Tuesday, August 14, 2012

PSSST: Quick! We Gotta Change the Message!

Yes, it seems that leading repugs have their panties in a bunch, because they are afraid folks will start to realize that the actual radical GOP agenda is to end Medicare and Social Security as we know it.  

Now they want their candidates, supporters, PR and media hacks, and especially Ryan devotees to stop using words like "privatization", "ending entitlement programs", and so on. Even though that's their real plan, which they have expressed loudly and clearly on many occasions. However, they are not so far gone that they can't grasp that these plans will be opposed by the majority of Americans.  

Now the strategy is to simply lie more blatantly, and claim that they are really looking to "strengthen", and "secure", and "preserve Medicare and Social Security for future generations." (I guess by protect they mean *protect*, in the same way the Forest Service *protects* the National Forests by deliberately starting fires - which invariably burn out of control - or handing over the trees to the timber industry on a silver platter).  

So now whenever you hear a repug, particularly Romney-n-Ryan talking about how they want to strengthen Medicare, and strengthen Social Security, they haven't had any change of direction. It's merely their Orwellian NEWSPEAK rearing its ugly head. Check this out from Crooks and Liars:  

Frank Luntz Messaging Ordered by NRCC For Medicare Lies

It appears that the NRCC is in a panic over Paul Ryan's elevation to the national ticket. They've sent a flurry of memos since Saturday, and the latest is over messaging on Medicare and Social Security. Despite the fact that the actual memo came from the NRCC, the instructions are straight out of the Luntz playbook, as outlined in 2009 and 2010.
Via Politico:
Do not say: ‘entitlement reform,’ ‘privatization,’ ‘every option is on the table,’” the National Republican Congressional Committee said in an email memo. “Do say: ‘strengthen,’ ‘secure,’ ‘save,’ ‘preserve, ‘protect.’”
The email read like a warning shot, alerting Republicans that they would soon face a barrage of Medicare-themed attacks and telling them they needed to be ready for the scrutiny that was to come. The internal email, obtained by POLITICO, was a clear and immediate sign that Republicans knew Ryan could create trouble down ballot for GOP candidates in tight congressional races.
“Predictably,” the NRCC wrote, Democrats are “already blasting Mitt Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. Expect your boss to get questions from reporters on how this selection of a fellow House member impacts your race.”
These directives are being taken to heart, not only by candidates including Romney himself, but also the cable networks cheering Ryan on. No questions are being asked that should be asked, like why it is that if the Ryan plan is so wonderful for people under age 55, people over age 55 can't participate. That one seems fairly obvious, and yet no one asks. That ridiculous softball interview with Bob Schieffer is a terrific example.

The Romney campaign is banking on ignorance to slide Ryan's whole profitization plan right by. Go out and talk to your neighbors, who aren't really paying attention and don't start until sometime in October. They likely won't know who Paul Ryan is or why he's such a threat to their financial future. With messaging schemes like the Luntz terms above, they never will unless people start telling them.

Here it is, plain and simple. Paul Ryan is a fervent believer in killing social insurance by privatizing it for profit. To that end, his budget proposal ends Medicare. It ends it. Period. There is no "choice." involved. It ends Medicare and shifts the burden for medical costs onto senior citizens. Similarly, his scheme for Social Security ends it. Period. It takes our retirement funds and gives them to Wall Street, where all the risk then shifts over to the retiree and all the profit heads into Wall Street's pocket.

Wall Street and health insurers benefit from Paul Ryan's plan, but people don't. They can paint that pig with all kinds of different shades of lipstick but everyone needs to know that Paul Ryan aims to destroy the social safety nets by shifting all costs and risks from the government to individuals, terminating the agreement that has worked so well for so many years, and handing our retirement to profit-driven enterprise.
Spread the word.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Watched the softball game between R&R and CBS. Is there any doubt why we're caught between a rock and a hard place?

The game plan is masterful. Bread and circuses is the cleverest distraction ever devised by mankind.

10:10 AM  

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