In 1986, Ronald Reagan explained that "vanishing loopholes and a minimum tax will mean that everybody and every corporation pay their fair share." It's time for the GOP to take a page from their hero's playbook.
If the Republicans get their way and turn Medicaid into a so-called block grant, millions of seniors would be thrown out of nursing homes and middle class families would be slammed with crushing health care costs.
Most registered voters disagree with the core Republican principles. But, the most extreme wing of the GOP is driving the Party. That "Republican problem" is a problem for all Americans because it signifies disproportionate influence on our political process.
If Kathy Hochul can win in a district that voted for John McCain in 2008, Democrats should look forward to retaining the coveted office of the Presidency in 2012 -- and maybe even taking back control of the House.
A real solution to the Medicare math problem is going to involve dealing with a lot of thorny issues, whether you call it "Hillary Care," "wither on the vine," "Ryan Care," "ending Medicare as we know it", "Obama Care" or "Death Panels."
Republicans are so desperate to distract Americans about their plan to end Medicare that they plan to pull the same trick play: purposely scare and mislead seniors into believing their Medicare benefits are getting cut under the new health care law.
Now it's official. The 2012 campaign will be about the future of Medicare. This spells trouble for the GOP. Polls show an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans want to preserve Medicare. They don't want to turn it over to private insurers.