Romney’s $716B Medicare cut attack is dubious – CBS News

“But where did that $716 billion figure come from?

“From here: A July letter from the Congressional Budget Office to House Speaker John Boehner, which says if the president’s Affordable Care Act is repealed, ‘spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion’ over the next decade.

via Romney’s $716B Medicare cut attack is dubious – CBS News.

I have to give some institution somewhere, some shred of credibility.  Right now I’m counting on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  It should be the voter’s friend.  I don’t know where else to turn although I think there is hope for the Media if a voter checks out more sides than one. What the left hand trieth to take, the right hand trieth to return and vice versa.   $716 billion is still $716 billion. In this case either we pay more to keep the providers happy or we keep the old system ticking and pay more.  In either case we go broke. We, the People/Consumer pay. Whatever happened to the public option?

As far as lying and telling the truth, what I care about are really big, egregious lies, not the nitpicking silly stuff.  Politicians shave truth and falsehood — EVERY ONE OF THEM.  Don’t look too hard for the truth. Look for what will work   Why has our nation forgotten good, old American pragmatism and “dealing with it.”

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The National Memo » Romney Campaign Dares To Praise Romneycare

“To that point, you know, if people had been in Massachusetts under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” Saul said. “There are a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their health care in President Obama’s economy.”

via The National Memo » Romney Campaign Dares To Praise Romneycare.

Romney gets curiouser and curiouser.  Are we flip-flopping again?  Gee, I hope so — if he finally admits this original GOP idea was a good one. This is a good flip, but Saul will probably be put in charge of the coat check.

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Lay Off, Romney! He’s Just a Pisces!

I’m coming to the defense of Mitt Romney.  Liberals, lay off the Pisces! Yes, Romney is a Pisces and fellow mate of mine in the zodiac.  In general Piscatorials are mutable (flippy floppy),  gentle, kind, retiring, sensitive, unlucky and sometimes melancholy.  Here think of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Of course, all of this is altered by stars, the moon and planets.  Generally, we’re a pretty decent sign. I mean, just study the little symbol for Pisces — twin fish.  What do you expect? And I have to say, too, that Romney’s Myers-Briggs is most like an ENTJ which means he is totally extra-verted while at the same time time intuitive, thinking and judging. He is the typical American type: perfectionist, questioning, and assertive. He’s  the consummate achiever.  He’s closer to the shark and barracuda than we porpoises.  So all is not uniform in the Piscean sea.  But we fish have to stick together.  I mean when we are not eating something smaller than ourselves.

For those of us who swim silent and swim deep, these election flaps are like froth on the surface and most often just as significant.

Steadfast and cautious,

S. David Milliken








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Kansas City Star: Demand a presidential campaign of substance –

Concerned Americans want less about presidential dogs, less about birth certificates and less about second-home car elevators.

They, and we, want substance.

We want serious discussions about health care, entitlements, defense spending, deficits, jobs, foreign policy and education.  More . . .

via The Star’s editorial | Demand a presidential campaign of substance –

After I read this editorial this morning, I felt like no one could have said it better and that no more needs to be said, except more on these issues.  It’s time to dig deeply into real debate. The editorial is not just good Midwestern horse sense, but sound logical sense for useful framing of 2012 election issues and, most likely crucial issues in our nation for the foreseeable future.  I am glad to hear this excellent newspaper calling on President Obama to put the Simpson-Bowles report back on top as a major priority.

In addition I add that this editorial proves why we need and will always need good, old-fashioned, print journalism.  I do not believe a great democratic republic can content itself with cable news only or even PBS and network specials — OR iPhones, Droids, et cetera — any thing that chops complexity into more mindless  dribs and drabs.  Sound bites and the daily palaver about who’s up and who’s down in the polls will not save America.  I’m sorry current events, national and global, are not solely entertainment.  They should not be followed like sporting events.  The electronic Media can fix this.

And I am tired of the endless litany of political parties who refuse to debate honestly what few ideas they have.  Truthfully we are all just waiting for the economy to get well on its own.  Maybe that is best; well, fine, then let’s have an end to Romney just saying over and over and over again how he can do a better job than Obama.  I want to know how and what he would do, except preside over inertia. What does the man believe in? Right now, I only know that Romney wants to be the President.  Perhaps he wants to out do dear old dad and that’s it.  From Romney I would like to know why he is not just another Herbert Hoover.  I want to hear him talk about the revenue side of budgeting.  He’s a businessman after all.

Obama wants a second term.  And I want President Obama to frame a total vision and tell me about it — better than the hope stuff.  I want him to confront the spectre of economic meltdown from debts and deficits.  I want Simpson-Bowles to frame the debate.  I want candidates who don’t constantly feed the public with more pap.  I have seen the statesman in Obama.  I want to see more of it.

Do you think it will happen?  I am not optimistic because money, buckets of money, will prevent it.  A true,  democratically-elected republic might call for compromise.  Do I expect too much?

Steadfast and cautious,

David Milliken

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