Quotes of the day

posted at 9:16 pm on August 18, 2012 by Allahpundit

On the campaign trail this week, Ryan’s discussion of Medicare has focused on President Obama’s taking $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, along with brief reassurances that he and Mitt Romney will protect the program. But in Florida today, Ryan put Medicare front and center. He both stepped up his attacks on Obamacare’s plan to change Medicare for current seniors and made a positive case for reforming the program for Americans under the age of 55. Ryan warned that Obamacare installed a board of bureaucrats that will “cut Medicare in ways that will lead to denied care for current seniors.” And he framed his case for reform in terms of family values -— in terms of his own obligation to protect Medicare as it is today for his mother, and to reform it in his generation so that his children will benefit from a social safety net and a debt-free nation…

Ryan explained that “in order to make sure we can guarantee that promise for my mom’s generation for those baby boomers retiring every day, we must reform it for my generation. To save it for this generation, you have to reform it for my generation, so it doesn’t go bankrupt when we want to retire.”…

And what did “Boston”—i.e., Romney headquarters—think of the event? One source said, “‘Boston’ was nervous early this morning. They watched it on TV. At first they were relieved. Then they were excited.”

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That’s the genius of Romney’s vice-presidential pick: It explicitly invites Americans to “do the right thing.” Insofar as he’s known to the electorate at all, Paul Ryan is the man with the plan — the guy who understands that multi-trillion-dollar spendaholic government cannot continue. On that subject, Obama is the man with no plan, and no plans to get any plan. Yet the mere selection of Ryan has already improved the quality of the Obama campaign: Two weeks ago, they were denouncing Romney for killing a woman by cunningly giving her cancer five years after laying off her husband. Now they’re denouncing Ryan for killing off Medicare. The former is the opening scene from the straight-to-video Carcinogenic Zombie Mormon Venture Capitalist Apocalypse; the latter has a very very teensy-weensy gossamer thread of connection to the issues facing the United States. So we should congratulate the Democrats on a modest re-acquaintance with reality. With Ryan on the ticket, the central question facing America can’t be ducked…

For the record, Obama has already made $716 billion in Medicare cuts to pay for Obamacare. That’s three-quarters of a trillion. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was in Ottawa last week asking Her Majesty’s Canadian Government to chip in for the euro-zone bailout. The euro zone includes some of the richest nations in history, but it’s still not enough. And the entire euro-zone bailout is $450 billion — or a little over half the cost of the first Obama stimulus. Under Obama’s no-plan plan, there’s not enough money on the planet.

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Republican strategists believe that there is really only one way to win the Medicare message wars: mount a bruising offense and attack Democrats for their own actions surrounding the popular federal health care program for senior citizens…

“It caught the Democrats a little off-guard that the fight’s being taken to them on an issue that they thought they’d just play defense on,” Stutzman said. “I just think this thing is really smart on a lot of levels that are not being appreciated: bringing up the issue now because it’s going to be brought up anyway, litigate it and win it now or at least fight it to a draw — which I’m absolutely convinced they can do — and that returns the October debate to jobs and the economy and now you’re back to a referendum on the incumbent.”…

Ultimately, though, the endgame for the Romney team on Medicare is to use the issue to move the discussion back to jobs and the economy, which is where the campaign wants the focus to be heading into Election Day. That isn’t an argument, however, that fits neatly into a soudbite.

“Romney can win this argument, but not until he finds a way to shift it back to the economy,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California and a veteran GOP strategist. “There are connectors between Medicare and deficits and economic growth.”

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If the past week has been any indication, the Democrats are not well prepared to deal with this strategy. I doubt they wanted to spend a week explaining why and how they cut Medicare for current seniors while still failing to avert the program’s future collapse. They’re still struggling to explain that, and with their first few excuses — we didn’t do it, Ryan did it too, they’re not real cuts, and seniors don’t really need those benefits we cut — mostly fallen by the wayside in a matter of days, they have turned to abject double counting, insisting that even though they spent the money elsewhere (on Obamacare), their Medicare cuts nonetheless increase the future solvency of the Medicare program…

The longer they flail, the less likely the Democrats are to be able to effectively bring up Medicare themselves in this election season, and the more likely Romney is to keep voters focused on the economy in the fall—and therefore focused on what they like least about the incumbent president. It’s easy to see what Romney will be running on in September and October. But what will Obama be running on?

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“Like a lot of Americans, when I think about Medicare, it’s not just a program,” Ryan told the mostly-elderly crowd at The Villages, a central Florida retirement community that is billed as the world’s largest. “It’s what my mom relies on. It’s what my grandma had.”…

“Medicare was there for our family, for my grandma, when we needed it then, and Medicare is there for my mom while she needs that now, and we need to keep that guaranteed,” the 42-year-old House Budget Committee chairman said, describing the experience of being one of the primary caregivers for his grandmother, who suffered from advanced Alzheimer’s.

