Video: Paul Ryan gets booed at townhall meeting

posted at 2:55 pm on April 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Think Progress originally pushed the video out after Paul Ryan’s meeting with constituents, and CBS News reported on it today, so it’s making the rounds.  The booing and groaning comes from Ryan’s perfectly factual argument that not only do we already tax the wealthy, we also need them to keep the rest of the money so that they can invest it in the private sector rather than the public sector.  The negative response doesn’t deflect Ryan from his argument:

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the architect of the Republican budget plan, was booed at a town hall meeting on Tuesday in Milton, Wisconsin, while defending extending tax breaks for high-income individuals. …

In the video, a constituent says “history shows that concentrating more wealth at the top has been the worst thing for our economy.”

“The middle class is disappearing right now,” he says. “During this time of prosperity, the top 1 percent was taking about 10 percent of the total annual income, but yet today we are fighting to not let the tax breaks for the wealthy expire?”

The Census Bureau found last year that the income gap between the richest and poorest Americans had hit its widest amount ever.

Certainly it did, but it’s not from a lack of taxation of the wealthy, at least not in federal income taxes.  The top 1% of earners paid 38% of all federal income tax receipts; the top 10% paid 69% of them.  The problem of income disparity in the last few years comes from unemployment, not a lack of taxation.

Why is unemployment continuing to be a problem?  One reason is that we are directing capital into the public sector, which is the least efficient user of it.  Only instead of directing present capital into Keynesian stimulus programs and government expansion of regulation, we’re borrowing money like crazy to send future capital to government bureaucracies.  Those who have capital to invest see the rather obvious problem approaching of how we end up paying for all of this credit-card living, and it’s either budget cuts or higher taxes.  That has them sitting on capital rather than investing it in private-sector growth, a problem that will only get worse as government policy turns more towards populist class warfare.

Still, the video here is instructive on a couple of points.  As Allahpundit has repeatedly noted, we’re only going to have a serious conversation about government entitlements if the public is ready to hear some painful truths about the phony capital Washington is moving to float those programs.  This audience is obviously not ready to hear those truths, and that’s not going to be an anomaly.  On the positive side, it’s not stopping Paul Ryan from attempting to make clear the cliff we’re about to reach.   We’ll need politicians with this kind of courage to find their voices and stand their ground over the next few months to turn this corner, but it’s not going to be easy — or pretty.


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This is the type of politicians we need. Strong, smart, not swayed by public opinion and willing to do what is right.

gophergirl on April 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

That was a “boo”?!

Having myself been booed before, that was no boo…

mjbrooks3 on April 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

My question would be how many union thugs filled out that audience?

Sekhmet on April 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

I would imagine lots of people would boo him bcs they love the taste of that Federal Milk from Uncle Sam’s 3rd Nipple.

Badger40 on April 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The video seems to conveniently cut out the reaction of the crowd after he explains why he’s doing what he’s doing.

cpaulus on April 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Think Prog putting this video out in an attempt to character assissinate Paul Ryan is weak… I thought, if anything, this was a civilized discussion on economic philosophy…

mjbrooks3 on April 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

MSM is going to do their best to make it look like the GOP is facing the same kind of townhalls the Dems had in august 2009.

Mark1971 on April 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Ryan’s risking his seat to do this, while the Dems are taking the cheap politically safe way of buying votes. It’s sickening. The voters need to wake up.

juliesa on April 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I’ve never been employed by a poor person. All of my bosses have been wealthy (Or tried to attain wealth through capitalism).

Why don’t these people understand this?

portlandon on April 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

We’re doomed. If these old people can’t understand that the Government taking more money away from the Job creators kills the economy. Then how are we going to convince the rest of the country?

jawkneemusic on April 21, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Furthermore, If this is all they can throw at Ryan the Liberals are big trouble… Maybe they should just stick with Obama trashing Ryan…

mjbrooks3 on April 21, 2011 at 3:01 PM

I did not get a sense of hostility, but one of disagreement.

Unwilling to accept the inevitable, not or in the future.

Kini on April 21, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I wish I could have heard the entire meeting.
I think there was some missing context.

Kini on April 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Simple question: do we answer the call or do we bury our heads in the sand?

I’m with answering the call. It’s time for people to get off the government teat–and I include everyone receiving an unwarranted benefit.

BuckeyeSam on April 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

The guy’s aMAZING.

tree hugging sister on April 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Ryan will be a huge target. I think it is safe assumption that unions will ensure that the town hall audiences are stacked against Ryan so mre of the videos can be produced. This is a low lying fruit political strategy.

