Sunday, October 31, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1355, Oct. 31st, 2010



As a potential voter who has seen and heard all the talking points offered by the national GOP, I have a few questions.
1. What are you going to do if you get the majority and you have to raise the debt ceiling?
2. By extending the Bush tax cuts to everyone, how can you justify the added deficit expense when you would have denied unemployment benefit extensions to middle class workers?
3. How are you going to defund Health Care and what parts of it are you going to gut? Pre existing conditions?
4. How can you blame individual Congressman for the economy? Exactly what will a Freshman Congressman be able to do if you take power?
5. You demonize the health care program. You say you’ll fix it. How is it in a 1200 page bill you couldn’t find anything you liked? That’s like going to the Mall of America and hating every thing.
6. If you gut the health care plan, are you going to divest yourself of tax payer sponsored health care for you and your family? We are, after all starting over so I think it’s only fair you pay for your own.
7. Why did you refuse to vote on tax breaks for small businesses the last session? Are small business owners becoming the new Pro Life version of the GOP? You yes them to death and say you’re behind them but never, ever give them any substantial political change? Are you making fools of small business owners like you’ve done for years with the Pro Life people?
8. Do you actually know the difference between Medicare and Medicare Advantage programs? And why are you deliberately mixing them up? Get your rocks off scaring old people? Let me explain it to you. The health care reform law works to reform Medicare Advantage by reducing overpayments to insurance companies whose bottom lines have greatly benefited from the program. The law works to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse from Medicare Advantage, and then inject that $500 billion in savings back into Medicare. As a result, it will extend the life of Medicare by almost ten years. The health care reform law will, in fact, provide cost savings for many seniors.
9. What are your specific plans for governmental cuts to balance the budget? Are you going to go after seniors, veterans, children’s early intervention programs or tax breaks for millionaires? Why is it that no Republican running in this country has every offered anything specific on what they will do?
10. You’ve told us you’re going to give us our country back, take back our liberty and take back our freedoms. Where exactly are they, where did they go?
11. Finally, why should we vote Republican? Last chance: give us a reason. And please be specific, if you dare.


At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If republicans had any balls they would
-get rid of medicare and medicade completely
-totally get rid of the health care reform bill
-get rid of income taxes for everyone.
-have consumption taxes.
but of course that would allow economic freedom and require lazy ass americans to take care of themselves, but the lazy poor and elderly need to be taken care of because of their poor planning, laziness and albeit some bad luck. So let's embrace socialism, the American experiment is over. Self-determination didn't work.

At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very good points. voters should ask these questions before they trust their lives to the gop.

At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 3:18
One thing I damn sure agree with you on is Consumption Taxes. Why dont we ever hear this talked about
as an option? More than one stadium in pro sports was built with a "Sin Tax" of some sort. We hear these politicians ( both sides) bad rap each other constantly, but none offer immediate solutions or specific plans. Just sound bite generalizations like, "I'll provide jobs!" What kind of crap is that?
Another significant problem is the candidates. One way or the other I end up voting for the lesser of two "evils" too often!
I do Vote.

Waverly Bob

At 2:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, I'm afraid you're a day late with this column. In my humble opinion, this is the best piece you ever wrote and I'm wondering why you did not submit it to our local papers a week ago when it might have had time to be effective? I love this well thought out column ....... Your Lunch Partner (are we still?)

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Junction said...

With some replies to this GOP questions.
I guess if that person were king for a day the people who really need a monthly social security check like our parents they would have to go without.
Not their fault that their spouses worked in the coal mines and could not make any type of retirement to live on when they reached the golden years. They were just born in the wrong generation.
Maybe we should have them work till they die. This way we would save a ton of money to be spent in areas that affect only a few.
Maybe next we can take away the veterans benifits also. WOW look at the $$$$ we could re-distribute to the few.

At 6:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey junction,
see your attitude, redistribute, how about letting people keep what they earn. since when did democracy and capitialism mean working for the "common good." or to quote Karl Marx
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
I agree with the above, self determination and the experiment experiment is over! Embrace Karl Marx

and what is wrong with working til you die? that was actually the intent of soc. security, the life expectancy was less than the age you were eligible to collect.

At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, I sure hope this person never needs a thing when they reach retirement age. I have a way to save some money, people like this charicter can opt out now!! from everything! no Medicare no Social Security, and hopefully they will never need assistance purchasing medicine that can cost hundreds of dollars.

It sounds nice that you consider yourself so fortunate and are as well off as you sound but there are a lot of hard working people out there who often work 2 or more jobs and still may need assistance towards the end of their lives. Especially after the GOP puts their pennsion plans in the wonderful stock market and gamble with their lives.

You sound like a good Christian, have you kicked a senior citizen or dissabled person lately?


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