Bill Murchison

Democrats must think so. Not one Democrat to my knowledge has objected to the red-faced rhetoric aimed at Ryan. Bill Clinton himself has intimated that at best, the Ryan plan for saving Medicare encourages the elderly "to get sicker and die quickly. Or they will be poorer because they'll have to spend so much of their money on health care." Thank you, Mr. President, for that helpful insight.

That Medicare has obligations it can't meet without substantial overhaul is the point the left wishes us kindly to overlook. That Ryan, far from wanting to abolish Medicare, wants to rationalize its finances by funding health care vouchers for those now younger than 55 -- well, that just diverts attention, doesn't it, from his wheelchair scenario. That the left has no Medicare reform plan of its own -- wait, we know (if we read the blogs) what to do. We make the rich and the corporations pay. How very inspiring.

The point we mustn't ignore is that the left hasn't had a new idea about anything since the Great Society (if not the New Deal itself). The left, frankly, doesn't know what to say in the present context, when the old programs are visibly running out of money.

The left knows this, to be sure. When cornered, you yell, you scream, you jump up and down -- as in elementary school. Maybe teacher will send to the office all the kids undermining your self-esteem by not falling in with your notion that long division and the multiplication tables have something to do with reality. Yes, sir, a few things never change with age.


Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
 
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