With that said, many people will not want to hear the truth.

WashJeff on April 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

As a side note, you are completely right that people decrying income disparity always look at the top, not the bottom.

Prior to the crisis, I’d blame entitlements for keeping the bottom so low. A person living on an entitlement loses access to the entitlement upon improving his/her income. Unless the income improvement far outstrips the entitlement, many folks opt to live on the entitlement. This keeps people who are at the bottom from rising up, no matter how much richer the rich get.

Sekhmet on April 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Two thoughts. One, the rich or their ancestors earned their money. We have no intrinsic right to take it. If we decided to take it away from them for moral reasons, the proper thing to do would be to burn it. You don’t give stuff to people who didn’t earn it, because it makes those people lazy and inspires a sense of entitlement.

Two, what do the rich do with their money? I suppose there are some who pile gobs of it on the floor of their mansions, and then sleep on it. But most rich people either keep their money in a bank (where it’s used to back loans), or invest it in stocks or bonds (where companies use it to expand), or they buy stuff (employing those who provide the stuff). Any of those uses are more efficient than the government’s use of money.

hawksruleva on April 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Obama heckled at his lib fund raiser out in looney tunes land today:

http://www.drudgereport.com/flash8.htm

karenhasfreedom on April 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

This is rather weak. When I saw this yesterday I thought from the headline that an old lady tried to beat him with her cane or something.

Mark1971 on April 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Tingles and the rest of the msdnc crew just giddy

cmsinaz on April 21, 2011 at 3:05 PM

I’m really getting tired of people who think other people’s earnings and property should be taken from them.

Rely on yourself, your family, your church and charity and quit asking the government to steal from others.

darwin on April 21, 2011 at 3:05 PM

The guy asking the question is reading from a script straight from DailyKos. If you think this guy is just a “regular guy”, I have some ocean front property in Nebraska for sale. Call me.

angryed on April 21, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Ryan is a mensch.

Obama is a Chavez, a radical who lies non-stop.

The voters are mainly children, moochers, fed by looters.

Liberals are charlatans who exploit the ‘kids’.

The land is lost.

Prepare for what’s to come. Go gulching and barter for services and other necessities. Don’t feed the machine. It is out to destroy you and you are the culprits. You and progeny deserve no more, if this is your attitude. Be destroyed by your own doing.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Ryan’s risking his seat to do this, while the Dems are taking the cheap politically safe way of buying votes. It’s sickening. The voters need to wake up.
juliesa on April 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I’m very quickly reaching the belief that Ryan is a better politician and man than we as a nation deserve.

It’s one thing to be deceived by politicians re: our forthcoming economic apocalypse, it is another thing entirely to have the naked truth presented in front of you and CHOOSING to ignore it.

Such fools deserve what they get. If it didn’t also effect me, I’d let then go forward with their slouch towards Gehenna.

Vyce on April 21, 2011 at 3:07 PM

My question would be how many union thugs filled out that audience?
Sekhmet on April 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

My exact question too… How many rent a mobs are being organized to attend Conservative townhalls and rallys?

CCRWM on April 21, 2011 at 3:07 PM

When people generally feel put upon, abused, betrayed, lied to — in any sense and from any direction — the susceptibility to notions of class warfare and other base emotional impulses increases. It becomes harder to parse issues and pay attention to reasoned and rational debate, or show patience for the arguments of people like Ryan. This is the objective — always has been — of the Stalinist.

rrpjr on April 21, 2011 at 3:08 PM

More power to him. He, like all republicans, overstates the impact measured tax increases would have on the future state of the economy, but he’s on the right track. Getting people ready to hear the tough reality is tantamount. Once that’s done, then we can talk about taxes and spending cuts.

ernesto on April 21, 2011 at 3:08 PM

In Andy McCarthy’s book Grand Jihad he reports that one dream that Obooba apparently got from his supposed father is that tax rates should be high on the wealthy even if it reduces revenues just to be fair. It’s a social justice thing, dontcha know.

Obooba Jr Made the same argument in (I think) 2008 and Obooba Sr made it in a report entitled something like How to Repair our (Kenya’s) Socialism.

This moron’s “history has shown” assertion is patently false, which is why it’s in the left’s tool bag.

Akzed on April 21, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Spot on Ed….folks don’t want to hear the truth….it will actually have to hit them personally before they will listen

cmsinaz on April 21, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Paul Ryan is a parent of three young children and the nation’s de facto responsible adult on the economic realities. I’m sure he is familiar with the process of teaching the principles of hard choices and deferred gratification.

