Seniors to bear brunt of Republican b...

Seniors to bear brunt of Republican budget proposal

There are 12 comments on the Hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA story from Apr 14, 2011, titled Seniors to bear brunt of Republican budget proposal. In it, Hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA reports that:

Disqus Seniors to bear brunt of Republican budget proposal By Niki Tsongas Thu Apr 14, 2011, 01:47 PM EDT I recently heard from a constituent from Haverhill named Phil Gelinas who relies on Medicare for his health coverage.

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imaginaryfriend

Plymouth, MI

#1 Apr 15, 2011
Hands OFF MY MEDICARE!!!! Ryan and the repuglicants are un-American and need to be taken out today. Right now!
Sandy in NY

United States

#2 Apr 15, 2011
This article does not tell the whole story. The truth is, this country is in trouble financially from all the spending by BOTH parties. In order to balance things out and keep our economic system from failing altogether, spending has to be decreased. If the spending continues as it is, it collapses and we ALL lose. We have medicare and medicaid to help the poor. Medicare is a faluty system in itself. I got no care with Medicare because of the deductibles. I couldn't go to a dr until I found a Medicare Advantage Plan that was controlled by the "evil" insurance companies. I can afford now to have the care I need. We are going to have to decide America if we have the backbone of our Founders and can endure a little less program to save the system. System collapses, NOBODY gets any care period. I sure don't have the answers for the whole problem but I know when our family has less money, we find out how well we can actually do with less. We can cut back and be just fine. Pharmacutical Companies have programs too for people of low income to receive their medicines at a reduced price or free. AARP has lied and made deals with politicians that aren't in our best interest. If we really have a need, there is someone to help. We can't put all of our eggs in one basket. When it comes down to it, the Lord is our Source and He will provide what we need. Our Source is not Government. Name calling and false accusations are uncalled for. Blame goes all around. Both parties have the same plan, just a different way to reach the goal. The real enemy is ignorance. Read up on Agenda 21, aka Sustainable Development. Find out what is REALLY going on here and get on your knees and get to praying! They are all lying to us...
Really

United States

#3 Apr 17, 2011
Sandy in NY wrote:
This article does not tell the whole story. The truth is, this country is in trouble financially from all the spending by BOTH parties. In order to balance things out and keep our economic system from failing altogether, spending has to be decreased. If the spending continues as it is, it collapses and we ALL lose. We have medicare and medicaid to help the poor. Medicare is a faluty system in itself. I got no care with Medicare because of the deductibles. I couldn't go to a dr until I found a Medicare Advantage Plan that was controlled by the "evil" insurance companies. I can afford now to have the care I need. We are going to have to decide America if we have the backbone of our Founders and can endure a little less program to save the system. System collapses, NOBODY gets any care period. I sure don't have the answers for the whole problem but I know when our family has less money, we find out how well we can actually do with less. We can cut back and be just fine. Pharmacutical Companies have programs too for people of low income to receive their medicines at a reduced price or free. AARP has lied and made deals with politicians that aren't in our best interest. If we really have a need, there is someone to help. We can't put all of our eggs in one basket. When it comes down to it, the Lord is our Source and He will provide what we need. Our Source is not Government. Name calling and false accusations are uncalled for. Blame goes all around. Both parties have the same plan, just a different way to reach the goal. The real enemy is ignorance. Read up on Agenda 21, aka Sustainable Development. Find out what is REALLY going on here and get on your knees and get to praying! They are all lying to us...
And yet the politicians support and force us to pay benefits for illegal alien border jumpers and their anchor babies.
Sandy in NY

United States

#4 Apr 17, 2011
Really wrote:
<quoted text> And yet the politicians support and force us to pay benefits for illegal alien border jumpers and their anchor babies.
Yes they do! Not only that, I heard from a Mom whose son is in the Government and he is totally brainwashed as are most people. She said he told her they have NO intention of securing the borders because we "need" them? We need good God fearing people to come in the right way and assimilate into our culture as it used to be. Read the "Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952." This Law is still on the books but like the rest of our Constitution, they in Washington ignore it; but for a few who are giving a weak attempt. Our Nation is in trouble as never before and the only hope we have is in the Lord. He alone is able to turn this around.
Ryan

Australia

#5 Apr 20, 2011
I know that you conservatives hate hearing that your political philosphy is evil or whatever, but if you want to reduce spending, which medicare and medicaid are a part of, you WILL be gutting these programs and people WILL be forced to defend themselves. Private industry will not take to looking after people who are going to cost them money. And better yet it is subsidised taxypayer money to provide people with vouchers.

