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Democrats created this elegant mess for themselves and it forces Obama to contort himself into a pretzel over Medicare. Democrats may be able to routinely conceal increased government spending through the accounting sleight-of-hand known as baseline budgeting, but they can’t spin Obama’s $716 billion in Medicare cuts.
Obama also has to defend his health care plans by saying he somehow strengthened Medicare. He can’t do it.
It cannot be emphasized enough that no one, except for the most hardened Obama zombie, will buy the argument that Medicare cuts make Medicare stronger. No matter how much they personally may like their president there is a limit to what Americans will believe. Obama simply cannot credibly claim to be putting Medicare on a more sustainable footing while vivisecting it in order it to protect Obamacare.
Conservatives have been weighing in on the political ramifications of Obama’s assault on Medicare.
This week David Horowitz wrote that “Opposing Medicare – which Obama has plundered — to Obamacare, which a majority of voters already dislike, is a brilliant strategy that can neutralize the unprincipled attacks and the calculated distortions of the conman in the White House and his ethically challenged thugs.” He’s right.
At the same time Fred Barnes suggests in the Weekly Standard that it was all part of a grand scheme, a “political trap” Republicans set for Democrats on Medicare.
Anyone familiar with Republicans’ track record is unlikely to attribute such Sun Tzu-like genius to the Grand Old Party. It seems much more likely that Republicans bungled their way into a perfect storm. But whether this glorious situation that promises to undo Obama was planned or inadvertent won’t matter to American patriots who want to save their country.
Ultimately a Medicare fix and Obamacare repeal performed by a President Romney won’t solve America’s colossal problems but they may buy the country a few more years to sort things out.
It gives America a chance – which is more than Obama has given America.
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