I wish the GOP and conservative donors would treat this as the campaign of 2011. We need Ryan front and center in videos explaining his road map. Otherwise, Ali Obama and his 3,000 press secretaries (h/t Roger Ailes) will define these issues for political advantage and persuadable Democrats will lose whatever political courage they may possess.

Terrie on April 21, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Gee whiz, have a Valium.

Akzed on April 21, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Town halls like this need to connect to people on a basic level. Bring in some small business owners and let them explain in their own words what will happen if taxes are raised. Goobers like the audience members may understand better that if Joe Shmoe business owner who employs 15 people each earning $50K a year has his taxed raised by $50K it will mean 1 of those 15 people will be laid off.

angryed on April 21, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Awwwwww yeah.

crr6 on April 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

So let me get this straight, MSM. If a truth is a tough sell, then we shouldn’t state it?

Tennman on April 21, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Go Ryan Go!!

kringeesmom on April 21, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Obama heckled at his lib fund raiser out in looney tunes land today:

http://www.drudgereport.com/flash8.htm

karenhasfreedom on April 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Awwwwww yeah.

crr6 on April 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

WashJeff on April 21, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Only a deadbeat liberal would want to penalize someone else’s success.

It makes sense, in a away. Liberals are deadbeats that generally cannot take care of themselves. Most of them don’t pay taxes anyway, so they really don’t care about the budget, the deficit, how other people are taxed, or how hard someone else works.

They only care about “what benefits am I going to get.” “Whose going to carry my weight?”

BruthaMan on April 21, 2011 at 3:14 PM

From the CBS article:

According to the Journal-Sentinel, Ryan was largely warmly received at a different town hall event on Monday, where a suggestion that he run for president was greeted with applause.

Or put another way…at events where the participants are not paid SEIU hacks, Ryan’s ideas are welcomed.

angryed on April 21, 2011 at 3:14 PM

“This audience is obviously not ready to hear those truths, and that’s not going to be an anomaly.”

Second look at death panels…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2011 at 3:14 PM

+1 washjeff

:)

cmsinaz on April 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Wow! CBS got on top of that pretty quick! Imagine if they did that with everyone?

Mr_Magoo on April 21, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Booing? Hardly. What it appeared to be was a collective reaction to what most of the audience did not believe (or were conditioned to not believe) about tax rates on the wealthy. it was a disagreement with the statement. Then, the video ends. It conveniently ends prior to any counter explanation Ryan might have given, so there you cannot gauge whether the audiences opion was altered later on.

This is a total non-starter.

cktheman on April 21, 2011 at 3:19 PM

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.- Benjamin Franklin

justltl on April 21, 2011 at 3:20 PM

When everyone starts talking about the fact that we’ve driven the frackin cliff already and start talking about how to survive the hit at the bottom, then we may cut the spending. In another year or so, we’ll not be talking about “the cliff,” we’ll be talking about flames engulfing the car.

j_galt on April 21, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Unfortunately, the hippies of 1960-70 are the seniors of 2011. Pardon the generalization, but many of these folks no nothing of a world without entitlements and grew up expecting them. Our old folks are trained moochers.

This is going to be a tough battle, though it’s a hill we have to take.

pugwriter on April 21, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Awwwwww yeah.
 
crr6 on April 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

 
OT- Oh yeah

rogerb on April 21, 2011 at 3:23 PM

The guy asking the question was a younger man. I don’t begrudge him using notes taken from the media. What he was reading was what I read from AP.

I don’t know if he was a plant or not but it’s a legit question and the GOP better be prepared to answer these questions. I wish we had the whole clip but you have to be talking to people with an open mind. He’s in Wisconsin!

Vince on April 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Putting higher taxes on job creators in the middle of a recession is about the dumbest thing you could do.

His constituents that booed are morons.

nickj116 on April 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Crr really does not want what is best for this country…that is quite clear. Crr are you an American citizen? If so why do you root for almost everything that will harm this country?

Aw Yeh?

CWforFreedom on April 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM

And this of course is why the liberals are booing:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703561604575282190930932412.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

jjrakman on April 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I read at Wonkette (when I was reading that awful piece about Trig) the commenters laughing about Ryan’s own “friendlies” booing him. I’m not registered there (obviously) so I couldn’t point out that, unlike the loony left, we conservatives (contrary to the libs perceptions) are NOT in lock step and have varying thoughts and ideas of our own. But they can’t understand that as they are the ones actually in blind lockstep with their ideology.