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Obama expressed some artificial bemusement that the GOP ticket has focused on in recent days on Medicare, with Romney using a whiteboard as a prop Friday in South Carolina and Ryan stumping Saturday with his mother in The Villages retirement community in Florida.

“You’d think they’d avoid talking about Medicare, given the fact that both of them have proposed to voucherize the Medicare system,” Obama said. I guess they figured the best defense is playing on offense.”…

“Their plan would put Medicare on track to be ended as we know it,” he said. “It would be an entirely different plan. It would be a plan in which you could not count on health care because it would have to come out of your pocket. That’s the real difference between our plans on Medicare. That’s the choice in this election and that’s why I’m running for a second term as president.”

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Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:08 AM

She’s a director now. She’s still very slender, perhaps a trifle more slender than in your clip, and has the same long, blonde hair.

thatsafactjack on August 19, 2012 at 3:09 AM

I have a varied taste in music. Classical to modern. I don’t like disco much.

thatsafactjack on August 19, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Then you might enjoy this, or even this? :)

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Lots of folks hate these guys…but I love ‘em! F— You!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Not me..1 of my top 5 of all time. DP is the bomb. I have everything by them. I love their early tracks best. I knew you were good people..or crows lol

bazil9 on August 19, 2012 at 3:11 AM

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:02 AM

God bless ya’…
What do ya think of this?
NOTE: TURN IT UP UP UPPPP!@!!!!!!11!Eleventy!!!

(PS–I love Johnny Cash, too.)

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Uno Notte a Napoli

thatsafactjack on August 19, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Dire Straits QOTD song. Born to be wild.

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Red Crow..one fave of mine..old school..

For you bud.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emOeoIJg91o

bazil9 on August 19, 2012 at 3:13 AM

I bid you all a fond goodnight. Its been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 19, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Night J..sweet dreams..I need to go to. I get drawn in lol..time flies.

bazil9 on August 19, 2012 at 3:15 AM

thatsafactjack on August 19, 2012 at 3:09 AM

That is very cool!..:)

PS..Thanks..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:16 AM

John the Libertarian on August 19, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Enjoy it while it lasts…

Gohawgs on August 19, 2012 at 3:17 AM

bazil9 on August 19, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Thx. Great tune. :)
Night!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:18 AM

God bless ya’…
What do ya think of this?
NOTE: TURN IT UP UP UPPPP!@!!!!!!11!Eleventy!!!

(PS–I love Johnny Cash, too.)

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Oh yeah!, but ours go to eleven! Not sure if you were into this?

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:18 AM

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:00 AM

I really like them..Very good band!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Good Night Jackie, Pleasant Dreams.

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Very nice..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Night Jackie, we’ll have fun with grammar and music again, sleep well.

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:19 AM

thatsafactjack on August 19, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Enjoyed it!!..Later..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Hard to believe I’m the eldest on this thread. ; )

Good Night All.

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Enjoyed it!..Later friend!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:21 AM

KWR sending love your way. xo

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:22 AM

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:21 AM

See you tomorrow Dire. Have a great Sunday. ; )

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Hate his socialism but LOVE this song.

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Not me..1 of my top 5 of all time. DP is the bomb. I have everything by them. I love their early tracks best. I knew you were good people..or crows lol

bazil9 on August 19, 2012 at 3:11 AM

One of my favorite earlier DP songs

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:25 AM

See you tomorrow friend!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:29 AM

One of my favorite earlier DP songs

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:27 AM

This is one of mine

Gohawgs on August 19, 2012 at 3:32 AM

This is one of mine…

Gohawgs on August 19, 2012 at 3:32 AM

lolz!

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Gonna go watch some cowboys and indians tag team some aliens…cya

Gohawgs on August 19, 2012 at 3:36 AM

See ya, B!.
Always Jimi…

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:38 AM

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:29 AM

Dire, how bout some early LA punk, with Ray Manzarek as the producer?

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:39 AM

Gonna go watch some cowboys and indians tag team some aliens…cya

Gohawgs on August 19, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Fun movie, enjoy hawgs!

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:39 AM

Man, this is some Saturday night…errr…Sunday morning.

!

Bob's Kid on August 19, 2012 at 3:41 AM

Oh!…I dare you not to enjoy!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:42 AM

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:39 AM

That is very impressive!..And I do mean very impressive!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:43 AM

That is very impressive!..And I do mean very impressive!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:43 AM

He also played the organ for the tracks on the album.

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:47 AM

Oh!…I dare you not to enjoy!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Wouldn’t be a Sat/Sun with Morrissey, with out this?

