Monday, May 16, 2011
Your Grandma Is A Welfare Queen
Medicare has never really been defined as welfare. An entitlement yes. Welfare? Not really. Welfare is generally defined as food stamps, public housing and Medicaid.
If you are Paul Ryan and you just introduced a revamp of previous plans to privatize Medicare and turn it into a voucher program, you now find yourself mortally wounded...political kryptonite. Even Newt Gingrich is even casting asparagus on your dreams.
What do you do? Change the definitions of the words your use. Your base hates welfare, in fact they hate it a lot. If you can establish that Medicare is now "welfare" just like food stamps, they might just swallow your bullshit without realizing how popular Medicare really is.
Will it work? No. Grandma isn't that stupid and she ain't eating cat chow so Paul Ryan can rule the world.