The Republicans in Congress are more than a little drunk with power these days - they are terminally wasted!
Last week Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin who heads the House Budget Committee, finally released the Republican Party's vision of a responsible budget for our country. Well, it wasn't responsible, but it definitely was Republican! Ryan's proposed budget would trim trillions from the budget over the next few years - off of the backs of the poor, of course - while protecting the tax advantages of the rich and famous. And in our tea party world, a certain amount of that crap is capable of sprouting wings and flying, But Congressman Ryan got so caught up in whacking the poor and defenseless that he made a fatal error.
The Ryan proposal gutted Medicare - well, not completely, but certainly enough to insure that the program would be on the way out. Ryan thinks it would be much better to issue old people government vouchers and let them shop around for health care bargains. Problem is, while medical costs would continue to rise, the government funding for these vouchers would be subject to annual cuts. All Ryan's Medicare proposal actually does is to ration health care by income. The rich will get it, and the poor can piss off - or sell their homes to pay medical bills and then move in with their kids.
The Ryan budget went before the full House yesterday where it passed, with every Democrat and four brave Republicans voting "no" in order to attempt to save Medicare, one of the most necessary and successful social programs in our nation's history. Kudos to Republicans Ron Paul of Texas, Walter Jones of North Carolina, David McKinley of West Virginia, and Denny Rehberg of Montana - for having the intelligence and balls to not walk off the cliff with the rest of their party.
Hopefully commonsense will prevail in the United States Senate and Medicare will be saved. The people will be heard on the issue during the primaries and general election of 2012.
One teabagger famously screamed during the battle for health care reform, "Keep your damned hands off my Medicare!" Well, honey, your Medicare is in peril, but it's not from the Democrats. Those creatures you spawned are coming after your Medicare!
Good luck with that!