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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Hometown Newspaper Runs Away From Ryan's Roadmap?

Last week, the Janesville Gazette republished an editorial from the Miami Herald about saving Social Security under its original intentions and format for future generations. The Herald's editorial, inserted into the area normally reserved for the newspaper's endorsing editorials, contained some of the obviously moderate "tweaks" most bandied about through the msm and cable news talking heads.

But, what was surprisingly absent in this editorial was any allusion or allegiance to Congressman Paul Ryan's extreme roadmap plot to kill Social Security. Considering low-wage conservatives have hated Social Security and Medicare since their inception and combined with the Gazette's favored-son publishing contributions to Ryan's campaign over the years, this appears to be a very unusual development, at least on the surface.

Ryan’s “roadmap” you might recall, is a budget scheme to get out from debt by privatizing Social Security and Medicare at the same time repealing the estate and corporate taxes. Ryan has actually gone on record hoping to strip Social Security "certainty" away from workers and seniors because "it ends up draining them of their incentive and will to make the most of their lives." Fiscal-wise, his roadmap would lose $2 trillion over a decade, while requiring 90 percent of taxpayers to pay more, according to an analysis by the Citizens for Tax Justice.
So, over the course of several months, more and more voters have gotten wise to Ryan's marketing scheme to destroy Social Security, nudging republicans to quietly withdraw, at least publicly, their support for his roadmap.
Daily Caller Excerpt:
They’re talking to their pollsters and their pollsters are saying, ‘Stay away from this. We’re going to win an election,’ Ryan said, speaking at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution.
The pollster's advice offers a whole new dimension as to why Ryan's hometown newspaper would publish a Social Security editorial containing no reference to the most heavily publicized dismantlement plan out there on the wildly popular federal program. They're taking that advice and doing their part to desensitize Ryan's relationship with their readership on the Social Security issue.

There's an election coming up.

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