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:51 AM

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Very interesting!..Always expand the horizon!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Wouldn’t be a Sat/Sun with Morrissey, with out this?

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Umm, let’s call a truce!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:55 AM

OH – Well, please allow JOE BIDEN to RETORT!!:

Are you copying Jules from Pulp Fiction with “please allow to RETORT?” line?

My favorite movie of all time!

LevinFan on August 19, 2012 at 1:23 AM

,,,,,Absi-tively……and the line is in character with Joe’s Minstrel-Show Behavior……..

….Everytime I hear Joe Biden – I hear that line from “Pulp Fiction” and Al Jolson over and over again iin my head….

williamg on August 19, 2012 at 3:56 AM

Umm, let’s call a truce!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:55 AM

I think not, cause again, it wouldn’t be Morrisey, without this!

SURRENDER NOW! :)

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Umm, let’s call a truce!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:55 AM

And no truce would be complete without this lol!

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:01 AM

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 3:51 AM

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 3:55 AM

Very nice tunes!!..)

PS..But we have to get the shock..Don’t we??!!??..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:03 AM

PS..But we have to get the shock..Don’t we??!!??..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:03 AM

Go ahead, bang your gong!

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:05 AM

LOL! Enjoy!

Sooo funny. The new headphones I bout at Meijer’s a few hours ago simply refuse to go onto my head!! HAHAHA!!! F*ckers.

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:08 AM

PS..But we have to get the shock..Don’t we??!!??..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:03 AM

LOVE IT! But, you know how sensitive I am.

(Where’s a lovely lady when I need her!?!)

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:11 AM

And no truce would be complete without this lol!

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:01 AM

Lol! K! I surrender!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:12 AM

LOVE IT! But, you know how sensitive I am.

(Where’s a lovely lady when I need her!?!)

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:11 AM

Hopefully i won’t require a sledgehammer LOL!

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:14 AM

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:05 AM

LoLz..Greattune..Just remember the games!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:14 AM

LoLz..Greattune..Just remember the games!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:14 AM

Oh yeah, but lets turn up the heat!

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:17 AM

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:14 AM

Thanks, Dire.
That’s a better (interpret = LOUDER!!!) version than the one I have.
You’re the best…….as always.

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:17 AM

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:11 AM

Excellent tune!..That is a classic!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:18 AM

LOVE IT! But, you know how sensitive I am.

(Where’s a lovely lady when I need her!?!)

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:11 AM

And this might happen if you get your way LOL!

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:20 AM

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:17 AM

No sir!..I’m just followng you all ‘s lead!..):)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:20 AM

Oh–good Lord I friggin’ love this one!!!

(I may be unavailable thru the end of the (line) night, as I’ll be singing this one over and OVER AND OVER!!!!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:22 AM

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:20 AM

Excellent!!..Best all girl band of the 80′s and beyond!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:23 AM

And this might happen if you get your way LOL!

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:20 AM

Lol. Hot robot sex!

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:23 AM

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:22 AM

Very cool!

All right Dire, RC I must bid you all a fine night, it has been most enjoyable spinning tunes with you both, and we will do it again soon… Ah youth is wasted on the young! LOL! :)

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:24 AM

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:22 AM

That is Hall of Fame stuff..imho!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 19, 2012 at 4:25 AM

If you guys have a few minutes WATCH THIS!!!!!

LISTEN to the words!
God I love it.

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:28 AM

uncommon sense on August 19, 2012 at 4:24 AM

Take it easy, uncommon.

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Oye

RedCrow on August 19, 2012 at 4:50 AM

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/staff_escapes_usa_nix_boss_YdeQ2fAgR1k5g1jT8xcvwN

Principal Greta Hawkins (a Barry voter, no doubt) caused an uproar in June when she axed “God Bless the USA.” from the kindergarten moving-up ceremony. First she insisted it “would offend other cultures,” then she claimed it was “too mature.”

Unlike Moochelle, she did not feel proud of America, not even for the first time.

bayview on August 19, 2012 at 7:17 AM

its the red crow jukebox hour..:)

tom daschle concerned on August 19, 2012 at 7:28 AM

There’s acceptance and a shrug of the shoulders from the leftists over the boy king’s military intervention in Libya.

There’s acceptance and a shrug of the shoulders from the leftists over the boy king’s broken promise of “no lobbyist in his administration.”

There’s acceptance and a shrug of the shoulders from the leftists over the boy king’s broken promise of not using signing orders during his presidency.

There’s acceptance and a shrug of the shoulders from the leftists over the boy king’s broken promise of transparency, eg; health care discussions on CSPAN.

There’s acceptance and a shrug of the shoulders from the leftists over the boy king’s DOJ illegally providing thousands of guns to Mexican Drug Cartels which resulted in the murder of 2 U.S. Law Enforcement Officers and hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens.

