Will Ryan and the GOP win the "War on the Elderly"?

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    As former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said on National Public Radio last week, "In the 1950s, the top marginal income tax rate was 91 percent. Now it's 35 percent. ... Meanwhile, capital gains and dividends - a big chunk of (wealthy people's) income - were taxed at 35 percent as recently as the late 1980s. Now, they're taxed at 15 percent."

    Harrington said that when he began his research into poverty in the late 1950s, "for most Americans to be old was to be poor."

    And those who were poor and old, as he wrote in "The Other America," were likely to suffer: "The aged members of the other America are often sick, and they cannot move. Another group of them live out their lives in loneliness and frustration: They sit in rented rooms, or else they stay close to a house in a neighborhood that has completely changed from the old days. Indeed, one of the worst aspects of poverty among the aged is that these people are out of sight and out of mind, and alone."

    Ryan's budget plan mounts war on the elderly and poor | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

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    Since Republicans took office in many places nationwide after the last election, where they ran on a platform of "Jobs, jobs, jobs", there have been many "Wars" with varying success.

    The War on Women's rights
    The War on Teachers and Nurses
    The War on Unions
    The War on Immigrants

    Will the "War on the Elderly" be one they can completely win? What about their "War on the Disabled"?
     
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    It's good that they're both talking about cutting the debt but Ryan is doing the bidding of his corporate task-masters no?
     
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    It's just a matter of time until middle American wakes up. Republicans should be concerned, because there is going to be a massive backlash against them and conservatism in general.
     
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    I heard the GOP wants to cut 500 Billion from Medicare! Can you believe that shit?

    Oh wait. That's the Democrats.
     
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    Some brilliant plans have already been outlined.

    For one, drugs could be bought in bulk like countries do when buying American drugs. Republicans made this illegal during the Bush administration. We could be saving billions.
     
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    link?
     
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    About time.
     
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    The DNC just isn't getting it's money's worth from you dean.

    From the Wall Street Journal. July 2009:
    GovernmentCare’s Assault on Seniors. - WSJ.com
     
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    Tell me something.

    Let us assume that we tax your rich at the rate of 100%, how much do you think that will decrease the deficit. give me some kind of number to work with so I will be able to make an informed decision about your ideas.
     
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    All of which have been rejected by the Democrats and Obama, and they have not proposed a single plan of their own.

    Sounds a bit like the health care thing, except this time the Republicans are the ones with the ideas.
     

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