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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, revealed the GOP’s latest messaging plan Wednesday when he blasted President Barack Obama’s new budget proposal as “a shocking attack on seniors.”

Walden made his accusation during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

“I’ll tell you, when you’re going after seniors the way he’s already done on Obamacare, taken $700 billion out of Medicare to put into Obamacare and now coming back at seniors again, I think you’re crossing that line very quickly here in terms of denying access to seniors for health care in districts like mine certainly and around the country,” Walden said.

Walden’s comments are deeply hypocritical, given his outspoken support for the Ryan budget — which contains the same $716 billion in Medicare savings for which Walden criticizes the president, along with hundreds of billions in additional cuts to Medicaid and other government programs that benefit seniors.

Given Walden’s position as the House Republicans’ election chief, his remarks offer a clear view of the GOP’s likely strategy for the 2014 midterms. After criticizing President Obama for years for refusing to offer sufficient budget cuts, they are now turning around and ripping him for giving in to their demands. Indeed, just five days ago, House Speaker John Boehner was criticizing Obama’s “shocking attack” for not cutting enough.

A similar strategy didn’t work very well for Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the rest of the Republican Party in the 2012 elections; based on recent polling data finding that Americans trust President Obama far more than Republicans on the economy, it seems unlikely to work in 2014 either.

H/T: Talking Points Memo

  • Lynda Groom

    Nice projection by another member of the party of NO. Let’s move on please.

  • John Pigg

    How can the GOP be so intellectually dishonest, they campaigned on fundamentally changing Social Programs. Absurd….

    • Their stated goal is to privatize Social Security, dismantle MEDICARE, and eliminate MEDICAID. Unfortunately, President Obama just gave them an ace, when he proposed the “chained CPI” that they will use against Democrats time and again against every Democrat running for office. Once they get control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, there will be no way to keep them from achieving their stated goals.

      • John Pigg

        Don’t believe it my friend. The GOP is supported by a great many people on welfare, making it politically impossible.

        I myself do not understand how they are able to make this statement and then convince elderly voters to vote for them.

        I think everyone knows the GOP is disingenuous about reforming social security. But I find it laughable that they will criticize Obama for messing with it.

        • CPAinNewYork

          The “people on welfare” who oppose Obama are probably ignorant rednecks who hate Obama because he’s black. They don’t reason financially.

          • elw

            Not sure that anyone has actually gathered information about who people on welfare vote for, I do know that the red states have higher percentage of welfare recepients that the blue states. You could be right.

          • John Pigg

            Good Call,

            What I had actually intended to say was so called entitlement programs. Chiefly social security which the Republicans will never touch for fear of worrying the elderly base. But like to pretend to….

            I have no information about those on welfare and whom they support. I meant to say those on social security benefits.

          • elw

            Your right on the Social Security, the GOP those has a base in that group of Seniors.

          • tax payer

            The people on Welfare don’t stand to lose money since they’ll be getting SSI once they get old and Medicaid to top it off. I know it’s true because I have a friend that is one of them and he never worked a day of his life yet he gets more than some people that worked under Social Security with the SSI.

      • tax payer

        Medicaid, I hope it’s eliminated because the people that get it ( didn’t pay ) into it like we paid for Medicare. Why should they have better Healthcare than those that have Medicare and we have to pay co-payments too, and they may not be paying co-payments.

  • These.. “people” rack up deficits and blame them on Democrats so often that they figure the Big Lie will work even when that very lie did NOT work in the election.

    • Boetica

      Really? Only in a country where the people are pathetically uneducated would anyone believe your statement. Obama has no excuses for the enormous debts that he has incurred, and that future generations will toil to pay, inheriting a lower standard of living as a result.

  • First they declared the proposed Social Security savings were not enough, now that they see an opportunity to score political points the potential “savings” became an attack on seniors. Hypocrisy at its best.
    I believe President Obama made a horrible mistake when he proposed the so-called chained CPI which ties annual SS benefit increases to the consumer price index. He will never run for office again, but his fellow Democrats will, and those are the ones that are likely to pay a price for President Obama’s decision to extend an olive branch to a party whose top and only priority is to win more seats in the House, get control of the Senate, will more Governorships, and put a Republican in the Oval Office in 2016. He got suckered into honest compromise, and he and his party will pay a heavy price for it in future elections.

    • CPAinNewYork

      I’m not sure if chained CPI will hurt the Democrats, The voting public have incredibly short memories.

    • lana ward

      You should know by now, ALL Obama cares about is Obama, and he still won’t open our WH for our kids!!!