Big John on April 21, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Oh Yeah

43% approval rating for Obummer-Gallup

CWforFreedom on April 21, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Oh Yeah/

http://gasbuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx

Gas price trends. Nice work Obummer

CWforFreedom on April 21, 2011 at 3:26 PM

are NOT in lock step and have varying thoughts and ideas of our own. But they can’t understand that as they are the ones actually in blind lockstep with their ideology.

Big John on April 21, 2011 at 3:25 PM

The best is that many on the left try on one hand say that the right is lock step and deride them for it but when they find evidence of the opposite they use that to deride the right. Catch 22. Hilarious.

CWforFreedom on April 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Unfortunately, the hippies of 1960-70 are the seniors of 2011. Pardon the generalization, but many of these folks no nothing of a world without entitlements and grew up expecting them. Our old folks are trained moochers.

This is going to be a tough battle, though it’s a hill we have to take.

pugwriter on April 21, 2011 at 3:22 PM

This is the truth. The truth hurts.

j_galt on April 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

the top 1 percent was taking about 10 percent of the total annual income

Obama used the word “taking” as well yesterday in is Fb deal.

Unbelievable.

TexasDan on April 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Sadly, Colonel Jessep’s words may be prophetic: You can’t handle the truth!

Mason on April 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

“the top 1 percent was taking about 10 percent of the total annual income”

This is where the liberal lost me. The top 1 percent wasn’t “taking” anything. The top 1 percent was “creating” the income. How do you respond to questions like that? The person asking the question doesn’t understand the fundamentals of economics.

tflst5 on April 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

The Right can’t decry these events at Townhalls while praising the Summer of ’09. It serves no purpose to claim that the events are stacked with union thugs. The response of the Tea Party should be to attend the townhalls of guys like Ryan, support his ideas vociferously, and record the event in whole to give context to the snippets used by the state media.

xkaydet65 on April 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Awwwwww yeah.

crr6 on April 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

When a reporter dares ask Obama a question, he’s ‘douche-tastic’ – but when a GOP rep gets heckled, it’s all good.

Gotcha.

fossten on April 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Consider: what kind of person is more worried about how much more someone else is making than he is than his is about how much he himself is making?

Count to 10 on April 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Unfortunately, the hippies of 1960-70 are the seniors of 2011. Pardon the generalization, but many of these folks no nothing of a world without entitlements and grew up expecting them. Our old folks are trained moochers.

This is going to be a tough battle, though it’s a hill we have to take.

pugwriter on April 21, 2011 at 3:22 PM

No! I will not pardon the generalization. I am 60 and know a heck of a lot of people my age and older that are not moochers.

You don’t have a problem with seniors. There are liberals of all ages and conservatives of all ages. You have a problem with getiing the message out. Ryan is working on that problem.

Vince on April 21, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Awwwwww yeah.

crr6 on April 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Count it!

fossten on April 21, 2011 at 3:35 PM

the top 1 percent was taking about 10 percent of the total annual income

Obama used the word “taking” as well yesterday in is Fb deal.

Unbelievable.

TexasDan on April 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

We should count ourselves lucky. He meant to say stealing.

CWforFreedom on April 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Count it!

fossten on April 21, 2011 at 3:35 PM

That latest is 43% positive and 49 to the negative.

CWforFreedom on April 21, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I don’t know how many times I have to say it – we’re doing this wrong.

There is no way Grandpa is ever going to consent to changes in Medicare as long as he’s funding urine statues of Jesus via the NEA. And Grandpa is totally right when he says “Go to hell, you can change my Medicare after you’ve ended Ethanol subsidies.”

I fully realize that these “fringe” spending elements don’t amount to much in the overall picture – but Grandpa doesn’t care – and really, neither do I. I have no problem with changes in entitlement programs for myself – but it does tick me off a bit to see so much other waste in the government getting off scott free.

HondaV65 on April 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Doomed, doomed I say.

DFCtomm on April 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I thought Ryan came out looking well in that clip. Too bad that it cut off before he got into his response (and why is that?) but he treated his audience with respect, he didn’t seem intimidated.

Look, you guys that this was going to be easy? What’s easy would be to blame the other guy. Raise taxes on the “other guy”. Of course that plan won’t work and it’ll make things worse, but it will delay the pain up until the point where the patient dies.

PackerBronco on April 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I like Paul Ryan, and I agree with him. If anything, I don’t think his proposed spending cuts go nearly far enough. As the saying goes, “you can lead a “Liberal” to water, but you can’t make him not want to tax people who want to drink it.”

