The Brawler 100% supports Democratic efforts to make the Republican Party own Paul Ryan's Road Map to An Early Grave for Poor Seniors. From Talking Points Memo:
You thought Republicans were going to be able to wiggle away from their historic support for privatizing Medicare and Social Security? Think again.
Leading Democrats aren't letting the GOP put much distance between themselves and a new, long-term budget proposal written by their top budget guy, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
"That's their budget plan," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)--chair of the House Democrats' reelection committee--told me in a brief interview. "He's the ranking Republican member on the Budget Committee. That is their so-called roadmap. And it's a roadmap right into the economic ditch that we got ourselves to begin with.... Put it this way. For seniors on Medicare, it's a dead end."
Van Hollen says Republicans should own up to their own ideas, and debate them on the merits, or else stop complaining when Democrats accuse them of being the Party of No.
The Republicans have been able to attack the Democratic plans on the most pressing issues of the day without offering anything of substance on their own. Paul Ryan's changed that. The fact that his vision of the future envisions tax cuts for the wealthy and poor folks not being able to afford the treatment they need is a powerful point of differentiation. The fact that John Boehner is distancing the House GOP from the plan -- though he really can't say why -- just makes the GOP look all the more feckless.
All this makes for great framing, but unless accompanied by decisive action it's not going to count for much. Which is why the Brawler hopes the Dems act on this pivot and pass a bill -- as opposed to hoping the GOP will be shamed into coming to the table. Because that ain't going to happen.
(More at Paul Ryan Watch.)