‘70% of tea partiers don’t want to cut medicare either’


Yahoo: The Tea Party movement is supposed to be the engine driving Republicans’ push for sharp cuts to spending and reform entitlements. Representative Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget, which passed the House last week, phases out Medicare for people under 55 and turns Medicaid into block grants. But it turns out that Tea Partiers, like most Americans, strongly oppose cutting Medicare and Medicaid. A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows 70 percent of “Tea Party supporters” oppose cutting those programs – and 80 percent of registered voters agree.

So though The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait has argued that “the Ryan budget represents the victory of the Tea Party mentality over mainstream conservatism within the Republican Party,” it looks like Ryan’s plan doesn’t represent the activists, either.

Slate’s Dave Weigel calls the Marist poll a “nice present” for Democrats, and “pretty ugly numbers” for Republicans. He adds: “If Democrats can keep portraying the cuts as worse than they are–this was done successfully in the 2005 Social Security fight–there’s a win here.”

For another articulation of this view, recall that even when House Republicans passed Ryan’s budget Friday, NBC News’ Mark Murray marveled at their political gambit: “Either the normal rules of American politics have changed, or Republicans have walked into an electoral buzz saw–on a Medicare plan that won’t pass the 112th Congress and that many of them didn’t campaign on in 2010.”

Thank you LOL 😉

8 Responses to “‘70% of tea partiers don’t want to cut medicare either’”

  1. 1 LOL
    April 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    You’re welcome, Chip. This must be comedy hour- between Trump the Chump and the teabaggers realization that perhaps the gubmint is the only reason they are able to protest at 1 p.m on a Monday when most people are at work. Morons.

    You should update the post with that iconic pic of the McCain/Palin Depends wearing dead ender at Bachmann’s Patriot rally/small gathering/a couple of people left Village Inn and decided to cross the street.:)

  2. 2 Rio
    April 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

    LOL.. It’s such a classic.

  3. 3 Fred
    April 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    As soon as these journalists start talking about political wins and losses I switch off! Ultimately it’s about doing what’s right and these guys have clearly lost the plot!

  4. 4 Carolyn
    April 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I agree with LOL and Rio about that ugly McCain/Palin button wearing guy! His face would make a great political button…says it all about the T-partiers!!!

  5. April 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    A better line on that sign would be, “Keep POLITICS out of my Medicare.”

  6. 6 barb
    April 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Joan, I second that. The Tea Party needs to be targeted with the truth of the Ryan budget plan. If they know that they are about to loose their Medicare they now receive since most are older, they will finally see the truth. This needs to be shouted from the rooftop unceasingly until it sinks into whatever gray matter/cerebral cortex is in their brains, if any.

  7. 7 anniebella
    April 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    This is how those people are. They hollow about big government, till they need that big government. Look at that stupid Governor of Texas, who was talking about the state of Texas no longer being a part of the United States. Well that same governor call to ask for funds from the governor because of the fires in that than.

    • 8 anniebella
      April 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      I meant to say, that same governor call asking for funds from the government. Big Government!!!!

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