A bad situation is only more worse with a bad plan. This is something to remember the next time you hear someone in the media talking about Paul Ryan, the new Vice Presidential pick Here we have a man who claims to be both a Roman Catholic and a follower of the cold-hearted elitist Ayn Rand, a woman who took the terrors of the Russian Revolution of her youth and assumed--wrongly-- that the United States could either be a country of individualism or a collectivist nation. If you don't believe me, read her book "The Virtue of Selfishness" some time.
The truth that this manichean thinking is not what the reality of American politics is about. To try and find a way to preserve Medicare and create an affordable health care insurance plan for Americans cannot be solved by caving in to one extreme faction over another. It will take balance and compromise, the sort of unity and common purpose you will not find in the modern conservative movement, bankrolled by casino billionaire Sheldon Alderson and the Koch Brothers and sold to America with the "wink and giggle" antics a pseudo-celebrity like Sarah Palin.
The plain facts are that Paul Ryan voted to turn Social Security over to the Stock Exchanges in 2005 and he still wants to end Medicare, giving people like myself who have worked for decades and paid into the program a "voucher' and throwing millions of middle and working class Americans unto the "tender mercies" of the mega-rich and bureaucratized private health insurance industry.
Health care is not like buying a car or choosing a restaurant. Those who will get old will nveery likely need health care---most of you reading this now know in your heart this is true. We cannot afford to go back on the Affordable Health Care Act and we cannot cut 5 trillion out of the domestic budget and let the wealthy score yet another big tax break.
I believe Barack Obama and others are right--we build an economy from the middle out----the more people can buy goods and services the more jobs we will have. The idea of the trickle-down school of econommics---where money given to the rich creates jobs has been proved wrong in the last decade by the Bush-Cheney Administration where after eight years we had nearly zero job growth.
Paul Ryan is not George W. Bush. His tea party pals in Congress are worse, more idealogical and more committed to staying in office by attracting as much wealth from the top and anger from below to stay in power in perpetuity so they will never have to face the real economy most of us have work or worked in. They are creatures of political power from well-off families and, unlike men like FDR, Theodore Roosevelt and John Kennedy, they have no empathy for average-income Americans.
Our economy barely survived the last economic meltdown. Can we afford another. Are the two candidates really just all the same. Well, no, not for people who plan to live in this nation and see it not become a temperate-zone version of a banana republic.