I still admire Rep. Ryan and hope that he continues to make strides toward making serious entitlement reform possible. But if he wants to govern then he needs to bow to reality and accept that elections have consequences -- even elections that he lost.
The Budget for All would not only be good for Massachusetts but would be good for America; other states would benefit from taking a cue from Massachusetts and voting to send a strong message to their representatives as well.
Burr and Coburn want you to believe that they can raise the Medicare eligibility age, make you pay more in premiums, turn your health care over to the same insurers that are bankrupting you before you're sixty-five -- and that somehow you'll save money!
We're seeing the demonization of the victim everywhere. It's in the public hatred for underwater homeowners and now reaches to the highest halls of power in both parties, where we told that helping struggling homeowners would be "rewarding the undeseverving."
When you strip away the verbiage, all of the economic triggers discussed in the budget debate would have the same basic outcome: They would cut government spending without asking the wealthy to pay more in taxes.
Back when I analyzed health plans and other benefits for a living, I asked a famous CEO what his goals were for the corporation's employee benefit plan. "I want to give them less and make them think it's more," he said.
Tea Party acolytes had among their core message two principles: First, Congress should move quickly to end out of control deficit spending. Second, Congress should stop lying to the American people. Well, so much for that election.
Under Clinton, we went from a $290 billion deficit in 1992 to a $239 billion surplus in 2000 while creating over 20 million private sector jobs. That's no coincidence; job creation and deficit reduction are inextricably linked.
As Washington starts batting around the plans to slash the long-range national deficit, one stands out as an especially good acid test of just how far we're willing to go. That's the Ryan-Rivlin plan to end Medicare as we know it.
We expected to see an all-out assault on Social Security and progressive taxation, but the number of similarly-minded reports released this month is greater than we expected, the ad buys are larger, and the range of ideas is narrower.
The only way to get our fiscal house in order is by enacting a thoughtful, balanced program that includes spending cuts; reforms to medical, retirement, farm, and other programs; and revenue increases.