So using taxpayer money to enable people to get private insurance is good but oh no taxpayer money to get medicare is socialism or evil? Where is the logic?

I appreciate that we do need to reduce our spending and social security is a good place to start, the age probably needs to be raised and middle class people have to pay a little extra tax just as wealthy or upper class should pay some more. They have a responsibility in this country as well and the bottom line of their buisness isnt going to be massivley effected by an increase to 40 percent tax.

Every other person is suffering in this great country and the wealthy arent being told to sit at the table and share this suffering? Conservatism has alot to explain for itself

You want to cut spending thats one thing but own up to accurate consequences of this action. The deficit, like the President said needs to be trimmed by a large scalpel not a machete which this Republican plan does.

And spare me folks, class warfare goes two ways, Republicans have just been playing it smarter than Democrats for years. Remember all the predictions in the early 90's that tax increases would lead America off a cliff? We got a surplus out of those years then we had the largest mistake to America, George W Bush.

We've had more tax cuts now and that cilff is apporaching. Funny coincidence that?

In economics there is a thing called the propensity to spend and the propensity to consume. The middle class does the first the best, making our economy strong and the upper class does the latter really well and gives us huge gaps of economic activity and a massive deficit to boost.

Conservatives bottom line is be proud when you say we need cuts so next time you see someone who will be affected by this you can say oh well the wealthy needed those breaks as they have to create jobs you will never ever see materialise, and im sorry for your cancer you wont be treated for, the country needed you. BE PROUD GUYS, like American patriotic proud....

S

Since: Apr 07

Nashville, TN

#6 Apr 20, 2011
Over the past 80 years the Thieving Democrats have stolen a little over 88 TRILLION dollars from OUR Social Security. That money belongs to those of us who have paid into OUR Social Security Trust Fund.

Now I have a plan that will remove OUR Social Security from out of the control of those THIEVING Democrats and place it under the protection of an independ3ent Board Of Directors elected from those who have been paying into it. Over the years those THIEVING Democrats have been giving people who have never paid into it the same benefits as those of us who have been paying into OUR Trust Fund for 30 to 45 years. Yep they did just so they could buy votes of those who have never worked a day in their lives or are new to this country. Heck those THIEVING Democrats even want to give Social Security Benefits to the illegal aliens.

Those THIEVING Democrats have proven that they CANNOT be trusted with OUR Money. Therefore we MUST protect OUR Social Security Trust Fund by moving it to where those THIEVING Democrats CANNOT get their THIEVING hands on it.

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Oregon Is Disgusting

Portland, OR

#7 Apr 20, 2011
RepubliscumbucketsTeaParasites are meant to be repealed, impeached, indicted, recalled, voted out often and ignored.

Who the hell needs to negotiate with these sociopaths.

"For what itís worth, polls suggest that the publicís priorities are nothing like those embodied in the Republican budget. Large majorities support higher, not lower, taxes on the wealthy. Large majorities ó including a majority of Republicans ó also oppose major changes to Medicare. Of course, the poll that matters is the one on Election Day. But thatís all the more reason to make the 2012 election a clear choice between visions.

Which brings me to those calls for a bipartisan solution. Sorry to be cynical, but right now ďbipartisanĒ is usually code for assembling some conservative Democrats and ultraconservative Republicans ó all of them with close ties to the wealthy, and many who are wealthy themselves ó and having them proclaim that low taxes on high incomes and drastic cuts in social insurance are the only possible solution.

This would be a corrupt, undemocratic way to make decisions about the shape of our society even if those involved really were wise men with a deep grasp of the issues. Itís much worse when many of those at the table are the sort of people who solicit and believe the kind of policy analyses that the Heritage Foundation supplies.