    • tobewan

      Sorry to differ with you Vila, but isn’t our heroic President just showing up the GOP contrariness as a party of NO? He has let America see what happens when you try to “play ball” with the GOP – instead of the balanced compromise they wanted, they turn and attack trying to make the President look bad …again… or still!

      Our President is not so naive as you think, but will yet be seen as outsmart the GOP in their childish, spoiled-rotten schemes, rants, and actions(think: temper-tantrums).
      The god of this world – money – corrupts all their motives and thinking, making MONEY more important than peoples lives and welfare, except theirs of course!
      Their Paraohistic ways will yet not go unpunished, letting all our people be freed.

      However, it has been seen as good policy that you don’t dicker with kidnappers and hijackers and terrorists, as they have no intentions of being “fair” or trusted. Catering to them is seen as “weakness” and they will turn and rend you.

      • Boetica

        Heroic? ROFLMAO! I’m glad you think this guy who has spent the nation into bankruptcy, giving hundreds of millions of tax dollars to his large donors, is a hero. Fifty percent of college graduates can’t find jobs, while millions of people have simply dropped out of the job market because there are no opportunities. This gargantuan healthcare bill is imploding, with costs escalating, as opponents predicted. Meanwhile, Obama and his family live like royalty, taking lavish vacations and throwing lavish parties. You are sad.

        • tobewan

          Sorry to hear you have such a low, down-in-the-mouth opinion of our/your President. Sorry you look only at the down side of the efforts made by our President to undo some of the corruption brought on by His predecessor Mr Bush, et al., and all the refusniks in Congress aka the Party of NO, who are still trying to run (make that ruin) the country as though they were the ruling power, while their chief unadulterated effort was to make Obama a one term President, but American’s didn’t support that, but the GOP is still NOT LISTENING to American’s but to their moneyed supporters and to lobbyists, gun-lobbyists e.g. and cutting back on jobs to stall the economy instead of providing jobs to increase the economy. America is currently suffering from the policies and action and no-votes of the GOP and from their wealthy supporters.

          The “Haves” are being judged by the “Have-nots” & the Media, and the Courts, and by the world in general, and found ‘wanting.’

          Those who line-up on their side knowingly or unknowingly become part and particle with their scheme of things. Our President has made more progress than any other for long ways back, and did it in spite of all the BRAKES the GOP has tried to put in place over past 4 years. Not succeeding at that, now they want to smear his next 4 year legacy.

          Some minds seem only disposed to find fault rather than good. This closes their mind to appreciating Obama’s heroic efforts, and I’m sorry you can’t think well of our President. Have you nothing good to say of him? Will you always line-up with the trashers?

          Currently via this time of trouble, God is setting up HIS government, and it will not be stopped, but it will stop all bad mouthing in time, and they will find all their belly-aching was for nothing.

          Hope you have a nice day, Boetica.

          • Boetica

            Corruption? There is no one more corrupt than a Chicago politician and Obama has proven that. Almost one billion dollars of taxpayer money went to failed “green energy” projects, mostly to his large political donors. Democrats controlled the executive branch as well as both houses of Congress, and the policies were absolute failures. It takes 2-3 years for economic policies to bear fruit, and the fruit has been rotten.
            You sound like one of those genocidal communists that Obama likes to appoint to regulatory positions. You are living in a fantasy world. Collectivist policies are destructive, wherever they are tried.

          • tobewan

            Conservative policies are even worse, but you may be right about sCollectivist policies, what we really need is one strong leader that is neither left nor right, neither red nor blue, one that rule righteously in all matters, with all the power to back-up his rulings. That kind of power was prophesied for our time – not man’s power but Divine power which will overcome the nay-sayers, & dis-believers, & down-trodders & over-lords.

            There have been 4 universal empires since 607BC, and the in-coming 5th is told about in Daniel 2nd chapter.

            Sorry to disappoint you, but I have no idea how genocidal communists think or believe, so I am not one of those.

            Interesting how there seems to always be the tendency to label people and to ‘pidgeon-hole’ them, especially in some OTHER pidgeon-hole than theirs.

            Have a nice day, Boetica

          • Boetica

            So you want a theocracy? Noooooooooooooo.

          • tobewan

            Sorry about that, Boetica, its my prayer and many others, and it WILL BE answered, in time and it is happening as speak. Because HIS WORD is assured, as opposed to those who oppose HIM.

    • Boetica

      Right, because he can never be held accountable for his actions. What a racist you are. You won’t hold a black man to a high standard. FYI Dominick, all parties aim to do what you are whining about.

