Naturally, Nancy Pelosi is desperate to distract the voters from the wreckage that is the non-Affordable Care Act. She thinks that Paul Ryan’s budget is the answer.
From The Hill:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is arming Democrats in their fight against the Republicans’ latest budget proposal as Congress heads into the long, spring recess.
Democratic leaders have decided that hammering the 2015 budget plan from Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is a winner. With that in mind, Pelosi’s office has issued an attack guide to each member of her caucus highlighting provisions of the GOP plan that Democrats think will generate the most backlash from voters.
The strategy is designed to contrast the sharp differences between the parties’ economic visions for the country, but also to steer the campaign debate away from President Obama’s healthcare law. That law remains a political liability for Democrats in much of the country, particularly the purple districts that will be the most hotly contested in November.
Gallup poll results released Friday found that 54 percent of respondents disapprove of ObamaCare, versus 43 percent who support it. Those numbers indicate that the enrollment surge at the end of last month may have done little to change the public’s view of the law.
With Friday’s retirement of embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchange, Republicans are amplifying their long-held criticisms of Obama’s signature domestic achievement in hopes it will be the defining issue of November’s elections.
Democrats have other ideas, trying to direct the national debate instead toward jobs and the economy, where the Ryan budget will be front and center.
This is an excellent plan for conservatives because it gives them every opportunity to destroy Democrats by following Sarah Palin’s example.
But let’s be clear. Pelosi is banking on the desires of a majority of Americans to get free stuff. If she is right then she wins. Let her. If the country is that far gone then there is nothing we can do about it.
But we should be banking on the reckoning of a majority of Americans. That doesn’t mean that we think a majority will refuse free stuff. That ship sailed at least during the 1930s. Americans are disgusting whiners for freebies. We all know it. No sense denying it.
But the Pelosi offer only works if the Dems can convince Americans that they can actually deliver on all these promised goodies. And Obamacare is demonstrating to millions of Americans that they can’t. We are at the end. The Federal government simply cannot continue to borrow forever. It has to stop. And it will stop no matter what politicians promise.
So while we don’t allow Pelosi’s strategy to keep us from talking about Obamacare, we use Obamacare’s record to show how shoddy government interventions in the economy tend to be. Then we go head to head against the Democrats…
…by attacking the Ryan Budget as a reckless expansion of spending and debt—because that is what it is.
We point out that Ryan is increasing spending an average of 3.5 percent per year. We point out that this increased spending is still not enough for the Democrats, who want to bury the nation in even greater debt at an even greater speed. We point out that a mere spending freeze—which would be a minimal first step to save the country from a Greece-like implosion—would be far more radical than what Ryan is proposing.
Will it work? I have no idea. But the strategy would actually offer the nation a choice between two stark options. Do we want the Pelosi-Ryan lunatic fantasy that is leading us to doomsday through blind religious devotion? Or do we want to face reality and deal with our real national problems?
Voters need to realize that Pelosi is a drunk demanding that she get to drive. If they realize that, it won’t matter what she promises. They won’t believe she can deliver.
Because she can’t.