Now, you may recall that the people who signed that letter got their current jobs largely by engaging in “Mediscare” tactics of their own. And bear in mind that what Democrats are saying now is entirely true, while what Republicans were saying last year was completely false. Death panels! Well, it’s time, said the signatories, to “wipe the slate clean.” How very convenient — and how very pathetic.Those 42 Republican freshmen were elected last year in part by using demagogy are now running scared, as they fear that Democrats were will give a taste of their own medicine, but instead of using lies and myths, they are using the cold, hard truth. As I said last year in this blog post, it was ironic that these were the same people who opposed Medicare when it was first proposed, said last year that the Health Care Reform Act would destroy it, and now want to turn it into block grant program that would change it as we know it. Quoting lastly from Mr. Krugman, it is those Republican freshmen who
Last year, older voters, who split their vote almost evenly between the parties in 2008, swung overwhelmingly to the G.O.P., as Republicans posed successfully as defenders of Medicare. Now Democrats are pointing out that the G.O.P., far from defending Medicare, is actually trying to dismantle the program. So you can see why those Republican freshmen are nervous.But the Democrats aren’t engaging in scare tactics, they’re simply telling the truth...and that’s something voters ought to know.