KMC1 on April 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM

There is no way Grandpa is ever going to consent to changes in Medicare as long as he’s funding urine statues of Jesus via the NEA. And Grandpa is totally right when he says “Go to hell, you can change my Medicare after you’ve ended Ethanol subsidies.”

There are no changes to medicare for grandpa, as you so stupidly put it. There are obviously some commenters on this site that have a very dim view of people older than they are.

Young whipper snappers.

Vince on April 21, 2011 at 3:44 PM

That was not a boo. That was a “are you serious???” The crowd respects Ryan, I think. They just truly have bought into the class warfare rhetoric. My own parents, who grew up during the real Great Depression, have a built in distrust of wealthy people. They believe “them that gits more oughta pay more” and there is some truth to that. BUT, there isn’t enough wealth in all of the US to pay off our debt or even pay off our deficit for a year. They also simply don’t believe their eyes when the facts are given to them. The “rich” pay 70% of all income tax (top 10% of earners). The “wealthy” who don’t really work for a living and live off investments may not pay the same rate as I do, but they pay far more in absolute dollars. The response to that is “well, they should still pay more because we in the middle class and below just don’t have the money”. They presume that the government must provide the safety net and provide for “old folks”. In their lives, they have seen people sent to the actual poor house. “Someone” needs to take care of people who are down and out, and before FDR, anyone who was down and out was S.O.L. to hear them tell it. If not for the WPA and the TVA, my grandfather could not have fed my mom and the rest of the family, says my mom. That really kind of begs the question, of course, of who might have picked up the slack had FDR not sucked all the capital out of the economy. But for people who lived through truly tough times and saw the benevolent government rise up and rescue them, selling them on the idea that there is another way is going to be tough indeed.

BillyWilly on April 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM

What I can’t wait to see is the Republican politician who has the guts to answer this sort of nonsense as such:

“The reason tax rates should be kept low for the rich is the same reason that they should be kept low for you or for anyone else: namely, because they have every right to keep the money and wealth they’ve earned and to not have it stolen from them in order to distribute it to those who didn’t earn it.”

rvastar on April 21, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Chris Christie had been getting this treatment for a while now. It shouldn’t really be surprising.

gwelf on April 21, 2011 at 3:46 PM

When Obama came into office the average price of gas was less than 2 dollars a gallon. Now it is almost 4 dollars. Good work Obummer./ Oh Yeah/

Crr you’re pathetic.

CWforFreedom on April 21, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Wait a day or two, Ryan’s own crew should show the whole interchange.

That is why Christie’s people are smart, clips of Chris Christie decimating NJ teacher on youtube are the way to go.

Don’t let Think Progress and left media set the narrative.

Sir Napsalot on April 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I fear that Ryan is our modern-day Cassandra — and you know how THAT story ended.

PackerBronco on April 21, 2011 at 3:52 PM

pugwriter on April 21, 2011 at 3:22 PM

HondaV65 on April 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM

“Hey, you….yeah you! Ya little hoodlums, get the he!! off my lawn! And take yur dawg and his poop with ya”! ….dang kids…. :-)

sicoit on April 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Ryan is a mensch.

Obama is a Chavez, a radical who lies non-stop.

The voters are mainly children, moochers, fed by looters.

Liberals are charlatans who exploit the ‘kids’.

The land is lost.

Prepare for what’s to come. Go gulching and barter for services and other necessities. Don’t feed the machine. It is out to destroy you and you are the culprits. You and progeny deserve no more, if this is your attitude. Be destroyed by your own doing.

Schadenfreude on April 21, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Just a tad hysterical.

Terrye on April 21, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Awwwwww yeah.
 
crr6 on April 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I’m sure he’d love Obama’s plan even better: cut Medicare spending on seniors.

gwelf on April 21, 2011 at 3:59 PM

It is worth remembering that in spite of the hysterical reaction to Walker’s collective bargaining bill, the unions did not win. They made the most noise, but they did not win.

I am not so sure that people are ready to hear this, but at the same time I think they know this can not go on. Just look at all the polls out there that shows a majority of young people do not even believe that social security and medicare will be there for them.

Terrye on April 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Getting booed isn’t the end of the world.

Booing wasn’t even so bad when the Dems got booed on Obamacare. It was their self-righteous, supercilious reactions that got them canned.

What Is terrible is having a representative respond in a derisive, cowardly way.

