan, originally put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, Medicare would end and be replaced with vouchers and coupons. The government would no longer directly pay bills for senior citizens in the program.
Instead, recipients would negotiate a plan with private providers, which the federal government partially pay with vouchers. The Republican Plan is unpopular but the GOP keeps on pushing it on
the people and every time the people get to vote they vote the republicans out and the democrats in. The time to stop this madness is right now and the people should keep turning republicans away till sensibility returns to the grand old party.
Individuals currently 55 or older would not be affected by the changes at the moment but who knows what a crazy as hell Republican Party will do if they get the chance, if they get their foot in the door. There is nothing republicans won't do to make a tax break for the rich or a break for big oil. They already plan to lower Social Security payments and add years to the age level when you can draw it.
Republican leaders consider the plan a necessary cost-cutting measure to generate funds for big business tax cuts which will create jobs. They also contend tomorrow's seniors will benefit from a wider range of choices as they negotiate their own deals with the insurance companies and pick levels of coverage they can afford.
Republicans feel seniors will be better off on their own.
Democrats warn the move would shred the health care security enjoyed by older Americans in recent generations.
Democrats have all but sworn to make the proposal, passed with near unanimous support by House Republicans, a focal point of their campaign efforts next year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, is forcing Senate Republicans to go on record by forcing a vote on the plan later this week. All but 4 Republicans in the House voted to kill Medicare.
The bill has no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate, thank goodness, but Republicans vow to keep on attacking Medicare until they kill and bury it. Republicans have tried to kill Social Security for over 75 years, since its very creation. They made fade into the background during good times but when the opportunity to exploit bad times comes the Republicans go into action trying to kill Social Security again. Why voters don't have longer and more accurate memories is a mystery.
During Hochul's victory speech Tuesday night, jubilant supporters repeatedly chanted "Medicare! Medicare!" Hochul pledged to help balance the budget "the right way, not on backs of our seniors."
Throughout the campaign, Hochul highlighted the national fight, telling voters that her Republican opponent, had "100% embraced" the plan. "Even when Republicans in Washington walk away from it, she's been asked again and again, and she continues to support it," Hochul said.
"I'm working to protect Medicare." Hochul said.
Moments after the Hochul's victory was announced, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the head of the Democratic National Committee, declared that the outcome of the race proves "Republicans and Independent voters, along with Democrats, will reject extreme policies." The DNC head continued "Tonight's result has far-reaching consequences beyond New York."
Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced that the
Republicans have been "served notice ... that we will fight them anywhere in America when it comes to defending and strengthening Medicare."
On Wednesday morning, Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, released a statement arguing that the results "provide clear evidence that Senate Democrats will be able to play offense in Senate races across the country by remaining focused on the Republican effort to end Medicare."
Reince Priebus is everything Michael Steele was except effective and good at his job and interesting to listen to. Great Choice.
For their part, Republican leaders said voters misunderstood the Republican message and that they would work to make the message more palatable. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas insisted the race has no national implications. "To predict the future based on the results of this unusual race is naive and risky," Sessions said and then pointed to last November's GOP landslide.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blasted Democrats for stopping "at nothing to preserve the status quo in Washington." Priebus' remarks reflected the fact that hugely popular entitlement programs -- including Medicare, Medicaid, and
Social Security needed to be trimmed back or completely eliminated.
Somebody told Newt he was a joke
Newt is touring America looking for wife number 4. Remember ladies Newt has good connections with a large jewelry store and good credit and deep pockets. Newt counts Paul Ryan as his best friend and would vote for right wing social engineering if given the chance. Count on Newt to attack President Obama for breathing and to drop out before September and hawk a book.
GOP leaders attacked President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in 2010, arguing that it would weaken Medicare yet now Republicans want to kill Medicare outright. "Last November seniors voted for republicans by a 21 point margin", Priebus said. "Take away their benefits and suddenly they don't like us anymore".
Can they defend Ryan's plan, which is a virtual litmus test for their conservative base, without scaring older voters? Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, now a presidential candidate, was recently excoriated by conservative activists for calling Ryan's plan a form of objectionable "right-wing social engineering."
Sen. Scott Brown, a moderate Republican facing what is expected to be a tough re-election fight in heavily Democratic Massachusetts next year, has announced he has no intention of voting for the Ryan plan.
Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, a freshman Republican, said Monday that Brown should suck it up and get in line with the rest of the GOP and support ending Medicare. "This is the defining moment of this generation," Walsh said "Its time to bury Medicare".
Joe Walsh calling the killing of Medicare the defining moment of this generation shines a big spotlight on idiot republicans.
Joe is telling the crowd that John Boehner and Eric Cantor tell him what to do and that he does it. Joe longs to attend the funeral for Medicare so that the tax breaks for business can start. If Joe behaves and gets to meetings on time Eric rewards him by making animals from baloons and giving them to him. Joe told the crowd he has almost every animal in the jungle in his office. If you were a regular reader you would know Eric completed Clown College with a major in Baloon Animalogy.
Joe is just what the GOP loves a keep your trap closed and do as you are told republican. Joe might make it into leadership if the voters in his district want to kill medicare as much as he does.