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Obama Was Against Demonizing Ryan Before He Was For It

President Obama once counseled against the very attacks his campaign is launching against Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan, saying during a January 2010 appearance that politicians shouldn’t demonize proposals by charging they would harm seniors:

We’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, “Well, you know that’s – the other Party’s being irresponsible, the other Party’s trying to hurt our senior citizens.”

Have a look:

And yet, in a new video, the Obama campaign says exactly this, flashing across the screen this judgment about Ryan’s Medicare proposal: “It hurts seniors.”

The ad is the spearhead of a comprehensive campaign designed to do what Obama claimed to be against.

In the just the 48 hours since Mitt Romney announced his selection of Ryan, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod has said “Republicans don’t like Medicare,” and that Ryan’s plan would “ship thousands of dollars of costs onto senior citizens.”

In a fundraising email, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Ryan’s plan would “destroy Medicare” and amount to “dismantling the nation’s social safety net.”

The attacks are sure to only escalate.

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20 Responses to Obama Was Against Demonizing Ryan Before He Was For It

    • He took a cue from John Kerry. Reality says: Obama has more flip-flops than a shoe store that only sells sandals.

      “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America ‘s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

      — Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

  1. It needs to be destroyed and dismantled. If a private company ran Medicare and Social Security like the government does, they’d be in jail right along-side Bernie Madoff. Social Security is nothing more than an annuity. Pay a little every month to secure a payout at a designated time.

    • Partly correct, but SS is more like a Ponzi Scheme than an annuity. My SS benefits will be paid by younger workers. Sadly, they have little hope of getting any of their contributions upon retirement. Why? Because the Ponzi Scheme, as they ALL eventually do, is about to collapse and there’s nothing that will be, or can be, done about it.

  2. They think they know Seniors and how to scare people over the age of 50 with their attacks on reforming or revising Medicare. We’re not the same people or of the same mind, but what we all have in common is that we all worked at one time and paid into the Medicare fund.
    We consider it OUR money, not the general government funding. We didn’t ask that disabled people be included into the SocialSecurity system, some of them receiving benefits from the day they were born.
    Medicare and SocialSecurity has to be changed, soon.

    We KNOW who stole $750 billion out of the Medicare ‘bank’ and we know where it went…to finance Obamacare. We KNOW that the Dems ultimate plan is to funnel all Medicare monies into Obamacare and make it the only healthcare plan in the country.

  3. I find it interesting that the O Team and its minions are attempting to paint Ryan as some cold hearted demagogue bent on destroying every segment of society other than the “rich.” It infuriates me to see them saying that R&R will bring back the failed policies of the past decade, when it was the Dems, who through Fannie and Freddie, set the entire global collapse in motion.

    The Freddie/Fannie debacle is something that Romney and Ryan need to hammer on, and keep pointing out that the Dems where the ones that pushed for every American to be a homeowner, even if they could not afford their home, or shouldn’t even be a homeowner. GW pointed out years ago that these two organization were an unfunded liability and needed to be brought under control, however he was demonized and thus backed down when he should have doubled down on his argument.

    Hopefully, with a numbers wonk (said with all due respect) such as Ryan, the GOP will be able to bring to light the Dem’s failed social experiment in housing and other expenses. If the government were to remove benefits to all illegals, those who actually can work but refuse due to the free ride that disability affords them, and stream line the actual functions and scope of the federal government, we would not be in the mess we are in. R&R need to hammer on the expansion of federal largess, the Dems desire to provide for cradle to grave in every aspect of life, and how this administration has repeatedly violated its own oath of office to defend the Constitution by way of executive order to achieve its own goals. Then, perhaps, the American people of all stripes will finally open their eyes, and have a “Road to Damascus” moment.

  4. “Destroy”
    “Dismantle”
    “Demonize”
    “Death”
    The Dems certainly have a method to their madness. Define the opposition as causing nothing short of epic biblical proportions. Next on their list is:
    “Drought”.

    • How shocking that all the usual suspects are involved. Is there anyone with any moral integrity who works for the LSM nowadays? Thank goodness for Keith and his blog.

      • I agree Susan. This blog is informative and uncommonly decent. Kudos to you Keith. Susan you might be interested in knowing that the Honorary Chairmen at the Commission on Presidential Debates are 2 Democrats — Carter, and Clinton and 2 dead Republicans — Ford and Reagan. Bi partisan:)

  5. When possible R-R need to turn around these negative attacks on Obama and his liberal liars. The Ryan wants to end Medicare is a perfect place to start. Start saying that Democrats want to “end medicare as we know it” by doing nothing and then reminding them that the HHS has already said that Medicare will be insolvent in 12 years.