Thursday, May 26, 2011

NY 26 - A Harbinger of Change

In an incredible upset, Democrat Kathy Hochul won over Republican Jane Corwin in the special election in New York's 26th Congressional District, a very conservative district that has not handed a win to the Democrats in forty years.  And it's all thanks to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his budget plan - he is chairman of the House Budget Committee, after all.  Rep. Ryan asserts that “Washington has not been honest with you". He sure hasn't.

First of all, the Ryan budget plan is a shameless scam. It bludgeons Medicare into a bloody pulp, and does nothing to alleviate the Federal deficit, which is the raison d'etre for tampering with the popular program in the first place. It does nothing to rein in costs by eliminating subsidies to Big Oil. And, it lowers the top tax rate, because, as we all know, if rich people can be made even richer by redistributing the wealth of the middle class, then eventually we can all get jobs as gardeners or nannies, tending their children on their multiple estates.

Second: the Republicans all jumped aboard Ryan's misguided budget plan (a leaky boat if ever there was one) only to find it necessary to start bailing water as their party capsizes under the weight of their collective hubris.

Third: the Republicans deserve some comeuppance after the shameless lies and deliberate obfuscations of the "summer of death panels" they perpetrated two years ago.  At least the Democrats are honest: Ryan's plan does ruin Medicare. 

The Democrats have every right to be ecstatic over Republican ineptitude.  Let's just hope they don't manage to "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" which is their unfortunate habit.

Thanks, and good night.


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