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Democrats Launch ‘Accountability August’

From a straight-faced CNN:

Dems launch ‘Accountability August’

By: CNN Associate Producer Gabriella Schwarz
August 4th, 2011

Washington (CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a new ad and fundraising campaign Thursday targeting 44 House Republicans over their party’s stance on Medicare and raising the debt ceiling.

The efforts, titled "Accountability August," are the latest steps taken as part of the committee’s "Drive for 25" campaign to win control of the House in 2012.

You would think that the no-account Democrats who have not even presented a budget in more than 815 days would choke on the word "accountability." But it’s clear they don’t know the meaning of the term, so it doesn’t faze them.

Radio ads will run in House districts during August that the DCCC deem vulnerable in the next election…

"Congressman ______ voted to end Medicare forcing seniors to pay more to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and millionaires," the ad says. "Tell ____ stop choosing millionaires over seniors."

Remember when Mr. Obama lectured the Republicans on how we need to be able to discuss reforming Medicare without being accused of killing grandma? (See below.) Whatever happened to that?

The ramped up campaign efforts, including billboards, door-to-door canvassing, phone banks and automated calls, will criticize 44 Republicans over their votes in support of House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan that included changes to Medicare and the refusal of House Republicans to consider increasing taxes on the wealthy as part of an agreement to raise the U.S. borrowing limit.

Where is the Democrat plan? Where is Mr. Obama’s plan? That’s right. They are too smart to write anything down. They are too smart to try to do anything to actually save Medicare. They would rather save their jobs.

DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel said Republicans "will have to explain to their constituents why they voted to end Medicare three times and raise seniors’ health care costs."

"House Republicans’ priorities are clear – they have repeatedly chosen Millionaires and Big Oil over Medicare and voters are holding them accountable for it," Israel, D-New York, said in a statement

Lest we forget, everyone agrees that Medicare will cease to exist if something is not done about it. It is unsustainable in its current form. As usual, the Republicans are trying to fix the problem, while the Democrats are trying to fix the blame.

And, for the record, the only actual cuts to Medicare that have been made by anyone is the $500 billion dollars that was taken from it by the Democrats for Obama-care.

Meanwhile, here is what Mr. Obama said on the subject of blame back in January 2010, via the White House website:

Remarks by the President at GOP House Issues Conference

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
January 29, 2010

THE PRESIDENT:  … [H]ere’s my point.  If the main question is going to be what do we do about Medicare costs, any proposal that Paul [Ryan] makes will be painted, factually, from the perspective of those who disagree with it, as cutting benefits over the long term.  Paul, I don’t think you disagree with that, that there is a political vulnerability to doing anything that tinkers with Medicare.  And that’s probably the biggest savings that are obtained through Paul’s plan.

And I raise that not because we shouldn’t have a series discussion about it. I raise that because we’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterized, whatever proposals are put out there, as, well, you know, that’s — the other party is being irresponsible; the other party is trying to hurt our senior citizens; that the other party is doing X, Y, Z.

That’s why I say if we’re going to frame these debates in ways that allow us to solve them, then we can’t start off by figuring out, A, who’s to blame; B, how can we make the American people afraid of the other side.  And unfortunately, that’s how our politics works right now.  And that’s how a lot of our discussion works

A more cynical person might wonder if Mr. Obama was just saying this to get the Republicans to put their Medicare reforms down on paper.

Which is a mistake the Democrats never make.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 5th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Democrats Launch ‘Accountability August’”

  1. BigOil says:

    Democrats ability to churn out propaganda slogans would make Chairman Mao envious. In the end, collectivists of all stripes have little else to offer.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Most transparent regime evah! Just like when they received their transparency award in private!

  3. proreason says:


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