Jill Burcum: Bachmann rides the rails

  • Article by: Jill Burcum
  • Updated: February 11, 2010 - 7:41 PM

 

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goferfanzFeb. 11, 10 8:27 PM

into the poorhouse....... How about some tough media questions for the party in power, or is that asking too much of our "media?" 60-40 majority in both the House and the Senate, with the White House, and our media tiptoes around this leadership fact like Jerry tiptoes around Tom while stealing the cheese. C,mon media, dont be so spineless!

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kpersson8Feb. 12, 10 1:17 AM

Typical bachmann to take the medicare cuts out of contents. Those cuts are part of a plan that would insure more people so hospitals would actually have less care not paid for and in reality does not constitute a loss for seniors. Another example of the dishonesty of the party of no. Stands for no ideas.

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ORIOLE75Feb. 12, 10 5:30 AM

If you allow young people to pull out of SSI, how are you going to pay the Seniors ?? You are going to have to borrow even more if you do that. Typical Republican. No plan, no ideas, just whining.

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paulpriceFeb. 12, 10 5:40 AM

For another perspective on the Ryan plan, as advocated by Bachmann, consider Paul Krugman's column in today's Times at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/opinion/12krugman.html?ref=opinion I still remember my paternal grandfather's gratefulness for Medicare when he retired. He was a lifelong Republican and never unemployed during the working years of his adult life. Never extravagant, always a Chevy buyer, he raised four children in a modest three bedroom house. Yet, he was grateful to President Johnson for the security Medicare offered for him and my grandmother. Considering their slowly evolving, but inexorable health problems as they aged, I can't imagine what market-based, private health insurance premiums would have been for them, even then.

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linniemaeFeb. 12, 1010:49 AM

... to advocate for eliminating seniors' safety net while for years they've been whittling away at providing employer pension plans. They want you to shift your work equity to the private markets, where they can rob you blind from the top. (See also "Enron" or the myriad of other financial scandals of the past decade.) Of course, the right wing is staunchly opposed to financial regulation as well. It would defeat their master plan to take the money and run.

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allarson73Feb. 12, 1012:27 PM

Let's make a decision. Do we want to provide medical care and social security to retired people? If the answer is yes, let's raise taxes to pay for it. We will continue to look for ways to reduce the cost of medical care and presprictions but lets just get this done.

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allarson73Feb. 12, 1012:27 PM

Then we have no problem just stop taking money out of people's accounts.

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lordhawhaw1Feb. 12, 10 3:48 PM

Does anyone think we can continue the way we are going? Both Medicaire, Medicaid and SSN are going belly up. At least Bachmann has the guts to speak out on this(unlike most politicians who choose to ignore it). Whlie she does mention at least one possible solution (Thrift accounts). As for me, I would much rather have my own money placed in retirement and health care savings accounts. Money I can invest on my own throughout my life until retirement, or until I poor health causes me to need. Guarantee you I will get a better return on my investments than Uncle Sam will. We could call it Freedom. Novel idea that. Oh, and if you are in the camp of lets raise taxes yet again I agree on one condition. The 40% of our adult population that pays no Federal Income Tax can start picking up the slack. I already pay half my hard earned income to our government.

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lordhawhaw1Feb. 12, 10 3:53 PM

I also find it highly amusing that our so called Fourth Estate continue to focus on ridiculing and bashing Bachmann, Palin, Cheney & Bush instead of asking tough questions & demanding answers of the party in power. The latter three hold no elective office and Bachmann is one of 435 legislaters, not including the 100 in the Senate.

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granma4peaceFeb. 12, 10 4:22 PM

Jill Burcum signs her name to....an email from Bachmann's spokesman? Why didn't they just run it under this Dave Dziok's name in the letters to the editor section? What did Burcum add to this latest Bachmann parody of intelligence? An opening paragraph is all I can see. The strib rises to new heights of ridiculousness.

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