  • Budjob

    I think the U.S. should broker a deal with the Canadians.We ship our politicians to Canada so they can learn how to legislate in an equitable manner.Then again,I don’t think ANY of the Canadian politicians want anything to do with the mess this so called “democracy”is in!!!

    • CPAinNewYork

      Canada has one-tenth the population of the United States. Why is everyone so concerned about Canada? They hate our guts anyway.

      • ralphkr

        Not really, CPA. I have driven the Alcan 9 times and I have noticed that the US citizens living within 50 to 100 miles of Canada hate Canadians just as Canadian citizens living within 50 to 100 miles of the US hate us. As I would drive across Western and Northern Canada I noticed that the further from the US I got the friendlier the people were until arrived in Edmonton where in 1959 three separate businessmen tried to talk me into taking over their service stations (2 on the road to Jasper & 1 on the road to Grande Prarie) and in each case they wanted me to replace a man who was driving business away because of his attitude. I was tempted but I wanted to get back to Alaska even more than taking a better paying job in Canada. The only unfriendly people that I met in northern Canada were those driving vehicles with US license plates and those people are the ones that cause Canadians to hate us…and if they go to Mexico I’ll lay odds that they shall cause the Mexicans they meet to hate us..

    • ralphkr

      Oh, Bud, obviously you have NEVER seen Canadian politicians at work. They insult each other and are even known to engage in the manly art of fisticuffs on the legislative floor. They do try and shield the tender hearts of those from US. They even banned a female member of Parliament from Ottawa while Bush visited because she was so outspoken in her opinion of the despicable Americans in general and of Bush in particular and they did not want his feelings hurt. By the way, she did not just lambast us but had plenty to say about and to Canadians.

  • David Turrentine

    Hypocrisy is the nature of politics, but this shows that he is willing to compromise.

  • Huge hypocrits!! They would ditch SS and Medicare in a New York minute and they have the nerve to criticize the President??

  • This is so typical of republicans to cause a problem then blame those who give in to their wishes for the problem. They did the same thing during the race for the white house, claiming Obama’s $700 million saving was stealing from seniors and now Ryan puts it in his budget but doesn’t use it to benefit more people as Obama did in his health care act. This was a republican idea and the republicans have wanted to cut or do away with SS from its inception. YET THE STUPID AND BLIND SHEEPLE REPUBLICANS FALL FOR THESE SCHEMES HOOK LIKE AND SINKER VOTING AGAINST THEIR OWN INTERESTS TIME AND AGAIN.

    • Boetica

      The healthcare act is imploding already. Keep telling yourself that the emperor has beautiful robes…………..

      • Do you always ignore facts while you believe in superstitions and paranoia about the Healthcare act ?

  • deb1ryan

    The President will never win with the Republicans, they hate the fact that the Democrats elected a person of color to the White House. They complain if he doesn’t touch SSI, now they complain because he does touch SSI. He should do what he campaigned on, not touch SSI, that’s why he got the vote!!!!! Please write the President and ask him to stand on the issue of not touching SSI!!!!!

    • Boetica

      The race card is evidence that you don’t have the intellectual capacity to discuss the real issues based on facts. Keep patting yourself on the back.

      • deb1ryan

        You’re an A**!!!! Because you couldn’t say anything intelligent you have to knock me?????? Some of the things the President proposed were things previously proposed by republicans. Now that the President proposes these items they filibuster them, cut me a break. They just can’t be glad the President is proposing the same idea they had previously. Take the Healthcare exchanges, that was a republican idea, and now they say it’s a bad idea. Got to wonder why, and the rest of us know why!!!!!

        • Boetica

          The race card and name calling. There you go. The healthcare law is imploding for reasons that were exposed before the “vote without reading” crowd passed it. It would be funny if it weren’t so serious. Republicans have recommended a lot of things, one of which was opening up states to competition, which “progressives” would not allow. It would have cost nothing. Anyone with any basic knowledge of economics knew this monstrosity wouldn’t work. There. I made my point without calling you names.

          • deb1ryan

            Once again you assume and you know what they say about assuming. I read the law and I also worked to help get the President elected, mostly because of the law. But, I also worked for a company taken over by vulture capitalists, so I was going to do everything in my power to keep Mitt from moving this country back to where GW and Cheney left it, a royal mess that we are still digging out from!!!!! So opening up states to competition means nothing. We needed a whole comprehensive plan. We could have had a single payer plan, but the republicans blocked that!!!! And by the way, I got an A in Economics at Penn State!!! And no your point is not made!!!!

