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Congressman wants to cut Medicare

Published 12:00am Sunday, September 30, 2012

Congressman Bill Johnson has continually voiced his support for Paul Ryan’s budget. This vote would take drastic steps to cut the Medicare guarantee that many of our seniors in the Ohio River valley depend upon.

How is this putting the thoughts and concerns of the district first?

Seniors who have paid into Medicare with a lifetime of hard work deserve to know they’ll receive the benefits they’ve earned. But, at every opportunity, Johnson and House Republicans have chosen to protect tax breaks for billionaires rather than Medicare for seniors.

We need to reduce spending and get the deficit under control, but we have to do it the right way. Cutting Medicare and protecting millionaires is not right.

Johnson will tell you that the new plan is not a “death penalty” for Medicare, but the facts speak for themselves. The plan calls for an end to Medicare and for the establishment of an $8,000 annual subsidy that would be expected to cover all medical bills.

How can Johnson think this is responsible leadership knowing the elderly population we have in this district?

Larry Meadows

Proctorville

 

Politicians are destroying foundation of America

More than 200 years have passed and America’s foundation has eroded, leaving only a shell of our Declaration of Independence.

I am one of 11 children, three boys and eight girls, all proud children of Democrat Irish-German Catholics. We were raised properly by our God-fearing parents and were taught the Golden Rule.

Breaking these rules or commandments resulted in corrective measures. Live right and not wrong was the basic principle. Simply, be nice and don’t lie.

In both parochial and public schools, history lessons taught young Americans that this great, powerful nation was founded upon Christian values.

The newfound United States of America fought to achieve religion and speech freedoms and the right to bear arms to protect their rights.

Most politicians are full of cheap talk. Top candidates for president make public promises of what they will do and guarantee great positive changes to lead America on a new course.

Just this past 45 months, we the taxpayers owe more than all the combined sitting presidents accumulated.

Outright lies pour from their lips either in the campaign or in the Oval Office.

In less time than a magician can make an elephant or a donkey disappear, the entire world learned of their unfaithfulness, deceit and failed attempts to cover up their outright dishonesty.

More than 65 years ago, my brothers, sisters and I were taught a lie is a lie and is wrong, physically and spiritually.

We all have remained silent allowing approval by Congress, Senate, judges and ourselves of ungodly actions.

The most powerful nation ever continues to erode day by day and the decline will continue with dishonest men and women attempting to run a country when they themselves don’t know the meaning of the simple truth.

I pray for our country and God bless what is left of America!

Charles Duke Sheridan

Ironton

  • Noesis

    Even Obambi wants to cut Medicare:

    Washington Post’s Bob Woodward said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday the president “is proposing cutting Medicare”

    BOB WOODWARD: He is tuned in to his own ambivalence, and in the reporting on this, it’s very clear he realizes we face a problem that is not going to go away, that he’s got to address. And there are documents that are floating around that I got and notes of meetings, and you see. For instance, on Medicare, he’s now campaigning on “We’re not going to cut Medicare.” And there are documents where last year he was saying, “Oh, yeah, we have to cut it $250 billion over ten years.”

    JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: Wait. So you’ve got a document where Barack Obama is saying we’ve got to cut Medicare $250 billion, which I think is responsible. But his campaign team is going out there every day saying, “Watch out. We’re not going to cut Medicare, but Mitt Romney is.”

    WOODWARD: Yeah, and, I mean, it’s not just his campaign team. It’s the president himself. He says, “We’re going to reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul the right way by reducing the cost of health care – everyone would agree with that – not by shifting it onto seniors.” Well, in his own documents, he says, “We have to do this.” When I talked to him, he realized and said very openly that it’s irresponsible to not address this.

    SCARBOROUGH: Let’s play a clip that you were alluding to. Go ahead and roll it.

    (BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, JULY 21, 2011: All the Democrats felt that for Democrats to join with Republicans in anything that could be painted as a Medicare cut when there was a huge difference between Democratic and Republican positions on Medicare generally was bad politics. It’s an untenable position to say we’re not going to do anything on Medicare and Medicaid when that’s one of the biggest drivers of our budget deficit.

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  • mikehaney

    “So, let me get this straight. This is a long sentence,” Bellar begins.

    “Obamacare Summed Up in One Sentence”

    We are going to be gifted with a healthcare plan that we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t, which reportedly covers ten million more people without adding a single new doctor, but provides for sixteen thousand new IRS agents,written by a committee whose chairman doesn’t understand it, passed by congress, that didn’t read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief,who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that is broke.

    So what the blank could possibly go wrong?”

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  • Noesis

    It is not just about cutting Medicare, which they do want to do.It is the Divine Right of Kings mentality all over agin. Using Ayn Rand as their prophet, the conservative side of the aisle is trying to redistribute all wealth to the top.
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    Who are you talking about Obama or Ryan? Both want to cut medicare. It has to be done. Right now, medicare has an unsustainable unfunded liability:

    “The $38.6 trillion in unfunded benefits Medicare is expected to pay over the next 75 years equals $328,404.43 for each of the 117,538,000 households the Census Bureau said there were in the United States in 2010.”

    And redistribute the wealth… The only wealth redistribution is by democrats. And were does it say in our constitution that is a function of the government?

    I still have to laugh at you nutcases… you think all the wealth goes to the top?:

    “Consider the Internal Revenue Service’s income tax statistics for 2008, the latest year for which data are available. The top 1% of taxpayers—those with salaries, dividends and capital gains roughly above about $380,000—paid 38% of taxes. But assume that tax policy confiscated all the taxable income of all the “millionaires and billionaires” Mr. Obama singled out. That yields merely about $938 billion…”

    They already pay a tax rate of 30%… equaling about $300 billion. Even if you doubled their tax rate and made them pay another $300 billion, all you have done is lowered out yearly deficit from $1,300 billion to $1,000 billion. Cuts (including medicare) are still going to be have to made.

    I think it’s funny that the author of the top article admits: “We need to reduce spending and get the deficit under control, but we have to do it the right way.” But as a typical democrat refuses to provide suggestions.

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  • deist

    I agree, may God bless America. BUt this is a secular Government, not a Christian one. And the truth is the truth no matter what side of the aisle says it. But we must not be so blind or deaf as to only listen or read what we think is the truth.

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    • Noesis

      But we must not be so blind or deaf as to only listen or read what we think is the truth.
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      You mean like:

      “It is the Divine Right of Kings mentality all over agin. Using Ayn Rand as their prophet, the conservative side of the aisle is trying to redistribute all wealth to the top. We must all stand up and say no to these Randian philosophical views now being espoused by conservatives.”

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  • mikehaney

    Congressman wants to cut Medicare– Co-authored by Charlie Wilson. :)

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  • deist

    It is not just about cutting Medicare, which they do want to do.It is the Divine Right of Kings mentality all over agin. Using Ayn Rand as their prophet, the conservative side of the aisle is trying to redistribute all wealth to the top. We must all stand up and say no to these Randian philosophical views now being espoused by conservatives.

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  • mikehaney

    Well said Duke.

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