On a lazy summer day in 2011, Sen. Claire McCaskill let fly a press release in which she said,
We must protect our nation’s seniors from ending Medicare as they know it, and forcing them to cover the rising costs of healthcare, even if they don’t have the means to do so. While it’s crucial we focus on deficit reduction, this proposal to destroy Medicare is irresponsible and unacceptable.
Missouri Democrats, taking a cue from their Washington overlords, parroted the attack, using the phrase,"Republican Plan to end Medicare" at least ten different times on their website.
Except, according to PolitiFact, the charge that Republicans were trying to end Medicare isn't true. According to a story on their site,
PolitiFact debunked the Medicare charge in nine separate fact-checks rated False or Pants on Fire, most often in attacks leveled against Republican House members.
Now, PolitiFact has chosen the Democrats’ claim as the 2011 Lie of the Year.
PolitiFact, a project of the St. Petersburg Times, listed three specific examples of Democratic overreach:
• They ignored the fact that the Ryan plan would not affect people currently in Medicare -- or even the people 55 to 65 who would join the program in the next 10 years.
• They used harsh terms such as "end" and "kill" when the program would still exist, although in a privatized system.
• They used pictures and video of elderly people who clearly were too old to be affected by the Ryan plan. The DCCC video that aired four days after the vote featured an elderly man who had to take a job as a stripper to pay his medical bills.
The story also contains a quote from Jason Peuquet, a policy analyst with the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
In terms of creating a national conversation about fiscal reform, the last thing we need is demagoguing attacks against people who have put forward serious policy proposals. It’s very worrying.
We don't expect our friends over at FiredUpMissouri.com to themselves promote "serious policy proposals;" their charge is to tow a partisan pro-Carnahan Democratic line. And they did so in this case, promoting the "end Medicare" trope at ever opportunity.
But the writers at FiredUp know better. They rely on PolitiFact often, or at least when it fits their political agenda. They even cited PolitiFact's 2010 Lie of the Year the day after it was announced.
Given that PolitiFact announced this year's lie today, we eagerly await FiredUp's post on the matter. Heck, we're eager to learn of McCaskill's response, too.
12/20/2011 4:47:38 PM
Answering individual aggression with government aggression will not lead us to the society we desire.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.
Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.
Missouri has at least two chances to win the Border War.
The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.
Should Missouri and other states accept an offer of “free money” from Uncle Sam to expand the Medicaid program in their states? Instead of acting as enablers of fiscal profligacy, Missouri and other states should say “no.”
Conservatives ought to consider these items before ceding state power to the federal government.
Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.
Letters regarding Jacob Turk's race for Congress.
Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.
The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.
Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.
Strong teachers’ unions in large public school districts with multiple failing schools will do everything possible to maintain their jobs and benefits. If it is to happen, major reform must come from outside the existing system — through increased competition and choice.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying for local government entities likely will not be banned so it is time to create transparency so citizens can see how their money is being spent.
Despite a final judgment in the school transfer case, the issue remains unresolved and neither taxpayers nor students will benefit.