          • Boetica

            My point is definitely made, considering the way this healthcare law is TANKING. Vulture capitalists, like George Soros and other hedge fund managers? Are you aware that Chelsea Clinton worked for a hedge fund? Many other prominent Democrats were as well, including Jon Edwards. Why is Jon Corzine not in prison? Check YouTube for Congressional committee meetings of a Bush administration official being dressed down for suggesting that Fannie and Freddie needed immediate reform. Why are Chris Dodd and Barney Frank not in prison for their corruption? Instead they wrote a financial bill, which obviously didn’t help anything considering Corzine and Diamond, both Obama donors.
            Anyone with a basic knowledge of economics understands why this healthcare plan can’t work. One class won’t do it. The Democrats got healthcare through during their majorities in the House and Senate, so don’t go blaming Republicans for anything. Only a minority could get re-elected with the poor performance that Obama has had. Your single-payer fantasy will require ENORMOUS tax increases. The promises made were never possible. It was a huge scam, and even Democrats are seeing that.

          • deb1ryan

            You’re not worth talking to. You blame the dems for everything, but we all know there are plenty of republican crooks as well. And the republicans put us where we are now!!!!!

    • tax payer

      And to think he lives in a White House.

  • latebloomingrandma

    That new brain study the President just authorized—-they should start with the “republican brain.” The best way to learn about the brain is to learn about abnormalities. I’m constantly amazed at their cognitive dissonance.

    • Boetica

      After all of Obama’s spending and the economy is STILL stagnant, and you claim Republicans have cognitive dissonance? Wow, grannie, you must be in the early stages of alzheimers. Don’t worry, Obama’s science czar will put you out of your misery soon enough. Fifty percent of college graduates can’t find jobs because Obama’s “transformation of America” is spreading a misery like we have never seen.

      • latebloomingrandma

        What I have is arthritis–nothing wrong with this brain. You need to expand your information sources.

        • Boetica

          I’ve attended university and studied these things. I don’t look to webites and pundits for my information.

  • OKsettledown

    What an opportunity for Obama. Let the Republicans all jump aboard criticizing the cuts in Social Security, and then, extend the olive branch by removing the cuts from the proposal.

  • annienoel

    This is my congressman and I just called his office and reamed out the poor aide who answered the phone. This man is disgusting beyond belief. He knows that $700 billion wasn’t taken away from seniors. A lie repeated ad nauseum becomes somehow truthful. AND Paul Ryan’s budget takes the same amount of money from medicare and it does come from Seniors. The hypocrisy is stunning.

  • elw

    Making up facts and lying is so much a part of the radical rights personality that they will never be able change it. Plus, if they ever really tried telling the truth and using real facts they would lose more of their base, and the leaders of the Party know that.

    • Boetica

      You are living in a delusion.

  • charleo1

    Isn’t this what the Republicans have been after Obama to do, for how long?
    The rhetoric has always been hypocritical as Hell. Where’s the leadership?
    They grumble. When is the President going to get serious about cutting
    spending? Oh, if only the President would work with us to save Medicare,
    and putting our financial house in order? And so on. It’s all bull. Or otherwise,
    they wouldn’t weld the moderate cuts in spending he has agreed to, like a
    battle ax. Without ever acknowledging the small increases in tax rates on
    upper incomes, is the reason Obama can make the very moderate cuts to
    social programs, and still reduce the deficit. An approach the majority of
    Americans are inclined to support. And, of course, the very thing Republicans
    flat out refuse to consider, is the added revenue. But the truth about the budget
    Republicans would accept, is one that makes much larger cuts to these safety
    net programs. So, why the deeper cuts to programs so many Americans
    continue to rely on right now, in these still very tough times? To pay for more
    generous tax breaks, for the wealthiest people in the Country. And if that isn’t
    included, in the budget, as far as the Republicans are concerned, it’s DOA.

  • howa4x

    This is the trap the republicans were trying to lure Obama into. Making him make the cuts so they could run on them. This is cynical and what is wrong with our political culture. We need to make decisions about where to spend our money. Republicans will loose in the end though. Once people realize that all they want is to cut benefits for seniors while protecting corporate profits will wake up people even if hey are dullards. This was never an issue because benefits were never cut but now seniors will realize this is for real so watch out republicans

  • tax payer

    I can’t wait for the day he leaves office because he has not done anything positive for the citizens of this country except for the citizens of Mexico, so he should run for President in that country after he leave his office.