So letís not be civil. Instead, letís have a frank discussion of our differences. In particular, if Democrats believe that Republicans are talking cruel nonsense, they should say so ó and take their case to the voters."

krugman
Oregon Is Disgusting

Portland, OR

#8 Apr 20, 2011
Republiscum and TeaParasites are teenagers in aged bodies. They are not even good teenagers but thuggish ones who hate the world, hate other people and seek only to do the most damage as they pass through life.
Sandy in NY

United States

#9 Apr 21, 2011
Its the overspending on stupid stuff on both sides! Its time to cut back or lose all of our social programs. Many need to be cut completely and only the most necessary remain. We pay into Medicare all of our working lives and we deserve our benefit. Those who haven't ever paid into it do not. I knew a lady from Jamaica who once worked and lived here for a short time that drew Social Security from the USA and Jamaica and bragged about it. Seniors cannot be dropped now that are receiving SS, its not the right thing to do. Make changes effective all 45 and under or something similar. The fact is the Gov spends too much. Grassley just outed the army's "frog art" for a tidy sum to cut. There is the NEA that can be cut. If art is so important, let the artists take donations and pay for it themselves. The necessities need to be done and no more. If we don't stop the spending we will lose ALL social programs and that is the price we pay. Accept a cut back or face total elimination of programs. There are few Nations that are not experiencing economic issues and all have to take steps to stop all unnecessary spending. We will be surprised with how much less we can actually live with. We bagan as a strong people with a good work ethics and families took care of their own. Now days children throw their parents into nursing homes for the taxpayers to support. Now as a RN I do know some people need to be in nursing homes but many could do well at home with loving children caring for them, that is if they have any. We have raised a selfish generation and sadly we are reaping what we have sown. Oregon has forgotten Bill and Hillary were hippies and its a well known fact they were at Woodstock. Like I said, there are problems on both sides but right now, I side with the TeaParty and fiscal conservatives. There will always be rich people and we are waste our time worrying about what they are doing with their money. We started out as a tough bunch and our Founders didn't live so lavishly as we do now. We are spoiled and its time to focus on what is really important and that is taking care of our families the best we can and VOTE out the liars and big spenders. If they lie to us to get into office,we can limit them to one term. If we get tough and do that, we just might get some statesmen that will put the Country first instead of their own selfish ambitions. We have the power to do it. We put all these people in office, we can take them out of office and replace them with another and if that one lies to us throw them out. Its time we exercise our right to vote and also to help make sure only Americans vote and vote once. NO intimidation at any ballot location no matter what group does it. Its time to take our Country back, we've been asleep too long! Wake up America!
Oregon Is Disgusting

Portland, OR

#10 Apr 21, 2011
Republiscum/TeaParasites are anti-American fascists. They also do not understand the concept of paragraph breaks.

heh heh heh

Milw Taxpayer

Waukesha, WI

#13 Jul 11, 2011
Why is it you democrats think it is OK to tax wealthy/ rich people? Why do you think YOU deserve to TAKE (via more taxes) THEIR money. Just because they earned or have more than you what gives you the right to TAKE it, or for the government to take it and give it to someone else.

Can you please explain that.
Isn't the socialism?
If you want more money go out and earn it. If you want more taxes then vote in people who support a flat tax and tax everyone the same. Lets tax the 50/51 % who don't pay any taxes AT ALL yet most of them get refunds!

Oh you say you can't go out and earn more money because their are NO jobs. Why is that, Why hasen't the president and the democrats come up with a plan over the last 30 months or so to put this country to work again. All the spending by the democrats has not done anything to help this country and now they want to spend even more, forcing more debt onto the American taxpayer and future generations.
Unemployment at 9.2%(probably more) and no plan from the democrats other than spend, spend, spend.
AAAAAgh! Times up....time for a new game plan and since the democrats don't have one. Lets use the one that stops the spending, helps small business create jobs, lets the American Taxpayer keep HIS money and save future generations from a growiing debt.

Sandy in NY

Dansville, NY

#14 Jul 11, 2011
I am always amazed at the name calling from people! It is such a rude and ignorant response to any debate. One's point of view should be able to stand on it's own wouldn't you think? The ones who expect to get some of those "rich" peoples money will always vote for and defend higher taxes and more spending; after all the "rich" can afford it. Its getting where the "rich" can't and then
who will be supporting the big spenders in Washington? Seems like this might be the time to get more education and become qualified for higher paying jobs. As a mother of four, I had to in order to take care of my own. Nobody is too good to do the same if they are physically able. As far as punctuation and paragraphs? This is a blog, not english class! There was a time people depended on themselves to support themselves and their families, we need to get back to that. Oh and I am not "rich" and on a fixed income.
(retired)But I still don't think I have a "right" to other peoples money.

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