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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Romney Wins Gold Medal for Chutzpah.

Mitt Romney, in his speech yesterday introducing Paul Ryan as his pick for running mate, made the following astonishing statement (at 5:33).

Unlike the current President, who’s cut Medicare funding by 700 billion dollars, we will preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security and keep them there for future generations.
This is what he says before bringing on Paul Ryan, the House GOP leader who has proposed to do away with Medicare as a government health care program, and replace it with a voucher system that would meet less and less of our medical expenses as time goes on, while leaving us to the tender mercies of private insurance companies. The cynicism of this remark is breathtaking.  It goes way beyond doublespeak, but is perfectly consistent with Romney’s many other inconsistencies. 

Mitt Romney says that he’ll protect
Medicare from gross neglect.
For our children he’ll preserve it,
He’d be the one to best conserve it.
But wait, who’s his number two?
It’s Paul Ryan – he’s the guy who’d
Do away with Medicare
And in its place put vouchers there
So that we could freely choose
Which company’d apply the screws.
For chutzpah, Romney takes the cake -
Everything he says is fake.

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