A new Gallup/USA Today poll contains a counterintuitive finding: the age group most receptive to House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's plan to deal with the budget - seniors.
The poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan's plan over President Obama's plan, while 42 percent back the president.
Counterintuitive finding? Say what? But why in the world would current beneficiaries oppose Ryan's plans, when his plan would not effect them at all? Maybe because some of them can't imagine future seniors, their own children, not having the same benefits they now enjoy. Maybe some seniors care.
Yet it is Ryan, not Obama, who made the effort to intentionally divide current and future beneficiaries with his under/over 55 scheme in an obvious attempt to shutdown widespread opposition to his grand heist of the safety nets. I would bet Ryan expected much higher approval ratings from current seniors than the less than 50% he picked up for that deceitful messaging trap.
Take away the over/under from Ryan's plan and apply his Medicare "premium support" privatization program to current seniors - then look at those poll numbers - plummet.