We KNOW with confidence Ryan didn’t react in a snippy and dismissive way because THAT would have definitely been included in the clip.

marybel on April 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Why isn’t he out golfing? Because there is work to do!

PS Didn’t sound like booing to me, just groaning in disbelief.

qestout on April 21, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Awwwwww yeah.

crr6 on April 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I’m sure he’d love Obama’s plan even better: cut Medicare spending on seniors.

gwelf on April 21, 2011 at 3:59 PM

This is true. Seniors dislike Obamacare as much as they do Ryan’s plan because it requires cuts in Medicare to pay for Obamacare. The problem Democrats have is that they have over promised all this stuff and someday soon the money will run out.

Terrye on April 21, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Ryan needs some townhall pointers from Stark. /sarcasm

shick on April 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM

and someday soon the money will run out.

Terrye on April 21, 2011 at 4:04

PM

Just a tad hysterical./

WAIT who said that?

CWforFreedom on April 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM

So is the MSM going to report on these “violent” townhall attendees?

PattyJ on April 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM

This is true. Seniors dislike Obamacare as much as they do Ryan’s plan because it requires cuts in Medicare to pay for Obamacare. The problem Democrats have is that they have over promised all this stuff and someday soon the money will run out.
Terrye on April 21, 2011 at 4:04 PM

I agree that the Democrat strategy is to make promises that can’t be kept and to lie about their solutions. I think the time may be upon us when enough people realize that all the promises are lies.

A big issue this video highlights is that to do about it. It may be that too many preople have bought into the liberal lie pushed by the media since Reagan that high taxes on the rich isn’t a tax on employers that hurts job growth.

gwelf on April 21, 2011 at 4:11 PM

There are no changes to medicare for grandpa, as you so stupidly put it. There are obviously some commenters on this site that have a very dim view of people older than they are.

Young whipper snappers.

Vince on April 21, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Ah a snowflaking boomer … surprise … surprise.

j_galt on April 21, 2011 at 4:11 PM

There is no way Grandpa is ever going to consent to changes in Medicare as long as he’s funding urine statues of Jesus via the NEA. And Grandpa is totally right when he says “Go to hell, you can change my Medicare after you’ve ended Ethanol subsidies.”

That’s probably why Granpa’s Medicare isn’t going to change under the Ryan plan. He’s asking younger people to reform the program, not people already on it.

cpaulus on April 21, 2011 at 4:11 PM

This would seem to prove the argument that Wisconsin has an awful lot of really, really stupid people. Since these morons were his own constituents they obviuosly are Dems and didn’t vote for Ryan. Still, how stupid can one state be? The writing is on the wall WI. The party is over.

JimP on April 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Unfortunately, the hippies of 1960-70 are the seniors of 2011. Pardon the generalization, but many of these folks no nothing of a world without entitlements and grew up expecting them. Our old folks are trained moochers.

This is going to be a tough battle, though it’s a hill we have to take.

pugwriter on April 21, 2011 at 3:22 PM

guess you are for the death panels? /sarc

Bradky on April 21, 2011 at 4:13 PM

That’s probably why Granpa’s Medicare isn’t going to change under the Ryan plan. He’s asking younger people to reform the program, not people already on it.

cpaulus on April 21, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Sorry. Nope. I’m not sacrificing so granpas and granmas I don’t know can have medical care financed by me and my children. Sorry gramps.

j_galt on April 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

2 things -
1) Class Envy sure does bring out the ugly in people.
2) I really like this Paul Ryan guy.

redwhiteblue on April 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

someday soon the money will run out.

Terrye on April 21, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Someday is today.
We’re living on a credit card that’s been maxed out.

justltl on April 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

The way to respond to this sort of question is to ask the questioner what their employer will do (or potential employer would do if they are unemployed) if they needed to pay an extra 10% to the government. Where and home are they going to make thus up?

gwelf on April 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM

guess you are for the death panels? /sarc

Bradky on April 21, 2011 at 4:13 PM

So do you think Uncle Sam’s breast milk supply is neverending?
This may be the land of milk & honey, but there is a limit to those products.

Badger40 on April 21, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Actually we’ve started spending our grandchildren’s money. I’d love for a liberal to explain the morality of this to me…

Awwwwww yeah.
crr6 on April 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM

gwelf on April 21, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I don’t think his seat is in jeporady. This is Waukesha County we are talking about, there is no way he loses his job to a lib.

Brat4life on April 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Since I’ve moved my residence to my in-laws, I now vote for him instead of Sensenbrenner.

Brat4life on April 21, 2011 at 4:26 PM

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