The 'Senior Tsunami'
Don't mess with grandpa.
12:49 PM, Nov 8, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Democrats tried to hold back the 'senior tsunami' by saying that Republicans would implement Paul Ryan's "Road Map" which would cut their Social Security and Medicare, but this argument wasn't persuasive for two reasons:
1. It wasn't and isn't true. Ryan's plan, which hasn't been formally endorsed by many Republicans, would only affect those 55 and younger--voters who don't even expect entitlement programs to be around when they retire.
2. Even if Democrats could have obscured the fact that some Republicans want want to reform Medicare and Social Security only for those 55 and younger, it's difficult to persuade seniors to be more concerned about theoretical cuts Republicans might vote for than the actual cuts the Democrats just voted for.
Ryan sells his plan as a choice between Obamacare--and rationing that will inevitably affect current beneficiaries--or a free-market reform that will only affect younger workers. "What I'm proposing is, make sure that we don't cut benefits to people in and near retirement, 55 and above," Ryan said during a debate on CNN last month with Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. "They just took $522 billion out of the Medicare fund to spend it on another government program. They are the ones who raided Medicare."