There’s acceptance and a shrug of the shoulders from the leftists over the boy king’s cronyism which led to the U.S. taxpayer losing billions of dollars in boondoggles like Solyndra, etc.

There’s acceptance and a shrug of the shoulders from the leftists over the boy king’s refusal to prosecute crooks like Jon Corzine and the Wall Street executives who contributed to the financial collapse.

There’s acceptance and a shrug of the shoulders from the leftists over the boy king’s use of drones and his order of offing American citizens anywhere in the world without due process.

Now comes another “what if a Republican did it” moment.

The rules, which began trickling out in May, are to be reviewed Friday in a hearing before a federal judge in Washington. They restrict lawyers’ access to detainees who have lost their initial habeas corpus petitions. The effect would be to wrest control of attorney-client access away from the courts and give the military nearly complete discretion to dictate if and when attorneys can visit detainees, how many attorneys may work on a case, what information lawyers may obtain and use in representing their clients, and where and how this information can be used.

In other words, far from closing the prison camp as he promised, President Obama is steadily returning Guantanamo to the secretive and hopeless internment camp that he vilified as a candidate. Source

Hypocrisy, thy name is Democrats.

Flora Duh on August 19, 2012 at 7:36 AM

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/fisker-recalling-karma-sedans-fix-fans-17035533#.UDDSKaC8gUM

Barry’s winning green energy car (or spontaneous combustible machine), funded by half a billion of your money. Finland thanks you for the manufacturing jobs. Barry, outsourcer in chief.

bayview on August 19, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Barry, outsourcer in chief.

bayview on August 19, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Comment 666, appropriately about Barry.

bayview on August 19, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Romney-Ryan Collaboration Goes Back Years

Mr. Ryan did not shy from offering pointed advice well before he was named running mate: for months, he had urged Mr. Romney to focus his campaign as much on a “a positive vision” as on the shortcomings of the Obama presidency, something Mr. Romney has since emphasized.

[snip]

The story of how they came together offers insight into both how the Republican Party moved in Mr. Ryan’s direction and how Mr. Romney came to embrace a vision of the size and role of government that, with the selection of his running mate, will define his campaign.

Flora Duh on August 19, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Ah, to be young again. Kids. ; )

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Ah, to be young again. Kids. ; )

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

young again? from the tenor of your comments I always figured you were a young college-aged lady or teenaged girl.

bluegill on August 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

bluegill on August 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

And, by your hypocritical posting and the way you attack Conservatives, we all thought that you were a Liberal who wants Obama to win.

kingsjester on August 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM

And, by your hypocritical posting and the way you attack Conservatives, we all thought that you were a Liberal who wants Obama to win.

kingsjester on August 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM

You’re just mad because I said I didn’t think Sarah Palin was qualified to be president, AND I said your blog sucks.

bluegill on August 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

bluegill on August 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Like the rest of Hot Air, I’m laughing at you.

kingsjester on August 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM

You’re just mad because I said I didn’t think Sarah Palin was qualified to be president, AND I said your blog sucks.

bluegill
on August 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

.
Like the rest of Hot Air, I’m laughing at you.

kingsjester on August 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM

.
Providing some comedy for us this morning, ‘gill ?

Keep up the good work. : )

listens2glenn on August 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM

bluegill on August 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

kjs blog is nice. would you like it better if it was in reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics?

tom daschle concerned on August 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

bluegill on August 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Precious, is that it? HeIIfire! Bread ball?

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

kjs blog is nice. would you like it better if it was in reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics?

tom daschle concerned on August 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

you’re just being polite in calling it nice. I think we all know the true worth of his blog, and some people humor him with the kinds of compliments one would give a child to boost his/her self-esteem. honestly, I don’t want to be mean about his blog. it would be like picking on a mentally disabled person. normally I wouldn’t even bother, but I was just responding to his rude comment to me.

bluegill on August 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Precious, is that it? HeIIfire! Bread ball?

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

you’re up early today, young lady! no partying last night?

bluegill on August 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Proving once again that he is nowhere near as smart as he thinks he is:

“Their plan would put Medicare on track to be ended as we know it,” – B. Hussein Obama

I dunno what planet he’s been living on, but I suspect that Moochelle’s mommy will fare just fine – on OUR dime … still.
Odd how that works, eh?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Not reading the threads anymore gilled one. Just too easy. Lol!

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Bluegill flip flops between bread balls and mitt balls.

Don’t swaller that hook.

SparkPlug on August 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Don’t swaller that hook.

SparkPlug on August 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Hellfire SparkPlug, that ones been cut off the line more than once. Full of hooks that one. Lol!

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

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