Quote of the Day, Ryan Plan Politics Edition
“No one could have predicted that 4 trillion in tax cuts for the rich while gutting Medicare and doing nothing to balance the budget would have been unpopuar with the public. It’s a mystery!”
— John Cole
It’s a little too early to see how things shake out, but the April 15 vote on the Ryan Plan will, I think, one day go down in history as a textbook example of the dangers of believing your own hype. How the House Republicans went from having a major campaign themes demonizing the Democrats for cutting Medicare funding to, less than a year later, overwhelming voting for a plan that pretty much ends Medicare as we know it is an absolute mystery.
Merits of the policy aside (though for the record it’s poorly thought out and imprudent), how the GOP bungled the politics of it all is nothing short of breathtaking.