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AP Poll: Medicare Doesn’t Have To Be Cut!

From an utterly shameless Associated Press:

AP-GfK Poll: Medicare doesn’t have to be cut

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Mon May 23, 2011

WASHINGTON – They’re not buying it. Most Americans say they don’t believe Medicare has to be cut to balance the federal budget, and ditto for Social Security, a new poll shows.

And, of course, we aren’t buying this poll. Since it just happens to say exactly what the Associated Press and their Democrat Party masters want said.

And naturally, as usual, they oversampled Democrats to get the results they wanted. (See below.)

The Associated Press-GfK poll suggests that arguments for overhauling the massive benefit programs to pare government debt have failed to sway the public. The debate is unlikely to be resolved before next year’s elections for president and Congress.

This is such good news. We were worried for a minute that Medicare was in trouble. But it turns out everything is fine.

But seriously, even if this preposterous poll were true — and we don’t believe for a moment that it is – so what? Arguing against the need to reform Medicare and Social Security is like arguing against gravity. — But gravity isn’t just a suggestion, it’s the law.

Americans worry about the future of the retirement safety net, the poll found, and 3 out of 5 say the two programs are vital to their basic financial security as they age. That helps explain why the Republican Medicare privatization plan flopped, and why President Barack Obama’s Medicare cuts to finance his health care law contributed to Democrats losing control of the House in last year’s elections.

The AP managed to pack two outrageous lies into just one sentence. The Republican plan has not flopped. In truth, most people haven’t even heard about it. And, if it were truly unpopular, Mr. Soros and the Democrat machinery would not have to be hiring people to protest it at townhalls.

And there were a myriad of reasons for the Democrats’ historic defeat last November. But Obama’s cuts to Medicare were not among them. For one thing, thanks to his praetorian guard in the news media, very few people even knew about them.

Medicare seems to be turning into the new third rail of politics

That is, the AP would like to convince politicians that Medicare is the new third rail. They would also like to convince everyone that Obama-Care is another new third rail.

Indeed, the AP would like to portray every Democrat program, from funding for Planned Parenthood and NPR to the Department Of Education as a ‘third rail.’ In fact, the only non-third rail according to our media masters is defense spending.

"I’m pretty confident Medicare will be there, because there would be a rebellion among voters," said Nicholas Read, 67, a retired teacher who lives near Buffalo, N.Y. "Republicans only got a hint of that this year. They got burned. They touched the hot stove."

What is this public sector union retiree sucking on the government teat talking about? Where have the Republicans been "burned"? Are their some elections we were not told about?

In the poll, 54 percent said it’s possible to balance the budget without cutting spending for Medicare, and 59 percent said the same about Social Security.

Taking both programs together, 48 percent said the government could balance the budget without cutting either one. Democrats and political independents were far more likely than Republicans to say that neither program will have to be cut

Needless to say, the AP oversampled Democrats and ‘Independents’ and ‘know nothings’ to get their desired result.

According to their statistics (a pdf file), the respondents were 46% Democrats, 29% Republicans and 4% Independents and 20% people who don’t know what they are — which means they are really just more Democrats. (And that the AP is just trying to be more subtle about their skewing.)

The poll found a deep current of pessimism about the future of Social Security and Medicare. As much as Americans say the programs are indispensable, only 35 percent say it’s extremely or very likely that Social Security will be there to pay benefits through their entire retirement. For Medicare, it was 36 percent…

And yet these same people don’t want to do anything to fix the problem. This is the cost of having such a spoiled and largely ‘dumbed down’ citizenry.

Republican lawmakers don’t inspire much confidence right now when it comes to dealing with retirement programs, the poll found. Democrats have the advantage as the party more trusted to do a better job handling Social Security by 52 percent to 34 percent, and Medicare by 54 percent to 33 percent.

What a pathetic laugh.

Often, but not always, major revisions have been accomplished through bipartisan compromise

We would challenge the authors of this twaddle to cite one "bipartisan compromise" that has strengthened Medicare or Social Security.

In reality, just like with the financial problems in the housing market, the Republicans have long tried to fix Social Security, only to be demonized by the Democrats and their media minions every time.

And just like with the housing market, when Medicare and Social Security finally do collapse, our media watchdogs will find a way to hold the Republican Party to blame.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 23rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP Poll: Medicare Doesn’t Have To Be Cut!”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “But gravity isn’t just a suggestion, it’s the law.” Gravity and Medicare are alike, they suck you down.

    So 66% of the people they polled (46% Dimocraps + 20% undeclared Dimocraps) were either sworn liberal, dumbassed Dems or undeclared, liberal, dumbassed Dems and they still only managed to 60% to agree that you can’t touch it? Seems to me if the numbers were like they say they were they would have been much more precise in their declaration of percentage. Odds are even with the oversampling they got more like 50 – 55% and just rounded up.

    After all, this is the Disassociated Press we’re talking about here. Pravda had nothing on these buttwipes when it comes to spreading lies for their masters.

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