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Forum: Diavlog comments 04-07-2011, 08:45 PM
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Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

I know you're just trying to plumb the depths of Pisc's brain, but I think I'm still getting a headache from seeing Medicare Part D and Medicare cost control discussed in the same breath.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-07-2011, 08:42 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

What reforms are you referring to? I can't think of anything that ever even reached the committee mark-up stage under Bush.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 10:41 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

If you read through my posts on this subject, I haven't wasted any time speculating on whether or not Paul Ryan hates the poor. I've just talked about the effects of his plans and the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 10:09 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

Well it's certainly hard to imagine Paul Ryan actually writing a proposal that liberals wouldn't strongly disagree with. But come on, are you really not going to admit that the contents of this plan...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 09:56 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

It's harder if you actually want your budget to pass.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 09:55 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

He cuts a third of Medicaid's budget, Op. If I showed up with a proposal to increase the size of government by 3% of GDP, swap out the ACA for a single payer system for everybody, and increase the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 09:44 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

I wonder how his budget would have gone over if Ryan didn't have those soulful blue eyes. I definitely think the reaction around here would be different.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 09:43 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

Of course not. He's being demonized because he put out a proposal to gut Medicare and Medicaid in order to pay for regressive tax cuts. If what he was advocating wasn't radical, unpopular, and wrong,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 09:40 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

But they do matter. Your projections of unemployment have an enormous effect on your projected revenue and expenditures. So it's pretty easy to balance the budget if you can stipulate that the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: Character evidence

Reading that article, I don't think that Krugman has to concede anything. But rather than get into the he-said-she-said, let me throw out a link from a Republican...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 03:39 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Character evidence

Krugman catches (http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/memory-hole-alert/) bold truth-teller Paul Ryan editing his website to remove evidence of his plan's absurd 2.8% unemployment forecast

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Forum: Diavlog comments 04-05-2011, 04:24 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: $400 Billion a year is not enough

Oh, and I might I remind everyone that Ryan's budget, which takes a wrecking ball to the US welfare state because we supposedly can't afford it, cuts the top marginal income tax rate from 35% to 25%?
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-05-2011, 10:21 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: A Grand Bargain on Stuff (Noam Scheiber & Rich Lowry)

I think the answer to your question has everything to do with insanity and very little to do with Jim Webb.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-05-2011, 02:33 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: $400 Billion a year is not enough

In other words, I'm with Kevin Drum (http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/04/courageous-serious-gutsy-paul-ryan):
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-05-2011, 02:30 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: $400 Billion a year is not enough

I'm with you on not wanting to have the whole debate at 2:30 in the morning. I'll grant that there are some potential advantages to block grants, sure. But in my view, having the program run by...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-05-2011, 02:16 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: $400 Billion a year is not enough

Sigh. Maybe this time you'll remember the points that I keep making over and over again. I agree that something will have to be done about cost growth in health care, which leads to unsustainable...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-04-2011, 11:30 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: $400 Billion a year is not enough

No, it absolutely will not pass the House or the Senate. And why exactly is it a good idea to voucherize and cut Medicare while converting Medicaid to block grants and then dramatically cutting the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-04-2011, 10:38 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 30,243
Posted By Don Zeko
Re: $400 Billion a year is not enough

I am genuinely confused about Ryan's budget. When he came out with his roadmap, the GOP leadership didn't want to touch it and its draconian Medicare cuts with a 10 foot pole. Yet here he is putting...
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