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11/02/2014 07:50 pm ET Updated Jan 02, 2015

This Election's Biggest Jokes: 'Republicans Are the Saviors of Social Security and Medicare!' and 'Republicans Will End Gridlock.'

The whole point of Republican rhetoric these days is to try to switch labels: that Democrats were responsible for the Great Depression, and that Republicans are responsible for all economic and social progress under the New Deal.

Now, imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in this case it is most common or garden variety of fraud. You have all been to the circus, but even the best performing elephants could not do a handspring without falling flat on their backs.

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If it were not so tragic, it would indeed be funny.

The greatest purveyor of gridlock, obstruction, hurting the American people so that they would feel bad enough to blame the president... i.e., Mitch McConnell (R-KY)... he says that he will end gridlock!

Republicans, and only Republicans, have tried to privatize Social Security. Republicans have been against Social Security from the day it was conceived.

Ronald Reagan, Republicans' saint, made his political debut explaining how Medicare would destroy all freedom and liberty in the country.

Republicans in 2011 and 2013 voted to transform Medicare into a voucher program. No more guaranteed benefits. Good luck shopping around for insurance if you can find an insurer to take you on if you are elderly and have several chronic illnesses. Oh, and good luck to younger people whose premiums would skyrocket if the elderly were included in their insurance pools.

And, yet these same Republicans are attacking Democrats who fought for these popular programs, who sometimes lost their seats due to lies and innuendo about their votes for these programs, for the "sin" of (wrongly, in my opinion) signaling a willingness to compromise to reduce long-term outlays from the program as Republicans were polluting the media with cries of "Greece, Greece, Greece."

They lie about the president "taking" $500B from Medicare, when all he did was reduce payments to providers. Not a single person, nor a single procedure or illness, has lost coverage. Indeed, President Obama extended Medicare's solvency from 2016, when it was due to go bankrupt, to at least 2030.

That is, thanks to President Obama, there is no pending financial crisis in Medicare. Thanks to President Obama, no one has lost a drop of coverage. Thanks to President Obama the amount of money seniors have to shell out for their prescription drugs is falling, with full closure of the "doughnut hole" in Part D of Medicare occurring in the following years. Thanks to President Obama, preventative care is covered.

That is, thanks to President Obama, seniors are getting much better coverage for a lower cost. By contrast, Republicans continue to try to destroy the entire program that they always opposed.

And, yet, Republicans attack Democrats, pretending to be Medicare's defenders.

It should be the campaign's biggest joke. But, with millions of Koch-dollars behind the ads, lying about the programs, lying about their impact, it is no joke.

It is a tragedy.

As if Republicans are really interested in protecting these programs. They wish they never existed, and want to get rid of them. They have voted for measures to destroy Medicare, and sprung privatization on the American people in 2004 when they were elected without breathing a word of it during the campaign.

Because, if the Republicans do take power, they will destroy the programs they claim to champion.

And, no one will know what killed them.