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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Missouri Dems Still Promoting Biggest Lie of 2011

[ Patrick Tuohey ]

PolitiFact announced on December 20 that their Lie of the Year for 2011 was that Republicans were voting to "end Medicare." We wrote at the time that Sen. Claire McCaskill has been guilty of this trope and that,

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.

Well, perhaps now that time has elapsed we can get back to the serious matter of debating the proper role of government...

Ha! Just kidding! The Democratic State Committee is back to it again, proclaiming on Monday:

While the Paul Budget doesn’t explicitly include the House Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it...

In other words, as a reporter friend of mine put it, "the hair-on-fire crowd has their hair on fire!" The other things Democrats accuse Steelman of supporting include:

  • "moving Medicare to a 'free-market based' plan in 2014,"
  • "eliminat[ing] the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce and HUD;" and
  • "repeal[ing] the Affordable Care Act and block grant Medicaid."

We know that Sen. McCaskill's new campaign spokesperson has just been flown in from Oregon, so perhaps his ignorance of what is popular in Missouri can be excused, but is anyone in the Missouri Democratic Party actually from Missouri? The items above aren't a campaign indictment, they're a winning platform.

5/23/2012 9:48:57 AM

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